17th in Call of the Wild Series
Kodiak Brown Bear with some of the process steps.
Now up for Auction:
View other paintings in the Series: Call of the Wild Series
Beginning to follow a pull to paint animals and birds. Not domesticated, but wild. Introducing the Call Of The Wild Series. Feels energizing.
The Leading Muse
Auction Info: Barn Owl (sold)
Red Fox In Process. (sold)
See finished painting and auction info at: Red Fox
Follow the Call Of The Wild Journey: June Rollins ART
The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination. – Don Williams, Jr.
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.
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.
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.
See this painting and others in my DPW Gallery
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…
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.
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 🙂
Shrub Rose Auction Details
She is not hybrid tea rose status, but what an amazing little shrub rose I’m tending in my flower garden 🙂
My Rose Westerland Shrub, an undemanding diva with her generous, ever-changing, spicy, fragrant blooms inspires me to be the best I can be.
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
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
Wishing you amazing, little shrub rose, discoveries today.
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!