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April 8, 2019 April 8, 2019

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post,Notecards — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:14 am
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Spring is busting out all over Indiana and I have been driven to think about women “in bloom”. I was inspired by a makeup ad in “O” magazine. The background in these notecards came from the ad. It shows women in “bloom”…women of all races, ages and types. I wanted to use these really remarkable pages to create cards dedicated to strong women. When creating my first card, I focused on FUN. I wanted the card to have a light-hearted spirit and to make you laugh. Strong women can laugh at themselves after all, in fact, nothing shows strength more. I hope it gives you a giggle.

With my second card I wanted to add a soft touch but combined with strength. Kind of the yin and yang of the modern woman. I think the images work well together and I love the soft, gentle colors.


 

March 26, 2019 March 26, 2019

Filed under: bookmarks,Collage,Daily Post,Notecards — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:37 pm
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Time got away from me! I really want to post something at least once a week so stay focused girl!

 

I had a fun day yesterday working on collages. I found a very unusual image in a magazine advertisement for PLUMBING. It was bluish and eerie and I decided to try to make a notecard with it. I combined it with a beautiful floral background cut from a housewares catalog and fish and shells from various magazines. I think the image is provocative and whimsical and unusual.

 

 

I also created two bookmarks. I am working on a set of bookmarks for the veterinary staff that I visit so frequently. I do love my dogs! These little gifts are proving to be a real treat to give. I dropped off 14 bookmarks for the staff at my local library last week. Talk about dedicated readers! Who could use them more? 

 

 

March 1, 2019 March 1, 2019

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:15 am
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I love working with cutout pieces to make a collage. Right now I am focusing on bookmarks and notecards. Recently I posted a notecard that didn’t quite capture the sense of whimsy I wanted. I added some additional elements and think it is where I want it. My collages are like my art. I have to “live with” them to make sure I am satisfied that they are done.

I also created a second notecard while my thinking about the first was percolating away. Again I have an element of dance in the card and some delicate elements. When I create these collages I look for unusual juxtapositions, happy color compositions and a sense of fun and whimsy. I hope you enjoy seeing both cards!

 

April 11, 2013 April 12, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:45 am
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You may be getting really tired of hearing me babble on about my notecards…good news! I’ve run out of notecards so I switched to POSTCARDS! As I mentioned yesterday I had forgotten to get photos of two of my notecards so I shot a photo of notecard 6. With this one I started trying straight bands of color and I chose purples and grays for this painting.

Notecard 6

Notecard 6

I wasn’t kidding when I said I started doing postcards. I found an old pad of Cotman postcards that I took to Mexico on a vacation several years ago. The paper is 4″ X 6″ (slightly smaller than the notecards) and I am taping off a 1/4″ border. The colors were applied in organic shapes and are pale colors such as flesh, spring green and pale peach…I wanted a soft gentle look. The postcards are smoother than the Whatman notecards which have a rough surface.

Postcard 1

Postcard 1

 

 

April 10, 2013 April 11, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:42 am
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I finished my last notecard and realized I had never photographed two of the paintings. I gave most of my cards away yesterday to a group of friends that are helping me with a big project but I still have one and will photograph it later. Here is Notecard 8.

Notecard 8

Notecard 8

I did something slightly different with this one. I usually use my Caran d’Ache crayons to color shapes in organic, random patterns and then spray with water and apply shrink wrap. This time I colored square and rectangular shapes – every shape was geometric. Then I used the same process of spraying and sealing with wrap. I was trying to use darker, deeper colors. I think the results are interesting.

 

April 8, 2013 April 10, 2013

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:46 am
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I continue to make notecards and am enjoying the process and learning as I go. My current problem has to do with artist’s tape. I use the 1″ wide, white artist’s tape and am trying to figure out how long I can leave it on without creating “pulls” when I take it off. Haven’t quite got it right yet!

Notecard 4

Notecard 4

With this notecard I wanted to use darker, more dramatic color.  I like the mix of the gray with the three greens.

Notecard 5

Notecard 5

Once again, I was trying for deeper, more dramatic color but what a difference the reds, oranges and yellows make.