Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 L.A. St. David's Day Festival & Working (Playing) ~

Do you like to work?
Whatever work you do, you should like it.
It makes life happier, I think.

I love my work.
So much so, that I find it hard to even call it "work."

I'm under several deadlines at the moment.
And, I've just finished an illustration for an upcoming book called:

"The Age of Saints. An illustrated guide to the Saints of Wales" written by Peter Anthony Freeman and published by A Raven Above Press.

Each participating artist was asked to create a piece of art based upon a Welsh saint.  We were given a list of saints and asked to choose one.

The story of Saint Dyfrig is very dramatic and filled with fire and magic and all sorts of bold imagery. 

Saint Dyfrig was the illegitimate son of Efrddyl, the daughter of King Peibio.  Legend says that Peibio was horrified to discover that his unmarried daughter was pregnant and the shame led him to have the poor girl executed for adultery.  She was tied up in a sack and cast into the River Wye but, miraculously, she always returned safely to the bank.  So Peibio had her burnt on a funerary pyre.  However, when he returned the next day to recover her body, the King found Efrddyl sitting amongst the ashes, clutching her new-born baby boy.  Upon seeing Peibio, the new-born Dyfrig reached out to the King and kissed him on the cheek.  The King, who had leprosy, was immediately cured of the disease.  His heart melted and he welcomed them both back to the royal court.

So, my art piece is a sort of bold look into the fire.
Efrddyl is in the heat but she is casting away the flames.
The image I created shows Efrddyl still pregnant with Dyfrig ~

There will be a book release party at the 

The book includes an amazing line-up of artists from Wales and the States.

In between deadlines I'm also working on new art for my Etsy Shop.
With the current loss of income, the more originals I can put in my shop, the better!

I just listed another new piece last night ~ 

"Lida was a top notch singer and guitar player. 
She was shy that she only sang and played alone in her room. 
Her sister would listen to Lida's music through her bedroom door and she knew that Lida had so much talent to offer the world. 
She pleaded with Lida "Please Lida, please play and sing for the world. I'll stay by your side and we'll sing together." 
Lida was very afraid, but she trusted her sister and she swallowed her fear. 
Before she knew it, she was playing and singing for her whole world to hear, on a lovely springtime day."

If you're interested in "Lida's First Sing-Along"  you can find her Here.

So, as you can see, I am keeping busy.
Although really, I must admit, it really feels like playing.
But truly, it is my work.

Until next time:
Gerushia's New World

P.S.  Always know that I do custom commission pieces.  I can create custom art with scans of your own photos.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gerushiasworld at aol dot com.


Vanessa said...

You are HOT!! On a major roll of goodness, I love it!

Bravo on the piece! so emotional and intense. There is nothing like the color of flames is there?

Oooo, Lida too, love!

You rocks. Now, if only I could be as dedicated ;)

You are amazing!

Congrats a million!!


Gerushia's New World said...


You rock. You're always up to something new and exciting.


Laura said...

I am so going to have to get that book! I love all things Welsh! I had never heard of St. Dyfrig. That is a fascinating story and I love your art piece!


Gerushia's New World said...

Hi Laura:

I love all things Welsh too. (Well, except for some of the food). I read the Mabinogion when I was a little girl, and that was the beginning of a long love affair with Wales.

The Welsh Saints book is actually the third Welsh art collaboration book I've participated in. The first was a Welsh alphabet book and the second was a Welsh nursery rhyme book. You can see them both on Amazon. They're both on my right hand side-bar.


Raige Creations said...

nice! Congrats on all your 'work', and that it feels like playing is so awesome. Keep up the good playing.

Gerushia's New World said...

Hi Rebecca:

I bet your work is play, too. You get to make all those toekinis with charms. That would be fun!