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November 28, 2011 November 29, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings,Portraits & Self Portraits — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:38 pm
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I’ve been doing some sketching and I love to work with faces. My first is done with black and gray Sharpie markers.

The Ancester

and the next one is just graphite pencils. Both are in my little 6″ X 9″ sketchbook.  Both are inspired by photos in the latest Smithsonian magazine.

The Navigator


November 26, 2011 November 27, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:04 pm
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One more time…here is my second 16″ X 20″ painting. Scaling up can be challenging but again I was very pleased with the result. My husband doesn’t like it because it is so dark but it comes from a different place. With this painting I was thinking about convergence and things coming together. Those things might be good or bad but they definitely change each other. I wanted the darkness but also a feeling of hopeful change. With lights flashing of course! Once again this is painted on my new stock of Arches watercolor board which I continue to find pleasing to work with. I got engrossed amd forgot to take photos of the steps in my process but I do have the first layer:

First Step

and the last:

Convergence 2 - Watercolor on 16" X 20" Arches CP Watercolor Board



November 24, 2011 November 25, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:20 am
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Hope your Thanksgiving Day was peaceful, happy and full of good things!

I finished a new painting and am REALLY happy with it. I was running low on a couple of colors that I use alot so I decided to order some art materials. At the same time I was reading about new art materials in one of my current magazines. They had good things to say about the new Arches artboards. Now I have not had great luck with Arches paper because of the buckling and warping when I work super wet and I have not had good luck with illustration board because it curls up when I work in watercolor. I was sceptical but I ordered five sheets anyway – who knows? Well this product did curl up like the illustration board but I was able to reverse most of that by rewetting and taping the board. I like the surface (CP) and was happy with the durability. Previously, the largest painting I’ve done in my cancer series was 12″ X 16″. This board is 16″ X 20″ so I used a whole sheet. I thought the larger size would push me to add more complexity. When working on this I was thinking about blood pulsing and then got into the change in seasons and the pulse of nature. This feeling of throbbing, pulsing life is what I wanted to share. I hope you see my hope, my feeling of change and my vision of a new day dawning.

Pulse 1 - Watercolor on 16" X 20" Arches Watercolor Board


November 20, 2011 November 21, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:17 am
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We had lots of time in waiting rooms last week so I worked on another Automatic Drawing with my trusty Sharpie markers. I started by drawing lines and curves randomly. Then I drew spirals and curls but in a controlled way. I’ve learned that working in a totally automatic mode I do not get a well balanced work when I color it in. I tried to make sure that I had a balanced “weight” of line within each quadrant of the drawing. I am also learning to be a little more systematic and thoughtful during the coloring process. For the first time I had shapes that I changed after applying the first layer of color. You can do this if you go darker. Anyway, with this drawing, I entertained myself over three days of waiting. Yes! No perfect but FUN…

Auto Drawing 11202011



November 17, 2011 November 18, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings,Portraits & Self Portraits,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:44 am
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Yesterday was a long day. Ken’s first treatment was at 9:30 and, with all the testing done yesterday, we did not leave the Cancer Center until 4:00 in the afternoon. I took several magazines and some drawing materials. I just bought a new set of Sharpie markers. I wanted a set with pastel colors. Whew! let me say their pastels are not soft pastel colors! They are intense…anyway I had the latest National Geographic magazine with me and it has an article about the Sami people that herd reindeer in Norway. The article opens with a photograph of a beautiful young girl. She is bundled up in a scarf and is full of light. Incredible! Using my markers I did this drawing. I tried to lighten it this morning with white watercolor paint with so-so results. Anyway, I loved doing this one and learned how to layer these strong markers. Fun, distracting and challenging. Hope you have a copy of the magazine to see the remarkable original.

Sami Girl - Copied from National Geographic Magazine



November 14, 2011 November 16, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:49 am
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We are in the middle of a mind-boggling, busy week with many treatments and appointments but everything seems to be going well. Two weeks ago I prepped a small sheet of Fluid watercolor paper with a MASA paper collage and a background underpainting done when the collage was still wet. I used this to do a painting of a drawing I did a few weeks ago. I had many distractions and the painting shows it but it was good practice and I was pleased to find some time to paint.

Apple on the Tree


November 12, 2011 November 12, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:01 pm
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This has been a long, hard week. Ken had daily low dose radiation therapy, met with his urologist and started physical therapy. We were down at the Simon Cancer Center everyday and on Wednesday we were also at the Methodist Hospital Medical Building. Next week will be even worse – low dose radiation every day, high dose radiation on his shoulder and chemo plus a full round of baseline testing to determine what the chemo is doing. He does seem to be making progress and the lower dose of chemo last time also seems to have reduced the fatigue a bit. Last Friday, after radiation, we even made it to Five Guys for burgers and went to Trader Joe’s. That’s our idea of entertainment!

Anyway I haven’t done much painting or drawing but I did struggle through one painting this week. It got too dark, too fast and I almost pitched it but I tried some new techniques and I learned about what I can and can’t do with them. Anyway here’s where I gave up. I reached a point where I thought “One more thing and it will push it over the edge”. When I started trying to recover the painting I began thinking about convergence and the way cells change…I was thinking about flashes of mutation…small nuclear explosions.