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.
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.
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.
1. Alcohol Ink Dreamscapingis fun, relaxing and great for beginning artists because it is so easy and supplies are so inexpensive. Okay I already knew that, but it was my lifesaver when falling behind this month :)
2. If you have the ink consistency just right in the sky, Snow Cap makes a perfectly round, awesome (larger than Metallic Mixative) moon that takes on the sky color tint.
3. Piñata Rich Gold can be diluted to slight sparkles to illuminate skies and water, thin lines for edging mountain ridges or larger shapes simulating lights from distant towns.
4. Creating imaginary faces from Andrew Loomis' formula was intriguing for me but not popular with June Rollins ART Facebook viewers. Mace, Spock, Antonio and Janine received the least amount of likes. And yes, of course I named them :)
5. Paint My Photo is an encouraging online community of photographers and artists. Photographers post non-copyrighted images they actually want artists to paint from.
The Potter, (not in the above 30 in 30 Collage) was also painted this month during Chantel's January Atelier. Yes, I took on 30 in 30 Challenge and working in a new medium. It was a whirlwind month. Pricing Info for The Potter
7. Lilli is in the center of the collage for a reason. She is the heart of the month for me. I loved painting her and I loved even more the expression on her owner's face when she saw this painting of her.
You can see all of the above collage paintings in larger format at: June Rollins ART
Thanks for checking-in and wishing all a Fearless February of persistence and determination.