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.

 

 

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™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Character Development

Still having fun painting animals. Thank goodness for inspiration from sites with copyright free photos like morgue file and pixabay. I scroll through image after imageĀ until something speaks to me.

It may be the lighting, value contrasts or movement that grab my attention. Or, it might just be a cute, baby goat like this most recent painting.

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“Young Gruff,” 8×10 Watercolor, Ā©June Rollins

What happens next is the fun in coming up with a title. I will often ask my husband, Rob, for ideas. WithĀ this one he laughed and said, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” I researched this Norwegian Fairy Tale and decided this goat was “Young Gruff.” The one with high persuasive skills thatĀ went over the bridge first .

I then found myself wondering what the third goat looked like?Ā The one that went over the bridge last and challenged the troll. My image seeking led me to…Billy Goat Gruff.

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“Billy Goat Gruff, 8×10, Watercolor, June Rollins

When I showed Rob, he loved it and said, “What about the middle goat?”

“I don’t know, I might be moving on to something else.”

“Oh yeah,” He teased, “the middle child. Everyone forgets about the middle child.”

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Now, I’m on the look out for that one and only, special, middle child, goat. He will need to be one like no other; not being able to rely on cuteness likeĀ his baby brother,Ā Young Gruff,Ā and not having the status of the oldest like Billy Goat Gruff. The search for betterĀ character development continues. Both of these goats and I hope a third very soon are listed for sale in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

Happy seeking and storytelling to All.