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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 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!

 

February 14, 2019 February 14, 2019

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:16 pm
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I sincerely hope that your life is as blessed with love as mine. Know that I send love to all my blogging friends.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I want to post a notecard that I created yesterday. For the last few months I have been creating collaged bookmarks and I am very proud of them and think you will be surprised by them when I begin to post them in the next few days. But for now I am really pleased with this my first notecard. It is quite lovely and was inspired by the love and tenderness I felt when I saw the image. The color is actually richer and deeper than you see in the image. When I create my collages (I’ve done ATC collages for family members in the past. They are posted on this blog in the ATC category.) I use images from magazines, catalogs, advertising mailings, or calendars. When I assemble my collages I try to create something essentially different from the original.

Notecard - Ballet 1

I look at composition, color, texture and content. I chose a background that captures a feeling of starlight and moon glow and added the flowers to create softness and to add a little color. I wish you were with me. In person it looks lovely.  When I create my collages I think of them as original works of art and sign and date them. Enjoy on this special day!

 

February 11, 2019 February 11, 2019

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:27 am
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Well we had two inches of snow yesterday but the temperature is rising and rain is due today. What erratic winter weather we are having. Keeps me inside drinking hot tea, reading and planning my next art project.

When I was in Europe this summer I bought a set of watercolor pencils in Edinburgh but I only did one small painting. I was in Paris at the end of my trip and was wandering around my neighborhood (close to the Sorbonne) taking photos. I stumbled on a small church named Eglise – St Medard. I went back to the apartment and painted this small painting in the sketchbook I bought at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. I didn’t have a brush so I had to paint with a Q-tip and my finger. The day was bright and sunny but the door was in a partially shaded nook where the sun was dancing through the leaves. It gave me a feeling of comfortable old age and nostalgia. I “cleaned the painting up” by using an ink pen to outline. All in all I enjoyed the challenge even if my door is a little crooked!

Eglise St-Medard Paris Sep 2018

 

 

February 1, 2019 February 1, 2019

Filed under: Drawings,Portraits & Self Portraits — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:14 pm
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How time flies! I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I posted. I am very unhappy with myself but have a good excuse for part of the time. I spent three months attending classes and traveling in Great Britain and France during 2018. And it took months to prepare for my trip so that’s my story. This was a special once-in-a-lifetime trip that was inspired by the six months my husband and I lived in Germany while I worked at Roche Diagnostics. It was also inspired by the loan of a book titled Without Reservations which is worth a read if you like unplanned adventures.

During my time in England I took two class at Cambridge University. Shakespeare in the Gardens was in full swing. Here are two small drawings I did of two of Shakespeare’s most fascinating characters – Shylock from the Merchant of Venice and Cymbelline from…drumroll…Cymbelline.

Cymbeline Cambridge July 2018

Cymbelline

Shylock Merchant of Venice Cambridge July 2018

Shylock

 

During my trip I carried my own luggage and made my own arrangements. I didn’t have much room for art materials so these were drawn in a small moleskin notebook that I bought at the British Library and with a No 2 pencil. I am glad to be sharing again and will post more from my trip later.

 

 

December 9, 2017 December 9, 2017

Recently, while I’ve been creating my ATC collages, I have been itching to pick up a pencil or a paint brush. Yesterday, I finally had a lull in my volunteer activities. Inspired by the great teacher and artist Barry Combs I decided to try out three bamboo pens that I purchased several years ago. Barry recently had a post on his blog that described a drawing class he taught using reed pens (to learn more look here). I was not familiar with these pens and I think drawing with a pen is particularly unforgiving but I felt brave so I pulled out my bamboo pens and my Higgins “Black Magic” ink and began to doodle. Here are my supplies

 

Bamboo Pen Supplies

 

 

I began to draw straight lines, curved lines, to write my name, to use hatching to shade, to make shapes and to try to give them volume and shading. Each of my pens had a narrow and a broad tip and my largest pen would not fit in my ink bottle so I only have four columns of doodles. Here is my practice page. Can you tell I love to draw apples?

 

 

Bamboo Pen Practice 1

 

 

After I was warmed up I decided to try a couple of heads. I have been looking at the lovely heads done by the Renaissance artists so I decided to work with women’s heads. I have also been watching a series that takes place in Canada before World War I so I wanted to give a “heritage” look to the heads. I wanted a low bun and downcast or closed eyes. I originally wanted to give a feeling of peace or reflection. As you can see my second lady (in profile) seems to have taken on an attitude! I had tremendous trouble with shading and you can see I’ve touched up my botches with opaque white watercolor. Once I took an Ink and Wash class and am much more comfortable shading with a wash rather than hatch marks. I clearly have more work to do. It was fun and I like the physical feel of working with these pens so…more to come!

 

Bamboo Pen Practice 2

 

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….

 

Horses7 ATC 2017Horses6 ATC 2017

 

 

and birds!!!

 

 

Birds2 ATC 2017

 

 

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

 

 

Cats1 ATC 2017

 

November 18, 2017 November 18, 2017

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post,Uncategorized — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:42 pm
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Earlier this week I posted an acrylic painting that I mentioned might not be complete…well it wasn’t. I have looked and painted and looked and painted. The additions are very small and minor but I think they make a better painting. I am to the point that I think one more change might push it over the edge. I’ve told myself ENOUGH! Here is my revised painting.

 

 

Abstract 2017 - L2 revised