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June 10, 2011 June 12, 2011

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Now, as I move on to my “greenly reaching trees”, I want to thank all of you who have provided friendship, positive thoughts and support over the last few months. I feel blessed by your kindness. For me this has also been a period of growth. I feel like many of my paintings were created by a spirit flowing through me. Now that we are in a watch and wait mode I thought you might enjoy seeing my first and last paintings.

Blood Flow - First of the Cancer Series - 8" X 10" Acrylic on Claybord

What a change ocurred over the next three months.

O Happy Day - 12" X 16" watercolor on CP Kilimanjaro Paper

I’m sure this will not be my last painting inspired by cancer but Ken and I are now grateful for a pause so we can relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the summer for a few weeks.

 

 

 

May 30, 2011 June 1, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:02 am
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I have been MIA for several days. We have had holidays, sick dogs, heat and medical appointments. I hope to have more time this week although I am already a little frazzled. I think the heat makes it worse but it looks like it is here to stay…

Ken had his stem cell harvesting procedure yesterday. If we get a good vaccine this week, this run will finish the program. YEAH!!!! Keep your fingers crossed. As I thought, worried, fretted, behaved like a typical wife, I was caught up in the drama and significance of this program. I saw the machine running with its flashing lights, turning wheels, blood flowing. I saw blood carrying warrior cells  and cells being separated. All of those thoughts led to this painting.

Cells 4

I think you can see the tension and emotion I was feeling. The painting is 12″ X 16″. The processing, after a bumpy start, went well so we are hopeful. I think you can see our hope and optimism in some of the colors and spots that glow.

 

May 17, 2011 May 18, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Uncategorized,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:40 am
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Ken had another round of stem cell harvesting on Monday and since then I have been thinking about blood, blood cells, machines and the prisms that are used to process the blood. All of this sturm and drang let to  my first Cells painting. This painting is 12″ X 16″ on Kilimanjaro paper. As you can see, I included a couple of new elements this time.

Cells 1

In the past I’ve always used only one diameter for the circles but, in this case, I was thinking about blood cells – white, red, platelets, stem cells – different sizes and colors. I also was focused on the light that I watch each time we go through this harvesting step. Deep down in the machine, the nurses monitor a line of light that is supposed to have a red line running through it. There are times when occurences coincide fortuitously (how’s that for a mouth full!). Last week a friend of mine gave me a stash of art supplies that included artist’s tape which I had never seen or used before. Last week watercoloredhands (may 13, 2011) had a post that described her use of artist’s tape to paint the edges of a building in a piece she is working on. Everything came together and I used the artist’s tape to develop the rays of light. At one point I thought I had “lost it” because the painting looked too dark. After it dried it resembled the colors you see when working with blood and plasma.

Wish us well – tomorrow morning we find out if we got a vaccine from this run!

 

April 12, 2011 April 13, 2011

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Monday I received a shipment from Cheap Joe’s. I have been reading about the new Fluid brand watercolor papers on several blogs so I ordered two small blocks of Fluid paper. I used the 6″ X 6″ block for this painting.

Circle of Life

The paper held up very well to a series of really wet layers and the surface is nice but not as creamy as the Langston Prestige. But importantly, the Fluid is cheaper and is therefore good alternative to Arches, which does not stand up well to my really wet style of painting.  I almost never work using a square format and I want to do a series of small square paintings that can be framed to a 5″ X 5″ size. (Why? Who knows!!! Maybe as a design challenge…?) This painting is still based on my thinking and visualization of blood, blood flow, blood vessels, and capillaries. I wanted to work with a circle or ball like shape because I am thinking through a tree with the limbs and roots represented by vessels and capillaries.  Maybe grusome but I’m trying to make my paintings interesting and beautiful like the photos you see in National Geographic. Quite a challenge!

 

April 3, 2011 April 5, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:18 am
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When I complete an abstract painting, I’m often faced with an interesting  conundrum. Which side is “Up”? I know how I painted it – so that’s the top, right? But maybe it looks better upside down or in portrait rather than landscape orientation. I turn it and turn it. I have even had my works framed with wire runnning both ways so whoever buys it can decide how THEY like it. Anyway my latest painting is one of those.

Falling - the way I painted it

This painting is my comment on the uncertainty we have in our lives – on the events, happenings and situations we cannot control. I am trying to express the discomfort and fear we feel when we have no ability to say “No! Stop!”. And, obviously I am still thinking about blood and the role it is playing in Ken’s treatment. Thinking about the good days and the bad days. Now my confusion…here is the painting upside down.

Falling - upside down

Oh no, I like it is this way too. Which do you like better? Please give me your opinion!

 

March 28, 2011 March 29, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:33 am
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It took a few days of thinking and painting and thinking and painting but I think I am finished.

Blood Flow 2

This painting was done on a half sheet of watercolor board and is once again based on the idea of blood and blood vessels…as carriers, as givers, as destroyers of bad cells. I wanted to give this painting a more positive look so I used the pastel, spring colors that I like so much.

Ken spent 4 hours sitting in one position yesterday. He had a needle in each arm and they were harvesting stem cells from his blood to make a “Ken” vaccine to stimulate his immune system. Sooo I still have blood on the brain.

Just a fun note: On Saturday I got to meet my newest GREAT Granddaughter. Her name is Layla and her big sister is Hayden. Here is a photo of our four generations – me, my oldest daughter, her oldest son and his wife and their two little girls. We are all so proud!

Four Generations

 

 

March 24, 2011 March 25, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Acrylics,Daily Post,Uncategorized,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:45 am
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Ken will start a new treatment program next week and, while he has been having lots of blood drawn over the last few months, that will increase significantly as he goes through the next several weeks. I have been thinking about blood, blood flowing out of his body and blood flowing back into his body. I painted this as I played with these thoughts.

Blood Flow Out, Blood Flow In

The painting has collaged strips from the product information sheet. Maybe it is my focus on geometry and maintaining an optimistic attitude but the painting doesn’t communicate emotion to me. I started in watercolor and finished in acrylic paint. I am not sure if I will keep this or try to recover the surface and do something else. Either way, I’m glad I did this painting. It is putting me more in touch with my feeling.