Coloring Big Bear’s World – Step 3

Step 3I always experiment with different color themes on a scrap piece of watercolor paper prior to beginning a new painting. I’m currently fascinated with the vibrancy of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Watercolors. (L-R): Phthalo Green, Cobalt Violet, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Sepia and Burnt Umber.

Step 4

When I feel comfortable with the colors, I boldly move forward. Here, I’ve placed Saran Wrap into most of the wet washes and left it to dry overnight. See now, why I needed to save Big Bear? He would have been washed away 🙂


This is part of a series of posts focusing on the stages of painting Big Bear.

Entering Into The Forest…

…where it is quieter and cooler and still.

After removing the masking and pondering for I don’t know how long, felt drawn to work in this area. Here, I am softly, sculpting background woods by gentle lifting with a damp, flat brush.

Adding foliage using triad tree technique.

Feeling calmed and refreshed after a cool, quiet walk in the woods 🙂


To read how Stepping Away From The Painting can be applied to our daily lives, visit: Appreciating A Masterpiece by Paula Lewis

To read why I am painting  Follow The Red Railed Walkway and  see earlier stages of this painting, click: Follow The Red Railed Walkway

To see additional images, visit June Rollins ART

Advanced Triad Tree Layering

The original, Oct. 10, 2010, Triad Tree Demo blog post has received more comments and views than any other of my posts.  It was also published in Watercolor Artist, Dec. 2012, in Watercolor Essentials, within my feature, Tried-and-True Primary Triads. And even now, 2.5 years later, my blog stats show, it had 2,593 views last week! Thank you Pinterest friends 🙂

Taking the Triad Tree to a more advanced level, here are the steps of Triad Tree Layering within a larger painting, currently in process, Follow the Red Railed Walkway:

The first layer using a light valued triad has dried. I’ve put down plexi to protect adjacent areas. To see technique for first layer, please visit the original,  Triad Tree Demo. Here, more yellow was used, but process is the same.

I’ve misted the paper. Using a large, round brush I dropped in darker valued pigment. Takes a bit of courage 🙂

Here I am using the brush tip to carefully adjust, pooled pigment, being mindful to not over do to avoid end result of looking contrived.

Values can be lightened by wicking excess pigment with torn paper towel.

Subtle value and color shifts can be achieved by tilting the board to encourage blending.

Not finished yet, but overall pleased with the results.

To follow the rest of this painting process and see additional images of Follow The Red Railed Walkway in progress, visit June Rollins ART


We can never duplicate nature. We merely produce an illusion.

–Maxine Mansfield

Time To Watercolor

Recently, I was exploring around John C. Campbell Folk School Campus with my camera and found inspiration when I ran across a Plein Aire Weekend Watercolor Class.

It’s turned cold in these NC mountains the last few days making the desire to paint outside diminish, but not the desire to wet my watercolor brushes.

Feels good….for this…

To turn to this…

To turn to this: Busy About Her Business

12 x 15 , Fabriano 140 lb CP


Stay tuned for the story behind this image and a little of what happened in between 🙂

Making Room For The New

Letting Go turned three this year.

 At first glance, you see an aging, rust-stained house surrounded by curled, dead leaves. If the rendering succeeds one notices a few leaves sprinkled on the steps like breadcrumbs leading the viewer’s eye to study a weathered door. Behind the door hangs a worn, torn shade and behind the shade a soft glowing light emanates.

Eventually, many of us will enter into seasons of decline. But within the dwelling, within us, the light is there. Indwelling. Transforming.

I love this imagery.

Especially, this time of year.


I entered Letting Go into as many art shows as I could her first two years (most competition guidelines require the work not be over two years old). She did well and was even published in October 2010 Watercolor Artist, Rough Starts: Creativity Workshop, a column I wrote explaining how I create texture.

I had considered never selling her. Some things you just want to hold on to. But a few weeks ago someone, while visiting in our home, asked about her…Something inside me shifted and…

Letting Go is now happily hanging in New Zealand!


 The new digital camera body that takes the interchangeable Canon lenses that have been sitting in my closet for 8 years sure feels good. Not to mention the watch I was able to buy my husband for Christmas.

Letting Go Can Be a Good Thing.