Sunday Strange microfiction challenge

It’s late. Sorry. I was away communing with nature. Inspired by the neighbour’s sheep collection, I thought I’d post this painting by Ford Madox Brown. I’ve used it as a prompt once before, but it’s odd enough to trot out again. Just look at the baby’s face if you want strange. Now you know what happened to Rosemary’s baby.

Last week’s painting was Night by Edward Burne-Jones.



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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Strange microfiction challenge”

  1. HA HA you caught that kid’s face – Mom’s isn’t much better (“And this one dear, is dinner…”) Did you notice the seemingly dead one sprawled out on the right?
    The one in the back must have had a cat as a model.
    (Oh, sorry. Not nice to apply out of context of the age – but really….a period piece of symbolic teaching or just portrait of the era?)

    1. Right! The way mother is enticing that sheep. I want to shout out, Run! Run very far away! No, I hadn’t noticed the corpse. Somebody should remove it before one of its sisters decides to take a bite. I was intrigued by what the one in the hat is collecting. Sheep turds?

  2. This is one of the two paintings of the pre raphaelites that show why plein air painting (painting in the open air), which they invented, never caught on in Britain. in this case the maid caught sunstroke and the baby was badly sunburnt, and the sheep demolished the garden. The ‘dead’ sheep is probably bloated from eating two many summer bedding plants.
    The other painting is ‘Chill October’ by Millais, and there the artist ended up with a severe cold, despite being served regular mugs of tea by a kindly railway worker.
    In France the Impressionists painted en plein air in the south of France (with a glass of absinth) – no wonder is caught on there!

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