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March 30, 2019 March 30, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:33 pm
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This week I have spent most of my time creating collaged notecards and bookmarks but I have been planning out some time for drawing or sketching – something I also enjoy. I want to share another location that I sketched this summer while in Europe. I only spent two nights in Lincoln but I was overwhelmed by the majesty of the massive Cathedral and the size and power of the castle. These two sit next to each other with a small square between. On each site a protecting gatehouse guards the important sites. I started a sketch of the gate that guardsthe cathedral. Here is the original.

 

 

Gate to Cathedral, Lincoln

 

 

And here is my sketch…I didn’t have time to work out all the problems with perspective. I do not have good visual intuition about perspective so I make many mistakes as I sketch and then have to correct them… guess I need practice! practice! practice!

 

 

Lincoln Aug 2018

 

PS I am having a horrible time working with the new block editor and am sorry for all of the odd formatting. I just don’t seem to be able to get my posts to look the way I want 😦


 

March 26, 2019 March 26, 2019

Filed under: bookmarks,Collage,Daily Post,Notecards — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:37 pm
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Time got away from me! I really want to post something at least once a week so stay focused girl!

 

I had a fun day yesterday working on collages. I found a very unusual image in a magazine advertisement for PLUMBING. It was bluish and eerie and I decided to try to make a notecard with it. I combined it with a beautiful floral background cut from a housewares catalog and fish and shells from various magazines. I think the image is provocative and whimsical and unusual.

 

 

I also created two bookmarks. I am working on a set of bookmarks for the veterinary staff that I visit so frequently. I do love my dogs! These little gifts are proving to be a real treat to give. I dropped off 14 bookmarks for the staff at my local library last week. Talk about dedicated readers! Who could use them more? 

 

 

March 14, 2019 March 14, 2019

I have mentioned several times that I walk most mornings at Ft Benjamin Harrison State Park. It is the site of an old army base and has wonderful wooded areas and is home to ducks, herons, squirrels, deer and beautiful birds. Did I say deer? There are lots and lots and lots of deer! One Sunday morning I saw 6 deer and less than two minutes later 5 deer. The invasive honeysuckle bushes have been cleared and it was very easy to see the deer enjoying their Sunday Brunch.

So why am I telling you this? For many months I have been struggling with the direction I should take with my painting – realistic, representational, or abstract? Animals, still life, abstract or landscape? I have had success with my abstracts and I still love color so I will continue to paint abstracts but they say you will have the most true success (i.e. happiness!) painting what you love. I decided to spend some time painting animals and nature. I always feel peaceful and happy when I’m petting my dogs or walking in the woods laughing at the playful squirrels or listening to birdsong.

Recently I painted two small watercolors of deer. I started with a loose background over a primary color “mingle” and then painted the deer. I just made up the backgrounds and focused on summer and fall colors.


The deer have slightly different looks and some are definitely enjoying the bounty of the park more than others. It was fun and I just relaxed as I painted. The paintings are a beginning. I hope you enjoy them.

 

March 7, 2019 March 7, 2019

Filed under: bookmarks,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:47 am
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Several times recently I have mentioned the bookmarks that I have been making. I use 140# cold pressed watercolor paper as the base for colorful, whimsical, unique collages. I cut out images from magazines, catalogs, advertising mailings, and just about anything else that has an image I like. I strive to find images that are on paper that is robust enough to hold up as a bookmark. I originally used acrylic matte medium diluted with water as my glue. Now I use clear Elmer’s Glue diluted 50/50 with water.

Created December, 2018

I usually see one object that catches my attention. Then I focus on one word that relates. The word might be a color, a topic (such as Music), or an object (such as Dogs). I spend quite a bit of time assembling and building my composition. Finally I select a background and tweak my composition. I focus on color, overlapping shapes, values, texture and framing. I want to end up with something beautiful, interesting and even funny. Here are some more of my bookmarks. All of these have found a happy home with friends who are readers.

Group 2 December, 2018

 

March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:08 pm
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I love to draw. When I left for my trip to Europe this summer I took no art materials because I was traveling alone and was worried about stairways, steps on to buses, anything that would require me to lift or carry heavy bags. And art materials are heavy! However, shortly after I arrived I visited the British Library and bought a pack of 3 small notebooks and 2 pencils. I later bought a larger notebook at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I was off and running and made time to do a few sketches during my travels. While in Oxford I visited Balliol College and sketched their Oriel window.

I loved sitting in this quad surrounded by beautiful blooming plants and wonderful architecture. One thing is for sure. I need a class in architectural drawing – but I loved doing it! For a history of Balliol College click here.

 

March 1, 2019 March 1, 2019

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:15 am
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I love working with cutout pieces to make a collage. Right now I am focusing on bookmarks and notecards. Recently I posted a notecard that didn’t quite capture the sense of whimsy I wanted. I added some additional elements and think it is where I want it. My collages are like my art. I have to “live with” them to make sure I am satisfied that they are done.

I also created a second notecard while my thinking about the first was percolating away. Again I have an element of dance in the card and some delicate elements. When I create these collages I look for unusual juxtapositions, happy color compositions and a sense of fun and whimsy. I hope you enjoy seeing both cards!