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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 26, 2011 May 27, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:59 am
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This has been a good and productive week but I have not been very ambitious or successful with my painting. Good stuff – My grandson is out of Afghanistan and back at his base in Germany. He is coming home for a month’s leave around June 11. YEAH!!!!  Also I haven’t mentioned it yet (other things on my mind!) but I was honored to win third place in the Southside Art League members show with my painting Geraniums in Dappled Sunshine. And I have been productive because I developed the first draft of a tour on American Modernism to use for one of my public tours. I am going to cover the first 50 years of the 20th Century and the Armory Show of 1913. Everything up to Abstract Expressionism and how we got there. Did you know Arthur Dove was the first American to paint an abstract painting? Kandinsky, of course, was the first ever to do it.

The last time I posted I was having trouble with a small 6″ X 6″ painting. Well, I fiddled and diddled and came close and messed up. There’s only so much you can do in a 6″ X 6″ space so I eventually turned the paper over and decided to do another experiment looking at cells. I have been interested to see if I can find a way to use Easy-Release dots that they sell at Staples and Office Max. I thought by layering I might be able to get some interesting cell like shapes. With my earlier try I didn’t let the paper dry well enough and the dots just ripped up the surface of the paper. This time I had fairly good success because I let the paper dry overnight. Still don’t know if I like it but I am learning how to work with something new. Here’s my final piece…

Cells 3

 

May 19, 2011 May 21, 2011

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I want to thank everyone for sending such kind wishes our way. I am happy to tell you that we did get a vaccine this week. Ken had his infusion on Thursday and has had very few side effects. We just got the schedule for what we hope will be the final round of vaccine. Thank you again!

I painted two small “Cells” paintings over the last two days. I am having some trouble with these smaller pieces. I feel like both of the paintings got too dark. In an effort to prevent a pastel look I am using too many colors that are dark and serious and in too many layers. With these little sizes I seem to get the best results when I finish in three layers. Something for me to keep working on…

Cells 2

I also have some composition problems that I am thinking about on the second painting so I will probably show it tomorrow. Today’s painting is on the 6″ X 8″ Fluid watercolor paper and I did have some trouble with the surface of the paper lifting off but this was my fault since I did not let everything dry long enough. So impatient!

 

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!

 

May 8, 2011 May 9, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:53 am
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Yesterday was lovely and sunny. I had a great Mother’s Day and today is supposed to be sunny and warm so I am very cheerful this morning. To add to my blessings my youngest daughter is getting married in July and after much talk we start the real work today by holding our first meeting with the site and the potential caterers. (Since she’s a chef, I pity them! Picky, picky, picky!) She is going to get married at my cherished and exquisitely beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art. Most of you are probably not familiar with the museum but it is on the grounds of an estate that was previously owned by a member of the Eli Lilly family (Lilly Pharmaceuticals). The estate includes a recreation building that was built for the children. It is spacious and elegant and is now used for special events. The museum is currently renovating the gardens at the end of the building. The wedding will be in the garden and the reception in the “Garden Terrace” building. My daughter has her 40th birthday in June and this is her first marriage. It will be small, casual and intimate but very special.

Now back to the world of art! Yesterday I told you about my paper disaster but good things come from bad. I flipped the paper over and did a little playing around with a new idea I’ve been thinking about. I have been considering how to use the idea of cells gone wild. This is really what cancer is and Ken’s form is very aggressive and hard to contain and fight. This is just rough but a start…

Playing around with the Cells Gone Wild idea