Another short story for ‘Inspiration Monday’ – the prompt. ‘Death’s Artwork’
Death was busy planning his next three projects. He was excited, these were going to be a stern test of his artistic capabilities.
The first allowed him to show off his gentler, more caring side. He decided on soft pastel colours with an early morning sun being his main light source. He had been studying his subject for weeks now and was particular pleased with the way he had captured those wrinkles on her face and those gnarled fingers. He felt that he had done a particularly good job of catching that sweet smile of hers just at the point when she passed away. His title for this work was, ‘Mrs Rogers, 96 years old, dies peacefully in her sleep.’
His second piece of work had been much more challenging. This time he had gone for a much darker background. He felt pleased with the scene that he had created, a dark, dingy alleyway, filthy dirty and poorly lit. The only splash of colour that he had allowed himself to use had been with the subjects gaudy clothes and the dark red lipstick smeared across her face. He had continued this use of red on the blood that was splattered on the dirty alley floor. The dim light from the dilapidated lamp threw a ghostly shadow across the whole scene. His title for this piece had been, ‘ Local prostitute, Mary Smith, murdered in a frenzied attack.’
His third masterpiece was much more minimalist in its style. He had used a mainly clinical, almost harsh white for much of the landscape, with splashes of sombre green and blue. The whole piece was illuminated with a harsh electric light, which bounced off the various grey, metallic objects that were placed carefully around. The eye was taken to the bright specks of red dripped on to the gown covering the subject. This one he had called, ‘Surgeons unable to save young Jimmy Jones, who dies on the operating table.’
At the end of the day Death looked again at his work. As his ever critical eye viewed each piece he thought carefully how he might improve on his growing portfolio of art work.