May Oils & Inks

Screen Shot 2018-06-03 at 8.02.03 AMDuring May, I painted the eight above oils, plus,

Screen Shot 2018-06-03 at 8.05.42 AM…these five Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes.

While using different mediums and different approaches, the common denominator is all are small works, ranging from 3×5 to 8×10.Ā All are also either sold or on gallery consignment.

Thank you to my collectors and patrons. You keep me painting. Literally šŸ˜‰

Wishing Everyone a Thomas Edison Summer.

I never did a day’s work my entire life. It was all fun. -Thomas Edison

 

 

 

 

April Paintings

April

Here is a collage of April’s 11 oil paintings.

Some have sold, some are still drying and one is a gift to Martha in appreciation for giving me permission to photograph her sheep and precious lambs.

Doing my best to keep locations representing my work supplied: John C. Campbell Folkschool Craft Shop, Brasstown, NC, Twigs And Leaves Gallery, Waynesville, NC and Mountain Nest, Black Mountain, NC.

How can we not be inspired during this spring season of blooming flowers and prancing, baby, farm animals. Paint, paint, paint, as fast as we can šŸ™‚

Happy Spring To All.

 

 

March Results

March PaintingsMarch was good for nine paintings shown above.

Three, painted early March, were larger than my norm. Happy to be notified that all three were juried into the Mountain Arts Association Spring Show which will be on exhibit at Brasstown Valley Resort. Opening Reception, Fri., Apr. 6th.

In the works…

Just planted zinnia seeds in our sunny window, hidden and hoping to be models in future paintings this summer.

Preparing for a beginning watercolor weekend workshop at John C. Campbell Folkschool late July.

Making time to take more reference photos.

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Hope I have something to show next month. Thanks for checking in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Was A Good Month

Feb PaintingsThese 12 oil paintings indicate February was a fun and productive month.

Two were purchased through social media. Thank you Facebook Friends.

Three were sold wholesale. Thank you John C. Campbell Folkschool Craft Shop.

Two are on their way to a gallery on consignment. Thank you Twigs & Leaves, Waynesvillle, NC.

Three are on the drying rack while I go through the process of being able to let them go šŸ˜‰

Two are listed for sale in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

February’s Most Magical Moment

A business leader I admire stopped by JCCFS Craft Shop and said, “Your paintings make me happy.” This thrilled me to my toes and gave me “affirmation fuel” to paint three hours, alla prima, 6-9pm that evening after an 8 hour workday. The resulting work is one of the 12 shown above. Here she is uncropped:

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“Violet,” 5×7, Oil, Ā©June Rollins

Yesterday my manager and I were talking about current, disturbing local and global news events when she shared something her father used to tell her when everything around her seemed bleak…

“Brighten the corner, where you are.”

I like to think my small paintings are going out into the world brightening corners where they are. Like the affirming business leader and Mary’s father, let’s all do what we can do to be corner brighteners. Spread that little light of yours šŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

What I Learned In January

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January paintings, shown above, are hints to a lot of emotional processing. Below are the titles. Wondering if you can match the title to the painting? Of course, if you follow June Rollins ART, you may already know šŸ˜‰

Love My New Winter Coat, Serious House Hunter, Stepping Out, Finding My Way, On A Mission, Ready For Anything, You Talkin’ to Me!?, Watch Yourself, Game On, Just Between Us, Connected, Dreamscape No. 692 and Watched Over.

Here’s how it works. I peruse copyright free photos or my own until one grabs me. Yes, a particular image chooses me. Holds my attention and draws me in. I kinda get lost in it.

Sometimes I know the title immediate.y. Other times I have to study the finished painting until something surfaces. Either way, whatever emerges feels right. There is an awareness or healing that makes me think, Oh, so that’s it, that’s what’s been going on.

Working from my own deep places often transfer to the viewer. Certain paintings really resonate with certain people. Enough so, that they buy them, which gives me an energizing, intrinsic affirmation of doing what I’m supposed to do.

So, how did that one painting get center stage? The one in the middle, larger than all the rest? Because it hums so much within me, it brings tears. It’s title? Watched Over.

Deep and precious painting to you this month.

June

 

2017 Recap & 2018 Direction

Screen Shot 2018-01-01 at 9.11.41 AMDecember 2017 Oil Paintings Shown Above

I’m among the artists who work a full-time job and purposefully carve out time to paint. This means saying, “No,” to countless other invitations, activities, pastimes, distractions, others’ expectations and yes, even perceived opportunities to preserve not only the time, but more importantly, my energy to paint from a deep place.

I am usually in a much better state of mind and spirit to handle day-to-day responsibilities when a work of art is in process on my easel. Painting for me is like a lifeline.

With that understanding, I was encouraged when reviewing 2017, and realizing I had completed 139 paintings last year. That averages to 2.67 small works per week.

Five of the 139 were trashed. They didn’t make the cut. Another five were donated to fund-raisers or gifted. And 69 sold.

Moving forward into 2018 I want to stay true to course by reaching deeper and deeper and setting my standards higher and higher.Ā Quoting Ā Carol Marine in her today’s DPW auction, “I have to paint what I’m excited about or I will wither and die.”

Wishing All the best in making those sometimes very hard choices in 2018 that bring life and joy.

 

November Paintings

Screen Shot 2017-12-04 at 6.10.45 AMHere are 11 images from works created in November. There were actually 12, but not revealing a surprise, Christmas commission.

Yesterday, Dec. 3, I participated in John C. Campbell Folk School’s Annual Fireside Sale. It was affirming and rewarding to hear feedback and comments from viewers and previous buyers. Twelve originals sold along with lots of cards and calendars.

I’m certainly motivated to continue….

PS: Only 7 Art CalendarsĀ Ā remaining. A great gift for the New Year.

2018 Calendar Cover