Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day Lily Wet-Saturated Watercolor Demo

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Enjoy! When Day Lily No. 2 is dry enough to sign,
it will be up for auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery.

Place Your Bid HERE

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Day Lily Grand Opening

My Day Lilies Are Blooming Now! 

I brought in one early this morning, not quite open...

What joy, sketching in the quiet studio, witnessing the day lily fully open...

Masking now...

Check back to see more posts of the painting process. 

Soon to be up of auction in my Daily Paintworks Gallery

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Iris From My Mother's Yard

Homeplace Iris, 6 x 13.5
June Rollins ©

Last week, when visiting my 89 year old mother in VA I gathered these heirloom iris from her yard. The season for the iris I grow in NC had ended and I was excited to have one more opportunity to paint from life. 
One more opportunity to paint flowers from this yard...

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For this watercolor here: Homeplace Iris Auction

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Rhinestone Brooch Mystery

One too many late night milkshakes made for a morning sleep-in. Up in time for coffee, 8am yoga, errands, breakfast, e-mail correspondence...

Finally, in the studio at 11am, continuing on this lovely bridal bouquet watercolor portrait commission that has been calling to me. 

Especially the center rhinestone brooch. 

Is this the something old, the something cherished?  I think so. 
Such a compelling energy it has. 
I paint in a yearning, mysterious place today. 
Love this connection when it happens. 

See more images of the progress of this painting at:

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Are All Those Bug Bites Worth It?

Thats what I ask myself every summer when I spray on bug spray (that's never seemed to work), before going outside to water drooping flowers. 

Remind me again, why is flower gardening fun?

But this day in early May, when I've just come back inside from hand-picking the bouquet shown below, I shout a resounding, "Yes!"

I need them as much as they need me on a hot, dry summer day. 
I need their soul deep beauty. Without it, something in me withers.

I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.
-Claude Monet

Please, Hurry!

I Love Blueberries! So, I'm daily inspecting the three blueberry bushes my husband and I planted three years ago from White Flower Farm

Here's what I just discovered!

Last year they yielded about a cup and a half.
But, this year, they're showing off  :)

Guess I am too. Loving my new camera!
Thought this image worthy of a ©

Working on a summer fruit, card collection.
Soon, available at:
(the image, not the blueberries)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I Wasn't Supposed To Be Home Painting Today

I was scheduled to teach a workshop, but not enough people signed up to make the minimum. Not something most artists want to talk about. But it happens.

And what did I do? 

I celebrated the unexpected gift of an artist retreat day.

More of today's progression photos of this bridal bouquet 
commissioned portrait are on my Facebook Art Page.