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March 6, 2017 March 8, 2017

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This Monday I had my second Life Studio experience. Our model was male, lean and muscled and very good at holding challenging poses. I am using large sheets of newsprint for my sketches and am drawing with charcoal, ebony and graphite pencils. I also tried a sanguine Conte pencil this week. I want to draw with different types of drawing materials during this 5 week program. This is not a class. It is open studio and we all do our own thing. One artist works in watercolor and one uses her computer and completes her drawings digitally (the model was fascinated by this option).

I am working on my biggest challenges – hands and foreshortening…grrrrrr! Also for some reason I had trouble with proportions during this session. My eye-hand coordination was not as good this week.

 

Life Drawing c 03062017

Life Studio a 03062017

Life Drawing b 03062017

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April 24, 2015 April 25, 2015

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:13 am
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Again I have been Missing In Action. On January 29, 2015 I broke my collarbone. It was a bad break and was in an area that is slow to heal. I’ve had problem with painful muscle cramps that ran all the way from my hand to my neck. It has been a tough time. I am just about ready to return to normal life and hope to be released by my orthopedic physician on May 5th.

I have been coaching a friend of mine who thinks she is not very artistic. The artist Mordecai Rosenstein was artist-in-residence at her temple and gave away these drawings to members of the congregation.Rosenstein Drawing

My friend really wanted to do a painting of this drawing (she owns a Rosenstein print and an original) so I transferred the drawing to watercolor paper and set her up with paints and brushes. She first used markers to do a color study.Color Study - Rosenstein

We talked about some problems like the very dark center and she used colored pencils and a smaller copy to make adjustments. I like the above study because you can see her notes and samples around the edge of the paper. Here’s round 2.Color Study 2 - Rosenstein

Then she started painting. It took several weeks but it is finally finished and it was so much fun to do together. A real work of friendship. It is good to be back!

Rosenstein - Final

Rosenstein – Final

 

July 27, 2014 July 27, 2014

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Well, I’m slow but I’m steady. I walk my dogs every morning at Ft Benjamin Harrison State Park. This is a vey nice, welcoming Indiana State Park on the east side of Indianapolis. Ft Ben holds one of the military’s largest finance centers (payrolls, etc). The Finance Center is still in operation but the other military functions were ended in the 1990’s and the fort is now a state park with two lakes, a stable and miles of trails full of joggers, bikers, skaters, dog walkers and families. I have always been fascinated by the old, weathered trees. I don’t know why, but old trees frequently seem to have a personality – a history that is written on their surface like the lines in a person’s face. I wanted to do a drawing of the tangled, interwoven roots in one section of the park. The soil has been washed away and the grand old trees stand exposed. I completed this drawing yesterday and was pretty happy with it.

Ft Ben SP 1

 

July 7, 2014 July 7, 2014

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 4:39 am
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For the last 18 months I have been struggling with my art. I had a burst of creativity at the time I lost my husband to cancer and since then I have generally been unhappy with my work. The weather and the seasons seem to be the only thing that inspires me. My watercolors are muddy and while I occasionally do a nice painting I seem to lack consistency. Everything I paint is a relearning experience. Whine! Whine! Whine!

I just returned from a family trip to Italy. As I prepared for the trip I went through two wonderful Teaching Company courses, one covered the career and art of Michelangelo and one Leonardo da Vinci. It suddenly hit me that all great artists are great draughtsmen. So I am going back to the basics, starting with drawing. This is actually a super “good thing” because I love to draw. I took one of my old beat-up sketchbooks with me to Italy. I didn’t have time to sketch until our last day. We were in Venice and I did two quick architectural sketches. neither is very good. The crowds were heavy, the sun was bright and I had to dodge and weave to see my subject. BUT it was fun and I lost myself for a few hours. Here is my rough sketch of a corner of the Basilica of Sam Marco.

Corner of the Basilica of San Marco

Corner of the Basilica of San Marco

And her is San Giorgio Maggiore drawn peaking between visitors in line to enter the Doge’s Palace…very tough to see and to capture any detail!

San Giorgio maggiore

San Giorgio maggiore

 

January 6, 2014 January 6, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 11:49 am
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A very happy new year to everyone. I have been busy with family activities and year-end tours at the Indianapolis Museum of art. I have been drawing sporadically but have not had time to finish anything – until this morning! It is amazing what a wind chill of 35 below zero and 12 inches of snow will do for you – stay home and work on projects you have in process!!!!

With my latest line drawing I wanted to move away from the very formal, symmetrical, precise style to something more random and unstructured. Here is my most recent gray scale drawing. I wasn’t totally happy with it because I felt it needed more “weight” in the upper left quadrant and I hadn’t yet worked out how I was going to handle that problem.

Lines 4 Gray Scale

Lines 4 Gray Scale

I first decided to use my darkest values in the top half of the drawing but I really like color so indigo blue didn’t excite me. Instead I worked to get a balanced color composition and added additional lines to rebalance the composition. I started by making all of my colors muted and drab but couldn’t leave it that way. I just prefer cleaner, brighter colors! maybe it’s because I’m watching the portrait section of a Teaching Company class on Dutch art that’s full of blacks, grays and earth tones. I hunger for color…

Lines 4 Color

Lines 4 Color

 

December 8, 2013 December 8, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:54 am
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I am still playing with my markers and colored pencils.Using line and color is not only fun but is very rewarding. While doing these geometric drawings I think about every line – will it be thick or thin? will it be vertical, horizontal or diagonal? What value will it have? I felt so drawn to this design that I seriously considered leaving it black and white

Lines 3 Gray Scale

Lines 3 Gray Scale

I decided to use a vibrant yellow-green and to use only this one rather neon color. The design is rather complex and I wanted to keep the color scheme simple. I think it works!

Lines 3 Color

Lines 3 Color

The gray scale markers are cool gray rather than the warm gray markers. I think that’s why they look almost blue beside the yellow-green. The warm gray markers frequently look pink in photographs.

 

December 2, 2013 December 2, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:29 am
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I am having so much fun working with my markers and colored pencils…with line and circle. Here is another drawing done with my gray scale markers. You may remember that I am trying to work on developing good compositions when I do these. This drawing has a major flaw (in my mind). I believe the top right section would look more balanced and interesting if the lines came off like rays of the sun or were at least angled more sharply.

Lines 2 Gray Scale

Lines 2 Gray Scale

With this drawing I wanted minimal, soft color and used pink, blue and purple. I thought of color as an embellishment rather than a major component.

Lines 2 Color

Lines 2 Color