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January 11, 2012 January 12, 2012

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:31 am
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This is my 300th post! Yeah! Do I sound like I’m breaking my arm patting myself on the back? I’m really pleased and happy that I have made so many new friends and learned so much during the last two years of blogging. Thank you….

We have been having a warm and wet winter in Indiana. Snow is due today along with colder weather. I have been thinking about the flow of seasons and about winter. In the mid-1980’s I painted one of my best paintings ever. I copied a photo of a lynx in deep snow and was so proud of the beautiful pink, lavender and cerulean blue highlights I achieved. They brought the snow to life. I decided to try to capture some of this winter beauty with my current abstract painting style. This was a challenge and working with white watercolor is a difficult. It looks so flat! But I learned alot and tried something new and so all’s well that ends well.

Flow of Nature - Winter

I did like the sense of snow being blown by the wind in this abstract world. Feels very cold.

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January 8, 2012 January 8, 2012

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:36 am
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My mind seems tired and lacking in focus. I see that in my latest painting. As I mentioned I was not very happy with the painting below.

The Sky Wept - the painting I painted over

Sooo… I decided to scrap it and use the watercolor board for a new painting. First I decided on a landscape orientation and painted over the surface with gesso.

Gessoed layer

Next I put on a layer of Black magic ink and another layer of gesso – both applied with rough cross hatching.  I followed that with a rough application of white watercolor. At this point I didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I decided to paint the sadness and sorrow and lack of focus that I am feeling. For the first layer I poured and dripped Venetian Brown, Cobalt Violet and Payne’s Gray with a little Burnt Sienna.

First paint layer

I continued to drop, spray, float and splash paint until the paintin g felt finished. Very bleak but this creation got me back in the studio and put a brush in my hand so that is all good. Ken would be pleased.

Sorrow 1

 

 

2011 in Review – Linda Halcomb’s Blog January 1, 2012

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Last year I posted my year end review. I don’t know if this is a good thing to do but I am posting this summary in the hope of encouraging others to blog. It has enriched my life and introduced me to new friends. I hope you will now consider sharing your passion. A big thank you to the WordPress helper monkeys!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.