It has grown old about the anxiety of dying by a tree, and that misterious woman, I would damn her, but she hasnt even regarded about whats happening in the world... It would be cool seeing the next scene. :smile:
I just have to wonder what they're doing there! The unicorn looks sort of bedraggled at first, but then you realise he seems to have something growing through him and you look down to see the root. He then looks like of helpless, and I wonder if the woman is some kind of witch who has captured him. Unicorns are usually impossible to catch unless you have a pure heart, according to fantasy tradition, and I wonder if she's succeeded.
Of course, as a fantasy equine artist, I am looking at this with envy and thinking, "why didn't I think of that?" LOL!
Brilliant and whimsical concept! I love the colors you used on this, and the glow that increases the sense of magic in the piece. I am most intrigued by your suse of heavy black to break up elements, however. It almost reminds me of east meets west: the flowing colors and harmonious lines of eastern style painting meet the emboldened lines of western art noveau and storybook illustration, as well as the western unicorn meets the eastern spirit folk. Just extraordinary!
I also love how you captured so much personality in this piece. Both characters seem so arrogant and proud. The unicorn is clearly suffering for his vanity, while the person gloats, (and possibly refuses to assist for fear of becoming likewise muddied?) Someone should tell each of them about the wonders and benefits of mud based beauty peals.
This is absolutely lovely. The facial expression on the ki-rin is just gut busting. That poor dirty creature looking on to that perfectly clean, happy, distant lady sniffing the flora. How rude! The colors are very vibrant and have a lovely charm within the picture all their own. The background puts a dark forest in the distance to show where the poor creature treaded from. Just a lovely piece, yet immensely funny. Great job.
According to Celtic mythology, a kelpie is a beautiful person from the sea that has the ability to turn into a seal. It is said that they take the forms of seals when they are in the water, but when they come upon the shore, they remove their seal skin like removing a wetsuit, hide it, and then roam the land as a drop dead gorgeous man or woman. It is said that if a mortal finds the seal skin of a kelpie and takes it, then the kelpie will become enslaved to that person, and in many cases will marry that person, as well. However, if the kelpie rediscovers the skin, then there may be no saving the thief from the kelpie's wrath. I am not sure how a kelpie might appear or act in Asian mythology, though.
Actually, what you've described is a selkie. A kelpie is:
"In lowlands of Scotland, the river spirit known as the kelpie appeared in a variety of shapes. The most common was in the form of a horse, and it was in this shape that it was called the kelpie. The kelpie haunted the fords of swollen stream and would lure any unwary traveler to their doom. When a traveler came to the river at night he would see only a horse, and if he were so unlucky as to attempt to mount the creature the creature would kill its rider. Deep pools in the river were believed to be inhabited by the kelpie as a guardian spirit. It is said that a kelpie haunts the Loch Ness in Scotland. The faerie appears in the woods as finely decked horse and would rush its victim to Loch-na-Dorb, Loch Spynie, or Loch Ness, and devour them."
That's right! I always get those two confused. Thank you for setting me straight on that.
I am from California and lived near the great kelp forests (aquatic forests of thick seaweed that are nearly the underwater equivalent of California's great redwood forests.) Seals and sealions inhabit the kelp forests so I naturaly associate "kelp" with them. Thus the reason I always mix up kelpies and selkies. Likewise, the "selk" in selkie is like "silk" as in the silky hide of a fine steed. Thus, I am always switching and confusing the two. Please, forgive my blunder.
I hope the person who's comment I responded to catches your comment, too. I don't want to spread further confusion.
eh... I had to look it up
But, also I saw the movie The Secret of Roan Innish and remembered the selkies from that so... I didn't mean to seem mean of nothin'. You're lucky, I live in Texass, we don't have cool things like seals... lots of horses tho, though I never met one that carried people off to their demise
Loverly gallery you!