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January 2008 –   Although I am happy to share my art with you throughout this blog please be aware that these images are protected by copyright law and should not be reproduced or used without expressed written permission.  Feel free to leave comments or questions, I am always excited to get feedback. Enjoy browsing and thank you for visiting my blog!

ArtScape! This Saturday evening

I’m so excited about this show!
ArtScape flyer, Avon Library
I’ve been busy selecting and creating works to bring.  Here’s a peek at some of the “tiny” pieces I’ll have available that evening:

Tiny Canvases, Tiny Easels © Lynne Medsker
Little canvas pieces, with art created on old dictionary pages – only $20 each, including the tiny easels to display them on! Of course I’ll bring some medium and large size pieces as well. I hope you will be able to come and support the public library in Avon, Indiana while viewing/purchasing a wonderful variety of artwork.

Lynne

 

Conversion

"Conversion" mixed media (repurposed metal on wood) © Lynne Medsker

“Conversion” mixed media (repurposed metal on wood) © Lynne Medsker

During the next few blog posts I’ll be sharing artwork created from reclaimed metal from a large file cabinet that had been discarded. The first step was to cut apart the cabinet into managable pieces! Once that was done then I drew the design and cut out each of the smaller pieces with a plasma cutter.

After cleaning them up a bit they were spray painted in various colors and then re-assembled & glued onto wood panels.  Decorative nails were used to help secure the piece and add extra detail.

The three circles were mounted on different thicknesses of wood pieces to add depth to the overall image. This piece and the upcoming “Pathway” are both the same size piece, approximately 12 x 36″ each. Currently they are on display at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Carouse

"Carouse" mixed media upcycled/recycled artwork on 24x30" wood panel © Lynne Medsker

“Carouse” mixed media upcycled/recycled artwork on 24×30″ wood panel © Lynne Medsker

Here is the companion piece to “Carnival” that was posted earlier this week. Also an upcycled/recycled art piece it incorporated various plastic lids/caps along with some old beads and bicycle spokes.

These two pieces, plus “Fun” all three hung together at the recycled/upcycled art show held at ArtSplash Gallery last summer.

Trio of artwork hung together © Lynne Medsker

Trio of artwork hung together © Lynne Medsker

I think they’d look great in a kids room!

Lynne

Carnival

"Carnival" mixed media/upcycled artwork on wood panel © Lynne Medsker

“Carnival” mixed media/upcycled artwork on 24×30″ wood panel © Lynne Medsker

Created in the same style as “Fun”  created at a workshop last year.  I ended up using less caps on this piece after many different layouts and ideas, plus I incorporated rolls of magazine pages for a different texture and shape.

It reminded me of a ferris wheel so it’s title “Carnival” came easily! It has a companion piece, “Carouse” that I’ll share with you later this week!

Until then….

Lynne

Abundantly

"Abundantly" cup paper over old book pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Abundantly” cup paper over old book pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

The last of three pieces on the blog this week, all created using the same technique, this one titled “Abundantly”. Although very time consuming (and hand cramping!) to draw and cut the paper cut over-lay, I enjoyed creating these pieces that combine my love of the mandala form and for old book pages. I hope you have enjoy viewing them as finished pieces and during the process of them being produced.

Until next week!
Lynne

Adventure

"Adventure" cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Adventure” cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

Similar to “Ambience” that was posted earlier this week, this piece was also created on a 12×12″ wood panel using old dictionary pages and cut paper. Here are some images of the process/progress along the way:

One piece left to share with you that goes with Ambience & Adventure….look for it Friday!

Lynne

Ambience

"Ambience" cut paper over book pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel $145 © Lynne Medsker

“Ambience” cut paper over book pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel $145 © Lynne Medsker

The first of three similar pieces that were created for last years upcycled/recycled show, Ambience began with a blank 12×12″ wood panel that was covered in old dictionary pages. Then a mandala like design was drawn onto the back of a black piece of paper and carefully cut with an x-acto knife.

Once the cutting was finished the black paper was mounted on top of the pages and ink, buttons and other embellishments were attached to create the finished piece.

colored ink added

colored ink added

Look for the other two pieces to arrive on the blog later this week!

Lynne

Upcoming Class!

whimsical wood blocks

Calando, Cavatina, Crescendo

Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post!  As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.

The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.

The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.

First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).

I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.

Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine.  Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one.  The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.

I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:

"Calando" mixed media on wood, 55x16", $995 © Lynne Medsker

“Calando” mixed media on wood, 55×16″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.

Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.

piano art installed

Can you picture them in your home?

Lynne

Something fishy

Back in the fall, during my unintentional blog hiatus, I created several new pieces of whimsical art using scrap wood pieces, old dictionary pages and ink. They were fun! I have ideas for more pieces in this style once I get back into the studio. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pieces from the batch I created.  It began with one of these pieces of wood, the backgrounds painted with acrylic:

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Add some torn paper shapes:

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Then lots of ink details and DONE!

Fishy © Lynne Medsker

Fishy © Lynne Medsker

Just for fun I left some of the paper un-attached to the surface to make the pieces more dimensional, in this instance the fin on his side!

Lynne

P.S. If you’d like to see this, and other creations, in person they are located at ProArt Gallery in Greenwood, Indiana!

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