Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More Ladies, Women, Wenches and Girls....


We saw several other interesting ladies that week at the beach besides the Reading in the Waves lady.


This one was at the Ringling Brothers Circus Museum in Sarasota. As a child I always thought life in the circus must be magical. I devoured adventure stories about girls running off to join the circus. Daring tight rope walkers, trapeze artistes flying through the air without so much as a safety net to catch them, elephant trainers, beautiful horses with bareback riders, lion tamers, clowns and acrobats. What was not to love? Until I saw elephants chained at a circus in Belgium with about 5" of space to move back and forth. That took all the romance out of it. 



We came upon this smiling girl in the pouring rain on the Ringling grounds. Not sure why she has that hole in her head but it doesn't seem to be affecting her mood any more than the rain is....



Thoroughly soaked, we went from the gardens into the Ringling Art Museum where we met this demure damsel. I felt a kinship with her instantly as my hair was plastered to my head from the rain just as hers seems to be. The style was perhaps a little bit more flattering to her than it was to me...Still and all --- sisters under the skin!



And then this formidable madam hove into view and put me in mind, instantly, of schooldays and the nuns! Glad I never had to go to her office and stammer and fidget and justify my actions. Doesn't look to me as though mercy would be her strong suit.



This elegant maiden was standing on a table in a hallway  in the C'a d'Zan, a beautiful Moorish mansion on the Ringling grounds.(Standing on tables is in the forefront of my mind at the moment as I'm reading "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves." Go read it, you'll love it!)  Nobody seemed to mind her state of deshabille...and the last mentioned lady, who might have had some harsh words for her, was at a safe distance in another part of the museum.




I couldn't help wondering how long this lady spent fixing her hair and how much starch it took to keep her collar standing so elegantly out from her neck....




And this poor soul looks as though she needs a chill pill. Doesn't she look a mite tense?



My inner wild child warmed immediately to this beautiful person. She looks like she'd do all the wild and carefree things I'd probably just think about doing. She certainly doesn't look like she needs any chill pills. She could give all hers to the lady above. Wouldn't you like to know what she's thinking? I'd love to hear some guesses!



And here I give you the Biblical Judith, just after she and her maid cut off  Holofernes' head, something that unfortunately seems to be enjoying renewed popularity. Not all women back then were docile and submissive apparently. She looks awfully calm for one who has committed such a ghastly deed. I'd have been for poisoning him or pushing him off a bridge.


Meanwhile, outside in the rose garden, this coy milkmaid and her besotted swain were demurring --- would they or wouldn't they go somewhere more private where she might or might not submit to his beseeching?



And in the Dwarf Garden we came upon this grotesque female hiding in the bushes.We beat a hasty retreat!




To end on a lighter note, here is the OC catching another naked lady by surprise and I'm not even a teeny bit jealous!





11 comments:

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your wild child looks as though she'll take a bite out of the next person that approaches .
Probably the Mother Superior in the fourth photo .

Thimbleanna said...

You're too funny! I think you might need a vacation -- good thing you're getting one soon LOL!

And I'm thinking that wild woman was thinking -- "Crap! My dress fell down and my boob is exposed and I don't have any arms to fix it!"

Marigold Jam said...

What a hoot! Loved this post and I thought the lady might have been thinking something along the lines of "where's my wonderbra when I need it?"!!

Susan Kane said...

There are so many stream of consciousness flowing through that gallery. I always wonder what happens in the gallery once the lights go out: do they talk to each other? do they stretch and walk about (with their invisible legs)?

I love Judith the best...she has some fire within her!

Lee said...

How very interesting...hours could easily be spent wandering around there.

We never missed a circus when they came to town when we were kids. We loved them and sat in open-mouthed awe throughout the programme.

I love the book and the movie..."Water for Elephants".

Things are different now...I hate seeing the wonderful animals confined so.

Molly Bon said...

S&S --- To bite Mother Superior in my day would have been a hanging offence!

Anna --- Aha! That's why her hair has such a wild, unkempt look about it --- She has no hands to wield a comb!

MJ --- I'd have to disagree Marigold. She looks more the hippie/flower child type who dispensed with bras altogether...

SK --- and make snide remarks and jokes about those who came and stared at them so rudely?

Lee --- I loved that book too, but never saw the movie.

Isabelle said...

Does the OC realise that you've decided how to murder him if you decide you've had enough of him?

Friko said...

what a lot of ladies.
Your wild child just wants to get out of the museum and back into the jungle. She looks cross.

jkhenson said...

I greatly enjoyed the tour of artwork-the beautiful women of all shapes and kinds. :) I must admit I chuckled aloud at the last photo! :) Thank you for the smile! Hugs!

Dee said...

Dear Molly, what a wonderful posting. I so loved seeing these "painted" ladies as well as those who were sculpted. Peace.

Pauline said...

What a delightful tour! Let's get wild child and head out the door ;)