Featured Art: The Princess and the Unicorn

The Princess and the Unicorn

“The Princess and the Unicorn” (22×18) by Patricia Lipe   
Jacksonville Branch

 

Artist’s statement

This is a painting that literally came on its own. Surrealism, perhaps? I was painting landscapes in southern France and wiped the extra oil paint with a palette knife onto an empty canvas. Later, I looked at that canvas, turned it upside down, and there they were – the princess and the unicorn.

I had seen the original unicorn tapestry in Avignon, but this rendition was not planned. I did add the dragon, however. The painting depicts good (the unicorn who represents creativity) and evil (the dragon). The princess holds up the mirror so the unicorn cannot see the “evil” lurking in the woods.

I used this painting on the cover of my book “Myth, Magic and Metaphor: A Journey into the Heart of Creativity.”

 

Comments

  1. Christina Laurie says

    Cool, Patty. I love the image and the story behind it.

  2. Barb Whitmarsh NLAPW says

    LOOKS LIKE SO. FRANCE SNEAKED IN THERE.
    VERY INTERESTING. GOOD JOB.
    I LOVE SO. FRANCE. I USED TO STAY IN ARIEGE.
    WAY COOL. THANKS FOR SHARING.

    • I spent a summer painting and living in Provence, in Lacoste. I speak French and so enjoyed my stay with these lovely people and yes, I had seen the original tapestry at the Palais des Papes. However, last month, in Paris, we saw the collection of sequences depicting the Princess and the Unicorn tapestries in the Musee de Cluny.

  3. Dorothy Kamm says

    Intriguing describes how this painting came into being.

  4. Sara Etgen-Baker says

    lovely, imaginative, creative, and magical.

  5. What a beautiful painting!

  6. It’s a lovely piece! It’s very special indeed!

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