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. “Snowflakes,” 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. “Do you want “Regular Forever or Christmas Forever?”

“Christmas will be okay,” she said as if she were accepting a gift she really didn’t 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.

 

Be The Best You Can Be

 

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“Shrub Rose,” 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

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She is not hybrid tea rose status, but what an amazing little shrub rose I’m tending in my flower garden 🙂

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My Rose Westerland Shrub, an undemanding diva with her generous, ever-changing, spicy, fragrant blooms inspires me to be the best I can be.

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If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
 Be a scrub in the valley — but be
 The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
 Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.



If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
 And some highway happier make;
 If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass —
 But the liveliest bass in the lake!



We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
 There’s something for all of us here,
 There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
 And the task you must do is the near.



If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
 If you can’t be the sun be a star;
 It isn’t by size that you win or you fail —
 Be the best of whatever you are!

Douglass Malloch (1877-1938) American Poet, Short Story Writer

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We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

-Mary Dunbar

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Wishing you amazing, little shrub rose, discoveries today.

NEW! Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks On Yupo Demo

That artist who moves alcohol inks around with a coffee stirrer got a mention in this Jan. 15 Tim Holtz video at 6:00 min mark. I think they’re called Dreamscapes 🙂  Check out the fun alcohol Ink and mixed-media techniques in this video too!

30 In 30 Jan. 2016 Collage Summary

 

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What I learned during Leslie Saeta’s Jan. 30 in 30 Challenge :

1.  Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping is fun, relaxing and great for beginning artists because it is so easy and supplies are so inexpensive. Okay I already knew that, but it was my lifesaver when falling behind this month 🙂

2.  If you have the ink consistency just right in the sky, Snow Cap makes a perfectly  round, awesome (larger than Metallic Mixative) moon that takes on the sky color tint.

3.  Piñata Rich Gold can be diluted to slight sparkles to illuminate skies and water, thin lines for edging mountain ridges or larger shapes simulating lights from distant towns.

4.  Creating imaginary faces from Andrew Loomis’ formula was intriguing for me but not popular with June Rollins ART Facebook viewers. Mace, Spock, Antonio and Janine received the least amount of likes. And yes, of course I named them 🙂

5.  Paint My Photo is an encouraging online community of photographers and artists. Photographers post non-copyrighted images they actually want artists to paint from.

6. Chantel Barber is an awesome acrylic artist and instructor offering monthly online portrait and figurative classes. Perfect for this working girl’s busy schedule.

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The Potter, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

The Potter, (not in the above 30 in 30 Collage) was also painted this month during Chantel’s January Atelier. Yes, I took on 30 in 30 Challenge and working in a new medium. It was a whirlwind month. Pricing Info for The Potter  

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Lilli, 5×5, Acrylic, ©June Rollins

7. Lilli is in the center of the collage for a reason. She is the heart of the month for me. I loved painting her and I loved even more the expression on her owner’s face when she saw this painting of her.

You can see all of the above collage paintings in larger format at: June Rollins ART

Thanks for checking-in and wishing all a Fearless February of persistence and determination.

June