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 ūüôā

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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 ūüėČ

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.

 

 

 

 

Which Do You Want?

Every Holiday Season, I avoid being in the hustle and bustle as much as I can. Sitting in backed-up traffic, waiting in long lines and being subjected to others’ frayed nerves aren’t my favorites. But last year around this time I received one of those orange cards in the mail, telling me there was a package that was too big to fit in my mailbox. If I wanted it, I needed to go stand in line at the Post Office to get it.

I went early the next morning. Two lines were open with only two people in front of me. Luck was on my side because within minutes of staking my claim as third in line I turned around to see many more people had filed in behind me taking the line to the front entrance door.

You know how it is when you’re in line. You stare, unblinking at whoever is ahead of you being helped. The woman in the left line needed four money orders which we all knew would take a long, long time. The lady in the right line only needed stamps but she was unaware of anyone else but herself as she deliberated over which to buy. The growing masses of which I was a member began to hold court with raised eyebrows and shaking heads.

Gripping my orange card and feeling myself beginning to become what I so try to avoid this time of year, I began to consciously take deeper breaths to slow my breathing. Here’s what began to shimmer.

With sheets of different stamps spread before her on the counter, the Postal Clerk in an effort to expedite, asked, “Which do you want? Snowflakes, Religious or Charlie Brown?

She studied them longer. All eyes were on her willing her to make a decision. ‚ÄúSnowflakes,‚ÄĚ she finally said as if concluding it was the least offensive of the three.

The seasonal stamp had been selected. Moving on to the Forever options, the Postal Clerk maintained his momentum with an alternate choice question. ‚ÄúDo you want ‚ÄúRegular Forever or Christmas Forever?‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúChristmas will be okay,‚ÄĚ she said as if she were accepting a gift she really didn‚Äôt want.

I was relieved to be next and presented my orange card. The Postal Clerk disappeared and arrived back in minutes. I scurried away even quicker with promised package in hand and the memory of this encounter that has stayed with me through this past year.

What do we want this season? The peace of falling snowflakes, the bedrock of religious church values or the light-hearted humor of Charlie Brown?the-lord-is-come-2-25-06-copy

While I’m usually more than ready to put away the commercial tinsel of this Holiday and get back to the regular order of things, I choose Christmas Forever on a deeper level. Which do you want? Regular Forever or Christmas Forever? Hurry now, there are others waiting in line behind you.

Reprinted from Yadkin Valley Living Nov/Dec. 2016

The Lord Is Come, Watercolor, is one of my earlier works and a longtime favorite.

 

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Encouraged To Continue…

I don’t paint as much as I used to and I don’t post on this blog as much as I used to either. I’m not as active on social media sites as I once was and this year I declined teaching¬†workshops. It’s not that¬†I don’t want to do any of these activities, it’s that my schedule has changed, as in, I have a job. A full-time, fun, interesting, challenging job that pays into¬†social security and comes with benefits like medical, vision and dental insurance, life insurance and a matching¬†401K. A job I am very grateful to have. And do I miss my free as a little bird painting days? You bet.

BUT…

Here’s the other¬†major benefit for which I am most happy. I don’t have the pressure of having to produce¬†an income¬†with my art, I can be a student. I can try new mediums and subjects.¬†I can experiment and create absolutely dreadful paintings that I wouldn’t dare show anyone! I can make discoveries and I can grow.

BUT..

You don’t have any¬†time to paint because you have a full-time job.¬†I do if I¬†stop doing the things I mentioned in the first paragraph. I also wake-up early, work small and have something always in process.

Plus, online art instruction abounds¬†and is perfect for my “work when you can¬†and at your own pace schedule.” In July of 2015 I signed ¬†up for an online acrylic portraiture atelier with Chantel Barber¬†and¬†devoted the last¬†12months to working in acrylic. I learned a lot. My intention was to spend the next 12 months in traditional oils, but after 4 days and a constant headache I’ve reconsidered.

This past week, I’ve felt drawn back to watercolor. Portraits in watercolor. Direct sketching on the paper. Working at a high tilt and letting the washes mix and mingle…there have been lots of throw aways and much angst. I’ve been here before and given up. But today, I had a breakthrough. I painted something I love….which encouraged me to share it with you and encourage you to continue too.¬†Whatever your circumstances, continue doing what you love.

"Love," 5x7, Watercolor, © June Rollins

“Love,” 5×7, Watercolor, ¬© June Rollins

See this painting and others in my DPW Gallery

 

 

When There’s Nothing To Lose…

There’s usually a discovery to be made.

If we take action.

After very carefully and intentionally working on and completing a painting in¬†2¬†days, I had some left-over paint on my palette. I would normally toss the¬†residual paint¬†and prepare a new palette for the next thoughtfully and painstakingly planned painting. Not this time. With gesso as my friend to completely cover up whatever mess I would make,¬†I marshaled forward with a¬†devil-may-care, nothing to lose approach…

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In 20 minutes instead of 2 days, this emerged. Not my usual, but I’m encouraged. I’m also clueless for a title. *If you have a suggestion, feel free to comment here, or on June Rollins ART. And if so moved, she is up for auction at my DPW Gallery.

*Thanks to Helene Cossette for suggesting the title, “Trusting My Intuition.” Helene said, that is what I did when creating this painting. Thanks to all who suggested titles.

Tired of being so careful, try this…

Paint like there’s nothing to lose. Don’t worry about wasting paint, paper, panel or your time on a wasted, fruitless session. Take on a devil-may-care attitude. Be bold and act as if you know what you’re doing. You just might surprise yourself ūüôā