July Focus: Flowers

July 2017Fourteen 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.

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Now is the best time for us to begin.

“Every journey begins with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

 

June Landscapes

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Above are some of my landscapes painted during June. Encouraged that four have already sold.

July focus is florals…

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“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!

May Flowers

May Flowers

My May focus was flowers from my own reference photos. Here are the nine completed paintings of flowers growing in our flower garden except for the daisies that grow naturally by the road where we live. I took many more photos to use as references later, as my June focus will be landscapes.

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“Summer Storm,” 4×4, Oil, ©June Rollins

Here’s the first, actually completed for a May assignment in an online oil painting course I’ve enrolled in with Bill Inman. I’ll continue to study and learn from his approach in June. *Many opportunities to begin again as I am learning!

The above paintings, plus more, are up for auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

I’ve posted process steps of some of the above flower paintings and will be posting June Landscapes at: June RollinsART.

*Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely. -Henry Ford

 

April Birds Bring May Flowers

Here’s an update on my April bird paintings. I completed eight…

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The bird paintings are dry and sealed with retouch varnish. They are now up for auction with opening bids of $35 in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

If you haven’t already figured out May’s focus…

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“Natural Beauty,” 10 x 10, Oil, ©June Rollins

It’s flowers from our flower garden. Enjoying the challenge of working from still life and my own photos. Here is my favorite shrub rose, a subject I also painted last May. Learn more about my Westerland Shrub Rose.

PS: I’ve lost 10 lbs 🙂

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. -Claude Monet

 

Working in Oils This Quarter

Since my husband, Rob, and I are currently reading and following Dr. Mark Hyman’s, Eat Fat, Be Thin, it’s only fitting I commit this quarter to working in oils.

So far so good with the painting and the 10 Day Detox.

I’ve tried oils off and on through the years, diets, too. Between us we’ve lost 17 lbs and are feeling empowered and energized being off sugar.

I’m feeling pretty good about this first painting too 🙂

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“Keeping Watch,” 5×7, Oils, ©June Rollins

If interested in seeing my oil painting progression, I’ll be posting new oil paintings at June Rollins ART. They will eventually be for sale, but need to dry first.

And if you are feeling like we were, discouraged by excessive weight gain or tired and achy all the time, check out the links above. You know it’s gotta be working, for me to mention on my art blog 😉

Happy Spring To All!

 

Dreamscaping Weekend

I had a Dreamscaping weekend because the Alcohol Ink Dreamscapes I have for sale at the John C. Campbell Folk School Craft Shop needed replenishing.

For a creative challenge I decided to see how many varied Dreamscapes could be created with just 3 ink colors.

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Here they are. When I study them I see what I was looking for: warm and cool yellows, reds and blues and a host of neutrals ranging from light to dark in value.

How did I get so much variance?

  • Color Mixing
  • Adding 91% Alcohol or Blending Solution
  • Mixatives: Silver, Gold, Copper, Pearl, Snow Cap

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These were my primary triad workhorses.

If you haven’t tried Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, you may want to give it a go. It’s fun, relaxing and spurs experimental explorations. Learn more in the Dreamscaping Shop.

Happy, Creative Pursuits To All!

It Was Time For A Redo

I had the opportunity to introduce Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping to a guest over the weekend. This art major now in her early thirties, like so many of us, had let art-making get away from her. Believe me, I understand. It takes discipline and resolve to keep creating art vital when working full-time.

I gave a few pointers and encouraged her to experiment. She took to it right away, fascinated with the moving fluidity, transparent brightness and instant responsiveness of the inks.

In the process of sharing with her, I ran across a few of my earlier Dreamscapes that I thought were lacking something and decided to redo one of them to demonstrate how forgiving alcohol inks can be.

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Above is Dreamscape No. 277, 5×7, created in Nov. 2012 during my orange and blue period. Adirondack Sailboat Blue and Sunset Orange are a hard to beat combination.

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Here is the Dreamscape No. 277 Redo that took about 60-90 seconds. I added alcohol to the sky, dropped-in sailboat blue and the tiniest bit of Rich Gold into the land shapes. Tilted the surface and let gravity do the rest. I like it so much better and have been pondering why. I narrowed it down to these three reasons.

  1. Wider range of values: light, mid and dark
  2. Some of the original shapes juxtaposed with newer, more interesting shapes
  3. Atmospheric quality achieved by lighter values and softer edges in the distance

When I asked her the next morning what she liked most about Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping, she said, “I didn’t have to think. I know about planning and executing. This was just relaxing and fun.”

I think she left inspired and will continue. I hope so.