Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Unicorn of Tyr Moel



The heraldic creature for the Court of Tyr Moel was the Unicorn. The arms of the kingdom featured a white Unicorn rampant on a blue background. I could describe this in "official" heraldic terminology but I'm not pretentious enough to do that. Horses were popular among the Court and I depicted two of the young Knights with their steeds. Nancy was one of the youngest members of the Court and was chosen to accompany their symbol in her portrait. I added a blue ribbon, as if it were Nancy and her prizewinning Unicorn.

When Nancy went off to college, she had a major misfortune: most of her possessions were stolen, including the portrait I had made of her with the Unicorn. When I was told this, I immediately made her another portrait, and the new one was better than the old one (which I still have the image of). This is the second portrait. I keep wishing I could find out what happened to these people; they were good friends while our association lasted. I try the almighty Google and what I find are predatory sites which offer information about people, for a fee and years of virus-ridden cyberslavery. No thanks to that. Facebook is no better at finding them; so I am left to wonder.

Nancy and unicorn is ink and watercolor on Fabriano paper, 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", summer 1981.

2 comments:

Nan Thibert said...

Hello,

My name is Nancy. Not the Nancy you're hoping to reconnect with but a woman from Canada who paints unicorns.I was doing some research on unicorns in Scotland and found your image. Is there a way I can post your informational post on this unicorn on my FB page? My friends all know my special love of these magical creatures. Infact, one of my childhood friends gave me the link to your site after seeing the image I had copied and pasted onto Facebook. I would like to acknowledge you as the artist and provide some information about the artwork. It would mean a great deal to me if we could connect. Thank you - Nancy

Nan Thibert said...

Hello,

My name is Nancy. Not the Nancy you're hoping to reconnect with but a woman from Canada who paints unicorns.I was doing some research on unicorns in Scotland and found your image. Is there a way I can post your informational post on this unicorn on my FB page? My friends all know my special love of these magical creatures. Infact, one of my childhood friends gave me the link to your site after seeing the image I had copied and pasted onto Facebook. I would like to acknowledge you as the artist and provide some information about the artwork. It would mean a great deal to me if we could connect. Thank you - Nancy