Story Seeds

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Back in March I traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for an arts festival. As I prepared my pieces for display, I tried to figure out how I could inject a little more story into my paintings. And so I decided to write a few lines that I would print on the back of the 2.5″x4.5″ title/price tags. These would be story seeds, words to stir the imagination, a few lines to trigger the mind of the viewer.

Well, they ended up inspiring me as well. These lines, written in haste, almost as an afterthought, have helped me (once again) to see that writing is not a massive and unmanageable undertaking.

And so I’m writing. I’m taking a couple weeks off painting (so my Instagram feed is going to be quiet for a time) and I’m going to get a story or two out that I can turn into a picture book. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite story seeds and the images they accompany.

Stella Frees the Stars

Stella Frees the Stars

“I hope I’m not too late,” Stella whispered. “How long will it take to find your places again?” After a moment she added, “We need you, you know. Father can’t find his way home without you.”

Fox Girl

Fox Girl

She liked the hat because it looked good with her coat. And it was warm. And it helped her see in the dark and hear the whispers of the animals in the forest.

Ellen and the Owl

Ellen and the Owl

“I think you will find,” said the owl, “that we have gone farther than you could possibly imagine.”

“I doubt it,” said Ellen. “I have a very active imagination.”

“Tell me,” said the owl, “do you recognize these stars?”

Profile photo of Jamin Still

Jamin has always enjoyed illustrations and images related to stories. As a child, he drew and painted and continued to pursue art through high school and college. He attended Wichita State University where he earned a degree in art history, painting, and English literature. Since then he has focused on developing illustration and story-related imagery. His goal is to bring the viewer to a place of wonder and possibility. His new picture book, Ellen and the Winter Wolves, is a beautiful witness to his many talents.


6 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Beautiful pictures with words that pique curiosity. I think you’re on the way to some great stories, can’t wait to hear how it all turns out!

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