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December 26, 2017 December 26, 2017

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Working with my bamboo pens I am finding it very difficult to do a finished drawing. It may just be the pens I have but none have a fine or very fine tip so my drawings look rustic at best and crude at worst. In my National Wildlife magazine I found an image I wanted very much to draw. It is of a large bighorn sheep. He is regal with powerful muscles and an alert posture as though he is on watch. He is the protector of his domain – at his prime. I did most of the drawing with my bamboo pens but finished the drawing/sketch (in a fit of frustration!) with a standard ink pen. The ink pen gave me the fine lines I needed to feel better about the drawing. It has some positives but I see some “kludgy” (to use a software term) areas that look smudgy and the head is too dark and short and I don’t have the eyes quite right. Ink is so unforgiving. Even more so than watercolor… Practice, practice, practice!


Bamboo Pen Practice 3




December 23, 2017 December 23, 2017

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 2:48 pm
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I have been engrossed in Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Leonardo da Vinci. The content is encyclopedic – rich and well written. The book is printed on elegant paper with a beautiful font and wonderful, clear images. The book includes many examples of Leonardo’s pen drawings. His mastery is dazzling and also inspiring. I will never approach the capability of Leonardo but I did get out my bamboo pens again and created a new practice sheet. I used images from my latest copy of National Wildlife (National Wildlife Federation monthly magazine). I love and am continually inspired by nature. I completed three rough sketches, the last of which I finished with colored pencils. The top drawing is of a monarch butterfly enjoying a blazing star, the second drawing is of three coneflowers, which are native to Indiana, and the third sketch I did is of a Southern Masked Weaver. I was fascinated by the colors shimmering through the feathers of this bird that is primarily yellow. He is weaving greenery into a nest.


Bamboo Pen Pactice 3




May 5, 2017 May 5, 2017

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:59 am
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This is the last sketch from my recent driving trip. After my youngest daughter joined me for the last week of my trip I did not set aside much time to sketch. On my last day in Charleston I walked the Battery area looking for manageable subjects. The houses there are beautiful, majestic and complex. I wanted to capture the feeling but didn’t have time for anything too large or impressive. AND I  wanted a house shaded by trees and decorated with sunlight dancing through dappled green.

My sketch was done with my watercolor pencils and crayons using a small brush (probably a #4) on a 6 inch X 8 inch watercolor sketchbook. And, unlike my earlier sketches, I used an ink pen to outline shapes since the sketch is so busy. This paper is heavy but I can’t work too wet or the surface “pills” and becomes hard to work with. I hope you can feel the sunshine! Its rainy in Indianapolis now and I could use a big dose of sunshine and warmth!


South Battery Charleston 042017


April 30, 2017 April 30, 2017

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 10:14 am
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Last Sunday I returned from a driving trip to the American South. I started In Lexington, Kentucky, next visited Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, then on to Charleston, South Carolina and finished in Asheville, North Carolina. It was an interesting and educational look at history, culture, natural environments and my personality. I was able to maintain a relaxed, adaptable approach to my trip (not really my type A norm). I loved the experience and was contented and able to enjoy what could have been a very stressful two weeks.

I have a new sketch for you. I did this sketch at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The Gardens are remarkable and they have a large woodlands area that I would like to explore further. One focal point is a sculpture made from living plants called the Earth Goddess. It is a huge bust of a beautiful woman with her hand extended and water flowing from it. In April the plants are tan, beige, light green but I understand that the Earth Goddess is very colorful later in the year. I loved it. I did a quick sketch and then touch-up later in my room. The foliage was very complex and challenging in this garden. Again I worked with watercolor pencil and later watercolor crayon on a small watercolor sketchbook. I hope you enjoy.


Earth Goddess 042017


April 15, 2017 April 17, 2017

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:38 am
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I just spent a week in Atlanta. It was a wonderful week. I didn’t even get frustrated with the traffic and crowds both of which were HEAVY!!!!! One of the highlights was my visit to Zoo Atlanta and their amazing giant pandas. They have two adults and their funny, furry, fascinating 11 week old cubs. The Mom and cubs are together and Dad is in a separate enclosure (he was pacing and tumbling and rolling). I did a quick sketch of Mom munching away on bamboo. I used my watercolor crayons and a small brush. It was very quick and spontaneous. FUN!


Panda Mom Zoo Atlanta 20170410


October 18, 2013 October 18, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:35 am
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This is the final post about my visit to the Napa Valley. I saved the best for last. This watercolor sketch is of the Sterling Winery. Their cabernet sauvignon was my husband’s absolute favorite. When I saw the winery I had to visit. It sits on the top of a hill and you take a 300 foot aerial tram ride to reach the winery…beautiful views of the valley. This winery is at the northern eand of the valley and you have moved past the very dry, sun bleached hills of the south end of Napa. The winery is designed to look like a small village in Greece. Very special, very picturesque.

Sterling Winery watercolor sketch

Sterling Winery watercolor sketch

I liked the overlapping abstract shapes and the clean, bright colors. The large tarnished bell that sits in the arch was brought from Greece.



October 11, 2013 October 11, 2013

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:27 am
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When we were in Napa Valley in May, I wanted to paint a series of watercolor sketches of the beautiful wineries. I only found time to do two watercolor sketches. The first is of Castillo d’Amorosa which looks like a medieval castle very rustic and very commercial. Ok, I must admit,  it did suck me in with its beauty…

Castillo d'Amorosa Watercolor Sketch

Castillo d’Amorosa Watercolor Sketch