Friday Fictioneers: The Painting

The painting hung in a gallery, in a small sea-side town. Many people came by and saw it there with the many other depictions of life on the shore. Once a month the gallery owner dusted it lightly with a feather but she never took it down or gave it back to its painter, even after years of it not selling.

She wondered why it didn’t sell. She stared at it for a very long time and she decided she liked it even more than when she first hung it.

She took it down that day and brought it home, where it belonged.


This week’s photo:Copyright – Georgia Koch

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly 100 word writing challenge inspired by a picture prompt. Click here to read other stories.

My story from January 2015 is here.


59 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Painting

    • Funny what the brain will do. I kept trying to write a story about a haunted vessel but I couldn’t get it because of all the noise in my head.

      I’m distracted by some things going on where people don’t see what they are looking at, they dismiss things, and jump to conclusions.

      That is how I came up with this story about a picture that hung in a gallery among many other pictures, being seen but never really looked at….until one day…

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  1. How many times do we look at things (or people) without really seeing them? Once we dive inside, we always find there’s more to appreciate than we ever expected. Well done, Dawn.


  2. i don’t think she is the painter but someone in her family perhaps. i say that because it wouldn’t make sense to say “give it back to the painter” if she is the painter. something to think about, which is a good thing.


    • Exactly.
      The message I was trying to convey is that sometimes we don’t see things among the “noise” and sometimes we need to take a moment to really see, read, listen, whatever the medium requires to appreciate it. I thought of this painting hanging in a sea side gallery, just like many other paintings depicting the area, it blended in with the others and was only glanced over until one day….


  3. Ah, I like this Dawn. The way the painting worked its slow magic on the gallery owner, as if she always knew she loved it, but it took a long while to accept it. Great story


  4. Very nicely portrayed – it reminded me of taking things for granted, growing up and ‘seeing’ things in a different perspective. And a bit of how a mother loves her not so lovely child, the best…


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