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

July blog

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

 

Hodge-Podge Collage

30 in 30 Reflections

Actually, it was 25 in 30 and what a hodge-podge! We’ve got representational and non-representational in watercolor, acrylics, oils and alcohol inks! Overall, grateful for this month of exploration and diversity. Left with a feeling of giving it my best. My favorite?

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel ©June Rollins :)

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel
©June Rollins 🙂

Day 14 – The promise and potential of the next one 🙂

Thank you to Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 Challenge and all the artists who traveled along providing motivation and inspiration! We’re off to a good 2014!

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Marilyn

Marilyn, 5x7, Oil ©June Rollins

Marilyn, 5×7, Oil
©June Rollins

Day 22 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: I love Marilyn’s sweet disposition and pretty shape; plus, how her blue black feathers look in the sunlight  🙂

Today’s Awareness

Smaller is not necessarily easier 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

Here A Chick, There A Chick…

And A Rooster Too!

Edward & Friends 16x20, Oil ©June Rollins

Edward & Friends
16×20, Oil
©June Rollins

Days 20 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Margaret, Edward and Marilyn live at John C. Campbell Folk School. A few months ago Edward was rescued from the jaws of a dog. His wounds have healed and he’s getting his moxie back. Even with a residual, slight limp, he thinks he’s boss. Margaret (left), is really the one in charge and Marilyn (right), is the sweetest and my favorite 🙂

Today’s Awareness

One of the difficult things about pulling off a painting you really love that also gets a lot of great feedback, (last week’s Swan), is you wonder, “Can I do that again?” So, I took on a more difficult undertaking. I worked from two of my photos and larger. Can’t compare apples to oranges 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb