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April 29, 2015 April 30, 2015

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While my collarbone was healing I worked on one of my  abstract paintings. I have thinking about color theory and trying to create abstract paintings that use primary and secondary color schemes. For this painting I used yellow, green and blue. It turned out pretty well but I haven’t decided if I like the granulated areas. The wheels are turning!

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue

Harmony in Yellow, Green and Blue

 

January 29, 2015 January 29, 2015

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:31 am
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I just realized I never posted my abstract Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. This painting was completed in December, is on 140# Arches CP paper and is 14″ X 18″. It was a challenge to paint but I was happy with the results. It feels balanced and unified to me. And I like the subtle colors. I hope you do too!

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

 

January 27, 2015 January 27, 2015

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 7:38 am
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Late last year I started a series of paintings using analogous colors. I started with yellow and orange and used the process I use for my abstract paintings. My intention is to learn more about color theory and mixing colors. The abstract I created is titled Harmony in Yellow and Orange because my goal is to use color in a way that creates harmony, unity and balance. Here is my abstract.

Harmony in Yellow and Orange

Harmony in Yellow and Orange

I have been interested in doing a series of small realistic/representational paintings using the same colors. Below is my sketch using yellow and orange. I did it rapidly and wanted a loose feel. I work too tight when I paint realistically and that kills the fun for me. Unlike my abstract I used burnt sienna in this work but otherwise the colors are basically the same. I tell myself: you learn with each stroke you make.

Sketch - Yellow and Orange 012015

Sketch – Yellow and Orange 012015

 

November 25, 2014 November 25, 2014

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I have finished my battle with yellow, orange and red! Not my best, not my worst. The hardest color to work with was quinacridone violet, a violet-red. I am glad this is finished and am thinking about where to go next – paint a traditional subject in yellow, orange and red – harmony in yellow, green and blue – decision time!

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Red

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Red

 

November 16, 2014 November 16, 2014

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I am sitting here watching the snow drift slowly to the ground. We should have 2 inches of snow by 7:00 am tomorrow morning. It’s very peaceful so I thought I would write a new post.

I have completed my third painting in the Harmony series. This one is Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green. I used 5 yellows, 2 oranges, 2 greens and panicked because the painting was so aggressive and unpleasant looking. I pulled out my trusty quin gold and painted a light wash over about 80 percent of the painting. That added a subtleness that encouraged me to proceed. I did finish the painting and am happy. It is so hard to work with orange and combining it with green in a colorful abstract can careen out of control quickly. Here is the final painting.

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

Harmony in Yellow, Orange and Green

 

November 10, 2014 November 11, 2014

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“Painting is by nature a luminous language.”      – Robert Delaunay

Isn’t that the truth? I want to speak that luminous language so I continue my work with color. The painting I am posting today is titled Harmony in Yellow and Green. I am trying to understand the use of color and I have much to learn. Because Wassily Kandinsky’s book The Spiritual in Art influenced so many early modernists I have been rereading the sections about color. Some highlights:

A well-balanced mixture of yellow and blue produces green. The horizontal movement ceases: likewise that from and towards the centre. The effect on the soul through the eye is therefore motionless…Green is the most restful color that exists.

In music the absolute green is represented by the placid, middle notes of a violin.

I don’t know if I agree 100% with everything Kandinsky says but who am I to disagree! I do know that, while walking at the State Park this summer, I pondered why I always am drawn to paint the Spring and Fall seasons but not Summer. It hit me like a rock…too much green! Kandinsky’s words helped me understand this response.

Harmony in Yellow and Green was painted with 5 different yellows, 2 greens and one green mixed on the paper using Hansa Yellow Light and Pthalo Blue. I let each of the colors dry thoroughly before applying the next color. A painting takes three or four days to complete. I thought the value structure was much better than my last painting. I am always open for comments and suggestions. When trying to improve my painting, I leave my ego at the door!

Harmony in Yellow and Green

Harmony in Yellow and Green

 

 

 

November 7, 2014 November 7, 2014

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I noticed that most of my paintings over the last two years have been inspired by the seasons or the weather of Indiana. Hmmm, and the seasons were specifically Spring and Fall. Why do these two seasons fascinate me so much? Color! Spring is full of the magenta of flowering redbud trees, the floating petals from pink and white crabapple trees and a rainbow of colors from flowering bulbs. In the Fall, I am always enraptured by the brilliant yellows, golds and reds of an Indiana autumn.

I have also been inspired by our two 100 degree Summers…not by the burnt grass and faded colors of the foliage but by the colors I visualize when thinking about coolness…laying in long grass under a cool, leafy tree, looking up through the greenness and seeing spots of fire in the unclouded, blue sky…or lying under water looking up through the cooling wetness at the blue sky.

Color, as always, is my inspiration. I decided to spend some time studying color and creating what I am calling Harmonies. I want to use a very narrow range of color to create a painting that is “in harmony”. The first color I chose was yellow. Delacroix said, “Everyone knows that yellow, orange, and red suggest ideas of joy and plenty”. We can never have too much joy and plenty!

Kandinsky, in Concerning the Spiritual in Art , says that yellow creates movement towards the spectator. Additionally, it will appear to spread beyond its painted bounds. With blue it is a polar color, defining light and dark, warm and cold. My first harmony was not a very good painting. I painted Harmony in Yellow and Orange using only shades of yellow and orange (sounds obvious – I’m sooo creative with titles!). I am not very happy with the composition and I did not find a way to introduce enough range in value. But I am learning and am continuing to study this painting to “see what I can see”. This painting used 5 shades of yellow and 3 shades of orange.

Harmony in Yellow and Orange

Harmony in Yellow and Orange

 

March 25, 2013 March 26, 2013

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I am still creating color studies using my new watercolor crayons. I wanted to work with purple and its analogous colors. Both pieces are on Arches CP paper and are 9″ X 12″.

Purple Study

Purple Study

After I completed this, I decided to add purple’s complementary color to see what sort of exciting things would happen.

Purple Study with yellow

Purple Study with yellow

We got almost 10 inches of snow yesterday. To me this looked a little like sun shining a snow storm…some areas even had thunder snow. Oh My!!!

 

 

April 22, 2012 April 23, 2012

Filed under: Abstract,Daily Post,Drawings — lindahalcombfineart @ 5:37 am
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Good Morning to all my blogging friends. I have been going through a very dry spell lately – buried in one final tax return and administrative responsibilites for the docent program. I have not felt creative, just tired and worn out. When this happens, drawing or coloring seems to help rejuvenate me. Yesterday I decided to use a set of celtic stencils to create a postcard for my granddaughter who is out of town. I colored it with my Sharpie markers. I chose the colors carefully – green is her favorite color, blue is my favorite color, yellow is her mother’s favorite color and red represents her grandfather (not my husband – other side of the family) who is also suffering from cancer. I hope it looks interesting and cheerful. Like a family, all overlapping and woven together!

Celtic Design Postcard

 

 

January 5, 2011 January 6, 2011

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Finished Three Yellow Tulips and I had forgotten how difficult yellow is to work with. Trying to lay in shadows and develop depth is TOUGH. But anyway I am happy with my three sunny floral friends right now. When creating this painting I reversed the process that I used on Three Red Tulips as Wric suggested. I think it worked well in this case.  The white highlights are not quite as bright as they appear in the scan but all-in-all this is representative of the painting.

Three Yellow Tulips

Today will be a challenge because we are converting our family email to a new system and upgrading our cable with lots of new features.  Neither Ken nor I are very computer literate so wish us luck! Off to work on cleaning up our “address book”.