…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, Night Flights, by Sudha Balagopal.
And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…
Read the story at Fictive Dream.
This illustration with its beautiful blue and stars and swirls is perfect for today’s story Night Flights by Sudha Balagopal. It engages with the narrator’s idea of her ‘night-time journeys’ and her desire to soar above the earth. In particular I love the shades of blue and the depth of the artwork. Thank you, Claudia.
Thank you. Once again the blue paints I have collected come together for me here. I have found that having a selection of shades is important for me to get the effect I want. I also really love making space or sky scenes, with stars. I always like the feeling of openness and possibilities the sky theme gives me. In this story, I love how the picture can be interpreted in the context of the dream journeys the narrator takes.
Your illustration immediately made me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and also the dreamscapes of Marc Chagall. Upon reading the story, I see how apt those two reference points are since a series of dreams punctuates the narrative.
Wow, that’s great, the connections you made. I am glad, because I like the idea of space and the infinite sky that goes on past other galaxies and universes, even.
Thats a heartbreaking story and a luminous painting. My favorite pairing so far. (K)
Thank you. Yes, I also thought how sad and full of lost chances this story was. And all too true to life.
We are afraid, and our fear builds walls.