2nd Chance – Evening Light In The Mountains

Dreamscape No. 511, 5x7, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 511, 5×7, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day 27 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: I love how this 2nd chance Dreamscape eventually turned out. Below is the first version:

I loved parts of it enough to sign it. But, when I looked at it with a fresh eye the next morning, I saw the two large shapes were too similar.  I knew I had to be willing to lose it all to make it better.

Today’s Awareness

Take 2nd Chances.

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This painting and others are for sale in my Etsy Shop:

June Rollins Art

Touched By A Saturday Morning Sky

Dreamscape No. 510,  3x5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 510, 3×5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day 26 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Saturday morning when I was driving to work, the sky was a magnificent, deep coral that took my breath away. Surrounding mountains and valleys were transformed in its light. I was too.

Today’s Awareness

Painting how the beauty in creation makes us feel can be soul-deep nourishing.

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This painting and others are for sale in my Etsy Shop:

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Almost Perfect…

But Not Quite.

Dreamscape No. 509, 5x7, Alcohol Inks Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 509, 5×7, Alcohol Inks
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day 25 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Working with blending to neutralize and create atmospheric illusion.

Today’s Awareness

Wanting it to be perfect, sometimes gets in the way.

Let’s Keep Dreaming :)

Sometimes We Just Want To Dream

That’s When I Turn To Dreamscaping.

Dreamscape No. 508, 5x7, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping with June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 508, 5×7, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping with June Rollins®

Day 24 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Near the end of the week when I come home from work, I’m tired. The energy just isn’t there to keep on working (on my art). Alcohol ink Dreamscaping is calming and energizing at the same time. Calming, because of watching the inks flow. Energizing because Dreamscapes seem to appear on their own.

Dreamscape No. 508 is created on yupo, but similar techniques and products used are covered in my 3rd Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping DVD.

Today’s Awareness

It’s okay just to flow with the inks. If it brings me joy, isn’t that enough?

Let’s Keep Dreaming :)

Ready To Move On

Dreamscape No. 507, 4x4, Ceramic Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 507, 4×4, Ceramic Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day Eleven of 30 in 30 Challenge - Used Piñata Santa Fe Red and Baja Blue, Adirondack Gold and Copper Mixatives

Today’s Awareness

Alcohol Inks are fun and forgiving with quick results. Aspiring now to further experimentation in Watercolor Dreamscaping…

Want To Learn More About Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping? Visit: What Is Dreamscaping?

Going For The Gold

Dreamscape No. 506, 4x4, Ceramic Tile Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 506, 4×4, Ceramic Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day Ten of 30 in 30 Challenge - Used Piñata Santa Fe Red and Baja Blue and LOTS of Adirondack Gold.  Yes, same colors used previous 3 days, only in different amounts.

Today’s Awareness

 Adirondack Gold Metallic Mixative Enriches.

Want To Learn More About Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping? Visit: What Is Dreamscaping?

Near Opposites Attract Too

Looks Like She Used Orange And Blue.

Almost. I used near opposites on the color wheel.

Dreamscape No. 505, 4x4 Ceramic Tile Dreamscaping with June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 505, 4×4 Ceramic Tile
Dreamscaping with June Rollins®

Day Nine of 30 in 30 Challenge - Used Piñata Santa Fe Red and Baja Blue, Adirondack Gold. They are red and blue/green with a little gold metallic that alters temperature, intensity and hue. Yes, same as used previous 2 days.

Today’s Awareness

There are many, many variations with only 2-3 colors. And most times, especially when learning, the fewer the colors, the better the probability of a resulting painting that pleases us.

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FREE VIDEO DEMO

To see a free Alcohol Ink Dreamcaping video demo (including supplies list) of color opposites, orange and blue, visit:

June Rollins’ Artbyte Video Tutorials

Does Anyone See A Jellyfish?

I hope not.

Dreamscape No. 504, 4×4, Ceramic Tile
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day Eight of 30 in 30 Challenge – Used Piñata Santa Fe Red and Baja Blue, Adirondack Gold

Why Did I Ask You If You See A Jellyfish In My Painting?

Yesterday morning, right as I posted my Day 7 Efforts on my FB ART Page this comment popped up as if it had been waiting in a darkened hallway to scare me:

Looks like a swordfish and a salmon.

I looked at my Dreamscape closer…did it? Sometimes that happens. Abstracted shapes can look like all sorts of things….All day I wondered, does Dreamscape No. 503 look like swordfish and salmon? Maybe someone else would comment otherwise…Later I checked to see 3 likes, but they were just my friends, probably feeling embarrassed for me… No other comments on my  FB ART Page appeared after the swordfish salmon decree. It must be true.

When I got home from work,  I visited a new Alcohol Ink & Mixed Media Facebook Group I’ve recently joined. That morning, I had also posted the Swordfish & Salmon there. At first I held my breath, there were many, many comments under it, but all complimentary and not one mention of any fish :)

Today’s Awareness

Shake it off, shake it off! And keep on painting :)

Or

If you are a collector of jellyfish paintings and you see a jellyfish in Dreamscape No. 504 shown above. Why, I hadn’t thought of it that way, but yes, I see what you mean :) How do you feel about swordfish and salmon? I have an awesome Dreamscape of swordfish and salmon :D

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Couldn’t Help Myself…

Just Had To Do A Little Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping

Dreamscape No. 503, 4x4, Piñata alcohol Inks, Ceramic Tile, Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 503, 4×4, Piñata Alcohol Inks, Ceramic Tile, Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Day Seven 30 in 30 – Used Piñata Santa Fe Red and Baja Blue, Adirondack Silver

Last January in Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 Painting Challenge I only did Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping on Ceramic Tiles. To see last year’s efforts, click: Jan. 2013 30 In 30

It’s just as much fun now, as it was then.

Today’s Awareness

To Love What You Do,

Do What You Love.

Want To Learn More About Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping? Visit: What Is Dreamscaping?

Part 3: All Shapes & Sizes

In my new book, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide, I mention the importance of using Elements & Principles of Design to create more compelling Dreamscapes. This blog series is providing more examples and applies to any medium and art in general. This post is on using two design elements,

Size & Shape

SIZE is relative and self-explanatory. As already mentioned in Part 2: Space, larger areas/shapes give illusion of  nearness and smaller areas/shapes, distance as shown in Dreamscape No. 278 shown below:

Dreamscape No. 278, 4×4, AI On Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

See online, Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, step-by-step tutorial for Dreamscpae No. 278, plus, two others. One is free: June Rollins’s DPW Tutorials

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In addition to size, SHAPE can also be described as:

Jackie Richards

Shared With Permission © Jackie Richards

 Geometric - I love how Jackie has used tiny, geometric shapes for these alcohol ink creations. See more of Jackie’s incredible mosaic work: Jax Mosaics

Kathy Kuhn

Shared With Permission © Kathy Kuhn

Organic – Kathy’s painting, Copper Skies, is a wonderful arrangement of energetic, organic shapes.

Deb Voigt

Shared With Permission ©Deb Voigt

Positive – Deb skillfully arranges positive shapes to create a pleasing, traditional composition.

Shared With Permission ©Linda Ryan

Shared With Permission ©Linda Ryan

Negative – Linda has created by lifting and painting around the positive shapes, having the negative, darker valued shapes define the subject.

Shared With Permission ©Ginnie Conaway

Shared With Permission ©Ginnie Conaway

Sharp & Defined – Ginnie uses a variety of sharp edged shapes to create and define her composition. See more of Ginnie’s work or consider enrolling in her next workshop: Ginnie Conaway Art

Shared With Permission ©Patricia Stamey

Shared With Permission ©Patricia Stamey

Soft & Suggestive – In her Mono-print,  Guardian Angel, Patricia’s creative use of soft, suggestive shapes, support her theme and serve to transport the viewer.

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It’s important to consider the type and arrangement of shapes we use in our art. They can contribute, or detract, in delivering our intended message to the viewer.

In summary,  shapes vary in size and can be:

Geometric Or Organic

Positive Or Negative

Sharp & Defined Or Soft & Suggestive

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