Thursday, 24 March 2011

Day 232- A Dreamer's Screen Painting


This is a Daydreamer's story.


It is the story about a peacock 


and a tiger 

and   

H   O   W 


they each found the other so beautiful

        
that they just sat across the river 

from each other 

and stared.

 

Alas, this strange obsession angered the Gods so much 

that they decided the creatures must be punished.


 So the Gods built a four fold screen and then put

 the flighty peacock 

and the mighty tiger 

on opposite sides of the screen

so that they can never look the other in the eye again.


But you know what the creatures thought?


At least now we will be together forever.

The End 


On 3rd March 2011, the day I was due to leave for India, I received a surprise package from Betsy, a daydreamer, an artist, my friend. I gasped out loud  when I opened the box, revealing a four fold screen, 6" tall and 9.5" wide with the most vivid depiction of India's iconic animals. Like the creatures for each other, I could not keep my eyes off the beauty of Betsy's art. Did you notice that apart from hand painting the  beautiful creatures, she had put crystals in the tiger's eyes and jewels on the peacock's head? Exactly how my Maharajah will want them..

The story I wrote on this post was inspired by another, also about a tiger and a peacock who saw each other when they were on different sides of a river. They instantly fell in love but because they could not cross the river, they could only stood and stare at each other. Being the compulsive basher that I am, I changed the ending of course. 

So Betsy,  I hope you like the story that I have bashed for you by way of a thank you and to tell you how much your work has inspired me. Your screen will enjoy pride of place in my palace.

THANK YOU, my friend!

67 comments:

malu2 said...

Hola Sans,que tal estas,como ha ido tu viaje,bienvenida de nuevo,no creas,he hechado de menos tus comentaríos!!!!!!.Felicidades por los regalos tan preciosos que has recibido y lo bien que lo has presentado con una historía.Pasate por mi blog,tengo un sorteo, por si quieres participar,Besos.

Katie said...

Hi Sans! Glad your home safe and sound...

I just love these screens! That peacock is just beautiful! Not that the tiger isn't... I'm just in love with the peacock:) What a beautiful gift!

minihugs!
Katie

Ascension said...

Hola Sans
Espero que hayas disfrutado de tus dias de fiesta,
Por aqui te he hechado de menos, pero se ve que vienes contenta y con mucha inspiracion.
Me ha encantado la historia que has narrado para agradecer a Betsy, esos dos precioso biombos.
Es un trabajo fantastico y seguro que los vas a aprovechar muy bien.
Bienvenida a casa!!!!
besitos ascension

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

What a beautiful gift from a wonderful friend. I was just marveling at Betsy's painting in her chapel. I like the new ending :)

Victoria ❤

Susanne said...

Wonderful items, Sans. Very impressing!
Love, Susanne

Glenda said...

The screen is sooooo beautiful!! And your version of the story sits so well with it! :D

Lataina said...

What a lovely story for such a beautiful screen! =)

rosanna said...

Sich a beautiful screen and such a nice ending to the story. I'm in need of happy endings. Nice to see you my dear, I was waiting for a post of yours. I still owe a mail to you, you know it will arrive. Hugs Rosanna

Drora's minimundo said...

Welcome back. Beautiful screens, lovely story. Hugs

The Old Maid said...

Pretty pretty pretty!
Great you're back Sans! Hope to read about your trip soon! :)

TreeFeathers said...

Wow, what a fantastic gift! They're beautiful, I especially love the peacock screen. Glad to see you back! :)

- Grace

Daydreamer said...

So Happy you like it!...... Your photos make it look so lovely.... and your story is JUST the kind of Tale I KNEW you would create... "Bash" for it! I like the new ending.... because togetherness, like two sides of a coin.... is a good thing! I am Happy it is at HOME!

Snowfern said...

the story is soooo romantic and befitting of the gift :) WELCOME BACKK!!!!!!!!

Alison said...

As always, you've made my day with this story!! I echo Cindy :) WELCOME BACKK!!!!!!!!

Sans! said...

Hola Hola Maria Luisa:).

Acabo de visitar su blog y lo que es un gran placer que fue para mí. Ha hecho un trabajo increíble cuando estaba en la India y los amo a todos. Pero tal vez un poco más de amor que dar a las pajareras pequeñito que ha realizado. Que hará las delicias de cualquier escena.

También he visto que han publicado fotografías de sus viajes alrededor del mundo en la barra derecha de tu blog. Tal vez usted nos puede mostrar una de Tailandia? :)

Por último, tengo que participamos en el sorteo. Sus donaciones son increíbles!

Sans! said...

Katie, 20+ posts when I was in India?!! Phenomenal! :):)

I have really enjoyed catching up with what you guys have been doing and your posts made me laughed. Those panda bears you made for Kat is soooo cute :).

The screen is quite something, isn't it? And I agree with the peacock. They are so easy to love. When I was in Sri Lanka, I saw so many of them and I really think Betsy has captured its spirit in her painting. They are proud , beautiful and very very vain :).

Sans! said...

Ascensión, buenas tardes! Una de las cosas que estoy disfrutando hoy en día es la lectura de todos los puestos he echado de menos cuando estaba en la India. Al igual que Betsy, ustedes han sido tan creativo:).

Sans! said...

V, I have gone to Betsy's blog a few times with this post but I am saving some time to just sit and marvel at more of her art . So far the glimpses I caught of her chapel has been breathtaking and unforgettable.

I have visited your Vulture Roost again :). That is one house I really like too!

dale's dreams said...

(tip toes in quietly and peeks in....)


That is a lovely story and to be sure a precious gift. :)

(slips out quietly)


;)

Kikka said...

HI!
That is sure to be a very Lovely gift!
Did you already come from your journey from India? If..How was your journey?

Sans! said...

Thank you Susanne. So are your peacock and tiger amber lamps :):)

Sans! said...

Thank you dear Glenda :). The story was an inspired one. I couldn't think of how I should write this post until I look at the screen again that Betsy did for me :)

Norma Soulet (AZArtist) said...

Hi Sans,

The two screens are lovely! What a super gift. I am sure they will look lovely in your palace. :)
Loved the story too.
Hugs

Kim said...

what a beautiful gift- the peacock is amazing! I'm so happy you've returned safely Sans- I cannot wait to hear about your travels!

Jollie said...

What a beautiful story Sans! :)
And such a marvelous gifts you have got from Betsy, very pretty!!

Hugs Jollie

Pubdoll said...

Hi my dear, I have so missed you and your stories, but I haven't spent much free time at the computer these last months, but it's good to be back.
Wonderful present! I could tell right away I set my eyes on that peacock that Betsy had to be the artist. It's absolutely stunning and I can't imagine all the work behind all those feathers!
I also loved your little story and especially the twist at the end. Truly inspired!

BiWuBär said...

Good to have you back... hope you had a wonderful vacation. This wonderful gift is amazing - but your friend will know how much you appreciate it because of your lovely story. If peacock and tiger had a choice, they would choose your story ending...

Greetings
Birgit

contar said...

un bello regalo para el fin de un viaje y una historia de la que muchos podrían aprender.
un abrazo


a lovely gift for the end of a journey and a story that many could learn.
a hug

My Realitty said...

You are such a good story teller! CM

Sans! said...

Thank you Lataina :)

Sans! said...

My dear Rosanna, will you believe me if I tell you I see a really happy ending for you ? :):) Really, really!

When I first published this post, the ending of my story was without the last 2 lines. It ended with "so that they can never look the other in the eye again". But then I thought the ending too morose and added the "happy ending". Of course, some may think so what that they are together, they can never look at each other?!" but I guess I am "a glass half full" kind of person rather than "a glass half empty". I see happy endings most of the time :):). Imagine the tiger and peacock really living together! It is just a matter of time , mighty tiger will have flighty peacock for dinner, right? haha

Now I owe you a mail but my nieces and nephew are coming to stay for the weekend in 2 hours and I know I won't have much time online. We are having Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner...sigh.....

Sans! said...

Drora, I am glad: to be home, that you like the screen and my story :) and that you are here :)

rosanna said...

Kentucky Fried Chicken ??!! it's a shame ! those kids may be fed up with your Mum delicious food but I canot believe they want it! I could use a bowl of chicken curry now...or those spiccy noodes we had in Malaysia. Well, I shall stick to my diet, more than 5 kgs gone :o))) happy dancing around te scale ;o)) have fun with the kids. Love to you all

Sans! said...

Ewa, I am really looking forward to posting all about my last trip :). I have some "intimate" pictures to share..teehee . Just hope my little brats give me some time to spend on the blog.

Sans! said...

Grace, with this screen, I am officially adopting peacocks as the family bird of my maharajah , whatever that means :). A beautiful mini peacock is not easy to find. I am glad Betsy painted me one :)..so beautifully too.

Sans! said...

THANK YOU, ALISON! Teehee but from the bottom of my heart, I thank you even more for the really kind things you said :):) Way too generous though :):) but I don't care! haha

Sans! said...

Betsy :):) Photos usually don't do justice to the work but I am glad you thought mine do a fine enough job. You know I love blowing up my pictures so that details are obvious. And it is clear that your art have withstood the "blow-up test" perfectly.

I am so happy that I finally have the opportunity to look at your art up close after admiring it for so long on your blog.

Nathaniel wants to see the real thing so I am going to show it to him now. :)

Piikko said...

Sans, welcome HOME!
Now I wait for stories from your holiday...
You have got great gifts. I love the peacokcs tail!
:D piikko

Daydreamer said...

Dear Sans! I have to confess that I love it that now I can come and look at my (Your!) screen any time I like..... in such beautiful settings.... (it is snow on the ground still in my country :))... with such expert "blow-up" photography! Did you Not imagine that I often get out my magnifying glass to see if my little dots of paint have landed where I hope they are landing?? It is one of the great joys for me, of digital photography, that I can see the details of my painting BETTER than with the naked eye!!! It makes me strive to get the paint right.... at least SORT OF..... because I never think it is EXACTLY right....
So I am LOVING your Post.... and even more so because the STORY is so Perfect!
Thank YOU, my dear Friend.... for being the inspiration!

Sans! said...

Rosannnnnnnnnnna! 5kg!!!!! OMG! I want that diet of yours! This morning the kids were so disappointed that they didn't get McDonalds breakfast. I had to send them back to my mum's for Roti Prata. Did you eat these when you were here?

Sans! said...

Cindy, I have just visited your blog :) as you must know from the lengthy comments I left :).

If I tell you I have missed you, will you feel squirmish? Teehee :). I am so tempted to take Monday off just to meet in March. But there are things I have to settle. Maybe Thursday? I know Asuka won't be able to make it though..

Sans! said...

Dale :)

Your absence has been felt :).

Flora said...

When I was little, especially when I was sick in bed, I liked to read a book of short stories from around the world ...
I remember something of a peacock and a tiger, living in lush and mysterious places ...
Now, these images and words, bring them back to my memory in a magical way ... You're a lucky girl to have so many friends sensitive, and we are all lucky to have you for friend :-)
Mini hugs, Flora

Ana Anselmo said...

hi! Sans! I am so happy you are back!!!!! I missed you a lot.
I love the story as usual...they are magic. I hope you have more stories to told us, from your trip to India.
Lots of love
Ana

Snowfern said...

heee ^ ^ i also miss you ler *shy* ya ok, thursday can, if you are free la, i know you're busy :)

dale's dreams said...

Thanks, Sans! :)


Oh, I forgot about. La. lol ;)

I wish I could be with you both for your mini meet. I often think about you all getting together...

deep sighs! :)

Sans! said...

Kikka, I was hoping to post this weekend on India ....4 hours to the end of the weekend, :) ok, let's see how much I can do in this 4 hours :).

Sans! said...

Norma (NZ) its one screen, both sides painted! Isn't it just wonderful? :):)

I just saw your Mardi Gras doll with the peacock print costume. I also bought a pair of pants called the "shit catcher" in peacock prints. Very hippy and maybe even hip in woodstock Rishikesh (that place is like a page off the 70's diary) but maybe not when I am back here ..hahaha

Sans! said...

Jollie :), you have given me something wonderful too :):) and I just saw your giveaway :). I will link my blog to it! Love love love all the things you made :)

Sans! said...

Helene, if you hadn't commented, I would have emailed you sometime next week. What with the nieces and nephew and work , I am really quite swarmed since India :).

But I am so happy you are back! I have missed you very much :). If I can reply to everyone and catch up on all your blogs, well, a Herculean task but then I am a super woman ..hahaha...maybe I will post something tonight about India.

You and Betsy are now the favoured painters in the palace. And with both your beauty, you have been assigned one of the best rooms in the Harem :):)!

Sans! said...

Kim, I am so glad you are here when I returned. :):):)

Have I told you yet, ok, maybe a 100 times already that I just love your journal :):):)

Sans! said...

Birgit :) thank you! Nothing is more rewarding for me when I tell a story than for my own characters to say "hey I want your ending " :):). You have made my day , my friend :).

Is Spring really here already where you are?

Sans! said...

Thank you, dear Contar :)

Sans! said...

CM, you are not so bad yourself + that amazingly sharp wit of yours, you ought to be writing bestsellers! :)

Sans! said...

Piiko, don't we all just love it when the peacock is parading with an expanded tail. Very very hard to see them like this in real life, I should know because I was in the Sri Lanka jungle fame for its peacocks and I think I saw one? like maybe 1 km away!!! and the other 999 just flying or walking around like a broom :):).

So I am glad Bets drew me this one :)

Sans! said...

Bets :):) You have made me really happy :)

Sans! said...

Flora, thank you *blush blush :).

I am really hoping someone can help me identify the story about the tiger and the peacock. I will love to read the full version:)

Sans! said...

I will email you again Cinds.

Sans! said...

And Dale, WISH YOU WERE HERE! :)

dale's dreams said...

I was just trolling through my blog looking for something and went through all of the Singapore pictures. What a beautiful country! :)

I will never forget your hospitality and kindness. Why does the other side of the world have to be so far away? la!

Here you go Superwoman! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AphKUK8twg

GB said...

Haven't heard this story earlier---loved the ending!I owe you a long e-mail (and I hope to get a longer one in return). I'm glad you're back. I'm glad I'm back. :)

Sans! said...

Teehee Dale, I have just watched the clip you sent me about waxing! And Alicia Keyes rocks! I think she is one of the most beautiful woman in the world :).

By the way, we are not that far away. A mere 25 hours?

Fai has been talking about the National Marathon in Washington. So if we participate, guess who's coming a knocking at your door? But I can't qualify yet (5 mins shy from the time for 1/2 marathon and 2 hours for the marathon..hahaha!)

Sans! said...

Gagan!!!!!!!!! :):)

I hope to read all about your trip home to India. I am afraid Delhi was very trying for me :):) but I am in love with Phool Chatti. :):)

Going over to your blog now . I see you have a new post :).

dale's dreams said...

I think Alicia is beautiful, too and so talented, my goodness! :)

Wasn't that clip hysterical! Oh, my!

Sheesh, girl! Knock that five minutes off. Just think of me running behind you with the wax tape. lol ;)

When is the marathon?

(runs off to finish guest room...)

Sans! said...

Dale, the 2011 one was just over,March 12? Next one in 2012.

dale's dreams said...

So, I have time then. :)

(wipes sweat from brow)

;)

Sans! said...

Time aplenty :)

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