Girl Talk

…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, Girl Talk, by Sarah Freligh.

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

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

14 thoughts on “Girl Talk

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you! I am really happy to hear this. It was a pleasure to illustrate your story and to read it – it gave me a lot to think about and it hit me emotionally as well.

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    It might be because I am from Scotland but my brain immediately read this series of shapes as standing stones in twilight. I like the contrast between that purple shade and the rusty colour of what I read as sky.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I ike making these kinds of rectangle like figures, I think I must do them over and over, and they of course always look different, but I like to make them sort of monumental. I am always thinking Easter Island statues with this. AndI don’t know why. To me they represent how some things just ARE, they are solid, they don’t change. I think you are seeing the same thing, I like that.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I think it’s the default setting. Once you understand that, you prize the good and the kind even more. It’s not easy to be that way here on our earth.

  2. Laura Black

    The illustration you created for Girl Talk by Sarah Freligh is spot on, Claudia. The palette is happens to reflect the colours that I like but, more importantly it engages with the lavender mentioned at the end of the story. I agree that the blocks are solid and can represent a situation that doesn’t change which is certainly a part of the story. At a more representational level the blocks could also be the men’s room the narrator finds herself in. No, things will never change in this scenario. Thank you, Claudia, another marvellous piece.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, as I said earlier, I know I have repeated this shape in past artworks, I like making the heavy solid lines like this and I feel that they make the picture have weight (forgive the pun or whatever it is) to go with the message of the story. You are right, the simple rectangle can stand for a lot of things, it’s used so much in art and in everyday life. I think that is a strength of using that shape – it can open the image to more than one interpretation, which is something I also think this story is about – one view does not fit all.

  3. msjadeli

    This is a complex story and it makes me want to know more about these characters, their origins and where they go from here. In your art, I see the post on the left as Buzzy, consumed by his condition and the rest carrying on with the business of living.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I felt this was a familiar situation, I think we all might know variations of it. Once again it seems that in life, nothing ever happens and then it’s just over.

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