Linda Halcomb's Blog

Just another weblog

February 9, 2010 February 10, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:17 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

Third painting in the series finished. What fun and boy did I learn alot! Thank you Stephan Quiller!

Birdbath at 6pm


February 8, 2010 February 9, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 8:03 am
Tags: , , , , ,

I have finished reading the Stephan Quiller book Color Choices but I have not done the last set of exercises. The first exercise asks us to paint the way a scene looks using four different time points during the day. I wanted to paint a birdbath in our side yard when it was capped  by a crown of snow. Well we have SNOW!

Birdbath at 9am

Sunday I took three digital photos of the scene (sorry Stephan the day is too short for four). For me this would be an exercise to work on composition and color.

Yesterday I printed the photos, worked out a composition and painted the first two paintings.  For my composition I wanted to include four elements – the birdbath, the tree, the black trellis and dried hydrangea flowers that were still on my bush. I think the dried hydrangeas are quite beautiful and I leave them on my bush to liven up the winter landscape. All four items are spread out and I had to find a way to compress them to make a pleasing painting.

Birdbath at 2pm

At 9 am the colors are stronger and the shadows more bold. At 2 pm the colors are slightly more subdued but still colorful. I tried to stay focused on the direction of the light and the shadows both direct and reflected. Today I plan to paint the third painting. It was taken at 6pm and is much more subdued and almost monotone. My challenge will be to make it vibrant.


January 15, 2010 January 16, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:04 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Did you ever have a week when you feel like you have gotten nothing done and you don’t know why. I feel that way this morning. I have good intentions but … Oh well, I will keep putting one foot in front of the other!

Yesterday I found time to paint. I was energized  by the warmer weather and felt like tackling a challenge. Instead of working with the drawing of the oriental print I decided to use my “box” drawings to work on what I learned from the Quiller book on Color. My first attempt turned out DISMALLY! I decided to use a complementary color theme and I wanted to paint the large box realistically, which meant black. I chose alizarin crimson and viridian as my complements because I knew they make a nice blackish dark and you get some nice granulation. Oh my gosh but my painting looks gloomy!

Boxes using Complemenbtary Color Scheme

Here is what I think I learned: green and red are both mid-range values and they neutralize to gray. If I had chosen yellow and purple they would have been my lightest and darkest values (near center of interest) and would have been pure hues. I think this would have enriched the painting with more life and excitement. Additionally red and green are about evenly balanced so I did not have a clear dominant color – maybe gloomy gray.

Boxes using Winsor Triad

Boxes using Winsor Triad Color Scheme

When I finished this painting I was “grayed” out! I needed COLOR so I decided to try another painting using the Winsor Red, Blue and Yellow triad. I love to paint using these colors. They seem so pure and happy.  I also cropped the painting this time. I did not get a good range of values but I was happy with the exciting range of colors. I think I achieved the warm feeling I wanted. It has been very interesting to take a subject that is mundane and even boring and to try to make it interesting or exciting through my painting. The one area I did not think about much was composition. Maybe I will do more with that today. Or maybe not…


January 9, 2010 January 10, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 1:59 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

Well, I worked last night and finished my “Quiller” exercise. I was asked to paint 6 small paintings using Winsor Violet, Manganese Blue and Cadmium Orange. I was asked to make one color dominant, one intermediate and one subordinate and to vary values and intensity. I was reasonably happy with the results with one exception. The violet and orange are SO aggressive that I had a fairly hard time making the blue dominant. I am not sure I succeeded at all in this respect. Any ideas?

Just a note: the house in the third painting reminds me of “Green Gables” on Prince Edward Island. I had exactly the same feeling this painting gives when I was there. This was strictly an accident!

Watercolor Exercise - Triad Color Structure


January 9, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:57 pm
Tags: , ,

Well my first week of blogging has been only moderately successful. I did not do any work for two days this week. One day was lost to errands, one day to taking down Christmas decorations and several hours to preparing for an “Art of France”  tour I gave yesterday at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I was not totally worthless though. On Wednesday I did some pencil work practicing working with various hardnesses to achieve seamless transitions and roundness of forms. I have also almost finished Quiller’s chapter on Triadic Colors Schemes and have started the first exercise. It requires six small paintings using the same triad. I plan to finish this exercise and the reading tomorrow.


January 4, 2010 January 5, 2010

Filed under: Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 12:52 pm
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Still frigid…still hibernating!

Exercise #3

Back to Stephan Quiller and Color Choices. This book includes a tearout color chart just for watercolorists. I am starting to use it to help me identify colors and complements for my practice exercises. It is very detailed and useful EXCEPT that I bought the book when it was published in the late 80’s and there are many new colors available today. I checked his website and I can buy just a color chart. Seems like it might be a good investment so my “tool” is up-to-date.

Exercise #2

Exercise #2

I am still working on the chapter that discusses the use of analagous colors with a balancing complementary color. I completed two exercises yesterday, once again using some of his examples for my drawing ( I was spending hours developing new “scenes” to use for my excercises! I am saving loads of time using drawings based on his exercises – and they should be appropriate, right?) With these two exercises I complete this chapter. On to TRIADIC color schemes!