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Unicorns…Fact or Fiction? And How to Paint Them!


Dear Friends,

Welcome to another ART CLASS.

First let’s talk about Unicorns and some things you may not know…

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The Unicorns is the most recognized mythical creature.
Did you know that Unicorns exists in Legends in many cultures.
 In the Orient the Unicorn was called Kiren. It was a peaceful creature attributed with bringing good luck.

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In the Bible the Re’em was often translated as “Unicorn”.
It was described by the Greek Historian Ctesais as horse like
with intense blue eyes and a long horn in the middle of its forehead.

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In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal
with a long horn and cloven hooves. In the Middle Ages, it was commonly
described as an “extremely wild woodland creature”; A supreme symbol of purity and grace.

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Today they have a proud place on the Coat of Arms
of many European Royal Families as well as a firm foothold in the hearts of believers everywhere!

So to bring these creatures to life it is good to start by drawing!

There are allot of great images and descriptions online to give you inspiration.

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You need pre-mixed pale colors to complete the Unicorns. Mix the colors ahead of time for consistency.

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In my technique I paint separate shapes to create the illusion of the subject. Each area is colored with the same shades of paint which makes them appear to blend.

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I was once told by a master…” The eyes are the place where the observer enters the painting”.

 There is nothing more important than how you paint the eyes! Notice the shadow under the eye lid.

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I use salt to create crystals of interest in the back ground.

Let your watercolor wash dry slightly and then sprinkle salt…Magic, Try it!

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Details are added with a fine liner brush…

Note how a simple area is painted with different colors that blend while wet to create flow.

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Finally I add fine lines with White Titanium Watercolor with a long liner brush to give the feeling of the mane.

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The Finished Painting is just as I hoped…a window into the world of beauty and belief.

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May your  imagination run free!

Wishing you a magical and meaningful Holiday Season,
Love, Jody

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