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August 6, 2014 August 7, 2014

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:23 am
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Well folks I feel lucky. Earlier this year I decided not to enter the Indiana State Fair because I felt like I wasn’t doing anything worthwhile. Every thing I touched seemed to turn to mud! We all go through that, don’t we? When I returned from Italy in early July, I realized how much I enjoy entering my art in the Indiana State Fair. I am an Indiana farm girl who spent her summers immersed in 4-H activities and completing projects to enter in our county and state fairs – sewing, baking, studying forestry and gardening, canning and freezing and raising black angus cattle. It was a great way to grow up. Very close to nature.

At the last minute, I made the decision to enter and was able to pull together pieces that were suitable for entry in the watercolor, drawing and experimental categories. It made me feel good to finish this activity and to deliver my work to the fair. Yesterday I visited the fair and was really surprised and pleased to see that one of paintings won third place in the Experimental Category – my first State Fair ribbon. I am so proud – and even better – someone liked my painting enough to buy it the first weekend of the fair! Wow! How excited am I!  Here’s the painting “100 Degree Summer”. (We’ve had a few of those lately!)

100 Degree Summer

100 Degree Summer


November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013

Filed under: Acrylics,ATC's,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 6:04 am
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I haven’t been able to post for a few days because I’ve been busy with volunteer activities. I did finish another new ATC for my Christmas gift giving.  As you may know I love geraniums and paint them often. This was my second ATC painted with acrylic paints, a medium I don’t frequently use. I decided to paint red geraniums because my pots are filled with them every summer. I haven’t decided whether to glaze matte medium over the top. The surface is  a little too shiny for my taste. Hope these take you back to warmer weather!

Red Geraniums 2013 - ATC

Red Geraniums 2013 – ATC


September 10, 2011 September 12, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:15 am
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Summer rolls on and the weather here in Indianapolis is wonderful – some light rain, temps in the high 70’s and low 80’s, light breeze. Windows are open and the air conditioning is “Off”. Just great! My garden continues to be bountiful (at least for two people with a few give aways.) I am still enchanted by the beauty of cherry tomatoes. This ATC is done on ATC sized vellum surfaced Bristol Board with colored pencils and a dark gray marker.

Cherry Tomatoe 3 - ATC

For me this is good prectice because I don’t normally work with colored pencils but I am amazed by what experienced artists can achieve with them.


August 8, 2011 August 8, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:06 am
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Twenty one straight days of heat that is over 90 degrees. In Indiana, with the high humidity, That means it feels HOT – oppressively hot! And so my 100 Degree Summer series continues. Remember 100 degrees is over 90 degrees. When I painted this painting I was thinking about the sky and the sunrise and sunset and how everything is affected by the heat, humidity and dust in the air…beautiful colors for one thing.

100 Degree Summer - Sky Riot


August 3, 2011 August 5, 2011

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:36 am
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It’s a celebration! This is my 250th post! Thank you for visiting and making this such a rewarding experience. I have learned so much from all of you and appreciate every comment made since January 1, 2010 when I started my blog.

Today the temperature is supposed to get up to ONLY 88 degrees (mid to high 90’s with humidity). A veritable cool spell. The painting I’m posting today is 100 Degree Summer 2. I painted this when I felt like I was melting, dripping, burning up. I was feeling darkness and stress.

100 Degree Summer 2

I also wanted to note that my last three paintings have been painted on Lana 140 # CP paper. One of Indiana’s premier watercolorists uses this paper. She is a teacher and a perpetual award winner so many watercolorists also use this paper and one recently retired and gave me several small sheets. It handles about the same as the Kilimanjaro I have been using. It has a soft rather creamy feel, absorbs color well and doesn’t buckle – even when it has been soaked.  I think it is harder to find than the Kilimanjaro and I don’t know anything about the cost  but it is a very nice paper.


July 5, 2011 July 6, 2011

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 3:35 pm
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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