Today, I’m thrilled to announce Irish American Mom’s Online Giftshop is officially open for business. (This giftshop has closed its virtual doors.)
Here, you’ll find handpicked and curated Irish and American gifts, perfect for showing appreciation to family and loved ones who may be Irish or Irish at heart.
Celtic House Blessing by Kevin Dyer
To celebrate our grand opening I thought I might host a little giveaway for a beautiful Celtic House Blessing by Kevin Dyer.
But before I share the details of how to enter our giveaway, first let me introduce Kevin’s magnificent artwork. His Celtic prints and tapestries are available for sale in my giftshop.
Celtic and Fantasy Art by Kevin Dyer:
Kevin is a self-taught artist who first started painting in the 1970’s. He took up printmaking, recognizing the need to create multiples of affordable original artwork in order to make a living.
Wild Irish Rose Digital Art Print by Kevin Dyer
Honing his skills as a printmaker he created new artwork using relief printing with embossing. Over many years of trials and errors, he developed techniques for creating molds for unique paper cast works of art.
Paper casting is a complicated process. It involves creating a drawing and then sculpting it in wax. A rubber mold is created off the surface of the wax. Finally a paper cast is made in the rubber mold using wet cotton pulp.
Each paper mold or cast is painted by hand, with Kevin creating a wide variety of finishes by mixing colors, washes or pigments.
Kevin recently expanded his designs to offer digital prints of his beautiful images. He also creates woven tapestries based upon his original designs.
I am thrilled to be able to stock these digital prints and tapestries in my giftshop.
Celtic Dragon Woven Tapestry by Kevin Dyer
Kevin is a student of ancient art and is particularly interested in Celtic history. Here’s how he describes his artistic inspiration:
“There was an original impulse for man to do art in the first place. Images and objects that take us out of our day to day consciousness. A magic icon or at least a feeling that allowed the viewer to step out of the ordinary world of words and survival, and allow a more ancient wisdom to arise. I am looking for that magic.”
Celtic Tree of Life Digital Print
Kevin’s artwork is evidence he has found magic and ancient wisdom. Here’s how he describes his feelings of connection with the past.
“When I am working, it never really seems like I am alone. It’s a strange feeling like channeling a human need to create. Voices of the past seem to want to pass along a vision or standard.”
His wish is that his images might speak to you to that you can find your own magic. And let me confess, when I first saw Kevin’s work displayed at the Dublin, Ohio Irish Festival this summer, I fell in love with his artistry. As I studied the interwoven loops and Celtic patterns and spirals of his designs, I felt a mystical connection to the past.
Thank you, Kevin, for sharing your incredible talent with the world.
One lucky reader will win a framed copy of Kevin Dyer’s Celtic House Blessing Digital Art Print.
The winner may choose the background color they like best.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Sunday September 11th, 2016.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration for your entry why not tell us which of Kevin’s pieces, displayed in this post, is your favorite.
One winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Sunday September 11th, 2016, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who supports this little giveaway by leaving a comment, and a big, big thank you to all who share the news of my giftshop opening with family and friends.
Update – Winner Chosen:
Good news. Our winner has been chosen using the randomized “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
I’ll send Chuck a quick e-mail to let him know he is our prize winner.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this little giveaway. I truly appreciate your kind words of encouragement and appreciation for Kevin Dyer’s beautiful artwork.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)