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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.



November 9, 2011 November 9, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:41 am
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We have been going through a rough patch lately but thinks are looking up. Ken started physical therapy on Monday with an absolutely great, astute therapist and radiation yesterday. We are SOOO lucky to have the Simon Cancer at the Indiana University Medical Center so close. This is a remarkable resouce and we trust their care. Ken is actually doing his PT excercises and seems to be making progress. We are blessed and thank all of you for your kindness and positive energy.

BUT it has been tough. My latest painting is inspired by the Dark Place. That place we slide into if we are not careful. That place that fear, frustration, anger, anxiety and depression lead you.  That place where you are suffocated by your own despair. We are lucky that we have each other, you our friends and kind, compassionate medical care. The painting is on 12″ X 16″ Kilimanjaro and I tried to capture the slippage and disintegration and lack of control you feel during these periods. We are not there yet and are bouncing back so a hearty thanks to all of you!

To the Dark Place



October 16, 2011 – Bruce Moore November 7, 2011

Here is another of the wonderful winners of the Watercolor Society of Indiana Show currently hanging at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Olio by Bruce Moore, Watermedia on Yupo, 20" X 28"

Definition of OLIO-  a miscellaneous mixture : hodgepodge, a miscellaneous collection (as of literary or musical selections)

The Founder’s Award ( 3rd Place): Judge’s Comments

This painting has good focus and good contrast.  I like the nice, soft edges.  It is put together beautifully and has a wonderful medallion design, which one doesn’t see very often.”

Artist’s Comments:

My painting, “Olio,” is a Yupo collage painting. Yupo is a synthetic surface comprised of polypropylene. I do most of my abstract or non-representational painting on Yupo. To make the collage pieces I used sharp scissors to cut out pieces of interest from other Yupo paintings I have done. I have hundreds of these cutouts at hand so I can choose the shapes and color combinations I want. I usually apply collage to an underlying painting, or even a completed painting that needs more life to it. The underlying painting as well as the collage pieces have to be completely dry and finished with an acrylic gloss UV protected spray I use on my Yupo paintings. (If not ,the paint will wash right off if touched with water, glue or paint because Yupo is not absorbant.) I place the underlying painting down on my painting table and start picking up pieces and arranging them on the painting. I can spend hours rearranging the pieces, substituting, cutting, and so on. I often walk away so I can return for a fresh viewpoint. I am looking for evocative combinations of color and shape but my primary focus is on composition. With pre-cut forms it is easy to overwhelm the painting with too many juxtaposed forms and colors.  Only when I am fully satisfied do I begin glueing the pieces to the painting. The title I chose for this painting has as much to do with the process of its creation as it does the substance.

I hope you enjoy seeing what my fellow Indiana artists are doing. They are incredible artists and very special people.


November 6, 2011 November 6, 2011

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:20 am
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Inspired by Leslie and all of the work she’s done recently using MASA paper (example here), I decided to give it a try. I first learned about Masa when I took a class in experimental watercolor from Sandy Ezell (see Related Links for her website). Her process was slightly different from the process used by Leslie. She collaged wet, crinkled Masa onto watercolor paper or illustration board and then began painting while the collage was still wet. I followed this process and created an underpainting of yellow and green. I wanted to paint a pear. It’s apple season but, being contrary, I wanted to paint something different and I do love pears. This painting is 6″ X 6″. The Masa was collaged to Liquid watercolor paper. I had a rough beginning and lost control several times. Big problem was the underpainting since the green was too strong and just made the leaves blend into the background. Oh well…a learning and a new opportunity…right?

Masa Exercise - Pear 1