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January 26, 2018 January 26, 2018

Filed under: Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:14 am
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I am fighting a cold and have a big, red, drippy nose so I decided to work on something that I could mess up and it just wouldn’t matter. I mentioned recently that I created a mess of mud trying to paint my first Circles and Lines painting. I decided to scrub off the paint and see what was left. It actually gave me a nice neutral background with a soft texture and an interesting mix of color. It, of course, had big blank circles! The circles reminded me of a flower garden, particularly a bed of zinnias. Zinnias are flowers that I love for their strength, vibrant colors and hardiness.

 

Flowers Experiment 1

 

I wanted to create more texture and depth in the background so I used a technique I learned from Warren Taylor (for more info about Warren click here). He taught a technique that I love. You use watercolor crayons and scrub heavy color  onto your paper and then spray it with water. Next you take sandwich wrap and press it into the wet color creating linear shapes that run randomly through the piece. Put a book on top and let it dry.  I didn’t use quite enough crayon but I achieved something close to the effect I wanted.

 

Flower Experiment 2

 

Next I began to paint flowers – red, yellow and white flowers. I painted them in acrylic straight from the tube since I did not want to use much water. That would have ruined the texture. I finished by applying another layer of crayon in yellow-green and yellow to brighten up everything.  I then wet it and let it dry. The painting is pretty rough but I always learn about the materials and techniques I’m using when I try something like this.

 

Flowers Experiment 3

 

 

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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

 

Print 2017 - I2Print 2017 - I1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and I finally got one.

 

Print 2017 - L1

 

 

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!

 

Abstract 2017 - I2Abstract 2017 - L2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

Collage 2017 - I1Collage 2017 - L2

 

 

November 10, 2017 November 10, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:21 am
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When looking for canvas earlier this week, I found a canvas I painted this summer. I thought I would do more with it but then I couldn’t bring myself to change it. I had a very clear inspiration for this painting.

One Sunday morning in the middle of July I took my regular walk at Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park. The sunshine was brilliant, the temperature was mild and the breeze was gentle. The dappled shadows danced on the path as I walked and the forest seemed to flicker and vibrate with energy as the leaves were touched by the breeze. As I drove home I was filled with a feeling of content, peace and happiness. The words that kept arising from my unconscious were “shimmering greens and gold”. The words wouldn’t go away. They just kept bubbling to the top. The minute I walked through my door I went to my studio to paint. When I finished this small abstract, I was happy but I thought I might try adding a hint of tree trunks and limbs to make it more realistic. I thought I would post both versions on my blog. But for some reason I never was able to add to this painting. They say that the hardest decision a painter makes is knowing when to stop painting. When will one more stroke be too much? I agree!

 

Abstract Summer 2017

 

 

November 8, 2017 November 8, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:08 pm
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I am trying to post every day but am having trouble getting my images from my iPhone to my laptop so I use them in a post. I am working on it and am learning all about digital communications from my granddaughter. She thinks my WIFI is the problem…? Anyway my problem, not yours.

Yesterday I spent the day with one of my grandsons. Ian is in his early 20’s and we sat together and painted small abstract paintings. I googled abstract art before we started so he could see examples. We how the styles differ so he would have a starting point. Ian has Asberger’s syndrome which is on the autism spectrum. He loves writing and drawing but is sometimes overwhelmed when he has too many choices so I told him we would both use white and black and would each choose two other colors of acrylic paint. Ian chose red and blue and I chose red and yellow. He’s patriotic and I’m wishing for sunny days after all this rain!

Here is Ian’s abstract painting. I think it is GREAT for his first attempt. He is interested in super heroes…could you tell?

 

Abstract I1

 

Here is my painting. I’ve done very little painting with acrylic paints so I am experimenting with techniques. I laid down paint in various shapes and then “floated” color letting it dry thoroughly. This is a very wet technique I use with my watercolor abstracts to achieve layers and add depth. I finished by dropping on paint and working it with a kleenex. Not sure about the results…I love Ian’s painting…a lot more fun than mine!

 

Abstract 2017- L1

 

March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017

After I completed my post yesterday I realized that I had never posted the completion of my third “Zone” painting. I completed Green Zone earlier in the week and it was sitting on my mantle undergoing continual scrutiny. This painting went through only one round of revision while the Red and Blue paintings went through many more as I continued to learn. This painting was completed entirely with a palette knife and I like the effect created by the broad swipes. This painting completes the series of “Zone” paintings inspired by the three abstracts in Penny’s apartment on the TV show Big Bang Theory (see more here). I like the spontaneous approach and have now started a new watercolor abstract that uses what I have always called my splash-splash technique (because I paint REALLY wet).  This process is also spontaneous and responds continually to the way the watercolor is behaving…not always predictable!

 

Green Zone 03202017

 

 

 

May 22, 2017 March 23, 2017

I have mentioned before that I put my paintings through a lengthy “living with it” period. I have my three acrylic abstracts propped up in my family room so I can scrutinize them. I thought you might want to see them together.

 

Green, Blue and Red Zone Paintings 03202017

 

This final evaluation is very tricky. It is easy to ruin a painting at this stage. I don’t think that I will risk further changes. Your thoughts?

The painting behind my abstract is an original watercolor done by an Indiana artist named Jimmy Faulkner. My husband fell in love with it at a fundraiser. Paintings were awarded by lottery and – happy surprise! – my husband’s name was drawn. The painting could not have found a happier home. You can learn more about Jimmy Faulkner here. Be sure you check out the online gallery.

 

 

March 13, 2017 March 13, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 1:36 pm
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When artists have a painting that doesn’t feel right they will frequently turn their painting upside down and that will help them find the problem. With my abstracts I frequently try sitting them on each of the four sides to be sure the composition is balanced.

When I saw the photograph of Red Zone (posted a few days ago) I did not like what I saw. In the photo the areas around the outside of the painting looked bare, flat and uninteresting. Face to face the actual painting didn’t look quite so bad but it did have a problem. I decided to “tweak” the painting to increase the texture and color variety around the edges. To do that I actually worked my way around the painting always painting on the bottom side. I would rotate it 90 degrees as I moved from side to side. I do think it is a better painting now. In the future I will think of my photographs as a way to see my paintings through the eyes of an unbiased observer. Showing the good, the bad and the ugly!

 

Red Zone Update 03132017

Red Zone, 12″ X 12″ Acrylic on Canvas, 2017