At Home Where I Wasn’t Born

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

Throughout the month of February 2023 I will be showing you illustrations I did for Flash Fiction February 2023 at Fictive Dream, an online magazine devoted to the short story.

Here’s the image editor Laura Black chose for this story, At Home Where I Wasn’t Born, by Frances Gapper.

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 “At Home Where I Wasn’t Born

  1. mim4mail

    Love seeing your illustrations. 


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  2. Fictive Dream

    Today we have an intriguing and fragmented story, At Home Where I Wasn’t Born by Frances Gapper. The artwork is appealing firstly for its most interesting palette of colours which you’d think wouldn’t complement each other, but actually do very well indeed. I love those blues and greens. But the thing that makes it so apt for the story is, the central black line suggesting a neighbourhood road with terrace houses on either side. Just lovely, Claudia, thank you.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I love how the same shapes and arrangements can bring different things to mind to each viewer, and often more than one idea at a time, too. I am very fond of turquoise and gold/yellow together but on their own in this picture they are not strong enough to carry it. Once again there is the need for contrast. I often find that brown is a good choice, as it is neutral, doesn’t fight with other colors, and yet can be quite strong so that there is an easily seen difference between it and the other colors. I used a palette knife here to apply the colors and that lets the various layers interact, since each layer of paint is thin and that makes it more transparent.

  3. Laura (PA Pict)

    I have not yet read the story but the word “home” in its title immediately leads me to interpret the block shapes as buildings lining the road represented by that black line. I really like the colour palette in this piece. That turquoise blue works beautifully with the neutral hues.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I did this painting using a palette knife and that always makes me want to make blocky shapes. (which I like, and I like your interpretation of them). I also like the transparency I can get with this method, contrasting with the stark brown streak, kind of give some contrast and punch to the picture.

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