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

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 “1918”, by Francine Witte. 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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11 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/19/19

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes, I felt the same. A lot of despair and not much else, so the picture needed to reflect that. Different from a lot of other things I have made because of the muted color scheme.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. It does seem to me that people are so often caught in a repetitive pattern, often themselves the needle doing the sewing, of course, but so much more often the pattern is in process already.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    The story was very gloomy and poignant and your choice of mainly monochrome for the illustration is, therefore, definitely apt. I like the criss-crossed lines that look almost like a mesh, the many ties that bind this couple together, with all of their emotional baggage and history and emotional connection, and the dark spaces of silence between them. The spatters of red read like drops of blood and, therefore, strike me as an omen of death.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      This illustration has brought up images I didn’t think of, exactly, when I was doing it, such as the mesh or net (I was thinking of a calendar and marking off square after square, being trapped in the sequence) and yet I see the idea behind them is the same – being caught and no hope of escaping. That really gets me, that the art inspired more than one comparison to a real-world object and yet the theme emerged the same. That makes me feel I was on the right track and also that though we put into words what a picture might be we are expressing a feeling (I’m really maybe going very airy now, I hope this makes sense).

  2. Laura Black

    It’s interesting for me to see your readers’ interpretation of 1918 by Francine Witte. This is a tough story to read and your image supports the piece perfectly. The grid add a great deal to the artwork and it was this feature that determined my choice. Thank you, Claudia.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I am interested that people saw the image as net-like, which I had not thought of but is perfect – and it fits in with the theme of being entrapped in a reality that constrains which is what I thought of from the very first when I read the story.

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