Linda Halcomb's Blog

Just another weblog

March 3, 2017 March 6, 2017

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:55 pm
Tags: , , ,

Got a new set of watercolors so I started playing with the paints to learn more about their properties. I like the colors in this set… very nice…I numbered the colors and then recorded the mixes as I worked with the paints.


Watercolor Paint Testing 03032017



March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:41 am
Tags: , , , , ,

I often call my abstracts splash-splash paintings. That should tell you a lot about my process! I started this painting with my liquid watercolors and it got too dark very fast. I created a real mess for myself. I looked and looked and decided that there was no way to recover if I used watercolor so I switched to acrylic. I don’t use acrylic often but I have a few dropper bottles of acrylic ink and a few tubes of heavy body acrylic – basically primary colors and a few secondary colors.

I had just finished reading my latest National Geographic magazine and it has an article about the state of our oceans. I began to think about schools of small fish and the way they flash like floating sparks as they move. Light, color, movement – that is what I was going for with this work. Sparks of floating color.

I used my spray bottle like I do with watercolor and was able to soften some areas and to build up some transparent areas. This is on 140# Arches CP paper and is a quarter sheet.




February 26, 2017 February 26, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:18 am
Tags: , , , ,

It has been a tough few months for many reasons. I haven’t had much time or energy for painting or drawing but I am beginning to get back to my studio. Have you ever noticed how your studio and drawing table get covered with lots of PAPER, magazines, flyers and other detritus when you are not actively creating? Well I am beginning to get my space organized again. I still have a stack of tax paperwork but that will be gone soon. Maybe I should do an abstract based on my emotional response to taxes…oh my!


Last week I completed this very small watercolor. It is not much larger than the image but was fun to do. I just played. Brushing, pouring, squirting. As many of you know I love color and I was trying to capture the idea of light splitting as it went through shattered glass. I have always been fascinated by the prism lightcatchers made by Pollyanna in the movie of the same name. So simple and such a beautiful effect. Light dancing on a wall…so beautiful!


October 25, 2016 October 25, 2016

I am posting a second sketch I did at the Women’s Rejuvenation Retreat set up by RoadScholar at the Land of Medicine Buddha Center. We were near the town of Capitola on Monterrey Bay and were surrounded by giant redwood trees. It was a beautiful, serene, fragrant, peaceful environment. I have always loved seeing prayer flags moving in the breeze and visualize prayers for peace, health and happiness being sent out to those that need them. There were prayer flags adding color to the greens and burnt siennas of the redwoods throughout the site. This view greeted us as we arrived and said good morning to me as I started each day. May it bring you a sense of peace and well being.



October 17, 2016 October 17, 2016

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:28 am
Tags: , , , , ,

I have been out for a little rest and relaxation. I spent the last week in the San Francisco area and had so much fun. My middle daughter and my oldest granddaughter went with me. Three generations wandering the streets of San Fran munching, looking, wondering. We spent three nights in the city and then went to a Road Scholar “Womens Rejuvenation Retreat” in the redwood forest above Monterrey Bay. We were at the Land of Medicine Buddha Retreat Center and it was a wonderful experience. Qi Gong, meditation, vegetarian meals, aromatherapy, reflexology, herbs for healing…wow, I can’t wait to go through all my notes!

At the Center I finally had time to do some painting. I used a 6″ X 9″ block of Canson Montval watercolor paper and my little 8 pan set of Yarka watercolors (my kiddie colors) to paint this view of a path through the redwood forest. I hope it takes you to the peace I felt.



October 2, 2016 October 3, 2016

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 1:07 pm
Tags: , , ,

I am just a little slow. After my last post I had to think about what I was doing. The pages in my Stained Glass pattern book are very hard and slick and nonabsorbent. Not the best for watercolor. For this work I laid down a layer of colored pencil, then watercolor, then more colored pencil and then more watercolor.




I picked this pattern because I walk my dog, Baxter, at Ft Benjamin Harrison State Park every morning. The forest is still largely green (I overload on green during the Indiana summers!) but there was a lovely gold and coral sunrise and the early sun hitting the tops of the trees gave them a glow. I tried to capture several shades of green, the blue sky and the drying grasses and undergrowth. I am still fiddling and diddling but am about ready to get serious!


September 26, 2016 September 26, 2016

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:23 am
Tags: ,

Well, I return after over a year of inactivity. I have been volunteering as Chair of the Docent Program at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and my time and energy have been committed to several projects leaving me little time to paint. I know…whine, whine, whine! Well here I am and, as usual, after time off I feel like I have forgotten everything I ever knew. I have decided to start slow – you might say VERY slow – and to focus on my love of color. I found a book of stained glass patterns and pulled out my set of Pelikan paints to start.



I feel like a tyke just starting! And as I painted I realized that I still have one of my bad habits. Some of us never learn!




I want to focus on things I love and I love the sea so I tried to use a limited palette of blues and greens with yellow representing the glint of the sun on the water. This was simple and I did much better managing my round rather than my chisel point brush. I decided to keep notes about my intention with each work. I definitely need a refresher! I hope you enjoy!!!






April 29, 2015 April 30, 2015

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:56 am
Tags: , , , , ,

While my collarbone was healing I worked on one of my  abstract paintings. I have thinking about color theory and trying to create abstract paintings that use primary and secondary color schemes. For this painting I used yellow, green and blue. It turned out pretty well but I haven’t decided if I like the granulated areas. The wheels are turning!

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue


April 24, 2015 April 25, 2015

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:13 am
Tags: , ,

Again I have been Missing In Action. On January 29, 2015 I broke my collarbone. It was a bad break and was in an area that is slow to heal. I’ve had problem with painful muscle cramps that ran all the way from my hand to my neck. It has been a tough time. I am just about ready to return to normal life and hope to be released by my orthopedic physician on May 5th.

I have been coaching a friend of mine who thinks she is not very artistic. The artist Mordecai Rosenstein was artist-in-residence at her temple and gave away these drawings to members of the congregation.Rosenstein Drawing

My friend really wanted to do a painting of this drawing (she owns a Rosenstein print and an original) so I transferred the drawing to watercolor paper and set her up with paints and brushes. She first used markers to do a color study.Color Study - Rosenstein

We talked about some problems like the very dark center and she used colored pencils and a smaller copy to make adjustments. I like the above study because you can see her notes and samples around the edge of the paper. Here’s round 2.Color Study 2 - Rosenstein

Then she started painting. It took several weeks but it is finally finished and it was so much fun to do together. A real work of friendship. It is good to be back!

Rosenstein - Final

Rosenstein – Final


January 29, 2015 January 29, 2015

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:31 am
Tags: , , , , ,

I just realized I never posted my abstract Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. This painting was completed in December, is on 140# Arches CP paper and is 14″ X 18″. It was a challenge to paint but I was happy with the results. It feels balanced and unified to me. And I like the subtle colors. I hope you do too!

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green