Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/4/19

Flash Fiction February 2019 – twenty-eight days of short short stories, an event taking place at Fictive Dream, an online fiction magazine featuring short stories. My part in the event? I did a small abstract painting as the illustration for each story. I’ll be showing one of them to you each day in February to accompany the story on Fictive Dream.

Today’s story is “Kiko”, by Eduardo del Rio. Check out the illustration, then go to Fictive Dream and read the story.

Here is the image, with the banner:

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and on its own.

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10 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/4/19

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    Before reading the story, I saw your art work as a map, an island in a bright blue sea. Upon reading the story, I see the relationship between your artwork and the islands that feature as settings for the biography but also the idea of the central subject as someone who has become an island in their own life, an exile, separated from family.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I was hoping people might see things this way. It seemed to me that Kiko kept moving from place to place and each one sliced up his life into another section – a chain of islands. I loved the colors I could use for this painting, too – I thought about what if it had been another set of islands, in another part of the world? Whole different story and whole different artwork.

  2. Laura Black

    I like Laura’s interpretation of both story and artwork very much. There is a dignity in the narrator’s voice and the artwork supports that very well, and yet still offers us the vibrancy of the uncle’s culture. A great match. Thank you, Claudia.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I enjoyed the colors and the overall atmosphere of this story – and the warmth of Kiko’s personality as symbolized by the places where he lived.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I liked the warmth in this story very much and wanted to emphasize that, even if there was also that sadness. The concept of islands, maps, and geography influencing a life – that was the theme to me that needed to be brought out.

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