Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/14/19

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 “Cargo”, by Stephen Connolly. 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 – 2/14/19

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have a memory of the first time I saw helium balloons, when I was about six years old, and I could not believe my eyes. I tried to think about that as I did the pictures for this story.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. I remember being about 6 years old and seeing helium balloons for the first time, and how amazed I was that they could fly up into the sky. I thought of that memory when I was doing this picture.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I really wasn’t certain that story was going to have an uplifting ending but I should have trusted in the brightness of your painting to know it wasn’t going to be gloomy. Your depiction of the balloons is perfect and I like the way you’ve implied drawings and notes while leaving them abstract.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, this picture came to me quickly, as the balloons were the obvious image, but I so enjoyed making them bright and so vivid. I also thought the tags were a good element because they expressed movement and also gave a place for some contrast to the circles – plus the black ink punches all the other colors up.

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