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March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017

After I completed my post yesterday I realized that I had never posted the completion of my third “Zone” painting. I completed Green Zone earlier in the week and it was sitting on my mantle undergoing continual scrutiny. This painting went through only one round of revision while the Red and Blue paintings went through many more as I continued to learn. This painting was completed entirely with a palette knife and I like the effect created by the broad swipes. This painting completes the series of “Zone” paintings inspired by the three abstracts in Penny’s apartment on the TV show Big Bang Theory (see more here). I like the spontaneous approach and have now started a new watercolor abstract that uses what I have always called my splash-splash technique (because I paint REALLY wet).  This process is also spontaneous and responds continually to the way the watercolor is behaving…not always predictable!


Green Zone 03202017




April 29, 2015 April 30, 2015

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While my collarbone was healing I worked on one of my  abstract paintings. I have thinking about color theory and trying to create abstract paintings that use primary and secondary color schemes. For this painting I used yellow, green and blue. It turned out pretty well but I haven’t decided if I like the granulated areas. The wheels are turning!

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue


January 29, 2015 January 29, 2015

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I just realized I never posted my abstract Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. This painting was completed in December, is on 140# Arches CP paper and is 14″ X 18″. It was a challenge to paint but I was happy with the results. It feels balanced and unified to me. And I like the subtle colors. I hope you do too!

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green


November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014

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I am sitting here watching the snow drift slowly to the ground. We should have 2 inches of snow by 7:00 am tomorrow morning. It’s very peaceful so I thought I would write a new post.

I have completed my third painting in the Harmony series. This one is Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. I used 5 yellows, 2 oranges, 2 greens and panicked because the painting was so aggressive and unpleasant looking. I pulled out my trusty quin gold and painted a light wash over about 80 percent of the painting. That added a subtleness that encouraged me to proceed. I did finish the painting and am happy. It is so hard to work with orange and combining it with green in a colorful abstract can careen out of control quickly. Here is the final painting.

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green


November 10, 2014 November 11, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:29 am
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“Painting is by nature a luminous language.”      – Robert Delaunay

Isn’t that the truth? I want to speak that luminous language so I continue my work with color. The painting I am posting today is titled Harmony in Yellow and Green. I am trying to understand the use of color and I have much to learn. Because Wassily Kandinsky’s book The Spiritual in Art influenced so many early modernists I have been rereading the sections about color. Some highlights:

A well-balanced mixture of yellow and blue produces green. The horizontal movement ceases: likewise that from and towards the centre. The effect on the soul through the eye is therefore motionless…Green is the most restful color that exists.

In music the absolute green is represented by the placid, middle notes of a violin.

I don’t know if I agree 100% with everything Kandinsky says but who am I to disagree! I do know that, while walking at the State Park this summer, I pondered why I always am drawn to paint the Spring and Fall seasons but not Summer. It hit me like a rock…too much green! Kandinsky’s words helped me understand this response.

Harmony in Yellow and Green was painted with 5 different yellows, 2 greens and one green mixed on the paper using Hansa Yellow Light and Pthalo Blue. I let each of the colors dry thoroughly before applying the next color. A painting takes three or four days to complete. I thought the value structure was much better than my last painting. I am always open for comments and suggestions. When trying to improve my painting, I leave my ego at the door!

Harmony in Yellow and Green

Harmony in Yellow and Green




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.


March 23, 2013 March 24, 2013

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I have been playing with my watercolor crayons. I have been doing studies to see how the colors mix and behave when wet. I always have trouble working with green because its hard to get a range of values. I did not get a wide range of values but this was just FUN to do. It is on 5″ X 5″ Liquid watercolor paper. This one has multiple layers of crayon and I learned that each new layer can wash out the vibrant layer below and you loose texture with each new layer.

Green Study using Caran d' Ache Crayons

Green Study using Caran d’ Ache Crayons

Next I tried a study using analogous colors of blue. I love the results. The first layer was done by spraying the drawn on colors and using shrink-wrap to give texture. After this was dry I floated a small pour of paint over the center area. When I saw the results it spoke to me of a frosty winter morning. This is on 5″ X 7″ Liquid watercolor paper. Learning – don’t forget to leave some white!

Blue Study - Frosty Morning

Blue Study – Frosty Morning

Finally, I decided to work with reds and pinks and oranges and yellows. I’ve had difficulty capturing the vibrant, glowing Indiana autumn so that’s what I wanted to do with this one. I worked on 9″ X 12″ Arches CP paper. Here are the results.

Red Study - Indiana Autumn

Red Study – Indiana Autumn

So, I am learning and playing and enjoying and going back to my childhood, crayons in hand! What fun!



April 22, 2012 April 23, 2012

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Good Morning to all my blogging friends. I have been going through a very dry spell lately – buried in one final tax return and administrative responsibilites for the docent program. I have not felt creative, just tired and worn out. When this happens, drawing or coloring seems to help rejuvenate me. Yesterday I decided to use a set of celtic stencils to create a postcard for my granddaughter who is out of town. I colored it with my Sharpie markers. I chose the colors carefully – green is her favorite color, blue is my favorite color, yellow is her mother’s favorite color and red represents her grandfather (not my husband – other side of the family) who is also suffering from cancer. I hope it looks interesting and cheerful. Like a family, all overlapping and woven together!

Celtic Design Postcard



Remind me again! End of Spring Challenge June 19, 2011

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I thought you might like a second reminder and also some inspiration!

Hi all you creative types! Last year we did three virtual paint-outs here on WordPress and boy were they fun. I am issuing the call for our first paint out of 2011. I am a devoted reader of Oprah magazine and this month I was captured, I was enchanted, I was gripped by six words from a poem by e. e. cummings. I am a farm girl who grew up among the green fields and forests of Indiana. The words that captured my imagination are “the leaping greenly spirits of trees”. I would like to offer these words as the inspiration for our first paint out. I hope everyone reading this realizes that the “Paint Out” is open to all artists whether you paint with a brush, a needle, or a word processor.

On the last day of Spring, Monday, June 20th, please post your creation on your blog and leave a comment on my post (the one with my contribution!). If you are not a blogger and would still like to participate, email me your creation and I will do a follow-up post with your work.

Thanks to all who join the community and accept the challenge. As inspiration I offer the following:

The oak is called the king of trees,

The aspen quivers in the breeze,

The poplar grows up straight and tall,

The pear tree spreads along the wall,

The sycamore gives pleasant shade,

The willow droops in watery glade,

The fir tree useful timber gives,

The beech amid the forest lives.

 by Sara Coleridge, Trees


Here is a painting I completed late last summer. It is a HUGE old oak tree in our neighborhood. It is so old, so large and so weathered that it has become an icon. The neighborhood newsletter is entitled The Tree. Hope this gives you that last little bit of inspiration that pushes you to completion. (or post something you created before the challenge was issued – just have fun with this!)

The Giant