Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Herald of Tyr Moel

Elizabeth, along with Ricky, was one of the later members of the "Court of Tyr Moel." She was a Herald, and could actually describe the arms of the Court in proper heraldic language. She requested that she hold her Book of Heraldry in her miniature portrait. Everyone in the Court also had their own personal coat of arms so there was plenty of heraldic work to do.

You may wonder (but probably not) whether I made my own card as a member of the Court. Was I a self-referential Court Portraitist? I did indeed make a miniature portrait for myself, but the photo is so poorly preserved that I don't want to show it. I did not wear Tyr Moel blue, but mostly black, on a black background, distinguished only by a long white scarf. I did other Tyr Moel court portraits whose photos have unfortunately faded too much to be shown. Elizabeth's was marginal; like the others, it has been heavily treated in Photoshop just to look good enough to post. My color slides from the late 1970s and early 1980s have not fared well over the decades. Some of them have simply faded to black.

Elizabeth the Herald's portrait is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", fall 1981.


Tristan Alexander said...

Again, very nice! And sure your portrait is to bad photo quality wise to show us...sure!

emikk said...


Pyracantha said...

OK, let me edit Tristan's comment:

"Again, very nice! And sure your portrait is too show us!"

Yes. My portrait is too bad to show you. I have the choice not to show stuff I don't think is up to my standard! But you can see little me in costume in the big ceremony picture.