Friday, August 18, 2017

Sakura Awareness




Process stages of a segment of newest oil painting. I am appreciating the slowing-down and deeper levels of awareness that occur when working in oils. 

In Japanese culture, "Sakura," cherry blossoms, represent the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short.



"Sakura," 8x10 Oil, ©June Rollins

Friday, August 4, 2017

Summary Of Completed Paintings In July


Fourteen paintings in July! Focus was flowers with two special requests: a rabbit and a pileated woodpecker. See larger images of paintings at June Rollins's Gallery

Oils are suiting my schedule. I love how works in progress patiently wait and invite pondering. I also love how by slowing down, I arrive at different levels of  awareness. It's amazing how what was not seen the day before is so glaringly apparent the next.

Another benefit of slowing down is reflection. I've been at this for a long time. Seventeen years of painting ebbs and flows and twists and turns. A turning point book for me early on was Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way.

I've decided to go through her 12 week process again. This will be the 3rd time. Curious to see what happens along the way and where it leads.

My August painting focus: Light and Shadow.

PS: I'm teaching a weekend Alcohol Ink Dreamscaping Workshop at John C. Campbell Folk School, March 9-11, 2018. More Info