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.


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… 

Sept 2015 30 in 30 copy

And 30 more Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes!

The Common Denominator


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.


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!

Back To School

Wrapping up summer by making a daily painting commitment. Maybe you need a back to school boost too?

I’m taking on Leslie Saeta’s 30 In 30 September Painting Challenge.

Without a doubt, daily painting challenges have been fun and beneficial. Collages and  links of previous challenges shown below:

2015 30 In 30 Collage, ©June Rollins

2015 30 In 30 Collage, ©June Rollins

Jan. 2015 30 In 30

Jan. 2014 30 In 30


2013 Jan 30 in 30

Jan. 2013 30 In 30

In July 2013… 38 Dreamscapes in 31 Days

38 In 31 is a slideshow link of all these works. It takes a few seconds to load.


It’s been encouraging and beneficial to look back on these efforts to gear up for the 2015 September Challenge.

I won’t be posting here every day in Sept. as I have previous 30 in 30 challenges. To follow each day’s painting on Facebook, like June Rollins Art. I’ll only be writing a blog post here with the collage summary at the end of Sept/early Oct.

Until then, wishing all happy painting and joyous productivity!


Dead Center

bee balm blooming web

Bee Balm, Monarda, is currently blooming in our yard. I saved this purple, low growing variety from Lowe’s clearance rack a couple of years ago.

bee balm sketch 2

It smells wonderful and is a fun subject to sketch and watercolor.

Bee Balm 5x7 2

Happy with this watercolor study.


Decided to make more complex…

BB #2 web

Why didn’t somebody tell me about the bloom that is almost dead center?


Today’s life lesson has reminded me of something I either read or heard in a workshop some years ago. The instructor told us,

Unless we consciously and deliberately choose not to put a subject/focal point in the center of our composition, we will.

First thing this artist did was put a small “x” in the center of her paper as a reminder.

I think I’ll begin doing the same ;)

It’s not what we know. It’s what we do. 

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…


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

Opening bid, $24: Joy In The Morning

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?

pileated ref webReference photo for my most recent watercolor.

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!


2 wc dvds

Have you entered the free drawing to win these 2 watercolor DVDs? Drawing ends June 3rd. Visit June Rollins Art to enter. See DVD Previews: Dreamscaping Shop