The Stuff of Dreams

…is the name of today’s story on Fictive Dream.

Throughout the month of February 2021 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2021 at Fictive Dream, an online short-story magazine. For more information about FFF21 and my artwork process, look here.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, The Stuff of Dreams, by Jo-Anne Cappeluti.

And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

10 thoughts on “The Stuff of Dreams

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      If you think of there being a continuum of art, representational at one end, totally abstract at the other, these fall closer to the abstract end, that is very true. And it is what I was aiming for in this project – that there would be nothing representational at all, so that the story would provide that aspect of the art’s interpretation.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I like how this piece turned out. I got into doing stenciling via some of my clay work, last year, and I like the hard edged effect a stencil provides (when I say stencil, I am cutting out circles in paper, settting it on the background, painting it in, and voila! circles! I don’t like to use stencils I have not cut myself, and I have done a lot with people. But. I drift off my point. I meant to say, I liked the effect of the hard-edged circles sort of flying or floating on the more vague background a lot.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I love that image. I recall the same sight in my childhood – we had a small creek running alongside our yard and the colors of the stones in the water – I don’t know if it was childhood memory amplifying my vision or it was true, but those stones glowed.

  1. Fictive Dream

    The Stuff of Dreams by Jo-Anne Cappeluti is quite an introspective story about ambitions and dreams both realised and thwarted. I love the chosen image because it has a dream-like quality with its beautiful, floaty circles both large and small. Matthew (above) describes it as otherwordly and that is about right. I love the palette also – the green and different purples works so well against the beige. Thank you, Claudia, a lovely illustration.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I have been making art using stencils (in this case circles cut out of paper) and I liked placing them against the vaguer background. There is a balance to putting shapes into an image like this and I remember taking a good bit of time to move slowly through the painting (because once you paint in the circle, well, you have a circle for good). I loved this story. The sense of there being one person, yes, but in layers, moving through time and yet all together at once. Paradoxical and yet exactly how things are. A very poignant story, I thought.

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