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December 17, 2017 December 17, 2017

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I wanted to post a couple of additional pages from my journal. I don’t know if most of the world has become addicted to Adult Coloring Books but they are very popular in the United States. They present adults with an opportunity to be creative in a non-threatening environment and are wonderful for stress release (really needed in the US as you can imagine!). When an adult colors it takes you back to a happier time. You can get lost in the activity.

The first page I am including is really inspired by my love of mathematics and color. I have a university degree in mathematics and have always been inspired by geometric shapes and prismatic color. I thought I would play with these ideas when working on this page.


Journal Image 3



With this next exercise in coloring I was working with ink and markers and just experimenting. I usually go for blues but this time I pumped the color with pinks and purples and even green. Does it make you want to dance? Enjoy!


Journal Image 4


October 4, 2013 October 4, 2013

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My daughter had classes at the CIA from 2:30 – 8:30 pm each day. This schedule gave me lots of time to explore, shop and eat with and without her. The second night I was sitting in my car waiting to pick her up and I pulled out my sketchbook. The CIA is in a historic winery and the site is beautiful. I started sketching the tower on the main building and suddenly realized I was so engrossed that I was sketching in the dark. Oh MY!

CIA Napa Main Building

CIA Napa Main Building


March 31, 2013 April 2, 2013

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I hate to be silent for several days but I have been out of town. My sister invited me to their cabin in Tennesse for my niece’s birthday. Their cabin is at the top of a bluff overlooking the Wolf River. Each morning I would rise early and sit looking out the window at the grays and browns of the surrounding forest. You begin to see the greens of the evergreens and the bleached ochres of the dry leaves. I – of course – had taken my crayons and paints with me. I did two little paintings of my impressions of the view off the deck.

Cabin View 1

Cabin View 1

I used the crayons and shrink wrap technique to start the painting. This gave me the background texture and the location of the trees. I then used crayons, paint and colored pencil to finish the paintings. I also used sepia ink markers on this one.

Cabin View 2

Cabin View 2

We had two days of rain and the atmosphere was very heavy and misty. These were done on FLUID – sorry! NOT LIQUID – paper. I finished both of my small blocks of watercolor paper while in Tennessee so I will definitely need to get more. This is great paper to use for experimentation.  Very cost effective!


February 16, 2012 February 16, 2012

Filed under: Daily Post,Sumi-e — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:32 am
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Well I am still fighting frustration and my low skill level as I struggle to produce a decent bamboo painting. So I decided to critique my most recent attempt. I always learn from my mistakes so I hope you will also find this helpful. To start here is the painting:

Bamboo 2

Idea: I wanted to paint a simple composition with a large, old stalk of bamboo and young shots growing up around it. I like the way the new leaves point upwards.

Issue 1 – When I paint I am working on a double size practice paper but I practice on a single size practice paper so I may use larger brushes when I start to paint. I had not practiced with the larger brush that I used for the largest stalk of bamboo. The larger brush holds more fluid so it diluted my ink and I didn’t get the deep color to the side of the stalk. So no depth or modeling.

Issue 2: The composition was too simple for such a large sheet of paper so I let the painting dry over night and added two more small stalks of bamboo – they are not well painted because I had trouble seeing as I did overpainting.

Issue 3: Still having real trouble with ink color and brush loading. Never get it dark enough so go back and overpaint – real no-no.

Issue 4: I forget that if ink has not dried it will bleed into the lower layer producing blurry, smudgy looking areas. I always think its dry but its not.

Issue 5: Haven’t found the right brush or technique yet to paint the tiny twigs – get thick and thin spots and blurring.

Chop - Name

Chop Set

Someone asked about the chop I used on the last painting. For Christmas 2010 I asked for a chop as my gift. My husband found that you can get custom, personalized chops through the National Geographic catalog. They work with a Chinese expert to match your name as closely as possible. The chop itself is beautiful, made from jade and is about 1″ square and 3″ long. I love it and have thought about also using it as part of my signature on my watercolors!




February 12, 2012 February 13, 2012

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I have been struggling a bit with motivation lately. A fellow docent gave me a small book, Painting Chinese, and it came to me at the right time. It was written by a college professor living in San Francisco who had just lost funding for his program. He was 70, saw death approaching, and needed to find a way forward. He frequently walked through China Town and on a whim enrolled in a painting class at a Chinese art school. He started as the only adult in a class of beginners (5-8 year olds!). The book talks about how the practice and mediative nature of Chinese painting provided the solace, comfort and mental release necessary to help him find a new life and face death (he was not sick, just slowly decaying like all of us!) This book and a small volume I found at the library titled Art & Fear have been nudging me forward.

Last week I began practicing my Sumi-e brush strokes and working on mixing the different colors of ink. I seem to have forgotten everything I ever knew and have struggled, struggled, struggled. I worked on strokes for four days before I even tried a painting and then my paintings were over crowded and full of smudges. I also couldn’t seem to get the ink colors right in order to show depth.  I am still struggling but did finish one piece – not perfect but an improvement. I have to remember that less is more when it comes to composition!

Bamboo 1 (2012)



July 5, 2011 July 6, 2011

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First painting done on my new drawing table. It is on my 6″ X 8″ Fluid Watercolor block and was painted with W&N watercolor paints. It was inspired by the compass flowers you see in the woods and fence rows of Indiana.

Summer Gold




May 4, 2011 May 5, 2011

I have really been out of touch for the last few days and missed all the activity on WordPress. I have been prepping for a new show at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church In Carmel, Indiana. Yesterday afternoon we hung the show and the contact, Rachel, at the church was incredibly experienced and supportive.

Hanging at Orchard Park Church

They have two 13 foot hanging strips and my show includes 18 watercolor and 1 acrylic paintings, one ink drawing and one graphite drawing. Two small paintings are displayed on a lovely side table along with information about me and my guest book. The show is a mix of my older work and my recent paintings that are inspired by Ken’s battle with prostate cancer. The show will hang for two months. Ahhh, now I can sit back and relax for a day or two!

A better shot of just a few of the paintings hanging


February 11, 2011 February 12, 2011

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One more sketch inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. This is not a copy of one of her paintings but a sketch from a photo of a dry waterfall near her home in New Mexico. I loved the texture and deep shadows. I hope some day I can visit this part of the United States. Beautiful!

Dry Waterfall - Made with Watercolor Crayons, Aquabrushes and 5" X 7" Sketchbook


February 8, 2011 February 9, 2011

I am reading The Art & Life of Georgia O’Keefe by Jan Castro for the docent bookclub at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. We have three O’Keefe’s on display, including her fabulous Jimson Weed. She is one of my favorite artists and I love her floral paintings. I am caregiving for my brother-in-law, who just had knee replacement surgery, so I had time yesterday to complete a semi-copy of one of her oils. I have always liked the drama in this painting.

Red Leaf (ala O'Keefe)

I did not have the materials with me to do an actual copy so I started with a photograph from the book and then just worked on my own. I painted it in my wet media sketchbook and used my aquabrushes and a pan set of 12 watercolors. I also used colored pencil and watercolor markers. I am doing a lot of mixed media work right now and am going to have to start using the better materials in my studio to get back to watercolor painting. I can’t get the crisp line with these portable materials but they are great for what I’ve been working on. Finding the right “tool” is always the key to success!



February 2, 2011 February 3, 2011

I seem to be obsessed with eyes and the faces that should go with them. Yesterday I found two more sets of eyes that interested me and, because of the snow and ice, I had time to work with them. Both are done in my small watermedia sketchbook and are roughly 5″ X 7″ in size. The first is my visual idea of a business man – canny, astute, cunning, reserved, questioning. I thought he deserved a monochromatic treatment because that is what he lets the world see. Also stepping into the light – perhaps realizing that profits do not make environmental degradation right. I don’t know – sounds puffed up but here he is.

The Business Man

After completing the first face I decided to challenge myself by working with color. I used my aquabrush and watercolor crayons and was amazed at the lovely, realistic skintones I could achieve with the crayons. I used a wet aquabrush to dab the end of the crayons. This works really well for certain pastel-colored effects. In this case I like the eyes and the beard…can’t say much more…just started working and here is what happened.

Bearded man

I am trying to develop my skill by putting each face in a slightly different posture. I just realized I really need to do more/something with the background but these are just sketches…oh well!