December 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. Quoting 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.
Here 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 Calendars remaining. A great gift for the New Year.
October work is a mix of wherever I felt led. I’m still trying to figure out if there is an underlying theme 🙂 Perhaps, fall/winter, dramatic lighting or mood? The one thing that all nine paintings have in common? Eyes.
Discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes. -Marcel Proust
My 2018 Art Calendar, features some of my favorite paintings from 2017, now shipping.
Here are my September paintings. A few Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes among some representational oils. When I show both together, people normally don’t think the same artist did them. I must have a clone 😉
So much going on in the world. Not much to say this month. Guess the art will need to speak for me.
Art speaks in signs and symbols. No one can explain how it happens that the artist can waken to life in us the existence that (s)he has seen and lives through. No artistic speech is the adequate expression of what it represents; its vital force comes from what is unspoken in it. -Albert Schweitzer
To see art posts during the month, visit JuneRollinsART
A fun month of a variety of subjects and focus on different types of light and shadow. Learn more about each painting.
It’s always interesting to see if an underlying theme emerges from a month’s paintings. I’m amused by the fox and the grapes that have appeared.
Also happy to introduce 2018 Calendar featuring some of my favorite paintings completed in 2017.
One watercolor, four acrylics and seven oils make up the 12 images for each of the 12 months. See each month’s image.
Not sure of September focus…Stay in touch during the month at June Rollins ART
Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. -Pablo Picasso
Fourteen paintings in July! Focus was flowers with two special requests: a rabbit and a pileated woodpecker.
Oils are suiting my schedule. I love how works in progress patiently wait and invite pondering. I also love how by slowing down, I arrive at different levels of awareness. It’s amazing how what was not seen the day before is so glaringly apparent the next.
Another benefit of slowing down is reflection. I’ve been at this for a long time. Seventeen years of painting ebbs and flows and twists and turns. A turning point book for me early on was Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way.
I’ve decided to go through her 12 week process again. This will be the 3rd time. Curious to see what happens along the way where it leads.
My August painting focus: Light and Shadow.
PS: I’m teaching a weekend Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School, March 9-11, 2018. More Info
PPS: The new JCCFS Catalog Cover is a segment from a watercolor I shared progress steps of in earlier posts. The original was donated to the JCCFS and is hanging in Keith House Living Room. See inspiration behind and progression of, Follow The Red Railed Walkway.
Now is the best time for us to begin.
“Every journey begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu
Above are some of my landscapes painted during June. Encouraged that four have already sold.
July focus is florals…
“Poppy Love,” 5×7, Oil, Gessoed Panel, ©June Rollins
Ahead of schedule with “Poppy Love.” Grew up loving the poppies in my grandmother’s flower garden; glowing, papery and at my eye level. Needed to follow the pull to paint poppies. Wonderfully, nostalgic.
Can’t say enough about the benefits of online instruction from Bill Inman, more accurately, the Bill Inman Team. His brother, David is the tech guy, orchestrating monthly webinars and live streaming. His wife, Kristi, keeps Bill on schedule and reminds him to eat. And Bill is refreshingly real in his thoughtful, clear and encouraging instruction. Check out why I’m so grateful to have discovered, Master Oil Painting.
Follow my July progress, June Rollins ART
See my paintings up for auction, Daily Paintworks
If you love life, life will love you back. -Arthur Rubinstein
Wishing all a safe and happy summer!