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This piece is a metaphor for self-reflection and the relative nature of memory. In your world, you are the hero: your life is your own epic tale. But your memories are what you make of them, and sometimes - if you look longer and harder at the features of your past - you may catch a glimpse of a villain.

In this painting, the dragon and the color red represent the ‘villain’ or wicked creature whereas the unicorn and the color green portray the ‘hero’ and a noble spirit. The headdress is based on the heart-shaped hennin… which was worn by upperclass ladies in Europe during the middle ages. In this image, the headpiece is worn to camouflage the horns and make them appear to be a decorative accessory.

Here's the brush I used to make the texture on the glass in the background:

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CharlesBridge7x's avatar
Very lovely portrait. I liked your description of the metaphor (I am crazy into symbolism of pictures, so you got me there) it gives one a completely different perspective of what he is looking at. I did not notice the horns, glad you explained, I thought it is part of the hat. The horse looks wonderful, the light is great and the lady looks very realistic, like a photo. Great job.