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March 8, 2017 March 10, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:52 am
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I live in Indiana and Indiana is a state that has four seasons. Spring is a season of beautiful pastels and vibrant reds and yellows (think daffodils and tulips). I paint Spring often, especially Spring flowers and flowering trees. During Spring the breezes are soft and fresh and the colors speak of rebirth. Fall in Indiana is a vibrant period of fiery reds, yellows and oranges. The maples blaze and lines of visitors roll through the state parks viewing the Fall foliage. It is a final burst of magnificence before Winter descends on the state. The drying leaves rustle and swirl like the long satin skirts of debutantes leaving a ball. Summer and Winter are not my favorite seasons and I rarely paint them. Why Summer? Everything is green! And the greens are basically the same greens. I get saturated with green. Walking at the State Park last year I finally understood why I am not inspired to create summer landscapes. I do love to create Summer still lives that include reds – cherry tomatoes on the vine and sparkling geraniums. But generally I don’t paint landscapes and when I do they aren’t very exciting.

That takes me to Winter. If we have a diamond surfaced blanket of snow and a big blue sky, Winter is beautiful but lately that has not been the norm. It is brown and gray and in March even the browns and grays are muted and faded. Walking at Fort Benjamin Harrison  State Park last Sunday I challenged myself to really look at the colors. To be specific and to find the beauty. I saw shrub stems that were a lovely lavender-red. I saw mosses that were a neon chartreuse green. And, because our Winter has not been a cold one, I saw green grass peeking between the straw colored dead grass. I thought about words that I would use to describe the Indiana Winter and the ones that came to mind were spare and sparse. I wanted to use all of this information to create a tiny painting using my new acrylics. My thinking process led me to “minimalism” and eventually to color field painting … at first simple, spare and plain but paintings that with long looking become meditative and complex with soft edges and textured surfaces. Now color field paintings are usually large paintings. For more info click here . I particularly like the color field paintings created by Kenneth Nolan and Mark Rothko. My challenge to myself was to see if I could create an interesting, exciting color field painting using colors I saw at the Park. I worked with three shades of brown and two shades of green. The background is a color called Champagne that is really lovely. I must say I did not realize it was metallic until after it dried! Oh my, Linda…pay attention!!!! Mistake or happy accident? The viewer decides.


Indiana Winter Color Field Acrylic 1

Indiana Winter, 6″ X 8″ Acrylic on Canvas


6 Responses to “March 8, 2017”

  1. davidtripp Says:

    So impressive, Linda. I love the contributions of Rothko and read his biography with delight. One of my best fomer art students today extends the Mark Rothko presence with his large color field canvases. I am jealous of your four seasons. Texas has two seasons–hot and warm. Boring. I could very well be spending some time in New Harmony, Indiana next week. Paul Tillich is interred there, and I love their roofless church, Tilliich’s bust by Rosati, and the Baltic fir trees in the Paul Tillich Memorial Park. I read his works, read the inscriptions on the memorial boulders placed about the park, and just enjoy the serenity of the area. I’m so glad Spring Break has finally reached us.

    • Hi David, if you are in New Harmony check out the Hoosier Salon Gallery. The Hoosier Salon is one of the top art organizations in the state and you might enjoy seeing what they have on display. I have been juried into their annual juried shows twice and it was a big honor. They have all media including print making, sculpture and glass art. I attended a Judi Betts workshop at the First Brush of Spring event one year and the whole week/weekend was wonderful. The Rapps were perfect hosts. The artists giving workshops were very generous. The spirit was casual and New Harmony was alive with new life. In any case enjoy Spring Break. If you ever get to Indy let me know. I do a mean tour at the art museum!

      • davidtripp Says:

        Thank you for all that wonderful information, Linda. And thank you for your thoughtful blog. I will gladly check out the gallery, and hope one day to make Indy!

  2. Barry Coombs Says:

    Glad you’re back, Linda! You’re pushing yourself and challenging your viewers, as well. I like it.

  3. […] As you may remember I tried a small color field painting using the winter colors I saw on my walks (here). I painted with my new acrylics and didn’t like the look of the canvas underneath. That […]

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