Three Peas in a Pod

…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, Three Peas in a Pod, by Cath Barton.

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

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

15 thoughts on “Three Peas in a Pod

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I like that you’ve focused on the story’s unifying metaphor in your choice of imagery but I also love the colour combinations in this piece. They are so bright and uplifting and suggestive of all those fresh vegetables but I like that those dark, scratchy lines and little areas of black spatter appear to suggest the dark loss the narrator will experience at the story’s end.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I think this was a great pick for the story. You know I like to make things in threes, always have, and then there are circles! So you know why this picture evolved as it did. Personal favorites!

  2. Laura Black

    Today’s story Three Peas In a Pod by Cath Barton is about three friends who are picking peas on an English farm. Could there have been a more fitting illustration? I don’t think so, and I’m now suspecting clairvoyance skills on your part Claudia. The background is green, there are three circles representing the three friends (and, of course, reminiscent of peas), and there are undertones of things not being quite right in the black edging of the circles. Just wonderful, Claudia. Today marks the end of the series—my sincere thanks for another marvellous collaboration.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you so much, for your comments onthis image and also on the overall event. Once again it has been such a great experience for me and I appreciate your faith in my work as well as the comments of the authors. For this picture, I think you are right – it has all the elements needed to go with this story. I find myself making art with circles very often; they are symbolic of so many things and also – I just like them! Here the fresh colors fit in well with the story. It seems to me the story is about youth and freshness being cut off, and this picture supplements the message well, I think.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I am so happy you like it. Each image that I make, I wonder how the author of the paired story will find it, and I hope that it will augment the story’s message, whatever it is. I feel it is a privilege to do this work. Thank you.

  3. memadtwo

    It does seem like you had a channel to this story when you painted this. If Laura Black is reading this, I want to say I enjoyed the stories this month very much. Every day I looked forward to it. And of course, Claudia, your art always inspires. (K)

    1. Laura Black

      Hello, I am so pleased to hear that you have been enjoying the February stories, thank you very much. For me it’s a joy to collaborate with Claudia and all the writers. Thank you for reading – it makes it all worthwhile.

      1. memadtwo

        I’m glad to be able to thank you for them–too often editors are forgotten. You’ve created a wonderful collaboration with Claudia and I look forward to the next one.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      It’s the serendipity of making art, I think! Our giant cosmic consciousness (sounds like I’m being facetious, but I’m not, I think there is some version of such a thing) influencing us.

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