The first time I ever saw a unicorn

The first time I saw a unicorn, I was on Chincoteague Island. I was painting plein air in the woods on Assateague… I was trying to capture the memory of when Paul Beebe saw Misty for the first time…I rubbed my eyes, (ended up with pastel all over my face), but yes, it was still there! A REAL unicorn! It shimmered and it was almost ethereal, like it was a vapor, or maybe it was a mist rolling in. I don’t know but I’ll never forget when I saw that unicorn!

The unicorn

This was a painting that I did several years ago. I came across it recently and thought it would be perfect for an assignment/prompt from Carla Sonheim’s ‘Best of 365.’ I added the unicorn with Procreate.

As far as painting it on location in Assateague, this is true and I actually was trying to capture the feeling Paul Beebe had when seeing Misty for the first time (as described in the story; Misty of Chincoteague.’)

Maybe some day I’ll meet another unicorn on Assateague.

Chincoteague Map

Here’s a map I did for my portfolio…..Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to go. It has a small town charm and the added bonus of wild ponies. It was featured many years ago, in the story “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry. She wrote several books featuring Misty and this charming island. Misty is a big part of the island’s mystique.

I grew up reading the stories and back before the internet, the only way you could see these sort of places were to go there or view them through the eyes of a photographer or illustrator. I viewed Chincoteague through the illustrations of Wesley Dennis. The first time I saw Chincoteague and Assateague in person (the undeveloped barrier island to Chincoteague), I felt like I’ve always known the place.

Chincoteague will always have a spot in my heart and although I have only visited and painted there, I feel that it is a part of me and who I am.

The Artful Flea

Once a month, on second Saturdays, Chincoteague has an arts “flea” market.  I wanted to do one more painting before this evening’s wet paint sale so I tackled painting the market.  This was a ton of fun!  I usually sketch big markets and crowds of people with ink & watercolor, but this time I used pastel.  I loved doing this painting and plan to do more of these in pastel!

Today’s Chincoteague Paintings

Yesterday I passed a house that had a bunch of mermaids in the yard…..I went back there early this morning and painted the mermaid in the lifeguard chair, then I painted the hanging mermaid this afternoon.  Both of these will be available for sale tomorrow evening.