Disaster To Discovery

When photographing iris a couple of weeks ago, happened to notice this composition:

IMG_1778 webThought it would be a good reference photo for an interesting watercolor. Still do, but one struggle lead to another, to another. Soon, there were just too many to fix, hide or pretend, that’s what the artist intended ;)

P1110396After tearing off the remaining clear contact paper that I had read works just like frisket film, I cut up this disaster and flipped it…

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Here are more struggles opportunities and a few joyous discoveries on the flip side :) You may recognize some from recent posts on June Rollins Art.

Continuing to intentionally work in this direction. Beginning to list ones with no flip side disasters. Here’s the first:

Joy In The Morning, 5x7, watercolor, ©June Rollins

Joy In The Morning, 5×7, watercolor, ©June Rollins

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Wishing all discoveries on the flip side.

 

 

Listen For The Drumming

One morning when out with my camera photographing iris, I heard nearby drumming coming from the woods near the back of our house. I followed the sound and was delighted to discover the Pileated Woodpecker that I’d often seen flying by.

Could I get closer without him seeing me?

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Little Drummer Boy, 20 x 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

Little Drummer Boy, 20 x 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

From what I learned about Pileated Woodpeckers, this is a young male who appears to have established his territory around where we live. He is life-size in the painting. Our own Little Drummer Boy.

Listen for the distant drumming. Wishing all unexpected discoveries!

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Dreamscape No. 606, 3×5, ©June Rollins

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Meeting The Green Challenge

It’s that time of year when many of us are facing the challenge of incorporating greens into our nature inspired paintings.

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I took this reference photo a few years ago. While working in my flower garden, I would often be surprised by Carolina Anoles like the one you see above. I grew fond of their bold, inquisitive ways.

AnoleEven though the painting will be primarily green, I didn’t only use out-of-the-tube, green pigment. I also like the effects of mixing yellow, gold, red and blue to make a variety of pleasing greens. More info at: Mixing Greens

P1110372I began with rich color working wet-into-wet to create soft-edged shapes. I later defined the subject with a light wash.

P1110373I continued adding darker values aiming for a subtle leading and flow of edge variety and interlocking shapes.

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Lean Mean Green Machine, 10×21, Watercolor, ©JuneRollins

I lifted color and glazed to create unity. Because of the glazing and predominance of green, the finished painting was difficult to photograph. Above is close in color, although actual painting has more depth.

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When meeting the green challenge this year, make your painting unique by following Picasso’s advice, create “that particular green” that can’t be bought…

They will sell you thousands of greens: Veronese green and emerald green and cadmium green and any sort of green you like, but that particular green, never.

-Picasso

Tulip Study

It may look like I’m painting from a photo, but look closer to see the tulip is in an ikebana. I put white paper behind it to help me see the tulip.

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I’ve made a loose sketch and selected my colors.

P1110276I’m working at a tilt and am adding a loose, wet wash of Holbein Indian Yellow.

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Working wet-into-wet, I add touches of Holbein Cadmium Green Pale.

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Wet glazing with Holbein Brilliant Orange.

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Wet glazing with Holbein Cadmium Red Purple.

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I’ve done some negative painting and am now lifting out shapes for definition.

Tulip Study, 7x8, Watercolor ©June Rollins

Tulip Study, 7×8, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

It’s especially rewarding to paint the flowers I’ve grown. This is the first for 2015. Hope to be doing more.

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