April Paintings

April

Here is a collage of April’s 11 oil paintings.

Some have sold, some are still drying and one is a gift to Martha in appreciation for giving me permission to photograph her sheep and precious lambs.

Doing my best to keep locations representing my work supplied: John C. Campbell Folkschool Craft Shop, Brasstown, NC, Twigs And Leaves Gallery, Waynesville, NC and Mountain Nest, Black Mountain, NC.

How can we not be inspired during this spring season of blooming flowers and prancing, baby, farm animals. Paint, paint, paint, as fast as we can ūüôā

Happy Spring To All.

 

 

February Was A Good Month

Feb PaintingsThese 12 oil paintings indicate February was a fun and productive month.

Two were purchased through social media. Thank you Facebook Friends.

Three were sold wholesale. Thank you John C. Campbell Folkschool Craft Shop.

Two are on their way to a gallery on consignment. Thank you Twigs & Leaves, Waynesvillle, NC.

Three are on the drying rack while I go through the process of being able to let them go ūüėČ

Two are listed for sale in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

February’s Most Magical Moment

A business leader I admire stopped by JCCFS Craft Shop and said, “Your paintings make me happy.” This thrilled me to my toes and gave me “affirmation fuel” to paint three hours, alla prima, 6-9pm that evening after an 8 hour workday. The resulting work is one of the 12 shown above. Here she is uncropped:

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“Violet,” 5×7, Oil, ¬©June Rollins

Yesterday my manager and I were talking about current, disturbing local and global news events when she shared something her father used to tell her when everything around her seemed bleak…

“Brighten the corner, where you are.”

I like to think my small paintings are going out into the world brightening corners where they are. Like the affirming business leader and Mary’s father, let’s all do what we can do to be corner brighteners. Spread that little light of yours ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

What I Learned In January

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January paintings, shown above, are hints to a lot of emotional processing. Below are the titles. Wondering if you can match the title to the painting? Of course, if you follow June Rollins ART, you may already know ūüėČ

Love My New Winter Coat, Serious House Hunter, Stepping Out, Finding My Way, On A Mission, Ready For Anything, You Talkin’ to Me!?, Watch Yourself, Game On, Just Between Us, Connected, Dreamscape No. 692 and Watched Over.

Here’s how it works. I peruse copyright free photos or my own until one grabs me. Yes, a particular image chooses me. Holds my attention and draws me in. I kinda get lost in it.

Sometimes I know the title immediate.y. Other times I have to study the finished painting until something surfaces. Either way, whatever emerges feels right. There is an awareness or healing that makes me think, Oh, so that’s it, that’s what’s been going on.

Working from my own deep places often transfer to the viewer. Certain paintings really resonate with certain people. Enough so, that they buy them, which gives me an energizing, intrinsic affirmation of doing what I’m supposed to do.

So, how did that one painting get center stage? The one in the middle, larger than all the rest? Because it hums so much within me, it brings tears. It’s title? Watched Over.

Deep and precious painting to you this month.

June

 

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.

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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

 

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 ūüôā

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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,‚Ä®¬†Be a scrub in the valley ‚ÄĒ but be‚Ä®¬†The best little scrub by the side of the rill;‚Ä®¬†Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.‚Ä®‚Ä®

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

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

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,‚Ä® If you can’t be the sun be a star;‚Ä® It isn’t by size that you win or you fail ‚ÄĒ‚Ä® 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.