Hodge-Podge Collage

30 in 30 Reflections

Actually, it was 25 in 30 and what a hodge-podge! We’ve got representational and non-representational in watercolor, acrylics, oils and alcohol inks! Overall, grateful for this month of exploration and diversity. Left with a feeling of giving it my best. My favorite?

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel ©June Rollins :)

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel
©June Rollins 🙂

Day 14 – The promise and potential of the next one 🙂

Thank you to Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 Challenge and all the artists who traveled along providing motivation and inspiration! We’re off to a good 2014!

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Marilyn

Marilyn, 5x7, Oil ©June Rollins

Marilyn, 5×7, Oil
©June Rollins

Day 22 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: I love Marilyn’s sweet disposition and pretty shape; plus, how her blue black feathers look in the sunlight  🙂

Today’s Awareness

Smaller is not necessarily easier 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

Here A Chick, There A Chick…

And A Rooster Too!

Edward & Friends 16x20, Oil ©June Rollins

Edward & Friends
16×20, Oil
©June Rollins

Days 20 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Margaret, Edward and Marilyn live at John C. Campbell Folk School. A few months ago Edward was rescued from the jaws of a dog. His wounds have healed and he’s getting his moxie back. Even with a residual, slight limp, he thinks he’s boss. Margaret (left), is really the one in charge and Marilyn (right), is the sweetest and my favorite 🙂

Today’s Awareness

One of the difficult things about pulling off a painting you really love that also gets a lot of great feedback, (last week’s Swan), is you wonder, “Can I do that again?” So, I took on a more difficult undertaking. I worked from two of my photos and larger. Can’t compare apples to oranges 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

I Love My Swan

Swan, 12x16, Oils ©June Rollins

Swan, 12×16, Oils
©June Rollins

Day 16 & 17 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Yesterday morning was 4 failed sketching attempts :/ No benefits in sharing my dirty laundry. Yesterday evening was a “let’s look at this a new way” determination and much better 5th sketch!

I’m normally too tired to paint in the evenings, but getting the sketch right had given me inspiration and energy. Next time I had an awareness, surprised to see, close to midnight! It’s been a long time since I’ve had evening, creative energy or the anticipation upon waking and scurrying to see painting efforts of day before 🙂

Today’s Awareness

Honing drawing skills is a welcomed, rewarding discipline, when “finally getting it right,” leaves me energized and inspired. A sign I’m on the right path.

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

Painting Early This Morning

Kingfisher, Oil, 8x10 ©June Rollins

Kingfisher, Oil, 8×10
©June Rollins

Today’s Awareness

Day 15 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Predawn studio time might be the ticket. Happy to get something down. We won’t even talk about being on unchartered territory 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

From The Ground Up

The operative word is “up.”

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel ©June Rollins :)

Orange Ground On Textured Gesso Canvas Panel
©June Rollins 🙂

Today’s Awareness

Day 14 – 30 in 30 Painting Challenge: Studio hours are limited now. With this small start, I will be attracted to all things blue and green today 🙂

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. -Chines Proverb

When Struggling….

Wise Owl, Oils, 8×10
©June Rollins

Today’s Awareness

When struggling, try to let something surface that’s calling to be painted.

Most recent watercolor attempts were in the trash. Felt a lot of resistance. Almost didn’t paint today. Began searching through photos. Ran across an owl I had recently downloaded from Wet Canvas Image Library. Felt a tug. Why not take out the oils I bought a couple of years ago….Got lost in the challenge. Encouraged. Thankful. (Day 13 – 30 in 30)