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December 19, 2017 December 19, 2017

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:43 am
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Christmas is almost on us and I have been trying very hard to find gifts that “fit” each of my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My oldest grandson has three lovely little girls. They are 7, 6 and 4 years old and are are becoming interested in reading to which I say “Yahoo!!!” I love to read and rise early each day so I can read in the quiet of early morning. When my girls were growing up they loved children’s magazines, so, for Christmas, I am giving my “emerging readers” a subscription to Highlights magazine. The first edition will not be delivered until January or February. In order for the little ladies to have something under the tree, I visited Barnes and Noble and bought every kids magazine I could find. (As an added benefit this will help keep them busy during their holiday break!)


I thought it would be fun to give each girl her own personal bookmark. Instead of buying them (couldn’t find a theme that had three different designs I liked!) I decided to use my collage technique to make the bookmarks. Here they are…


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November 30, 2017 November 30, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:47 am
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I have finished creating the ATC’s for my family. I must say that I had so much fun that I will probably create some additional collages. I have some watercolor postcards and note cards that I want to work with. I enjoy the mixing and matching to create an end result that is interesting, unique, unusual and, most of all, fun. This may not seem like art to you but for me the end result is much different than the individual pieces. Think about that old saying “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” I try to create something new and different. I must admit that I am itching to pick up a pencil to do some drawing and a brush to wet my colors. I am just wrapping up a busy period for my three volunteer efforts so that will happen SOON…



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November 20, 2017 November 20, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:47 pm
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I’ve been working on ATC’s and more ATC’s. I was busy cutting and pasting, and putting the pieces together like a puzzle for most of the weekend. I always look for a theme or an interesting juxtaposition. Most of my Christmas cards are stuffed and addressed. Here are four more of my creations. Horses….


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and birds!!!



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and cats!!!! Animals are such wonderful subjects.



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November14, 2017 November 16, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:50 am
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I had another day of “creating” with my grandson. We worked on three different projects and enjoyed trying our hand at something new. We started by making reverse prints. We used styrofoam plates as our printing plate and bamboo skewers as our drawing stylus. Ian got two interesting drawings and I worked on a simple poinsettia. I struggled because I did not leave a deep enough impression on the plate. When we printed our images we had some problems because my ink is old and pretty thick. BUT Ian had several successful impressions of his two images


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and I finally got one.


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Then we worked on new abstract paintings. I think Ian was rushing a little. He chose many colors this time and said he loves color and having many choices gave him more options. Again I worked really wet like I do with my watercolors so my painting took a lot longer to complete. I am not sure it is actually done yet!


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Finally, we did two more collages. This was fun for me but Ian became frustrated because I wanted to natter on about “composition”. He said he likes to learn by failing! Oh My! Doesn’t this sound like a grandmother and grandson??? Ian’s is on the left and mine on the right. We had a very good day all in all and I thought he created some very interesting, fun art. Hope you enjoy!


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November 12, 2017 November 12, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:41 pm
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I am moving forward with my ATC project. As I’ve mentioned this project is really a treasure hunt for me. I spend hours looking for interesting images and cutting them out of magazines, catalogs and flyers. Putting them together is like assembling a puzzle that doesn’t really have a right answer. I try to achieve a balanced composition, a unified color palette and frequently focus on a theme. I cut strips of paper from many sources to create a frame or interesting strips running through the design. I hope the strips create movement and interest. I just completed two new designs.

The first is a rustic sculpture of a cardinal sitting on top of a Native American rug. The cardinal is the state bird of Indiana so I thought that was appropriate for my Hoosier family members.


Birds1 ATC 2017


My next ATC goes back to my original theme…horses, horses, horses! Look at this beauty! Just a remainder ATC’s are the size of baseball cards – 2 1/2 inches X 3 1/2 inches – so they are very small. It can be extremely difficult to cut out the detailed shapes I use but I love the results I am able to achieve. Once again I have a Native American textile design in the background. The strips are cut from a seaside scene shown in a travel catalog


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I do want to mention Josephine’s blog LemanShots . She creatively expresses her response to a scene she encounters.  I relate to her images for the same reason I like doing the collages. They are interesting, express emotions and can be thought provoking and even whimsical. She tries to communicate as do I. Please enjoy a visit to her blog!


November 6, 2017 November 6, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:55 pm
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On this rainy, dreary, windy day I completed another ATC. I love the look in this majestic horse’s eye. He seems to be peering over his shoulder and quizzically tolerating our nonsense. What character and personality! It reminds me of a quote I read recently:

A patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.


Horses4 ATC 2017


November 4, 2017 November 4, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:07 pm
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What a good day! I completed my third ATC using Horses as my theme. The beautiful horses I’m using are being cut from the back cover of a Magnificent Horses calendar I used during 2016. This combo of horse and background makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you.


Horses 3 ATC 2017