I’ve been interested in learning more about illustration and visual story telling for quite some time. Tara Larsen Chang, an instructor at Cloud 9 Art School, kicked off a series of classes in January of this year and I signed up. For the past five months, along with quite a few other students, I’ve learned so much about the art of illustration. How to come up with ideas for stories and how to translate those ideas into sketches, composition studies, value studies, color comps. So much to learn. So many artists to inspire us. It’s been an amazing course.
And now, as we are nearing the end of the course, we are all working towards our final pieces which will be on exhibit in June.
I am so excited to invite you to our group show of artwork from our Visual Storytelling Illustration series of classes!
The Art of Narrative Painting
10101 Main St.
Bothell WA 98011
June 25 - July 20, 2019
MEET & GREET THE ARTISTS: SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 4PM–7PM
The artwork in this exhibit has been created by students of Tara Larsen Chang’s series of classes on the art of storytelling. These paintings are the culmination of five months of theory and practice, brush strokes and personal stories blended together in this show of narrative works.
Each piece represents a specific memory, wish or relationship that the artist has crafted together, blending imagination, emotion and principles of design.
Each student’s story unfolds before your eyes, inviting you to enter visions that are tender, exhilarating, or emotionally resonate – and deeply meaningful to the creator.
Come see our final pieces, glimpse at our sketches and process for creating the pieces and meet all the artists!
My piece for this class is titled Sea of Stars (watercolor, gouache, color pencils) and measures 22 x 15 in. / 50 x 38 cm.
Storytelling in my artwork is a new direction for me. Instead of painting directly from a photograph, the challenge in Tara’s class pushed me to create my own narrative using parts of photos, memories, my imagination to create a story.
I chose to use a photo of my brother, Richard, and me taken many decades ago as the starting point for my painting. I focused on the bond between young siblings embarking on a journey of wonder and awe as they set out to explore a magical universe. The idea of growing up together, learning about life and discovering both exciting and frightening possibilities along the way, led my choices.
When I showed Richard the original photograph of us, I mentioned to him that even from a young age, he had his arm protectively around me. His response was that I was missing the fact that he was leaning into me for support.
I love this feeling of give and take, adventure, and the sense that we are all under a sea of stars together.