Autumn Beginnings

No one can tell me Autumn is just about endings, unless you believe that in every ending, there is a beginning. Gardeners and people of deep faith know this. Maybe they are one in the same. I know my hands digging in rich dirt and my heart rejoicing over tender green shoots is for me a spiritual exchange.

Newly planted Iris building energy for glory awakening Spring 2015.

Newly planted Iris building energy for Spring 2015 glory awakening. Those small, emerging side shoots give me all kinds of hope to hold onto through the winter.

Dare I be so bold to name this experience, “Co-creating.” Even though I have heard my husband pronounce confidently from the pulpit, “We are all co-creators with God.”

Whatever it is, it nourishes my soul beyond words and I am overjoyed  to be planting this Autumn, hoping through Winter and envisioning next Spring’s glory.

Remembering earlier Iris I've grown that were models for all About Iris Series.

Remembering earlier Iris I’ve grown that became models for all About Iris Series.

Above blooming iris photo from earlier post, Become A Better Artist…

Iris No. 18 10x14, Watercolor © June Rollins

Iris No. 18
10×14, Watercolor
© June Rollins

See more Iris paintings, All About Iris

Plans are being made now for me to teach techniques used to create All About Iris Series, Spring 2015 at Tri-County Community College, Murphy, NC.


Now, to tell Rob his other birthday gift was 200 Daffodil bulbs 🙂

All About Iris Watercolor Workshop At JCC

It’s still a little over a year away but wanted you to be the first to know.

I just found out last night…

I’m On The John C. Campbell Folk School

Schedule To Teach:



All About Iris 

An Intermediate Watercolor Workshop

(To get a preview of what we will be doing: Visit Iris No. 8 Demo in this blog.

Guess who’s excited about being a local, guest instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School?

July 2012, Rob and I relocated to Murphy, NC which is 7 miles from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.

Workshop schedules are determined a year to a year and half in advance. Beginning, Feb. 16, 2014, I will be teaching a 5-day, All About Iris, intermediate watercolor workshop in this lovely 300 acre setting that encourages joy in creating and sharing in community! See examples of what we will be doing at: All About Iris

For more info or to register, contact: 828-837-3899

Future Art Instructor Announcement

Guess who’s excited…

about being a local guest instructor at the

John C. Campbell Folk School?

Sometime in 2014 I will be teaching a

5-day watercolor workshop for beginners in this lovely setting

that encourages joy in creating and sharing in community!

Stay Tuned 🙂

Watercolor Takes Dedication & Commitment

On Oct. 1 I taught a local watercolor workshop and the group asked if we could meet the second Sat. of every month. I was impressed with their desire to learn and practice this challenging medium. And I’m excited about the possibilities from working with such a group of dedicated watercolorists.

If you live nearby and would like to join us, I’m going to be offering watercolor classes at Anson County Center, 605 McLaurin St, from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. No classes in Dec. Monthly meetings resume Jan. 2012.

Sat., Nov. 12 Workshop Choices Are:

9am -12pm- “Come Test The Waters” is for the absolute beginner. A perfect way to see if watercolor is for you without investing in the supplies. Watercolor supplies are provided. Cost: $55. Class Size limited to 10.

1-4pm “Back To Basics” – For those with watercolor experience, but maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve painted. Supplies not included. Cost $35. Class size limited to 12.

Pre-registration required – To register, e-mail

Visit June’s website for more info:

Watercolor Sculpting Workshop

Perfect day for planning 9/23 Watercolor Sculpting Workshop at Artist League of the Sandhills.

Here’s the reference photo I’ll be using for the demonstration for Iris No. 14, taken when my iris were blooming. Really looking forward to painting this one 🙂

For more info, phone 910-944-3979 or e-mail

Nine already enrolled, three more seats available

Looking For Some Extra Excitement For Your Art?

The only thing more exciting than watercoloring at an angle,

is watercoloring at an angle before sixty+ pairs of eyes 😉

High Country Watermedia Society (HCWS) during "Less Is More" watercolor demonstration by guest artist, June Rollins, at Cheap Joes, in Boone, NC on Aug. 13, 2011

"Less Is More" is a direct-paintng method while working at an angle.

Using gravity to increase color-mixing on the paper yields fresh, vibrant, created colors.

C'mon, live a little. Take a risk. Hope to see you at the next "Less Is More" demonstration & watercolor workshop. If I can do it, you can too 🙂

HCWS is a super-friendly, energetic artist guild offering members many opportunities and activities.

Check them out: High Country Watermedia Society