…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, The Caustic Mother/Daughter Routine, by T. L. Sherwood..
And here is the artwork with the banner. Take a look at this image. And then…
Read the story at Fictive Dream.
There is something so aesthetically pleasing about that image! Great composition!
Thank you, for me, I like the pink-red/yellow color scheme (a favorite since I was young, I can remember combining outfits in these colors which then my mother told me it did not go together, but I did not listen, obviously.
Good thing you did not listen as the results are awesome 🙂
I absolutely love the colour palette of this piece. I like the way the two circular forms are alike but apart and confined within the inky black lines, forced to share a space and co-exist like the mother and daughter of the story.
Thank you. I’m very fond of this color combination and I think it shows that pink can be a strong color, as can yellow. Once again, they needed that black frame to make the colors stand out and to emphasize the circles which I think might have gotten lost otherwise.
I agree with tierneycreates that there’s a very lovely aesthetic to today’s illustration. The story is about a contrary mother-daughter relationship. Everything is right about the artwork: the palette with its pink and yellow often liked by young girls, the use of the black border which for me suggests the daughter’s perception of a strict home life, and the two ovoids representing mother and daughter. Wonderful that these shapes are slightly off balance as is the relationship. Just wonderful, Claudia, thank you.
Thank you. I love this combination of colors, red-pink/yellow, and have used it over the years in a lot of places. And once again, circles (in this case more ovals) give a feeling of motion, I think here, one chasing after the other, but there is the sense the balance could switch anytime (what I really like about circles). And again a frame in black encloses the figures and gives them definition that they need in order not to get lost – the pink ovoids are not that intense. I also want to mention the use of spatters or ink drops – I love using them as they give an instant extra bit of dynamism to the picture.
The colors are indeed lovely. (K)
The more I look at this image the more I want some pink/yellow/red fabric to make into a blouse or skirt. Nothing to do with anything, it’s just what I am thinking!
What a sad title. But such an appropriate image for it.
Thank you. Yes, I agree, the story depicts a state of affairs that is draining and sad and something that isn’t uncommon, which is too bad. But I agree, I like the image, and I like the colors a lot.