Watercolor Dreamscaping – Observing Simplicity

This morning I’m feeling drawn to simplicity and being an observer in the painting process.

Less is not only more, it’s liberating. One touch of the brush on the paper and stepping away. Amazed at how much better the result, when attuned to the naturally occurring effects of pigment and water on paper.

Dreamscaping in Watercolor puts me in a place of watchful awareness and quiet wonderment.

A good place to be.

 

Want To Take An Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshop With June Rollins?

 

Here’s an opportunity to enroll in a June 9 & 10 Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshop at Florence Thomas Fine Art School in West Jefferson, NC.  For more details or to register, contact Meghan. Three spaces open.

Only Teaching Two Workshops In 2014

Other than a June 23, 9am-12pm Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshop at Tri-County Community College, this will be the only time I will be offering a workshop this year.

Unable to attend? Consider Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Quick Reference Guide and DVDs in

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Unseen Video From Level 1 DVD Filming

In September 2012 during the filming of my Level 1 Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping DVD,

I filmed the creating of Dreamscape No. 210, one of my favorites.

Dreamscape No. 210, 5x7, sold Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 210, 5×7, Sold
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

I didn’t use it because the process took so many twists and turns. There was also the faint background humming of a refrigerator in some segments and my very crooked painting apron :(

Not all days run smoothly and some Dreamscapes don’t either, I’ve decided to share 7 Rescue Attempts for One Struggling Dreamscape. I hope you can use some of these ideas for your own Dreamscapes that are almost perfect, but not quite. Here’s to not giving up too soon!

 

Said Goodbye to Clyde This Week

Clyde was my little companion for the past 15+ years.

Yesterday, I walked to the mailbox alone for the first time in 15 years deeply feeling his absence.

Rob holding a very happy Clyde :)

Aug. 2012 – Rob holding a very happy Clyde :)

Declining health complications with no response to medicine and not a candidate for surgery led to the hard decision I made April 14th. It helped when the vet said, “You’re doing the right thing.” Clyde was a little fighter. Still had his sweet, spunky spirit and wagging tail, still wanted to patrol the property boundaries to make sure we were safe. But because of a collapsing trachea, breathing difficulties and resulting chronic cough, he couldn’t get any rest.

Why Am I Sharing This On An Art Blog?

Because there is life outside of art. And life happens.

Sometimes there is more time for art and sometimes there is less. There are seasons and transitions between seasons…and it’s all okay and there is something each season has to teach us.

I am encouraged to see spring happening in the mountains this year; white and pink dogwoods coming into bloom, leaping black calves and dancing white lambs on pastures turning green, mountains fluffing up with foliage, birds flittering and twittering all about everywhere. In all of this I see the hope and promise of all things new….

Last week someone said, “April is a hard month for you.” She knew I had lost my mom last April 9th. She would have been 91 this April 14. The day I made the difficult decision to let Clyde go.

I am currently  in an in-between soul-searching, journaling, imagining, seeking transition. It involves loss, change, letting go and moving on. How do I live out and express my art now?

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If like me, you are in a transition between seasons, I encourage you to make any necessary, hard decisions and hold on to the hope and promise of all things new.

Pros & Cons Using Citra Solv With Alcohol Inks

Loving The Effects Of Using Citra Solv with Alcohol Inks…

Dreamscape No. 538, 5x6, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 538, 5×6, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Colors Used- Adirondack Sailboat Blue, Citrus, Purple Twilight, Silver Mixative

Techniques- Initially dropped and guided inks with usual Dreamscaping Techniques. Experimented with Citra Solv toothbrush splatter into wet ink and dry ink. Also used coffee stirrer and credit card. Sky has a lot of Silver Mixative. Moon is lifted with Citra Solv and a Q-Tip.

Pros

1. Edge Quality – Citra Solv slightly thickens alcohol inks causing a variety of edges when using Dreamscaping Techniques.

2. Texture Variety – Splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush creates variety of textures. Be sure to wait a few seconds for texture to appear.

3. Lifting – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citra Solv creates natural effects.

4. Small Corrections – Using a Q-Tip dipped in Citrasolv can alter minor flaws without disturbing surrounding areas.

Cons

1. Increased Drying Time – Make sure Citra Solv skies are totally dry before dropping in Metallic Mixative suns/moons.

2. Tacky Surface – If too much Citra Solv is used, surface stays tacky to the touch. A little goes a long way.

3. Fading Issues – Have received reports from a credible source of alcohol ink artwork with Citra Solv fading. Makes me wonder if ingredients in Citra Solv contribute.

4. May Need Extra Vinyl Gloves –  The photo below shows what happened after 20-30 minutes of splattering Citra Solv with a toothbrush.

I hope what I am learning will be helpful to anyone considering experimenting with Citra Solv and alcohol inks. Incredibly fun with interesting effects, but still too early to tell how well the finished paintings will hold up.

Welcome comments from others on their discoveries using Citra Solv with alcohol inks.

Creating New Effects With Citra Solv

 Last year a Citra Solv representative sent me a bottle of Citra Solv encouraging me to try it in my art. I’ve finally gotten around to giving it a go.

Dreamscape No. 537, 5x5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 537, 5×5, Alcohol Inks, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Having fun and liking the effects using Citra Solv with Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping.

Cathy Taylor has more experience and offers Alcohol Ink and Citra Solv Workshops.

See how Cathy and other artists are using: Citra Solv Artist Site and Citra Solv Artists Gallery.