August Focus: Light & Shadow

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A fun month of a variety of subjects and focus on different types of light and shadow. Learn more about each painting.

It’s always interesting to see if an underlying theme emerges from a month’s paintings. I’m amused by the fox and the grapes that have appeared.

Also happy to introduce 2018 Calendar featuring some of my favorite paintings completed in 2017.

2018 Calendar Cover

One watercolor, four acrylics and seven oils make up the 12 images for each of the 12 months. See each month’s image.

Not sure of September focus…Stay in touch during the month at June Rollins ART

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. -Pablo Picasso

 

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Catch The Spirit

Beyond knowledge, beyond method, beyond technique is that elusive quality of spirit we want resonating in our paintings. I believe it is spirit that prompts viewers to catch their breath and be compelled to step closer and explore our work. Spirit often catches us off guard. It surprises us. It awakens joy and brings tears. It stirs forgotten longings and instills hope. Spirit unites us, when we let it in.

This past Christmas, Janna commissioned me to paint “John Henry.” In her own words, here’s why:

I hope everyone has had a blessed Christmas Day. We got up this morning and John Henry went with us to our tree just like all kids do. It’s hard to find something that really impacts my husband because he is not a person that asks for anything. This year I was blessed to find out about an Altavista hometown girl, June Rollins. I commissioned a portrait of our boy, knowing that would be the best gift I could ever give David.  I have never given him a gift that brought tears to his eyes before. He loves the portrait. June Rollins you are so talented and your gift is responsible for giving me an opportunity to make my husband happy. Thank you! I don’t have adequate words for what this means now and for the future.

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Wishing All a New Year filled with Spirit.

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

 

 

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.

Inspired To Paint These Cows :)

Reference Photo, ©June Rollins

Reference Photo, ©June Rollins

I’ve grown fond of the these cows I drive by twice a day 6 days a week on Brasstown Rd. Even though I’m often in a hurry, pre-occupied or tired, I always look for them. On this day, soon after they had just gathered around a fresh hay bale, I knew I had to stop and take some reference photos for a painting. I was delighted and inspired to paint from this humorous image I received.

Later, I described the setting to one of my co-workers who laughed and responded with, Sorry, Private Party. I immediately knew Kayla had just given me the title for my painting.

How To Receive Inspiration During a Typical Day

Notice what you are repeatedly drawn to during the course of a typical day. Zero in and become more aware of whatever it is. Each day, even while rushing by, consciously, take note. Wait for and be ready to receive perfect, and perhaps unexpected, picture-perfect, moments 🙂

Cows Traveling To Tennessee In April

Sorry, Private Party, 12 x 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

Sorry, Private Party, 12 x 28, Watercolor, ©June Rollins

Sorry, Private Party, has been accepted into the 38th Southern Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition to be held at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN, May 8th – July 5th.

Next post will share the painting steps behind this watercolor.

Enjoy The Journey.

I Just Want To Show Up

This will be the third year I’ve taken on Leslie Saeta’s January 30 in 30 Challenge.

2014 25 in 30

Jan. 2014 I had fun creating 25 paintings (shown above) with different mediums and subjects. Some of the paintings took longer than one day to complete.

2013 Jan 30 in 30

Jan. 2013 I created 30 Dreamscapes (shown above) using Piñata Alcohol Inks on Ceramic Tile.

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In preparation for the Jan. 2015 30 in 30, I’ve been cleaning the studio and considering the importance of just showing up.

In the words of Chuck Close:

Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work.

Valuable insights from Chuck Close: Creativity.

More about Chuck Close.

This Jan. I want to take on the challenge to just show-up at my painting table every morning.

How about you?

They Travelled Afar

Dreamscape No. 599, 4x6 Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

Dreamscape No. 599, 4×6
Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

I have always been drawn to the story of the Magi. I drew inspiration from them for Dreamscape No. 599, shown above.

Upon deeper study the facts don’t line-up with our traditional stories. We don’t know there were 3 and their visit did not occur at Jesus’s birth. But they are still much loved characters in our Crèche because of what they represent: seeking, courage, discernment, faith and steadfast, unwavering belief.

In all traditions, the seeker’s journey has poignant significance. May we all be like the Magi in our seeking and journeying.

Holy Blessings To Us All,

June