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November 28, 2010 November 29, 2010

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Whooppee! Just finished my first ever holiday painting. I was asked if I wanted to show a painting at the Holiday Reception for one of my volunteer organizations but the theme was The Holidays and the work was to have a holiday theme. I did not have a painting like this so I did what I do – I procrastinated! Well the Reception is this Wednesday so I thought I had better get busy if I was going to participate. Anyway I love the sparkle and glow from our tree at Christmas. I get up early, turn on the lights and just sit with Christmas music playing very low in the back ground. I am filled with a sense of peace. Here is my painting. I am happy with the way it turned out but was sure it was lost at several points in the process. I may procrastinate but I also PERSEVERE!

Christmas Memories



November 25, 2010 November 26, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:30 am
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Fitting the holiday, I am giving a “Foodies” tour today at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We are going to look at gorgeous depictions of food and drink, teas and parties, even battles using food as weapons – food, glorious food – nothing is more fun to talk about! Here is painting of apples I completed in 2007. I hope the playful spirit helps make your holiday a happy one!

Apples and Circles #2 from 2007



November 21, 2010 November 22, 2010

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:22 am
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I made a commitment to myself…I promised that I would get busy on my next Geometry painting and not allow the pesky triangle to defeat me! Starting on Thursday I made dozens of little idea sketches and then took a couple to a more complete level. No go! Yesterday I sat down with renewed determination and idea led to idea. I finally came up with a design I like. The top sketch is a detailed planning sketch and the second sketch is to size and I will use it with colored pencil to establish the color scheme and think through final tweaks (clean up those chevrons!) before I draw it on my watercolor paper. I am working on an 8″ X 10″ size for this painting.

Triangle Sketches


November 20, 2010 November 20, 2010

Filed under: Abstract,Collage,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:53 am
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When I learn something new I have to apply it to really understand and use the knowledge at an intuitive level. I want to continue to work with the ideas I learned when working with my black, white and gray collages and paintings. I decided to work on a collage but I want to add some interest by introducing a bit of color. I love blue so I painted a sheet of 9″ X 12″ bristol board with big daps of Winsor Blue, Prussian Blue, Thalo Blue and Cobalt Blue.

BG&W Collage 11182010 - Step 1

I started playing around with the torn shapes I had from the last time I worked with my gray scale papers. I decided to stay with primarily white, black and mid-gray and I also decided that I needed a large “blocking” shape because the background was so active that it didn’t fit well with the very flat gray scale papers. The background had to be a small accent element not a major element. It is fun to play around with shapes. It is like doing a jigsaw puzzle with no “right answer”. The gray scale papers are so flat and cold feeling that I have to work with torn edges to give softness and interest and I like to have some of the edges touch or overlap to add warmth – like the touch of a hand. Anyway after trial and error my final collage turned out A-OK. It’s not really cockeyed. That’s my photography!

BG&W Collage 11192010 - Final


November 18, 2010 November 19, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:54 am
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On October 20th I posted a painting I was working on. I was really having trouble with part of it and have been thinking and working on it off and on for several days. I think I have taken the painting as far as I can right now. I still don’t know if it is finished but for now I am calling it complete. I hope that, with all the work and rework, I have not lost the lovely glow of Indiana in the autumn.

Indiana Autumn


November 16, 2010 November 17, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:42 pm
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One more story about my art.

Hope for Haiti

The images were everywhere and you couldn’t escape knowledge of the devastation in Haiti but in tragedy is change and rebirth.  I was inspired to try to communicate my hopes for mankind through the painting of two watercolors on January 22nd and 23rd, 2010. Through the circles, spheres, bubbles I hope to symbolize the circle of life, a feeling of universalness and a sense of hope and even fun. Through the colors I want to include the traditional description of the various skin tones of mankind in a diverse and beautiful way. Through the composition I want to say that, while we are different, we are the same and that we stand together. On January 22, 2010 I wrote the words below which came straight from my heart.

Hope for Haiti - Red, Yellow, Blue


From red, yellow and blue all colors are created,

From brown, black, red, yellow and white the human race is made,

From Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed and Jesus our spirits are refreshed,

We, man, woman, child stand together,

We are one…

Hope for Haiti - Colors of Man



November 15, 2010 November 16, 2010

National Abstract Show - White Light

I finally found time to visit the National Abstract Show that my paintings are in. The winners of the competition were primarily abstract expressionism but there were many different painting styles represented in the show.  The show had over 130 paintings entered from 17 states and around 50 paintings were juried into the show. The show closes this weekend and it was a huge honor for me to have two paintings accepted.

National Abstract Show - Carnival

The show is displayed in the Garfield Park Arts Center. This is a historic building with lots of space that is used for classes and to support all types of art and art groups. The competition is organizaed and managed by the Southside Art League of Indianapolis.