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March 26, 2013 March 27, 2013

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Still having fun with pears. I don’t know if you remember the “apple” ATC’s I created last year but I wanted to do a simple, realistic painting of my fat little pear in the ATC format. Nothing super jazzy here but realistic and I continue to learn about my Caran d’Ache crayons.

A Pear - ATC

A Pear – ATC

 

 

March 25, 2013 March 26, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:10 am
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I am still creating color studies using my new watercolor crayons. I wanted to work with purple and its analogous colors. Both pieces are on Arches CP paper and are 9″ X 12″.

Purple Study

Purple Study

After I completed this, I decided to add purple’s complementary color to see what sort of exciting things would happen.

Purple Study with yellow

Purple Study with yellow

We got almost 10 inches of snow yesterday. To me this looked a little like sun shining a snow storm…some areas even had thunder snow. Oh My!!!

 

 

March 24, 2013 March 25, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:54 am
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More drawing with my watercolor crayons…for this piece I used warm and cool versions of the primary colors and wound up with a warm patchwork of earthtones.

Primary Colors Study 1

Primary Colors Study 1

When I saw the results I immediately thought of the hills, trees and rocky ravines in southern Indiana. I have sanguine and sepia drawing pens so I decided to do an ink drawing over my study. Indiana is a state that has very flat farm country in the north and hills and deep ravines in the south. During the last ice age a glacier stopped its southern movement in the southern part of the state. This (again) is on my 5″ X 7″ Liquid paper.

Primary Color Study - Landscape

Primary Color Study – Landscape

 

 

 

March 23, 2013 March 24, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:55 am
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I have been playing with my watercolor crayons. I have been doing studies to see how the colors mix and behave when wet. I always have trouble working with green because its hard to get a range of values. I did not get a wide range of values but this was just FUN to do. It is on 5″ X 5″ Liquid watercolor paper. This one has multiple layers of crayon and I learned that each new layer can wash out the vibrant layer below and you loose texture with each new layer.

Green Study using Caran d' Ache Crayons

Green Study using Caran d’ Ache Crayons

Next I tried a study using analogous colors of blue. I love the results. The first layer was done by spraying the drawn on colors and using shrink-wrap to give texture. After this was dry I floated a small pour of paint over the center area. When I saw the results it spoke to me of a frosty winter morning. This is on 5″ X 7″ Liquid watercolor paper. Learning – don’t forget to leave some white!

Blue Study - Frosty Morning

Blue Study – Frosty Morning

Finally, I decided to work with reds and pinks and oranges and yellows. I’ve had difficulty capturing the vibrant, glowing Indiana autumn so that’s what I wanted to do with this one. I worked on 9″ X 12″ Arches CP paper. Here are the results.

Red Study - Indiana Autumn

Red Study – Indiana Autumn

So, I am learning and playing and enjoying and going back to my childhood, crayons in hand! What fun!

 

 

March 20, 2013 March 21, 2013

Filed under: ATC's,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:26 am
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It is 18 degrees with a wind chill of 6 degrees. Boy do I long for Spring…oh my! It’s here. In tribute I decided to start painting my 2013 ATC (Artist Trading Card) collection to send to my family at Christmas. I bought a bouquet of orange tulips at the grocery this week so I used three tulips from the bunch. Does anything say Spring more than flowers?

Tribute to Spring

Tribute to Spring

Remember that ATC’s are only 2 1/2 inckes by 3 1/2 inches. My photos really magnify the imperfections and give a splotchy look. This looks much better in person.

Hope you are having sunshine and warm breezes.

 

March 19, 2013 March 19, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:08 pm
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I enjoyed working with the Caran d’Ache crayons so much that I decided to do an actual painting. I just bought four pears at the market and thought “perfect subject”.

One Pear

One Pear

This Bartlett pear had beautiful color but an odd, squat, rounded shape…but color was the thing and the shape didn’t matter. I got the texture by using the crayons, spraying with a squirt bottle and then letting it dry with plastic wrap on top. I was learning how to control the process a little by the time I did my second little painting (added a Red Bartlett pear). Both are on Liquid watercolor paper and the square one is 5″ X 5″ and the rectangle is 5″ X 7″. This was fun and the Caran d’Ache colors just seem to bloom when sprayed with water becoming very vibrant.

Two Pears

Two Pears

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 13, 2013 March 14, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:14 am
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I have started a new round of color stability testing. It includes a retest of the results that were questionable when I did my review this week. I also added 40 Caran d’Ache watercolor crayons that I bought after my Warren Taylor workshop. I really like working with them. They give a rich, creamy feel and look. Very soft and deep. I just added the new samples to the study that I had in process and intend to keep the both studies in bright sunlight. Now I wait….

Mew Color Stability Study started 03132013

Mew Color Stability Study started 03132013