New Year’s Eve (resolution-as-story)

…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, New Year’s Eve (resolution-as-story), by Jason Jackson.

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

Read the story at Fictive Dream.

5 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve (resolution-as-story)

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I absolutely love this painting. I think it is the best you have done for this series (so far). I love the mood of it, so atmospheric, a little cold yet enchanting. There is a painting by Van Gogh the colour palette and depiction of trees remind me of, though I cannot quite put my finger on which, and it also reminds me strongly of John Singer Sargent’s Nocturnes.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Just visually, I agree with you, this is one of my top favorites. I do love to make trees in art. I like the shape of these with their tall shapes and their fading/darkening line here, because I don’t know which way to read it.

  2. Fictive Dream

    There’s a sense of melancholy in Jason Jackson’s New Year’s Eve (resolution-as-story) is perfectly reflected in this illustration. The story opens with the words “Rusted evening light” and this is exactly what we see here. We could be in the car driving along a winter evening among the leafless trees with the characters. What a stunning palette. Beautiful, Claudia, thank you.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I use trees and tree shapes a lot in my art because I like the way they look, for one thing! and how they can stand in for humans in so many ways. I also like how they endure. And how they have a long perspective.

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