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November 20, 2011 November 21, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:17 am
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We had lots of time in waiting rooms last week so I worked on another Automatic Drawing with my trusty Sharpie markers. I started by drawing lines and curves randomly. Then I drew spirals and curls but in a controlled way. I’ve learned that working in a totally automatic mode I do not get a well balanced work when I color it in. I tried to make sure that I had a balanced “weight” of line within each quadrant of the drawing. I am also learning to be a little more systematic and thoughtful during the coloring process. For the first time I had shapes that I changed after applying the first layer of color. You can do this if you go darker. Anyway, with this drawing, I entertained myself over three days of waiting. Yes! No perfect but FUN…

Auto Drawing 11202011



November 16, 2010 November 17, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:42 pm
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One more story about my art.

Hope for Haiti

The images were everywhere and you couldn’t escape knowledge of the devastation in Haiti but in tragedy is change and rebirth.  I was inspired to try to communicate my hopes for mankind through the painting of two watercolors on January 22nd and 23rd, 2010. Through the circles, spheres, bubbles I hope to symbolize the circle of life, a feeling of universalness and a sense of hope and even fun. Through the colors I want to include the traditional description of the various skin tones of mankind in a diverse and beautiful way. Through the composition I want to say that, while we are different, we are the same and that we stand together. On January 22, 2010 I wrote the words below which came straight from my heart.

Hope for Haiti - Red, Yellow, Blue


From red, yellow and blue all colors are created,

From brown, black, red, yellow and white the human race is made,

From Yahweh, Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed and Jesus our spirits are refreshed,

We, man, woman, child stand together,

We are one…

Hope for Haiti - Colors of Man



May 15, 2010 May 16, 2010

The Broad Ripple Art Fair was held yesterday. It is one of the largest Art Fairs in Indiana and probably the Midwest. They have 225 artists, 10 Galleries, four stages with live music, great food and a large kids area. It is held on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center where I take classes. I was asked to demo at the fair so for 3 hours yesterday afternoon I drew, painted, talked with families, entertained the young ones and shared ideas with visiting artists. It was a great experience. I had three watercolors “cooking” during the demo. I wanted to show that watercolor is not just pastel colors so I did the following abstract. I have been working on a series of paintings that use only primary colors since I started painting in 2007. This little guy is Primary Colors #8. I made some technical errors but you get the idea and it communicated my thought really well. Some folks were really surprised by the deep color and the use of watercolor for bold abstracts.

Primary Colors #8, Broad Ripple Art Fair Demo

I also had two soft, pastel, traditional florals going – a dogwood and an iris. I have the background for the dogwood fairly complete so I am going to show it but the iris is still in its infancy. It was really a great day.

Dogwood (in process), Demo Broad Ripple Art Fair