Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sepia Saturday - Wyeth Not?



I love this picture of the cat waiting outside the kitchen door. It's from a time when cats were utilitarian, so I think it's all about wishful thinking. She can look inside all she wants. but she'll not be invited.

I hear - and see - through the screen the woman of the house kneading bread for dinner. Rolling out dough for pies. Some of her hair has escaped from the bobby-pins and tortoise shell combs hastily applied hours ago when her day started. She's wiping a bit of pastry from her busy hands onto her apron. It's an off white apron that she made from flour sacks just like her dish towels. There's a little spot on her chin but that will have to wait. She rarely has time to look at herself. Just for that moment in the morning when she brushes her hair.

It reminds me of a Wyeth painting. There's a sense of lot going on and a lot to see by the quiet observer.



This is an Andrew Wyeth painting

There's a lot going on - a soft fresh breeze - the first of spring, a warm sun, and billowy curtains that brush your skin as you approach to see what's going on down at the far side of that tractor path.



My picture is not a Wyeth




Mine was taken from this picture.


The half with the cat looks just like a water color. The other half just looks a photo. There's really no one in the house at all. Everyone is outside posing for a last minute picture before Mary and Mark leave to go back to the city. How'd they get all the way to Coldwater anyway? They're 140 miles from home. It's war time. Did they save months and months of gasoline ration cards. Is the railway station nearby? I'm not sure, but I know they got home alright because they were there just a few years later when I was born. And they never mentioned having any problems getting home from Coldwater.

More on Coldwater - and how they got there can be found HERE

Stop by Alan's Sepia Saturday launch silo for more Sepia Saturday fun!

16 comments:

Aimee said...

Love it! It makes a really nice header for your blog too!

jeannette said...

Interesting how a particular scene reminds us on something else:) "Longing" comes to mind and the feeling of being an outsider comes to mind in both the cat and the window scene.
BTW Weyeth is one of my favorite Am. artists!

Debby said...

I am a fan of the Wyeths. I love the family picture, and the cat. I love the painting through the window. I'd also like to know more about that Uncle Frank charactor...

Lisa B said...

As the page loaded and I saw the banner, I thought what a great cat photo, so it's lovely to see the whole photo in your post!

Karen S. said...

PLEASE! Somebody let me inside, or at least give me some food and water! Maybe a scratch on my head too?!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, I love your story so much! Thank you for stopping by my postcard post yesterday and leaving such a nice comment. I just posted on my first Sepia Saturday today. What fun all this old stuff is.

Take care and have a wonderful weekend,

Kathy

MuseSwings said...

I cheated a bit on this post - I published in on February 1, a Tuesday, but thought it was worth sharing as a Sepia Saturday post so re-posted for today.

barbara and nancy said...

I'm so glad you re-posted it. I might have missed it and the cat is priceless. And then the bonus of the family photo. And then the Uncle Frank description on the previous post. And then the imagined woman inside the house...and then...
Thanks, enjoyed it all.
Barbara

Titania said...

Enchanting picture and story.
Loved your delving into the photo.
Just wonderful!

Christine H. said...

How wonderful. When you just look at the cat part, it really does have a solitary Wyeth feel to it. Add the people and it's a whole different story. Oh, I love those ladies' hats.

Alan Burnett said...

That was wonderful. The way you constructed the post was excellent, giving us first the cat and then the context. A picture within a picture and those are the ones I like best.

Bob Scotney said...

For a moment when I saw Cynthia on the picture I thought it might be you. Enjoyed the way you constructed this post.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Amazed at how you saw to do that with the cat! What a great idea brought to reality to share with us all. And yes, lots of questions about how did they travel so far in wartime...great post..

L. D. Burgus said...

I can imagine what the cat is thinking about all those people bunching together and smiling. That is one classic catch.

TICKLEBEAR said...

i love how you brought this about, the writing, as i once heard in a movie, is "like a mood that passes through you". and i love WYETH, so, fine choice with me.
:)~
HUGZ

Nancy said...

Even though the whole family is outside you have to wonder if there's still something inside that interests the cat.

This was a great post. I enjoyed your musings on the goings on in the kitchen and I especially like the part of the photo with the kitty. Great family photo, too.