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March 19, 2017 March 21, 2017

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I have been working on my Green Zone painting and as I worked I decided that I was not happy with Blue Zone (published recently). This style is very new to me as is painting with acrylics. I am learning as I paint and am finding that I need several days of looking at and “living with” a painting before I see and have thought through how to deal with basic problems. I have now updated Blue Zone and think that it is finished. It is at the paint that I am saying to myself “Do not ruin it by continuing to tweak…don’t over work it!” With abstracts that is very hard to do – a squiggle here, a dot there. When is enough, enough? I hope you enjoy Blue Zone redux!

Just a note: Ruth, a fellow blogger, had asked if I had purples included in the painting and complimented the use of purple so I increased the use of different shades of purple. You can visit Ruth here. For Blue Zone I used the analogous color scheme of green, blue and purple and for Red Zone I used red, yellow and orange.

 

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March 10, 2017 March 11, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:55 pm
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Have you ever heard the expression “in the zone”? The Urban Dictionary defines “in the zone” as “Being completely unaware of what’s going on around you as you are so extremely into what’s going on right in front of your face”. In other words you are totally unaware of time or activities going on around you. When I draw or paint I am usually in the zone.

So why do I bring this up? Well, the path I followed to get to my latest painting is rather disconnected and a little weird but I wound up in the zone. I bought three 12 inch square canvases when my daughter closed her shop and I was trying to decide what to do with them. I love color and normally like to work with clear, crisp colors – like the primary colors.  Thinking about the primary colors led me to remember that I had often noticed three abstract paintings in Penny’s apartment on the Big Bang Theory television show. They attracted me and I thought they were lively and interesting.

I have never been able to see the paintings clearly but the idea of doing a lively square abstract in red sounded like fun. I would be able to work in acrylics which would be a good learning experience and I could use a process that was spontaneous to create texture. This led to the creation of The Red Zone. This is a play on words since I am usually “in the zone” or totally focused when I paint. As you can probably see, I built up the paint in three layers. Acrylics dry really quickly so I had to stop painting when the paint became tacky. When the paint was completely dry I would paint another layer building up different layers of color.

 

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Here is Penny’s apartment with the blue, red and green abstracts on the wall at the right side of the photograph. What an explosion of color!

 

 

March 1, 2017 March 2, 2017

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

 

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February 26, 2017 February 26, 2017

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

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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!

 

April 29, 2015 April 30, 2015

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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

 

January 29, 2015 January 29, 2015

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

 

January 2, 2015 January 6, 2015

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:36 am
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I have had a rough few weeks. A respiratory infection knocked me out over the Christmas holidays. I was a mess BUT then I got to pack up and head for Gulf Shores for the New Year’s holiday. We had warm, lovely weather much of the time and I was able to take long walks on the beach. I had my whole family with me and did painting sessions with two GREAT-Granddaughters during the week we were there. My mantra was “dream, laugh, doodle”. During our painting sessions we used tempura paint and cheap drawing paper. I completed this “dab. dab, dab” abstract because I wanted to do a cruciform composition and had to do something simple and mindless while I helped the girls (3 and 5 years old).

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Dab Abstract 012015 GS

This was fun and I think I used so much yellow to represent the sunny, warm day. I was also thinking about Cezanne’s brush strokes that are geometric, broad and fragmented…dab, dab, dab. The three year old made a lovely color of mud and I got to introduce her to the color “ochre”. What fun!