Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Museum Visitor...













Today Brian asks us to develop a character and tell a short story.  I have several  started  but far from being ready to post.  I think this story might work for the prompt, although we don't know much about her  so there's no strong sense of her..or is there...- I'm leaving it to your imaginations  ;-)
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A print of this painting is on a wall in my house.  Ever since I can remember my parents had it, and I imagined it was me for years when I was young.  It says so much to me.
I thought I'd sketch it  - and added a Rondeau which tells something of the piece ...



Never had she seen a museum door;
 faded painting  inside could be Renoir
Rustic door opened;  view more worlds therein-
framed art in her likeness? Could be her twin?
Never been in a museum before

A painting inside a painting and more
like  the Russian nesting dolls of folklore
smaller versions of herself can be seen
She never saw such artwork heretofore

Glass not  wavy like fun circus mirrors
and no reflection of clothes that she wore
Everything in varied shades of green
each looking prim in her hat,  shoes patine
She thought of possibilities in store -
No idea she'd  be art to adore








30 comments:

  1. ha. nice...in the end she is as much art as what is on the museum walls...i wonder if an artist sat there and watched the little one get lost in a painting...i remember my first real trip to an art museum...it was an amazing thing...so much wonder on those walls

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  2. Firstly gorgeous sketch, loved how you involved the matryoshka dolls as if she is duplicating herself, beautifully written Katy.

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  3. I like this too, Katy, especially the way you incorporated the rondeau form into it. Nice work!

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  4. Excellent poem Katy, I enjoyed this one very much. There was a lovely innocence about your character.

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  5. Very nice... the art admirer becoming art herself

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  6. nice... when the visitor becomes a piece of art themselves... i like your sketch ... the written one and the painted one...smiles

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  7. Reflections and re-reflections, going on for ever in the mirror of life

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  8. I really like this.. reminds me of walking in museums myself.. I used to wearing my relatives out at museums, so they had to take turns going with me... I was in Paris 1971 and spent a whole day in the Louvre... I came back the next time, and amazingly enough I remembered many of the paintings... really had consumed the whole content.. and probably spent time in my dreams inside. .. I also think that your poem from OLN was an excellent respond to the prompt...

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    1. I'm glad it reminded you of earlier nice times....thank you very much.

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  9. How you capture the invisible here! What she may see and be seen as looking in, entering, being in a museum. I like the Russian Doll allusion and image. Gosh!

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    1. Thanks, Susan, glad you like it...surprised myself when I wrote this one.... the dolls

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  10. Just budding with beauty, innocence, and wonder...your rondeau is fine art!

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    1. ..such a high compliment...wow thanks..

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  11. I felt that curiosity, that eagerness to see, to become, be part of a world so elegant, so beautiful, so perfectly framed - museums still do that for me - and I feel I become something else when I'm there too - perhaps part of the place - the Kimbell, the Louvre, the National Gallery D.C. and London, the Uffizi (I pretended I was a Medici dressed in embossed fabrics tracing gold along the carpets), the Musee d'Orsay - staying in Montparnasse - I imagined being in Gertrude Stein's drawing room...yes you capture much in this very fine poem!

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    1. Thank you so much...when I was at the Prada in Madrid I felt El Greco was alive and it led me down a like path...Georgia O'Keefe's in Santa Fe was amazing, too. That was what I was trying to get across, that she was becoming a cultured girl with no end in sight for the wonders she will discover on her journey through life and travels, even if it is in the mind.;)

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  12. That's a beautiful picture in there and wonderful storytelling - I quite like it.

    If you don't mind, I have a few suggestions about your blog - if you want will share them with you.

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    1. ....thanks, and I don't mind...you have my email address for this blog? It's theivorycottage@gmai.com I'll be gone most of the day so will check back later.

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  13. Very light, lyrical vibe to this, full of wonder and intrigue. Really enjoyed reading this.

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  14. Very light, lyrical vibe to this, full of wonder and intrigue. Really enjoyed reading this.

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  15. Life itself is an art form in all its endless variety and beauty - that is what I get from this poem. You make a deep and meaningful statement about life with this truly remarkable poem...a real work of art.

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  16. She is wise beyond her years to be able to project herself into the art. Museums are wondrous places and to appreciate the experience at a young age is truly a gift.

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  17. this is adorable. I can see how the picture inspired you. I like the picture inside a picture inside a picture.
    I have a small framed picture ...it's hung on my wall forever; every time I look at her I feel like it's me; I might have to take a closer look...maybe there is a poem hidden somewhere in there.

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    1. ...if you've had it a forever, and you like to think it's you, then go ahead and believe it. Thanks

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  18. Your poem reminds me of me or how I was. On visiting a gallery I felt a great need to internalize what I was seeing so I could keep the memory of the response to it..I was travelling and the likelihood of seeing these art works again was not imminent.

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  19. Somethings wrong with your link.. for Saturday poetic.. I will come back and check

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  20. Very cool... and I love the nesting doll reference. How true!

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