Saturday, November 24, 2012

Liona the Bird Person Helps a Weary Traveler Navigate Through the Labyrinth Forest

  Here is a new mixed media painting I made using acrylic paints and Fall leaves. It is about 23 inches long and 18 inches wide.


    For thousands of years, the only people who could accurately navigate their way through the Labyrinth Forest were the bird people. The Labyrinth Forest is full of tricks and illusions naturally orchestrated by the magic within the forest. Most people who wander into the forest- either purposely or on accident- never emerge from the forested depths  Light breaking between the trees may look like an exit from the forest, but any traveler will discover it is actually another turn into more trees. But the bird people have lived in the Labyrinth Forest for so long, that it is in their blood to know the forest. A baby bird person could crawl toward an exit easier than the wisest of non-bird people. Some of the bird people resent every other type of person expecting them to help them through the forest. They feel it is not their responsibility to help others through the forest, and if the forest wanted these outsiders to pass through, the forest would show them the way. But Liona believes that every one has the right to travel through the forest. Many people living on the lands on the outside of the forest would have to travel around the forest in order to get to different villages. This would easily take them years because the forest is so long that traveling around it is not an easy task. But traveling through the forest takes only a month or two. Today, Liona is helping a weary traveler named Marie. For the month of travel, Marie lives inside a leaf monster. She mustn't leave the monster even to get a fresh breath of air. The air in the forest has a way of lodging itself inside a person and changing them. People who have exited their leaf monsters despite the warnings of the bird people become consumed with an overwhelming urge to explore the forest. They runaway from the navigating bird person and the leaf monster but quickly become lost. After this, there is no hope for them. They are just another wandering lost soul. Sometimes the bird people run into these lost travelers but usually after time spent in the forest air, these travelers are mad. Marie is a cautious person and will not leave her leaf monster. She feels frightened just looking outside the window. But she has a sick sister in the village across the forest. Her sister may die of consumption and she must see her before she passes. Marie hopes that she will be able to cure her sister. Most Bird People can also see the future. So Liona already knows Marie's sister will not survive her illness. But she cannot tell Marie this. She must let Marie find out on her own.

Leaf Monster

Marie

Liona

2 comments :

Optimistic Existentialist said...

"They runaway from the navigating bird person and the leaf monster but quickly become lost. After this, there is no hope for them. They are just another wandering lost soul"...for some reason I really loved this passage. Seemed rather poetic.

Amber said...

Thanks Keith!