Dilation Exercise 56

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

He had darkened each day and poured down on her relentlessly, and yet, held fast to the ocean floor, she eagerly anticipated his visits, always lifting her chin, offering a kiss.


Today, the pressure in the magma chamber of her heart had finally melted through the stolid rock that had kept her quiet for so long, but she patiently held herself back, awaiting his arrival.

Artwork: “Crosley (colorized)” copyright © 1998 Alan M. Clark.
Cover illustration for “Crosley” a short story ebook by Elizabeth Engstrom – IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 53

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

Banished from her home on a world orbiting a star in the constellation, Musca, Arachnius was sent to the backwater world, Earth, to live out her life as a lowly creature.

Hope against hope, her plan for ending her exile was outrageous, but when the stars above her stirred and showed interest in her construction, she crouched in preparation for her leap.

Artwork: “Said the Spider to the Fly” copyright © 2000 Alan M. Clark.
Interior illustration for Imagination Fully Dilated, Volume II edited by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark – IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon

Dilation Exercise 49

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

They shared many hours together in the bed, passionate hours, hours of rest, hope, dreams, nightmares, illness, and finally the moment of death.

Once they were gone, the bedding could not be changed and the room could not be used, as the memory of their love and passion for each other demanded privacy.

Artwork: “Frontispiece for ‘Candyland’” copyright © 1998 Alan M. Clark.
Interior illustration for “Candyland” by Elizabeth Engstrom, which appeared in The Alchemy of Love, by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark, published by TripleTree Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark

Eugene, Oregon