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Dilation Exercise 27

Below you’ll find the 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.

While surrounded by his followers at the convention, if I had merely pointed to him and called him out for the evil, alien creature I knew him to be, no one would have believed me and I would have been ostracized by a group I had come to know and love, but during my painting demonstration that day, I seized upon a plan he would not suspect or recognize until it was too late.

I used my skills to render him, as apparently only I could see him, and offered the painting to him as a gift in a gesture of friendship before many witnesses at the event, knowing that with time my depiction of his bald head, mutton chops, and beady, little eyes would inevitably seep into the consciousness of all who saw it and register a disquieting match with the visage he had been showing us all for so long.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Carlton Stars as THE EGG MAN” copyright © 2011 Alan M. Clark.
Unpublished painting created during a Controlled Accident demonstration at BizarroCon 2011.

7 responses

  1. V. Weather

    Excellent as always. I wondered why that looked so familiar . . .

    December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  2. alanmclark

    V. Weather–you are only the first of many to have the revelation, I’m sure.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  3. Paul Groendes

    That is amazing work Alan! It looks exactly like George Clooney!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

  4. alanmclark

    Thank you, Paul. That was of course my goal.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  5. Anonymous

    how many self portraits are you going to do before you get it really right?

    December 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  6. Anonymous

    how many self portraits are you going to do before you get it really right? Bev

    December 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  7. alanmclark

    Good question, Bev.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:11 am

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