Part of my Aesop’s Fables Series painted on rice paper with ink and watercolor. I adapted two fables to make a single narrative panel.
In the original, it is a peacock who complains to the Goddess Juno that he can’t sing as well as the nightingale – to which she replies that each bird has their own talent, and instead of envying the gifts of others you must make the most of your own.
The second fable is the Rooster who comes across a pearl amid the straw. The Rooster says that the pearl may be a prize to men but he would rather have a single barley corn instead. The lesson learnt is that things are only precious for those who can appreciate them.