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January 26, 2018 January 26, 2018

Filed under: Acrylics,Daily Post — lindahalcombfineart @ 9:14 am
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I am fighting a cold and have a big, red, drippy nose so I decided to work on something that I could mess up and it just wouldn’t matter. I mentioned recently that I created a mess of mud trying to paint my first Circles and Lines painting. I decided to scrub off the paint and see what was left. It actually gave me a nice neutral background with a soft texture and an interesting mix of color. It, of course, had big blank circles! The circles reminded me of a flower garden, particularly a bed of zinnias. Zinnias are flowers that I love for their strength, vibrant colors and hardiness.


Flowers Experiment 1


I wanted to create more texture and depth in the background so I used a technique I learned from Warren Taylor (for more info about Warren click here). He taught a technique that I love. You use watercolor crayons and scrub heavy color  onto your paper and then spray it with water. Next you take sandwich wrap and press it into the wet color creating linear shapes that run randomly through the piece. Put a book on top and let it dry.  I didn’t use quite enough crayon but I achieved something close to the effect I wanted.


Flower Experiment 2


Next I began to paint flowers – red, yellow and white flowers. I painted them in acrylic straight from the tube since I did not want to use much water. That would have ruined the texture. I finished by applying another layer of crayon in yellow-green and yellow to brighten up everything.  I then wet it and let it dry. The painting is pretty rough but I always learn about the materials and techniques I’m using when I try something like this.


Flowers Experiment 3




June 18, 2012 June 22, 2012

As I mentioned I attended a Warren Taylor Workshop a week or so ago and the subject was working with water soluble crayons and pencils. To take the white off the paper, he brought several “quick starts” that we could buy to get a quick start…hmmm, quess I’m redundant! These were on half sheet Arches 140# paper. Warren used one of his own photographs to make the drawing and the only limitation he placed on their use was a prohibition on their use in competitions. I selected a large tulip that was beyond its prime (sort of like the artist). This was my first effort and has muliple layers of permanent colored pencil (used too much!), watercolor pencils and watercolor crayon. I struggled with this and finsihed it off/quieted it down/smoothed it out with regular watercolor. I added the lower leaves to the design at the last minute and I don’t think they added anything. Obviously not competition material but it was a valuable experience and I continue to learn. Onward and upward!!!!

Warren Taylor Workshop Ex 1



June 8, 2012 June 8, 2012

Filed under: Collage,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:48 am
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What a GREAT three days I’ve had. I attended a workshop offered by the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the instructor was Warren Taylor. He recently retired as a professor of oil and watercolor painting from Midland College in Texas. He made his reputation painting tight works of creativity, deep introspection, and whimsy. He is very intuitive and supportive when dealing with adult students and his critiques (walk arounds) were informational and positive. The workshop discussed how to work with water soluble media such as watercolor crayons and pencils. It was an opportunity for me to play and have fun and I created three messes and one possible painting. In my perverse way, I am trying to “save” one of the messes. Here is additional information on Warren:

I was lucky enough to be able to buy one of his paintings. This one has several collage elements. I love the use of postage stamps from his travels. Enjoy!