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Another vintage image, this time a woman who is probably much younger than she appears.Why do you suppose their faces always look so stern or unhappy? Was it the corsets or maybe just the fact that they were considered second class citizens?
I can't even begin to imagine what life must have been like for our grandmothers, great-grandmothers and beyond... Of course there were exceptions to the rule. There were women who charted their own paths and didn't listen to the rules of society when it came to living their lives. I admire them quite a lot! But I can't help but feel some sort of admiration to all those who didn't step to the 'beat of their own drummers'. They were also silent heroes--living quietly and accepting their 'place' in society. Women WERE and STILL ARE the center of the home, whatever path they have chosen.
So today's freebie is a tribute to ALL women-past & present. For those who are charting their own course and for those who are quietly playing by someone else's rules. May those of you who don't quite yet have the courage to create the life you've imagined for yourself, go out and FIND the courage!
May you live your life creatively whether it's through cooking, gardening, raising your children or through any one of the arts!
Have a great weekend~


Terri Kahrs said…
Cathy, this beautiful post is a loving tribute to all women of every time and place. Bravo! Thanks for coming by and you lovely comments. I always enjoy hearing from you and hope that you're enjoying your summer and, most importantly, your daughter! Hugs, Terri xoxo
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Terri!
hugs right back to you...
Terri I love her I can see her as a witch with a black cat and possibly faerie wings! I can't wait to use her:) SMILE!

Thank you so much!

And I have been told they looked so stern because sometimes they sat for very long periods of time just to have a portrait done the smile just slides off your face when dressed from head to toe in dark clothing and corsets that don't allow you to breathe in 100 degree weather in a dusty dirty photograpers room. WHEW So glad I don't have to live in those times. I guess I am a bit spoiled! Tee Hee

Alberta and Ava said…
She's a babe! Coming from a family of strong women, I love this image. I've missed visiting blogs this week, but, now that SCHOOL'S OUT, I'll be bsck soon.
Cathy Mendola said…
Oh Becky, I can definitely see her with a pointy witche's hat and black cat. And definitely with wings! Hope you can use the image.
Thanks for stopping by Becky!And thanks to you Alberta. Glad you're going to have more time
to do art and visit with friends!
Tammy said…
Hi Cathy,
Hope all is well.
Thought I would stop by and say Hello.
Have a Great Week!
Cris said…
I love all the old photos. They are so interesting, aren't they? You artwork is fun too! Very cheerful!
Cris said…
Oopa, I thought that piece was yours, but now I see you won that. I looked at your Etsy shop and I see the fun things you do with the old photos. That's cool. I also love the tie dyed little dresses when I scrolled down! They are adorable!
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Tammy & Cris! I'll pop over to your blogs to say hello.
Tammy said…
Thanks for stopping by, good to hear from you.
I am working on finishing 2 paintings, one will be heading your way soon, I will keep you posted.
Have a Great Night!
Such a lovely post! Makes me proud to be a woman! And thanks for another lovely image.

Hope you are enjoying your summer and taking things easy. You deserve it! I'm off again in a couple of days for a couple of weeks and then I hope to enjoy some long productive work days at home. Can't wait for the dust to settle again!

Oh, forgot to say - I love your new blog digs! Very lovely!
Cathy Mendola said…
Thanks Tammy, I'm looking forward to receiving my painting!Can't wait to see what it is : )
Thanks Marsha, I need to stop over at your blog,
I saw some of your recent work on flickr and haven't had enough time to stop by for a longer chat! Will try to do so today!

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