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.
At first the deformed pumpkins gathered only to defend one another against the children who would smash them.
But when one of the pumpkins was carved into a jack o’lantern, the misshapen gourds suddenly had a charismatic leader with a vision for their future, and thus began their scheming for world domination.
Artwork: “Orangefield” copyright © 2002 Alan M. Clark. Cover art for Orangefield, by Al Sarrantonio, published by Cemetery Dance Publications.
Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.
—Alan M. Clark