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July 18, 2012 July 19, 2012

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It has rained small amounts all around but so far we have got virtually nothing. Indiana has lost 30 percent of the corn crop and some farmers are thinking about cutting beans and using the stalks as fodder. The drought is classified as “extreme”. I don’t even worry about my grass anymore. My worries just seem petty.

I finished a new painting. Once again my thoughts are consumed by this horrible weather and our 100 degree summer. We may get a break today and tomorrow with slightly lower temperatures and the sky is cloudy but that really doesn’t mean much. This painting is 100 Degree Summer – 6. It is a half sheet of 300# Arches torn lengthwise. It has lots of green and teal and shots of orange and red. I think I was torn between cool water and wanting to see some green grass. Everything got jumbled up but I think it made a pleasing painting. May it cool and refresh you!

100 Degree Summer – 6

 

July 2, 2012 July 4, 2012

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:20 am
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This very, very, very hot weather has motivated me and I am painting again. Last summer I started a series inspired by the hellaciously hot weather…and its back!!!! This is my latest in the 100 Degree Summer series. I don’t know what it is like where you live but we have already had two days that registered over 100 degrees and they are projecting more for later this week. Thank goodness, the humidity is lower than Indiana normally experiences.

This is in watercolor and was painted on a half sheet of 300# Arches paper.

100 Degree Summer – 3

 

August 9, 2011 August 10, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:44 am
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The temperature was only 88 degrees today – a veritable cool spell. Maybe now I will stop whining. I have a new 100 Degree Summer painting. It is inspired by the heat and the storms that have come on the front edge of a cold front. Baxter, our youngest dog, is frightened of thunderstorms and I hope this painting reflects the heat, noise, flashing light and unrest we have all been feeling.

100 Degree Summer - Storm

This painting is on a sample of Fabriano paper. I prefer the Lana and Kilimanjaro. This paper curls and has a harder finish than the others I’ve been using recently.

 

August 8, 2011 August 8, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:06 am
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Twenty one straight days of heat that is over 90 degrees. In Indiana, with the high humidity, That means it feels HOT – oppressively hot! And so my 100 Degree Summer series continues. Remember 100 degrees is over 90 degrees. When I painted this painting I was thinking about the sky and the sunrise and sunset and how everything is affected by the heat, humidity and dust in the air…beautiful colors for one thing.

100 Degree Summer - Sky Riot

 

August 3, 2011 August 3, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:53 am
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Like a bad penny I am back. I hate jumping in and out of blogging like I have been doing but I have no choice. I miss you all. Ken was just released from the hospital after spending 6 nights there. It has been a very tough and frustrating time. When he went in he was dehydrated, low blood pressure, ear infection, cold sweats, chills, etc and extreme weakness. They have resolved all the little problems but he still has little appetite and is tired and weak. They said patients recover to 90% and hit a wall. The last 10% is your appetite and strength so not to get depressed, Just have a plan and work to get better and stronger each day. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you start – just start and try to do a little more each day. Sounds a little like art, doesn’t it?

I did have two paintings finished when he got sick so I have shot digital images and am posting the first today. We are still in this horrendous heat wave and are close to breaking an all time record for number of days in a row over 90 degrees. So my paintings are still driven be this stresser. This painting is called Sun Trails.

Sun Trails

When I painted this I was thinking about the double images you sometimes see when the weather is this hot. Also about the time lapse photographs taken of the moon or sun that show the sun/moon moving across the sky. I used a portrait view intentionally because I feel it is more powerful and that the sun is beating/looking directly down on me with no relief and no let up.

 

July 24, 2011 July 25, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:43 am
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More hot weather but Monday and Tuesday are supposed to be cooler – only in the high 80’s. Who could have known the high 80’s would be a “cool spell”? I’ll take the break though!

My last painting was about the explosive emotions generated by this hot, hot, hot weather. This newest painting is related more to the heat itself and how heat creates heat waves rippling across the landscape. The blue and purple areas are inspired by the haze hanging over everything. The particluates in the atmosphere are creating beautiful sunrises full of purples, pinks and lavenders. Some beauty is coming from the extreme conditions. Glad I haven’t lost perspective and can still see it!

100 Degree Summer