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January 29, 2014 January 29, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:21 am
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BRRRRR! Still cold here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Later this week it may get up to freezing…a heat wave. OK, I know I need to stop whining – boring! So I started thinking about the beauty of sun on snow. I love the colors you see in the shadows and the beautiful colors you see when sky, trees and buildings are reflected. Pinks and blues and lavendars. I wanted to try a new technique using plastic wrap so I did a new painting I call Winter 2014. I guess we only want to remember the good stuff.

Winter 2014 #1

Winter 2014 #1

The darks are intended to represented the discomfort and depression many are feeling. Right now those feelings are just below the surface. Also the deep shadows you see in bright sunlight. Overall the painting was successful because I love color and this combination is very nice…I just did not leave enough WHITE.

 

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January 27, 2014 January 27, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:35 am
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Here in Indiana we are still covered in snow and facing brutal temperatures and dangerous wind chills. Everything is gray and dreary or dazzlingly, blindingly white. It is very hard and my friends and family talk about depression. So I let my mind wander to a trip I took with my youngest daughter last May. She is a chef and she took a course at the Napa Valley campass of the Culinary Institute of America. We had time for exploration, for my sketching and for good food and wine. Days were warm and I fell in love with the dry, blond hills and rolling vineyards of the valley. To mentally escape from our horrible winter I focused on painting my first abstract inspired by the Napa Valley. This time I took a photo early in my process. I started by doing an underpainting of yellows and golds and ochres. I then applied my circles and squiggly lines with masking fluid. Then my first overpainting with oranges. Here is the result:

Napa 1 in process

Napa 1 in process

Then more color, especially the sun drenched greens of the valley, a touch of blue sky and the red purple of the grapes. Tweak then finished! Take me there!

Napa 1 Watercolor on 300# CP Kilamanjaro

Napa 1 Watercolor on 300# CP Kilamanjaro

 

 

January 12, 2014 January 12, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:03 pm
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I did a second Chicago painting and it has passed the waiting and watching phase. This one went more smoothly and is not as dark and ominous. When I started working on this painting I was thinking about a beautiful morning we spent walking through Centenniel Park…bright June sunshine, brilliant green grass, shining lake water.

Chicago 2

Chicago 2

With my lines I tried to reflect the canyon-like feel you get looking up the streets that cross Michigan Avenue…the spaces between streets lined with skyscapers. The red again reflects energy and the excitement of the city. When I look at this now I get a feeling of dance and movement. That seems just right.

 

January 8, 2014 January 8, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:53 am
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In June I spent a week at the Chicago Institute of Art studying their collection. This was through a Road Scholar course and we were able to enter the museum before hours and had gallery sessions led by various experts from their Education department. I really loved the experience and came home inspired by the city of Chicago. I have worked for several months on two paintings that reflect my responses to the city. My first painting is completed – the “living with it” phase took many months as I continued to tweak the painting.

Chicago 1

Chicago 1

With this painting I wanted to capture several thoughts about the city. First of all the blues and greens are a representation of the big sky and lake. The red and magenta are intended to express the energy and movement I feel when I walk the streets of Chicago. I also wanted to capture the sense of risk and danger I feel in a big, fast, unknown city and so the dark, swirling shapes that often mask a part of the other shapes. I love being in the cities of Chicago and New York but I am not comfortable there and am always glad to be home.

This work is done on a half sheet of 300# Arches CP paper

 

January 6, 2014 January 6, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 11:49 am
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A very happy new year to everyone. I have been busy with family activities and year-end tours at the Indianapolis Museum of art. I have been drawing sporadically but have not had time to finish anything – until this morning! It is amazing what a wind chill of 35 below zero and 12 inches of snow will do for you – stay home and work on projects you have in process!!!!

With my latest line drawing I wanted to move away from the very formal, symmetrical, precise style to something more random and unstructured. Here is my most recent gray scale drawing. I wasn’t totally happy with it because I felt it needed more “weight” in the upper left quadrant and I hadn’t yet worked out how I was going to handle that problem.

Lines 4 Gray Scale

Lines 4 Gray Scale

I first decided to use my darkest values in the top half of the drawing but I really like color so indigo blue didn’t excite me. Instead I worked to get a balanced color composition and added additional lines to rebalance the composition. I started by making all of my colors muted and drab but couldn’t leave it that way. I just prefer cleaner, brighter colors! maybe it’s because I’m watching the portrait section of a Teaching Company class on Dutch art that’s full of blacks, grays and earth tones. I hunger for color…

Lines 4 Color

Lines 4 Color