This hand-painted watercolor printable – perfect for St Patrick’s Day – depicts a Celtic knot shamrock in shades of green and aubergine, encircled with the familiar, comforting words of the traditional Irish Blessing. Free to our readers - no strings attached.
When Mr B and I went to school together back at old Madison High, one of the best parts of our day was our concert choir class. (Mr B is a gifted baritone, and I a passable soprano.)
Our choir director, Fred Hammack, was a talented, warm, demanding, wonderful man who taught us far more than music, and wove his way into our hearts so deeply that even now – decades later – we remember him with abiding admiration, gratitude, and affection.
Ultimately, it was because of Mr. Hammack that I painted this Irish Blessing piece. It was his practice to end every concert with a four-part choral arrangement called A Parting Blessing [J. Jerome Williams], the lyrics of which are taken from the traditional Irish Blessing.
It’s not surprising then, that after years of practice and performance, this beautiful, meaningful song found a permanent place entwined in our musical memory.
♫ ♪ May the road rise up to meet you… May the wind be always at your back
May the sun fall warm upon your face ~ The rain fall soft upon your fields
... And may God hold you in the palm of His hand. ♪♫
Whenever those lines roll their way through my mind, I remember our choir and the people with whom we sang with great fondness. Music saved Mr B and I in high school (along with so many others); so to us, this beautiful song recalls far more that a simply holiday in March.
Free Irish Blessing Print
St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. I love it more than Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter, or even Valentine's Day; but the reason might surprise you. I painted this shamrock a few years ago to celebrate the both the song and the season.
If you would like a free printout of this Irish Blessing print, click the thumbnail image to download the PDF. No strings attached.
If you feel inspired to do some drawing yourself, I used this tutorial from Dragon Art to sketch the Celtic-knot shamrock.
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Celebrate St Patrick's Day!
Update 2020: Our old high school in NE Portland is being completely razed and remodeled. (Believe me: it needed it!) As part of the ground breaking (May 2019), Mr B and I had the chance to sing A Parting Blessing with an alumni choir formed specifically for the event.
Being a part of the alumni choir was an amazing, heartwarming experience, and it was such a privilege to be able to sing with all those wonderful, talented people once again.
Unfortunately, I don't have a video of the choir performance of the Irish Blessing song, but thanks to a generous classmate, I do have one of Mr B singin' a solo at the Groundbreaking event (That's me backing him up on my autoharp.) He's reprising the song he sang at our Senior Assembly many years ago.
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