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February 17, 2019 February 17, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:33 pm
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I did a little sketching as I travelled around Great Britain last summer. I visited Oxford University twice. My first visit was with a guided tour out of London. We only had a couple of hours in Oxford as we also visited Windsor and Stonehenge. (It was a long day!) Luckily I had scheduled three nights in Oxford later in my trip. The architecture is quite wonderful and I particularly appreciated the Sheldonian  Theater. The Sheldonian Theatre was built from 1664 to 1669 after a design by Christopher Wren. The building is named after Gilbert Sheldon, chancellor of the University at the time and the project’s main financial backer. It is used for music concerts, lectures and University ceremonies.  Since 2015 it has also been used for drama until 2015. It is very important to the culture and history of Oxford. I did a sketch of part of the building. Below I have also included a photo I took during my first visit.

 

 

Sheldonian Theater - Oxford U

Sheldonian Theater Oxford Aug 2018

 

I think I should have erased the smudges before I took my photo!

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February 14, 2019 February 14, 2019

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:16 pm
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I sincerely hope that your life is as blessed with love as mine. Know that I send love to all my blogging friends.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I want to post a notecard that I created yesterday. For the last few months I have been creating collaged bookmarks and I am very proud of them and think you will be surprised by them when I begin to post them in the next few days. But for now I am really pleased with this my first notecard. It is quite lovely and was inspired by the love and tenderness I felt when I saw the image. The color is actually richer and deeper than you see in the image. When I create my collages (I’ve done ATC collages for family members in the past. They are posted on this blog in the ATC category.) I use images from magazines, catalogs, advertising mailings, or calendars. When I assemble my collages I try to create something essentially different from the original.

Notecard - Ballet 1

I look at composition, color, texture and content. I chose a background that captures a feeling of starlight and moon glow and added the flowers to create softness and to add a little color. I wish you were with me. In person it looks lovely.  When I create my collages I think of them as original works of art and sign and date them. Enjoy on this special day!

 

February 11, 2019 February 11, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:27 am
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Well we had two inches of snow yesterday but the temperature is rising and rain is due today. What erratic winter weather we are having. Keeps me inside drinking hot tea, reading and planning my next art project.

When I was in Europe this summer I bought a set of watercolor pencils in Edinburgh but I only did one small painting. I was in Paris at the end of my trip and was wandering around my neighborhood (close to the Sorbonne) taking photos. I stumbled on a small church named Eglise – St Medard. I went back to the apartment and painted this small painting in the sketchbook I bought at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I didn’t have a brush so I had to paint with a Q-tip and my finger. The day was bright and sunny but the door was in a partially shaded nook where the sun was dancing through the leaves. It gave me a feeling of comfortable old age and nostalgia. I “cleaned the painting up” by using an ink pen to outline. All in all I enjoyed the challenge even if my door is a little crooked!

Eglise St-Medard Paris Sep 2018

 

 

February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:36 am
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I love to draw. Every time I spend several months painting and then begin to sketch I remember how much I enjoy it. When I was in Europe I did not have time to do much drawing but while in Great Britain everything I did do was sketching or drawing. I did not take any materials to Europe but shortly after I arrived I bought 3 small (3″ X 4″) notebooks and two pencils at the British Library, two weeks later I bought a set of watercolor pencils when I was in Scotland (there was a lovely art supply store right across from my hotel!) and a month later I bought a larger sketchbook at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. That was it…easy to pack and light to carry.

This sketch was the first thing I completed. It is of the Medusa Head gracing the ceiling in the Sir John Soane House Museum. (to learn more click here ) He was an important architecture and collected ancient and modern architectural elements for display in his home. This Medusa uncharacteristically looks like a placid, young man with flowing locks rather than the fiery, angry women with snakes for hair. Why? No one knew! Do you have any idea?

Medusa Head Sur John Sloane Museum July 2019

 

 

 

February 1, 2019 February 1, 2019

Filed under: Drawings,Portraits & Self Portraits — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:14 pm
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How time flies! I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I posted. I am very unhappy with myself but have a good excuse for part of the time. I spent three months attending classes and traveling in Great Britain and France during 2018. And it took months to prepare for my trip so that’s my story. This was a special once-in-a-lifetime trip that was inspired by the six months my husband and I lived in Germany while I worked at Roche Diagnostics. It was also inspired by the loan of a book titled Without Reservations which is worth a read if you like unplanned adventures.

During my time in England I took two class at Cambridge University. Shakespeare in the Gardens was in full swing. Here are two small drawings I did of two of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters – Shylock from the Merchant of Venice and Cymbelline from…drumroll…Cymbelline.

Cymbeline Cambridge July 2018

Cymbelline

Shylock Merchant of Venice Cambridge July 2018

Shylock

 

During my trip I carried my own luggage and made my own arrangements. I didn’t have much room for art materials so these were drawn in a small moleskin notebook that I bought at the British Library and with a No 2 pencil. I am glad to be sharing again and will post more from my trip later.

 

 

January 26, 2018 January 26, 2018

Filed under: Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:14 am
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I am fighting a cold and have a big, red, drippy nose so I decided to work on something that I could mess up and it just wouldn’t matter. I mentioned recently that I created a mess of mud trying to paint my first Circles and Lines painting. I decided to scrub off the paint and see what was left. It actually gave me a nice neutral background with a soft texture and an interesting mix of color. It, of course, had big blank circles! The circles reminded me of a flower garden, particularly a bed of zinnias. Zinnias are flowers that I love for their strength, vibrant colors and hardiness.

 

Flowers Experiment 1

 

I wanted to create more texture and depth in the background so I used a technique I learned from Warren Taylor (for more info about Warren click here). He taught a technique that I love. You use watercolor crayons and scrub heavy color  onto your paper and then spray it with water. Next you take sandwich wrap and press it into the wet color creating linear shapes that run randomly through the piece. Put a book on top and let it dry.  I didn’t use quite enough crayon but I achieved something close to the effect I wanted.

 

Flower Experiment 2

 

Next I began to paint flowers – red, yellow and white flowers. I painted them in acrylic straight from the tube since I did not want to use much water. That would have ruined the texture. I finished by applying another layer of crayon in yellow-green and yellow to brighten up everything.  I then wet it and let it dry. The painting is pretty rough but I always learn about the materials and techniques I’m using when I try something like this.

 

Flowers Experiment 3

 

 

 

January 16, 2017 January 17, 2018

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:43 am
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Brrrr! It is freezing outside…good day to paint…Once again I have been inspired by my blogging friend Barry Combs. Barry did a workshop and taught his students a very practical approach to create abstract paintings. I decided to use the first exercise done during his class which is described here . It is to create an abstract using one color (he used Sepia). Step one is to create a drawing on your paper. Barry used overlapping fruit. I am using AGAIN circles and lines. (PS can you tell I have a degree in math from Purdue University? Love the geometric shapes and am always looking for ways to integrate them in my art!)

 

Sepia Abstract Exercise 1 jan2018

 

 

During the next step you paint most of the shapes with a mid-value mix leaving some white for contrast. Because, again, I had some “felting” of the paper I went over the shapes more than once but I think this is still a mid-value.

 

Sepia Abstract Practice 2 Jan2018

 

During Step 3 I applied a darker value of sepia. Just a tidbit: One reason I did this exercise is because Sepia and Payne’s Gray have always been two of my favorite colors, especially when used together to create rough wooden structures.

 

Sepia Abstract Practice 3 Jan2018

 

Finally you add a fourth layer of very dark color. Barry has taught a very simple, straight forward approach that works well for me right now as I reenter the world of watercolor. I enjoyed creating this little work of art and plan to try the second process described in Barry’s post today or tomorrow…so on to color and scaling up!

 

Sepia Abstract Practice 4 Jan 2018