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Norms: The Saints Collection | St Patrick

Today the Guinness pumps will be flowing into overdrive, the kicking legs of an Irish jig will get a good showing, and green velvet hats all over the world will be dusted off to celebrate the national day of Ireland, St Patrick’s day. For while this may be the celebration of the Irish nation, its festive effect has a habit of spreading much further afield – to the US, where so much American ancestry can be traced back to the Emerald Isle; to Australia, where the locals are only too happy to swap their mainstay larger for a pint of the black stuff; and of course across the Continent, where Irish bars can be found nestled comfortably between tapas bars, trattorias and bistros alike in almost every European city.

So while revellers everywhere start sipping upon the white creamy froth of their Guinness, there seems to be no better time than now to share the newest Norm of my Norm saints series – St Patrick Norm himself!

St Patrick Norm (2014 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen and gold paint on paper)

St Patrick Norm (2014 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, pen and gold paint on paper)

With its typical Irish coastal landscape, a small growth of shamrocks and even a little rain, the absence of green in this monochrome sketch is the only ingredient missing in what is otherwise a characteristically Irish scene. And most iconic of all is of course St Patrick himself, who, legend has it, helped to rid Ireland of snakes by driving the pesky beasts into the Atlantic sea. Well thank goodness he didn’t opt for the other coast, or we in England may have been none too pleased about the influx of scaly  visitors slipping onto out shores after their trip across the waters.

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all, in Ireland and everywhere!

© Nicholas de Lacy-Brown and The Daily Norm, 2001-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of the material, whether written work, photography or artwork, included within The Daily Norm without express and written permission from The Daily Norm’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Nicholas de Lacy-Brown and The Daily Norm with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. For more information on the work of Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, head to his art website at

Nicholas de Lacy-Brown’s new solo exhibition, When (S)pain became the Norm, will be at London’s Strand Gallery from 13 – 18 May 2014. For more details, click here

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