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Tir Na Nog: Niamh Of The Golden Hair by RalphHorsley Tir Na Nog: Niamh Of The Golden Hair by RalphHorsley

Tir Na Nog: Niamh Of The Golden Hair

 

Oil on primed illustration board.

Approx 26"x22”

 

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Oisin, an Irish mythic hero, and  Niamh Chinn Óir (Niamh of the Golden hair) fall in love. She persuades him to travel with her to Tir Na Nog (Land of the Young), where she is Queen and daughter to Manannán Mac Lir (god of the sea). To get to this ‘Otherworld’ they must travel over the sea on her magical horse Embarr.

 

In my painting I wanted to exaggerate the magical elements of the tale. Tir Na Nog is spotlighted on the horizon by the rays of the setting sun, the light of which is echoed in Niamh’s hair. Embarr is giant and magical, his mane and tail made of foamy sea; he carries our lovers across the cold Atlantic Ocean to the supernatural realm of the Faerie.

 

For three years they live happily in Tir Na Nog, having two children, before Oisin feels homesick and wishes to return to see his family. Despite cautioning him against this Niamh relents and lends him Embarr, pledging him not to touch the soil of Ireland.

 

He finds that three years has been three hundred in his homeland, and distressed he turns back for sea, but he falls from his steed and instantly ages by that same amount, thus dying.

 

©Ralph Horsley
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely work! :D
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J4B Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really like the scenery here.
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Janharty Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Colourful and dramatic. Love it.
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student General Artist
so cool! :)
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kip-redroom Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unbelieveable! perfect!
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DavidTheSwede Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Enjoyed the "walkthrough" on facebook. It is always interesting to see how people work. Love the sea in this picture! 
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DepthInception87 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
foreground beautiful, background beautiful, Gloooorious piieeeece!
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Mika0740 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
!!! Beautiful...!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Outstanding water, Ralph!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thnaks Scott - i did enjoy painting that!
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814CK5T4R Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great :)
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JoshuaCamacho Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's some of your best work there. Its looks absolutely beautiful and epic. The extreme angle and the contrasting sky places the viewer right on the shores. I feel small and intrigued. I wish it were more panoramic. The detail of the waves is absorbing. They look real enough to touch. Great stuff. :love:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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Nightpark Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist
Beautiful, I love the contrasting colours and the dynamic. It's also nice to see the walkthrough, so thanks for sharing. ;)
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - appreciated :)
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
So few know of Tir Na Nog. Spectacular work here. :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
You're welcome. :)
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MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very nice - i like the hoof prints from land to the water the most but the water itself is also great painted. stunning!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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Elemelone Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This is very dynamic and vibrant, but it still has the class and power that makes it a great mythic illustration.
The white-water-mane looks really good!
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RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
very pleased to read that - thanks :D
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