It's not easy being green...

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Did you remember to wear GREEN today? (For instance, like an article of green clothing, or, alternatively, blobs of green paint on your face???)

After writing the above, I got a little curious as to WHY people wear green on St. Patrick's Day, and this is what I discovered (thank you, Google):

The Irish flag, which features three stripes of orange, white, and green, symbolizes the Protestants (represented by the orange stripe, coming from "Orangemen" or "King William of Orange," a Protestant), the Catholics (green, the color worn on St. Patrick's Day since only the Catholics celebrated Catholic saints), and the (theoretical) peace between the two groups (white) (...so long as we leave Northern Ireland out of it). That's one explanation.

Another explanation was that the supporters of the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland acknowledged their support by "the wearing of the green," or a shamrock stuck in the brim of their hats. And of course, the shamrock comes from the tradition that St. Patrick used the three-leaf plant to teach the Irish people about the Trinity, or the three-in-one Persons of the Godhead.


Another explanation given for wearing green is, "So you won't get pinched." <Durf!>

As a Protestant, I guess I should be wearing orange today. But green has come to symbolize Ireland (the "Emerald Isle") in general, so maybe I'll wear a little of both. (I don't want to get pinched, anyhow.)

Does your house need to get a little green on? Check out the prints below.... (plug plug):

Sparrow's Nest
Sparrow's Nest
Watercolor on Arches 140lb CP Paper

Abandoned Nest
Abandoned Nest
Watercolor on Arches 140lb CP Paper

The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
Mixed Media

P31 Ireland
Proverbs 31 Woman Series: Ireland

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands....
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. (v. 13, 18-19)
Acrylic on 3/4" Plywood

Shop for these prints and more HERE.



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