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Dilation Exercise 8

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—What is This?

During the Oneiric Plague, the really big changes, like land and sea changing places and dogs taking on cat traits, happened during nighttime repose, but the really annoying small stuff came from short naps.

One afternoon when I just couldn’t keep my eyes open, my legs got all disproportionate, my left arm decided I was a heroin addict, and my face tried to float right off my head.


—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Astral Rejection” copyright © 2010 Alan M. Clark
From the collection of Rose OKeefe. Painted at BizarroCon as a demonstration of controlled accident painting and forced hallucination.

13 responses

  1. carltonmellick

    I loved seeing this image come to life at BizarroCon!

    July 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

  2. Anonymous

    I hope to do another one this year.

    July 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm

  3. Yes! One of my favourite things at bizarrocon last year was seeing this go from being random mess of paint to being an amazing work of art, all in one day.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  4. Anonymous

    I hope to do another one this year.
    Thanks, it was fun.

    July 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  5. alanmclark

    Oh, no, It’s made me anonymous (Anonymous Bosch?) and it’s repeating what I say!

    July 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm

  6. Most hallucinegenic drugs alter your perception of the world around you… I found out too late that the drug called “Kafka” worked in the opposite way… it altered you to fit the world’s perceptions… (“What monsters would walk the streets, if people’s faces were as incomplete as their minds.” -Eric Hoffer)

    July 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

  7. alanmclark

    Thanks for the contribution, Joe.

    July 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

  8. That this was painted in one day blows my mind!

    July 12, 2011 at 3:27 pm

  9. alanmclark

    Actually, it took under 4 hours, but it is a Controlled Accident painting which makes it quicker. I started it by pushing the paint around with a balloon, then looked to see what the mess suggested and brought it out with color light and shadow.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  10. Very amazing! I love all these paintings of yours.

    July 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  11. alanmclark

    Thanks, Lee. I’ll keep em coming.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

  12. I’ve written a piece of flash fiction partially inspired by Alan’s wonderful painting… I read it at a Terror Scribes gathering a couple of days ago in the UK. I think I surprised a few folks, it was my first reading at an event .

    July 18, 2011 at 1:45 am

  13. alanmclark

    Martin–would you allow me to read it?

    July 18, 2011 at 8:42 am

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