This Mixed Media Monday challenge gave me the motivation to complete a tryptic I started some time ago. It started as an assignment, but my muse seemed to have her own ideas, and took off in a different direction. I just went along for the (joy) ride. When I realized I was so far off track that it no longer met the requirement I abandoned it, almost finished. Even though no story was required for that assignment, a story did unfold as the piece formed, as if the storyinsisted on being told. And just for added fun, each panel has an interactive part!
Panel 1) We see a hand reaching for a beautiful golden pear (with real gold leafing!) but unable to grasp it, and we see a bird in the tree. By the look on his face and the throbbing heart we can tell he has fallen in love. [The interactive feature is the castle gate, which opens/closes]
Panel 2) See the bird looking in the window at the object of his desire? He can see that the princess has a plate of luscious fruit, but is pining for the pear on the tree outside her window. Notice her dinner guest! [The window opens on hinges]
to the princess, whom appears in the distant window. But how can he lift the relatively heavy fruit? If you turn the hurdy-gurdy crank you will hear the tune "Wind Beneath My Wings"!