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October 31, 2013 October 31, 2013

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When I start a new series of paintings or drawings the first one flows out like magic, the second takes more effort and the third is a challenge. That is proving to be true with the Native American series of ATC’s I just started. My husband supported two of the schools out west and each year we received calendars. My latest piece is from a painting showing two women doing their daily work. One is looking into the distance. I liked the posture and abstracted it from the painting, making some changes and put the focus on her face.  I tried to keep her expression neutral. I want the viewer to decide – is the object approaching good or bad? Person or animal? I hope many of my works of art let the viewer write their own story…

They Come - ATC

They Come – ATC



October 28, 2013 October 28, 2013

Filed under: ATC's,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:39 am
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Hmmm, I see a pattern. As with last year, I had a busy Fall season and let my family Christmas presents slip my mind. You may remember that I try to do ATC size works of original art for my close family. I stick them in with their Christmas card and I hope they realize how special this tradition is to me. A few weeks ago I visited the Quest for the West exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art. This stimulated my interest in Native American culture and I am always inspired by the art of Gretchen Del Rio (see here) which is heavily influenced by native spirit and culture. My first ATC was inspired by a photograph of an Ojibwa woman that is in the opening pages of National Geographic this month. I modified the composition adding a bright harvest moon and pushed the values to create a work that (I hope) reflects a feeling of nostalgia and melancholy.

Ojibwa Moon - ATC

Ojibwa Moon – ATC

Is the moon rising or setting? I will let you decide…


October 27, 2013 October 27, 2013

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I have frequently mentioned the fact that I am a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and I think you can read between the lines – I am very proud of this volunteer effort and the benefit we bring to the community. I thought you might be interested in hearing more.

The first National Docent Symposium was organized by a group of docents from the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1981. We continue to be recognized at the Symposium for our early efforts to bring docents from all over the United States and Canada together every two years! In 1985 docents from all disciplines became eligible to attend the Symposium. The NDS is divided into 8 regions – Indiana is part of the Midwestern Region. The National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1988 and functions as the governing body of the NDS. The NDSC’s purpose is to provide an ongoing forum to promote docent education and the exchange of ideas. They have a website, which can be found at Docents from art museums, natural history museums, science museums, botanical gardens, children’s museums, history museums and historical sites come together at the Symposium to participate in dialogue about the role and mission of docents. The NDSC calls itself “A volunteer organization dedicated to increasing the public understanding of museum collections.”

This year three of our docents attended the Symposium and shared our development of a multi-faceted Docent Website and the work we are doing to integrate use of the iPAD and other leading edge techniques in our tours. The docents at the San Francisco art museums that participated as sponsors for this year’s NDS went above and beyond in extending hospitality to attendees. They created wonderful opportunities for learning in their breakout sessions, arranged for inspirational keynote speakers, and provided memorable evening experiences at their museums.  The docents of the IMA continue to be recognized as the original organizers of the NDS – and as on-going providers of inspiration to docents throughout the U.S. and Canada. The next NDS will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2015.

The Indianapolis museum of Art is one of the nation’s largest encyclopedic art museums. You can learn more here.


October 25, 2013 October 25, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:54 pm
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Don’t you wonder whether there will be another generation that loves to do what you love to do? My daughters are very creative – all three of them. They show their skill and talent and passion in many areas but none of them are art. My grandchildren do not seem to have any interest either. One of my grandsons used to draw wolves and I thought maybe he would want to design video games. Now he’s decided he wants to be an author. Oh my…well there’s hope. Recently I had a chance to do some Jackson Pollack style painting with two of my “Greats”… great granddaughters that is. We laid flip chart sized sheets of paper on my deck and squeezed and sloshed our paints…swish, swish!

Layla is two years old and a minimalist:

Layla's Painting - Age 2

Layla’s Painting – Age 2

Hayden is 4 years old and a master in the making:

Hayden's Painting - Age 4

Hayden’s Painting – Age 4

And Granny has lost count and was just having fun!

Grandma's Painting 102013



October 21, 2013 October 21, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:46 am
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I have more good news. The Southside Art League of Indianapolis sponsors the Midwest National Abstract Show. It is going on right now and I was extremely lucky to have two paintings accepted. Both of these paintings were inspired by the beautiful seasons we experience in Indiana. Spring 

Spring - 22" X 23" Waterclor Board

Spring – 22″ X 23″ Watercolor Board

was inspired by the tulips, daffodils, apple blossoms and brilliant greens of the Indiana landscape. Indiana Autumn 3

Indiana Autumn 3 - 300# Arches paper - 15" X 22"

Indiana Autumn 3 – 300# Arches paper – 15″ X 22″

was inspired by the golden glow of the tulip trees and the firy red and orange of the maple trees that fill our Indiana forests.  I feel very grateful to have been accepted. As you may remember, earlier this year I was really struggling with my painting and particularly with my Indiana Autumn series.


October 18, 2013 October 18, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:35 am
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This is the final post about my visit to the Napa Valley. I saved the best for last. This watercolor sketch is of the Sterling Winery. Their cabernet sauvignon was my husband’s absolute favorite. When I saw the winery I had to visit. It sits on the top of a hill and you take a 300 foot aerial tram ride to reach the winery…beautiful views of the valley. This winery is at the northern eand of the valley and you have moved past the very dry, sun bleached hills of the south end of Napa. The winery is designed to look like a small village in Greece. Very special, very picturesque.

Sterling Winery watercolor sketch

Sterling Winery watercolor sketch

I liked the overlapping abstract shapes and the clean, bright colors. The large tarnished bell that sits in the arch was brought from Greece.



October 16, 2013 October 16, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:49 am
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Near the end of my visit to the Napa Valley I spent time under a large tree at the Beringer Winery. Me and my pad and pencil. The Rhine House build by one of the Beringer family is magnificent as are the winery buildings. It was such a lovely site and it was cool under the trees with a slight breeze. I actually wanted to relax and take a nap….but I didn’t. I did this sketch. The architecture is very elaborate and ornate and I don’t think I really captured it. Oh well – next time!

Rhine House - Beringer Winery

Rhine House – Beringer Winery



October 14, 2013 October 14, 2013

Yesterday we held the opening ceremony for the Watercolor Society of Indiana’s annual juried exhibition. I was lucky enough to be accepted for the third straight year and am really humble because the acceptance was so unexpected. The show includes some incredible works of art. My painting is titled Convergence 2 and is on Arches watercolor board.

Convergence 2

Convergence 2

This was painted early in 2012 not long after I lost my brave man to cancer.  I was thinking about the merging of his energy, his lively, lovely spirit with that of the universe.

This show hangs at the very generous Indianapolis Museum of Art where I am a docent.  For the last five years I have trained a pool of docents so they can use pieces from the show during their tours. For the first time I will be doing tours of the exhibit for the public. Thank you IMA for your tremendous support of the artistic community in Indiana!


October 11, 2013 October 11, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:27 am
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When we were in Napa Valley in May, I wanted to paint a series of watercolor sketches of the beautiful wineries. I only found time to do two watercolor sketches. The first is of Castillo d’Amorosa which looks like a medieval castle very rustic and very commercial. Ok, I must admit,  it did suck me in with its beauty…

Castillo d'Amorosa Watercolor Sketch

Castillo d’Amorosa Watercolor Sketch



October 9, 2013 October 9, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:15 am
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More quick – and these were REALLY quick – sketches done while visiting the Napa Valley. We were at the Rutherford Hills Winery and my daughter was involved in a wine tasting. Rather than sample I took my sketchbook outside and tried to capture the ancient olive trees on the property

Old Olive Tree - Rutherford Hills Vineyard

Old Olive Tree – Rutherford Hills Vineyard

and the roses growing near the winery building. Roses are frequently planted at the end of a row of grape vines because the early settlers each used a different rose to mark the boundary of their property. Even today a new vineyard may have a rose developed and planted to define the property. Pretty nifty…makes a beautiful environment.

Rutherford Hills Vineyard Rose

Rutherford Hills Vineyard Rose