Dilation Exercise 47

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.

The commute was a bitch, but it gave Goatman and his pet snail, Tilde, plenty of time to read and rehearse together for their demanding role.

“One day,” he said, glancing up at Tilde, “when I’m famous as the guy who saved the princess by devouring her horrid brats, we’ll move out of the slums of West Fairyland and get a place in town.”

Artwork: “Scholar and Goose” copyright © 2004 Alan M. Clark.
IIllustration for “At the City Of Rectified Errors” by Jay Lake with Alan M. Clark & Paul Groendes. This is one of four pieces of art produced by Alan M. Clark during a multi-media, collaborative endeavor which included writer, Jay Lake, and sculptor, Paul Groendes. The effort was to produce a fully illustrated story in front of customers during five working days at Borderlands Books in San Francisco. Paul Groendes produced a sculpture to help illustrate as well. Later, the painting appeared in the art book, Alan M. Clark, The Paint in My Blood, Fine Art and Illustration, published by 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