Insist On Yourself, Never Imitate!

"Hello, Gorgeous!" Watercolor, 7x10 Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

“Hello, Gorgeous!”
Watercolor, 7×10
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

This little tree is looking more like Spring than Autumn…but she could care less what I think! “Hello, Gorgeous!” is intent on being herself to the max 😀

Insisting on ourselves is essential when tapping into our creativity and developing as artists. The below Emerson quote sums up why:

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each (we) can do best, none but his (our) Maker can teach him (us).

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

See more: Autumn Trees

Is There Danger In Loving Our Paintings Too Much?

I could never let go of this!

This is something I’ve heard other artists say about their originals and I’ve been and am guilty of the same. Could this love for our precious paintings eventually destroy us?

We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. – Gollum

While we might not suffer Gollum’s fate, this over-attachment to our past paintings, could qualify us as hoarders 🙂 Having run out of wall space, we may find our precious originals stuck behind doors, inside of closets and under beds. Or, worse, we could become stuck, living high off past laurels and stop risking and growing as artists.

Because I’m currently letting go of watercolors that had become My Preciousnesses, I’ve been pondering the above. I’ve gifted some and others are now in galleries. When one sells, I’m happy for the income and moved a painting has been valued enough by another for them to buy it. At the same time I also feel a sense of loss. It’s uncomfortable.

If I stay with the uncomfortable feeling, other awarenesses surface. Fear, will I be able to paint another as good? Loss of identity, who am I without this physical evidence of my self-worth? If I sit with those feelings long enough, a tiny trickle of a sense of freedom and liberation begin to trickle in. Then, a feeling of lightness, like floating. And before you know it…I feel encouraged and energized that my art is being enjoyed in someone else’s home or office. Inspiration wells and…


Standing Tall, 7x10 Watercolor Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Standing Tall, 7×10 Watercolor
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

…I’m fueled to begin again!

Standing Tall, barely dry, already has a new home, and continuing in the spirit of not hanging on to my precious paintings…

I just put this one up for auction with a crazy, low $5 opening bid, in case anyone is interested 🙂

New Every Morning, 7x10 Watercolor Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

New Every Morning, 7×10 Watercolor
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Bids are being received for this painting at: New Every Morning

Enjoy the journey!




Stepping Away

Maybe like me, you’ve had a busy year. My year has been busy, hamster-treadmill, busy.

Last Sunday, when the first candle of Advent was lit, more than ever, I found myself feeling its allure to slow down and reflect. Something I used to do continually, something I hardly do at all anymore. I miss it.

As I’m experiencing the need to clean my inner room and prepare on all levels, this will be my last post until after the New Year. I anticipate announcing some changes and new directions early 2014.

For anyone looking for a Holiday Project, here is one, lost in the archives from Dec. 17, 2010. Christmas Poinsettia. It is in watercolor and shows sucessive steps of negative painting. A wonderful process of mostly layered background painting , until as if by magic, the subject appears. Would be interesting to see it in alcohol inks 🙂

Thanks to all for following this blog. I appreciate you. Wishing all the best this Holiday Season and the coming New Year.

Slowing Things Down…

Dreamscape No. 403, 4×4, AI Brand Blends, Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 403 is entreating us to slow down and rest.

If it could speak, it would say, “Peace, Be Still.”


Soft Edges – extend to the viewer, a gentle invitation, while hard edges just reach out and grab. The subtle, hard edges in this Dreamscape are minimized by similar color and value. The most pronounced, the circle, contributes to the overall theme. Plus, the left foreground swirl, is an intimate, beckoning repeat.

Horizontals – translate to rest, stillness in tranquil waters.

Reclining Diagonals – are winding down. They have poured out their energy and are now settling in for a little R&R.

Neutralized Colors – I love bright colors, but sometimes grow weary of all their jumping up and down, clamoring for attention. The mixing of the brights I used for Dreamscape No. 403 was a soothing ritual for turning down their volume.

Sigh, I feel more calm already…

Peace In all Your Painting Today…

Let’s Keep Dreaming 🙂



Creating A Place Of Rest

A recent longing for simplification has been showing up in my art.

Dreamscape No. 383, 4×4, Alcohol Inks On Yupo
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 383 , 4″x 4″, Ranger On Yupo was created with:

1. No pre-planned sketch

2. No brushes

3. Only 2 colors

4. Two large shapes with 2 to 3 accents, depending on how much of a detail person you are 😉

5. Plenty areas of rest


Discovery: Even red-orange can be restful.

Quote: Less Is More. – Einstein

Tip: Create harmonious, stand-out paintings by using only 2 color opposites.

Learn More at: Yellow & Purple Blending Discoveries

Music To Dreamscape By

Krista and I met online because we both love Dreamscaping. I am honored she chose Dreamscape No. 343 as the cover art for her newest CD!

Krista’s Dreamscaping music, softly playing in my last two alcohol ink art instructional DVDs: Level 2 Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping and Piñata On Ceramic Tiles, creates a relaxed atmosphere. 

The state of heart and mind we find ourselves, is often revealed in our art. Feeling rushed, pressured, nervous, uptight, anxious or even angry? Consider listening to music to help lead the way to a state more conducive to creativity and free flowing art.

Listen to Krista’s newest CD: Dreamscapes Sampler

For CD Pricing Info:  Click Here


Travel Lightly When Dreamscaping

Leave any extra baggage behind 🙂


Rolling Along Now…

Because of the response I have gotten from fellow artists, subscribers, face-to-face friends and Facebook friends regarding yesterdays’ post…I wanted to show you some of what I did yesterday and today:

Writing yesterday’s post was a risk. I have a tendency to hold things in and endure, which is what I had been doing.

But by expressing my true feelings, I felt something shift. And then when I began receiving encouraging e-mails, phone calls and comments on this blog, I felt affirmed for being real. Thank You!

Yesterday and today, I’ve been dreamscaping. And based on the energy infusion I’m experiencing, I might as well say, I’ve been breathing. Because when I am not experiencing the creative process, I am suffocating.

What Have I Learned?

How easy it is to think there is no time for art, for creativity.

How easy it is to put art last on the list.

But if we don’t claim and carve out the hour or two or three for art, yet another day will go by, and another and another…

And the artist we might have been…

Will never be.

Choose Art!