Consider Switching the Tempo to Prestissimo

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

Throughout the month of February 2022 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2022 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, Consider Switching the Tempo to Prestissimo, by Keely O’Shaughnessy.

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 “Consider Switching the Tempo to Prestissimo

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’m not musical, so I feel for the wife in this story. To me it’s about metamorphosis that’s leads to good changesfor one and loss for another – leaving and being left behind. I like the watery look of the paints in this one, it’s a sort of less assertive look, something you can see evolving on the paper, I think.

  1. Nancy Bell Scott

    What a brilliant story (and my favorite also so far), and your art to match. The colors seem to me to be fading, echoing the fading of connection that is happening in the story. I feel the eventual hollowing-out of that connection both in the story and in your art here. Very poignant and painful true-to-life journey.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I like the watery look of this artwork, it’s not my usual thick application of paint, and I think of the image kind of like water, in fact, sort of drifting and flowing away. Like what happened in this story, I think as you say.

  2. Laura Black

    The story Consider Switching the Tempo to Prestissimo by Keely O’Shaughnessy has a delicate, almost fragile, quality about it and I was drawn to this illustration because I feel it shares those same qualities. The beautiful palette is understated and I cannot help but see the double bass in the brown shape. Just lovely, Claudia, thank you.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I feel this story is very touching, the leaving and the being left behind, and I agree, I feel this picture has almost a shy quality to it, a wistful sadness, that to me really fits the relationship between the two people as they move apart.

  3. msjadeli

    I like how the author uses actual food for nourishment for the wife and shows the husband being nourished on another wavelength. The ending is poignant as it appears to be a trajectory that neither is able to resist. Wonderful detail that speaks without saying. I see the red in your image as representing the wife’s loss.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Yes, I think this story is sad because the transformation seems to be beyond the husband’s control – he’s not leaving her but going to another place. And she seems to be in the place where she belongs already. I always think this kind of situation is very sad – things don’t always evolve in the same direction for two people though they may want them to do so very much.

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