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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 12, 2017 November 12, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:41 pm
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I am moving forward with my ATC project. As I’ve mentioned this project is really a treasure hunt for me. I spend hours looking for interesting images and cutting them out of magazines, catalogs and flyers. Putting them together is like assembling a puzzle that doesn’t really have a right answer. I try to achieve a balanced composition, a unified color palette and frequently focus on a theme. I cut strips of paper from many sources to create a frame or interesting strips running through the design. I hope the strips create movement and interest. I just completed two new designs.

The first is a rustic sculpture of a cardinal sitting on top of a Native American rug. The cardinal is the state bird of Indiana so I thought that was appropriate for my Hoosier family members.


Birds1 ATC 2017


My next ATC goes back to my original theme…horses, horses, horses! Look at this beauty! Just a remainder ATC’s are the size of baseball cards – 2 1/2 inches X 3 1/2 inches – so they are very small. It can be extremely difficult to cut out the detailed shapes I use but I love the results I am able to achieve. Once again I have a Native American textile design in the background. The strips are cut from a seaside scene shown in a travel catalog


Horses5 ATC 2017


I do want to mention Josephine’s blog LemanShots . She creatively expresses her response to a scene she encounters.  I relate to her images for the same reason I like doing the collages. They are interesting, express emotions and can be thought provoking and even whimsical. She tries to communicate as do I. Please enjoy a visit to her blog!


November 6, 2017 November 6, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:55 pm
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On this rainy, dreary, windy day I completed another ATC. I love the look in this majestic horse’s eye. He seems to be peering over his shoulder and quizzically tolerating our nonsense. What character and personality! It reminds me of a quote I read recently:

A patient horse looks a man in the eye and sees him as an equal.


Horses4 ATC 2017


November 4, 2017 November 4, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:07 pm
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What a good day! I completed my third ATC using Horses as my theme. The beautiful horses I’m using are being cut from the back cover of a Magnificent Horses calendar I used during 2016. This combo of horse and background makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you.


Horses 3 ATC 2017


November 2, 2017 November 2, 2017

Filed under: ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:36 pm
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I am in the midst of planning for the Holidays. In the past I have tried to create Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) to give to my family with their Christmas cards. I love creating these small original works of art and it feels very special to give an “Original” to my family members at this special time of year. Here is a look at what I’ve done in the past.

For whatever reason (I’m not going to give excuses!) I have not done this for the last few years but this year I felt the need to create again and I am having a wonderful time working on small collages. The last series I did included whimsical collages made from tiny images cut from catalogs and magazines. The overall creation was much different than the original…light hearted and fun. Right now I am really enjoying my riding lessons so I decided I wanted to use horses as my focal point. Since I found I could not get enough images of horses, I decided to widen my scope to all animals. I love them and wanted the happiness they give me to show in my creations. I hope I succeeded. Here are my first two ATC collages.

I loved the image of the simple parish priest and the beautiful paint ponies.


Horses1 ATC 2017


And I was dazzled by the strength of this black beauty.


Horses2 ATC 2017


December 12, 2014 December 12, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:30 am
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The ATC journey continues. I have two granddaughters that are in their mid-20’s and they are very different people. One tall, like an Amazon, one smaller and delicate. Both brave and independent. My oldest granddaughter loves monkeys so I had to include a monkey in her ATC.

Collage 11 2014 ATC

Collage 11 2014 ATC

Does the background look familiar? It is the kaleidoscopic background painted by Paul Signac when doing his portrait of Felix Fenellon. This painting was in a special exhibition at The Indianapolis Museum Art recently. It is amazing to see this painting in person. It shimmers!

My younger granddaughter is a free-spirit that has little fear and a big, bold, social personality. For her, I focused on travel, adventure and dance.

Collage 12 2014 ATC

Collage 12 2014 ATC




December 7, 2014 December 7, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,ATC's,Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:16 pm
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Ho! Ho! Ho! The Christmas ATC elf continues to play. These two interesting little ATC’s are for my two oldest grandsons. They are as different as their ATC’s. My oldest grandson is a farmer, has a lovely wife and three little daughters (his little spark plugs). His wife is very good at crafts and cooking and making a great home. Their ATC was inspired by the Raggedy Ann doll and was brought to completion when I found the faded flag. The two together give me a strong feeling of nostalgia and Americana. I loved this one.

Collage 10 2014

Collage 10 2014

My younger grandson is in the Army, has been stationed in Germany and Afghanistan and is now living in Louisiana. He and his very patient wife, who has become a master at packing, finding new friends and being the master of flexibility, have one lovely little daughter who loves to be naked and a son due in a couple of weeks. Their ATC shows a lion – strong and proud. I wanted to create a feeling of courage and adventure.

Collage 11 2014 ATC

Collage 11 2014 ATC