Irish Shamrock Hex Design
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Acrylic + Digital
Shown here is the Irish shamrock and shamrock flowers hex sign which began as a pencil drawing by my dad. The luck of the Irish shamrock with its four heart shaped leaves is central between two distelfinks (birds) symbolizing love, marriage and happiness, flowers symbolizing faith and hope and a heart symbolizing love. I have digitally painted, refined and enhanced the design in order to offer the image as reproduction canvas, acrylic and art prints consistent with the rest of the series - with and without barn wood texture. An excellent addition to your country or contemporary kitchen decor!
An important part in the culture and traditions of the German settlers that created their new home in America and Canada in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the folk art style designs referred to as hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch decorated their farmhouses inside and out with these hand-painted geometric designs, painting them on many household items, above doorways and on their barns. The elements that make up the designs all had special meanings from the individual colors and patterns to the birds or "Distelfinks", hearts, leaves and stars. It was their belief that these designs would bring blessings and good fortune to the home and family in the form of good luck, fertility, love, happiness, good health and many other desirable wishes.
Today Dutch Hex Signs are enjoyed by people around the world who hang them on their sheds, homes, barns and garages, above doorways, in workshops, and many other locations.
February 18th, 2020
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