Desolate: Friday Fictioneers

Roadside stops at alluring views often lead to interesting observations and potentially creative ideas.

Each week Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts a pic to write a 100 word story about.

This week it’s artistic fiction (truly fictional – only the names are factual. I have taken total artistic license with this one).

© Marie Gail Stratford

© Marie Gail Stratford


“Pull over, Andrew.”
The Ford V-8 Coupe’s tires slowly crunched the gravel roadside. The year was 1948.
“Look at the colors in the grass, the starkness of that old silo and that transmission tower.”
Andrew nodded. “Desolate.”
“And the barbed wire distances you, but from what? What could they be keeping you away from?”
“I visualize an arm reaching out for help.”
“But no one’s there. No one to hear you, or see you.”
“I think I’ll paint that scene when we get back to Cushing.”
Christina smiled. She loved being a part of Andrew Wyeth’s world.

Randy Mazie

Christina’s World (1948) by Andrew Wyeth
15-05-12 300px-Christinasworld

Please feel free to click on the blue links in the piece to reference Wikipedia for both Anna Christina Olson and Andrew Wyeth.


49 thoughts on “Desolate: Friday Fictioneers

  1. The picture prompt definitely did not say “artist’s muse” to me but I’m pleased it evidently did to you. Well done.

  2. Nice job,Randy! As you probably know, the largest collection of Wyeths are at the Brandywine River Museum in Brandywine Pa, not real far from here. Used to take my kids there a lot when they were young. N.C. Wyeth, Andrew, and Jamie are all there, along with the famous Helga paintings.

    • The double entendre wasn’t intentional. i was really out of my writing comfort zone trying to do this because I did no historical research. I cannot claim it to be historical at all . It was only a glimpse in my mind’s eye relating what I felt from Ms Stratford’s photo and what I felt from Wyeth’s painting of Christina’s World (one of my favorite paintings). Randy

  3. Oh I love your take. Instead of making something sinister out of it, you take the time to look at it with an artist’s eye. Very nice.

  4. Wonderful take on the prompt. I like the story behind the painting. When looking at paintings I always wonder if there was some grand story behind them…I like this one, sweet, rather than sinister, as quite a few of us made our answers to this prompt to be.

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