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November 29, 2013 November 29, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:12 am
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I have become fascinated by Henri Matisse and his ability to integrate very complex patterns, colors and objects to make a unified, harmonious whole.  Composition is my weakest point and I continue to struggle, study and learn as much as I can about the subject. Thinking about Matisse and one of the paintings in the exhibit at the IMA, I decided to work with line again. I used my gray scale markers to draw a sheet full of lines and circles.  Maybe it is because I love math and logic but I seem to gravitate towards very orderly, balanced (does that mean boring???) arrangements.

Lines - Gray Scale

Lines – Gray Scale

This seems very mechanical but I liked it. I had just about decided not to add color but gave myself a little poke and said – hey! this is an excerise! See if color makes it better – you’ve got nothing to lose! So I played with bright colors that I like and that work well together. Here’s the final drawing.

Lines - Color

Lines – Color

Now if I could just learn to shot a properly positioned photo!


November26, 2013 November 26, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:06 am
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I am preparing to do an hour long facilitation of Love Song by Norman Rockwell. This is part of a new program at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is based on dialogue, open ended questions and deep looking. The viewers guide the discussion so it takes extensive preparation in order to effectively respond during the session. I just started studying the Rockwell and through my locxal library found a set of six videos about American Masters. The series was shown on PBS (public broadcasting) and includes a very good DVD about Norman Rockwell. It also includes an incredible DVD about Alexander Calder. This blew me away!!!!!! I knew nothing about his early days as a artist – what innovation, what inspiration, what FUN!!!! Oh my gosh, I was inspired! Grabbed my markers and colored pencils and went to work thinking about shape and line. I did not capture the sense of lightness that Calder was able to bring to everything he touched but I had fun trying.

Here is my gray color scale drawing. I was thinking about floating shapes and trying to get a good composition.

Homage Gray Scale Drawing

Homage Gray Scale Drawing

I then decided to liven things up by adding color. Calder added fun and interest through movement. Working in 2D I can only add color.

Homage Color

Homage Color




November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013

Filed under: Acrylics,ATC's,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:04 am
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I haven’t been able to post for a few days because I’ve been busy with volunteer activities. I did finish another new ATC for my Christmas gift giving.  As you may know I love geraniums and paint them often. This was my second ATC painted with acrylic paints, a medium I don’t frequently use. I decided to paint red geraniums because my pots are filled with them every summer. I haven’t decided whether to glaze matte medium over the top. The surface is  a little too shiny for my taste. Hope these take you back to warmer weather!

Red Geraniums 2013 - ATC

Red Geraniums 2013 – ATC


November 4, 2013 November 4, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:44 am
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When I get stuck or when I have difficulty with one media I switch to another. A year or so ago one of my daughters gave me a whole stack of ATC sized papers, including an assortment pack that included canvas. I don’t do many acrylic paintings but I did sell one last year. It was an impressionistic landscape that included our giant neighborhood oak tree. I decided to try an ATC sized acrylic with a big red maple as my subject. You probably remember that I am fascinated by the glowing oranges, golds and reds of the Indiana forests during autumn. Well here it is. I call it The Red Head at the End of the Road – big name for a little painting.

Red Head at the End of the Road - ATC

Red Head at the End of the Road – ATC




November 2, 2013 November 2, 2013

Filed under: ATC's,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:42 am
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As I mentioned in my last post, I struggled with this drawing, the third in a series of ATC’s I’m doing for my family as Christmas gifts. I am really interested in Western and Native American Art and one of my favorite artists from the IMA collection is Victor Higgins, one of the original group of Taos artists (learn more here). Did you know he grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana? Many of his works are in the collections of the IMA and The Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis. But I diverge…this drawing was a struggle and you can see the struggle when you look at the photograph. I had to erase areas that I didn’t like with Dr Martin’s Bleed Proof White. You can see some of this in the photo but this is photographic pentimento. The actual ATC does not show the scratchy looking lower right corner or the heavy outline of the braid. The Bleed Proof White must be so reflective that it shows through when photographed.  I am continually learning… It was the white feather in the photograph that caught my eye. Hence the title.

White Feather - ATC

White Feather – ATC