Happy St. Patrick’s Day= merry Spring

The choice of the date for St. Patrick’s day can’t be by chance. It is all about spring.

St. Patrick's Cross at the Rock of Cashel. A stone cross with Irish countryside and a bit of weather in the background.
St. Patrick’s Cross at the Rock of Cashel (replica, original is protected from weather in the museum).

I am ready for it.

GIFing and PNGing: My Leprechaun Project

I have been working for this past month or so on my Leprechaun Project. I wanted to keep my mind from dwelling on stressors about which I can do nothing so I decided to work on learning Inkscape, an open source vector graphics program.

For seasonal fun, I decided to have a go at making Leprechauns. I started by looking up children’s art lessons on Pinterest. It was, and still is, a bit of a challenge to get used to using layers and shapes but it is fun and requires enough concentration that I find it relaxing.

My first attempt was a bit creepy:

But I got a bit better:

And better:

Mounds that are ancient passage tombs at Bru na Boinne, in County Meath Ireland.
Ancient tombs at Bru na Boinne, in County Meath, Ireland.

Then I started working on making series of my elfin friends to create tiny animations:

I still have a ways to go in refinement. I need to come up with a fresh idea now that St. Patrick’s day is over. Maybe next year I can refine my friends a bit. I have a bunch of ideas.

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