Magic Masquerade Train
In a far off realm, a long, long time ago there lived an entirely unpleasant despot. A cranky king if ever there was one, Wardlaw was in the unfortunate habit of outlawing absolutely everything with which he personally disagreed or disliked, convinced that his kingdom should be a complete and accurate representation of his preferences and beliefs. As a result, people with names beginning with the same first letter could not marry, there was neither peanut butter nor French fries, nobody was allowed to get a tattoo or have red hair, all magic and mythology (as well as the color blue) was outlawed and everyone had to have lunch precisely at noon if they were to have any at all. It was a sad kingdom and the list of prohibitions and mandates grew with each passing day. The people of the realm put up with all this the best they could, because what choice did they have, really? But when Wardlaw issued a decree banning all music, the citizens were stunned. The king’s guards gathered up all the instruments, seized all music boxes, and anyone caught so much as humming a tune was fined mercilessly. Eventually the king decided that even birdsong could not be borne and sent his men out to silence the birds. “You want us to kill all the birds?” stammered his head guard. “No, no, not at all!” chuckled the king. “Command them politely at first, but if they keep singing, THEN kill them. I will not tolerate open defiance in my kingdom!” Certain that the king had taken leave of his senses, the guard sent a message to a wise medicine woman who lived deep in the forest. She was in truth a powerful witch who’d been watching Wardlaw for some time and she’d had about enough. “Gather all the birds and bring them to me,” she replied. “I will keep them safe and see what we can do about this crazy king of yours.”
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Jocasta and Vivienne are part of the Magic Masquerade Train hextych and are offered here individually.
The original is constructed of hand cut, hand assembled vintage images on a hand painted 6” x 12” x 3/4” gallery canvas and is accented with black grosgrain ribbon, Dresden trim, metal gears, rivets and crystals and may be available here:
This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2012. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!