Be The Best You Can Be

 

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“Shrub Rose,” 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

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She is not hybrid tea rose status, but what an amazing little shrub rose I’m tending in my flower garden:)

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My Rose Westerland Shrub, an undemanding diva with her generous, ever-changing, spicy, fragrant blooms inspires me to be the best I can be.

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If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
 Be a scrub in the valley — but be
 The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
 Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.



If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
 And some highway happier make;
 If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
 But the liveliest bass in the lake!



We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
 There’s something for all of us here,
 There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
 And the task you must do is the near.



If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
 If you can’t be the sun be a star;
 It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
 Be the best of whatever you are!

Douglass Malloch (1877-1938) American Poet, Short Story Writer

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We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

-Mary Dunbar

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Wishing you amazing, little shrub rose, discoveries today.

30 In 30 Jan. 2016 Collage Summary

 

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What I learned during Leslie Saeta’s Jan. 30 in 30 Challenge :

1.  Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping is fun, relaxing and great for beginning artists because it is so easy and supplies are so inexpensive. Okay I already knew that, but it was my lifesaver when falling behind this month:)

2.  If you have the ink consistency just right in the sky, Snow Cap makes a perfectly  round, awesome (larger than Metallic Mixative) moon that takes on the sky color tint.

3.  Piñata Rich Gold can be diluted to slight sparkles to illuminate skies and water, thin lines for edging mountain ridges or larger shapes simulating lights from distant towns.

4.  Creating imaginary faces from Andrew Loomis’ formula was intriguing for me but not popular with June Rollins ART Facebook viewers. Mace, Spock, Antonio and Janine received the least amount of likes. And yes, of course I named them:)

5.  Paint My Photo is an encouraging online community of photographers and artists. Photographers post non-copyrighted images they actually want artists to paint from.

6. Chantel Barber is an awesome acrylic artist and instructor offering monthly online portrait and figurative classes. Perfect for this working girl’s busy schedule.

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The Potter, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

The Potter, (not in the above 30 in 30 Collage) was also painted this month during Chantel’s January Atelier. Yes, I took on 30 in 30 Challenge and working in a new medium. It was a whirlwind month. Pricing Info for The Potter  

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Lilli, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

7. Lilli is in the center of the collage for a reason. She is the heart of the month for me. I loved painting her and I loved even more the expression on her owner’s face when she saw this painting of her.

You can see all of the above collage paintings in larger format at: June Rollins ART

Thanks for checking-in and wishing all a Fearless February of persistence and determination.

June

Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes – 5 Year Anniversary

A recent interview request from Alexis Bonavitacola for her Alcohol Ink Art Ecourse prompted me to realize that 5 years ago this month Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping made its debut.

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In Nov. 2010, I submitted these twelve AI Dreamscapes in a Mint Hill Arts Small Treasures Show. This work was quite different from my representational watercolors and I wondered how it would be received. Four sold and I received two requests to teach Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshops.

I was faced with a fork in the road on a 10 year path I have been traveling in watercolor…

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra

Facing a fork in the road decision? Mr. Berra, suggests in his book, the paths could merge again:)

Check in with June Rollins Art to see more memories from the past 5 years of Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping. Who could have ever guessed where this fork would lead when I was first introduced to Alcohol Inks in Aug. 2009.

Sept. 30 In 30 2015 Common Denominator

Thirty Days Has September… 

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And 30 more Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes!

The Common Denominator

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Although I used different colors and brands of alcohol inks, Snow Cap is used in each and everyone. I like the shine, slight relief and pastel, opaque quality Snow Cap provides.

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Thanks to all who kept up with each day at June Rollins ART FB Page. Your likes and comments very much appreciated.

Larger images of the above paintings along with comments are currently still in the newsfeed.

Many thanks to Leslie Saeta for offering this challenge and making Sept. 2015 memorable and productive!