A Matter of Perspective

…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, A Matter of Perspective, by Sandra Arnold.

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

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

8 thoughts on “A Matter of Perspective

  1. memadtwo

    I really identify with this story, having once been accused of plagiarism by a teacher. The reason he gave was that I never talked in class. Of course the reason I no longer talked in class was a previous teacher who humiliated me in front of the class for talking too much…
    Your illustration captures well the gulf between the ways children are treated by adults. (K)

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I remember back to my childhood and how eeverything (often even the kids around me) seemed to behave according to rules or whatever that I didn’t understand and often only realized were there when I got into trouble.

  2. Lara Black

    A Matter of Perspective by Sandra Arnold is a story with which many will identify. The narrator remembers reading Gulliver’s Travels as a child and seeing a miniature world from the top deck of a bus. The illustration captures this image beautifully. In addition, I love the palette which I feel captures the tone of the story. Thnak you, Claudia, another great artwork.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I enjoyed all the different perspectives in this story, both internal and external. It is also a feature of doing abstract artwork that the scene changes with each change the artist makes, and a new perspective is found.

  3. msjadeli

    The story of the classroom dynamic was told just right. It has a ring of truth about it, as if autobiographical. I love the description of teacher. Adults in charge of kids have a heavy responsibility. I’m surprised the dad didn’t go down to the school and whup her butt. lol. In the art, I see the left side as the teacher’s mouth, chomping up her students.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I love that about the mouth. I think, even if you liked school, as I did, there was a lot of just trying to get through the day kind of thing without getting into trouble for things that seemed arbitrary or just puzzling. Being a kid is a lot harder than we want to remember it.

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