Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/21/19

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 “Pupazzo”, by Salvatore Difalco. 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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15 thoughts on “Flash Fiction and Paint and Color and Ink and Paper – 2/21/19

  1. Sharon Mann

    Your art represents the trauma of the man in the story, well. I understand the body parts now. I like seeing your art first then read the story. And, then the connection of both.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, that is what I hope, that the art has meaning on its own as well as supporting the story. This story was interesting to me to try to figure out how to depict the different body references without making a…body!

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    When I looked at your artwork before reading the story, I saw a mixture of order and chaos. Upon reading the story, I understand this to be both a representation of the event the man witnessed that jolted him from an everyday experience into experiencing a trauma, and also his psychological state, paralysis, inertia, and emotional turmoil. I am also now reading those black squares with the white shapes within them as people sitting at the tables in the coffee shop and those blue shapes as a tangle of limbs and bodies.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I felt the whole story was about parts that would not cohere into a whole after being knocked apart. Physical and mental parts, both. So I tried to figure out how to depict body parts that would work for both, and also the inside/outside situation that the narrator experiences. It was tricky but in the end the idea of shapes gave me the way in.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      It took some time to sort out what would best portray an internal state of mind, but there were cues in the story, and once I figured out the way in, the rest fell into place, especially the colors.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Spatter painting. When I first tried it about 25 years ago I knew I would be using it a lot and wow, I have, and I love doing it and the effect it has on the artwork.

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