…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, Wasp Control, by Jude Higgins.
And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…
Read the story at Fictive Dream.
Love the colors
Wasp Control by Jude Higgins focuses on the back and forth of a long relationship. This illustration, although composed of gorgeous colours, reminds us that relationships are often thorny. I love the small touches such as the red spots and dashes on the left, the black marks, the use of yellow, not overly warm, engages with wasp metaphor. This is a beautiful artwork for a beautifully written story. This is the last in the Flash Fiction February series. Thank you, Claudia, for your unstinting commitment and creativity. And thank you to your followers for their ideas and comments.
Thank you for the opportunity to create this body of artwork. It is always a challenge to think of what might fit in with the stories, and it makes me dig harder to be creative and make good work. This image has a lot of watered down paint as well as some printing of thicker paint, and to me it makes me feel of a long late-summery day, kind of timeless, as I think the characters are in a period of life that’s sort of suspended, before things move on.
I enjoyed the story and its perspective on the push and pull in a long-term relationship, the fracturing of someone’s identity and how that creates a fractiousness in the relationship. I see those elements represented in the way you have placed colours within this composition and with the mark-making too.
I have enjoyed this whole series and think you did a stellar job with the brief.
Thank you, I feel this year I did a nice body of work, and am happy that it seems the authors feel good about how their stories are represented, as that is the objective. I also really enjoyed doing these paintings, because as you know they were created during the time when my eyesight was not doing so well, and working on these paintings really was a spirit-lifter.
This one hits very close to home. (K)