Dwelling On The Mystery

Oscar + Museu de ArtePhoto and Story
by Gretchen Fogelstrom

He just sat there staring.  I think he could see his own reflection in the glass.  But from my angle it looked like he was dwelling on the tears streaming down her face.  I could almost hear him say to himself, “why, why does she cry?” as he cocked his head to the right.

He sat there for nearly an hour.  So quiet. So still. Just staring.

Then, slowly he raised his paw, reaching out to touch the red side of her face, sweet and caressing.  It was so gentle and full of emotion.  His paw curling and un-curling.

His head righted and then all of a sudden he jumped, straight into the picture, the blue and white strands of her hair parted and he was gone.  I think I saw a small upward movement in the corners of her mouth and the tracks of her tears seemed to fade.


The Trifecta weekly challenge word: DWELL, combined with Storied Impressions theme: RED.

I took the photo of this painting I have hanging in my house – painted for me by the Director of the Museo de Arte in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 20 years ago!  And then super-imposed the silhouette of my cat Oscar.

Ever thought of jumping into the world of a painting?


Filed under Contests and Such, February, Uncategorized

18 responses to “Dwelling On The Mystery

  1. fransiweinstein

    Cool idea.

  2. kz

    beautiful.. this story is beautiful and it touched my heart and made me smile while i was reading it..
    wonderful way to start my morning 🙂

  3. Draug419

    Cool story (:

  4. A cute story though I would not like to jump into any painting-who knows what lies in wait;-)

  5. What an interesting combination, the story with that painting. And I can see a cat doing that, too. Very whimsical.

  6. This was a very good whimsical story. I didn’t expect the dog. He was a nice surprise and what he did was even better. Nice writing:~) I also liked the picture very much. Multi-talented…I envy that!

    P.S. I hate to do this, but I’d love if you stopped by my site at some point and unfortunately with WordPress, I can’t actually give my link in the log in box. Here it is
    It’s slightly a slightly dark Valentine’s Day story.

  7. Great story about the kitty in the picture. I liked the picture and the story (cats are awesome :))

  8. What a cute story! and the matching picture is priceless.

  9. Sarah Ann

    I enjoyed the way you combined all these elements – especially the cat jumping into the picture at the end. Great.

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