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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!

Weekend Mandala Sale!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve missed a month of blogging. I’d apologize but you’ve heard it before! This is just something I’m going to struggle with I’m afraid.

SO…anyhow. I thought I’d give you a heads up about a little weekend sale I’m having on my Facebook Page. My inventory of small mandala art is down to the last nine pieces and I’m ready to clear them out to make room for some newness. This weekend I’ll be having them all at 20% off, plus FREE shipping. How do you get in on this great deal you ask? Well I will tell you just how easy it is. Follow this LINK, find the post with the mandala art images, type “SOLD” under the one you’d like then leave me your email address (either with the “SOLD” or in a private message) and I’ll contact you for payment/shipping info. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! :)

Here is a preview of the pieces that are included in the sale:

Shop early for the best selection…sale ends at midnight on Sunday, August 24th, 2014!

Side Roads

A few weeks ago I shared the process of creating new artwork on wood panels, using concrete & grout for texture and detail. Today I’m going to show you a companion piece I made at the same time. As I was unpacking in the new studio I ran across this panel that I had started before the big move.

"Sideroads" mixed media on wood panel, 10x20" © Lynne Medsker

“Sideroads” mixed media on wood panel, 10×20″ © Lynne Medsker

It seemed only natural to go ahead and finish it while I was working with the same materials. When I unpacked it all that had been done was the texture layer of concrete & mortar – no colors added at all. It followed the same layering sequence as the “Journey” pieces did, building up color along the way. Lots of fun in the details of the process!

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These are the rest of the images showing some of the steps along the way:

As you can tell there is a lot of painting on then covering up, then adding back with each of the colors. The last layer was with copper paint. I’m a sucker for turquoise and copper together! What’s your favorite color combination?

Next week I’m going to begin sharing some updates on the progress of the studio build. It is *this* close to being done! I’ll also share details about the Studio Open House on August 1st & 2nd, so be sure to check back then!

Excitement!

Lynne

Sunshine (and some friends)

As I’ve been working from a table in the kitchen while waiting for the finish of the studio construction my art took a turn toward the small. blog sunburst © Lynne Medsker

Many pieces were created on scraps of wood collected from the building and some, like this sun, are on small 6×6″ wood panels. Painted backgrounds in various shades led me to create a variety of different images with torn book pages. Here are the beginning stages:

To see how this, and others progressed, here are additional images.

I like to add shading with charcoal or graphite before I do the outline & design work. It helps the pieces to seem more dimensional! The details are done with marker and ink. These are just a few of the pieces I made over the last few months. Some have found new homes during art shows and from galleries and a few are still keeping me company. I’ve even presented a couple of classes guiding others through the process, which was a lot of fun!

Keeping creative,

Lynne

The Art of Wine – Part 2

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Here is another bottle for “The Art of Wine” event coming up on July 19th. Rather like night and day compared to the first one! :) This bottle was covered with old dictonary pages before I began drawing/painting on the surface. I had printed this vintage lady on a book page several months ago, not quite sure what I’d use her for and she just seemed to fit perfectly!

From there I just let my imagination run. Evidently it ran right to a flower gardern, which isn’t surprising as I’d been putting in flower gardens around the house!

I went back over some of the detailed background with some neutral spray paint to soften and tone down the colors, they were a stealing the attention from the beautiful lady!

So that was my fun with giant wine bottles. Hope you enjoy it too!

Lynne

The Art of Wine – Part 1

FB Wine Bottle 2, Art of Wine 2014Saturday, July 19th from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Carmel Arts & Design District is “The Art of Wine” event! The streets are closed and wineries and artists set up their booths for your sipping, viewing and purchasing pleasure. What fun! As part of the celebrating area artists were asked to created art on GIANT wine bottles that will be on display throughout the district. This year I created two bottles, just for fun! Today I’m sharing the first. Spray paint, digital art collaged onto the bottle and then some crazy doodles with markers.

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Taking a Journey (or three!)

"Journey #1-#3" mixed media on wood panels © Lynne Medsker

“Journey #1-#3″ mixed media on wood panels © Lynne Medsker

Continuing from my post on Monday, I’m sharing today images of the steps that went into creating “Journey #1-#3″ (shown above). They began as textured concrete & mortar on wood panels. Then the fun began! Rather than bore you with a lot of words I will just tell you the most important one: LAYERS. Lots & lots of layers!

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I wasn’t kidding, was I? It’s kind of like a dance, paint on, paint over, add more, cover it up, letting the layers and colors build and peek through. The final layers on all three pieces consisted of a copper paint. This gives you a close up view of each individual piece:blog Journey 1 © Lynne Medsker

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While I creating these three pieces I had another one in the works. Different size, shape and texture but the same colors. You’ll be seeing it shortly!

Lynne

Teaser!

"Journey #1-#3" mixed media on wood panels © Lynne Medsker

“Journey #1-#3″ mixed media on 18×18″ wood panels © Lynne Medsker

I’ve got so many “in progress” images of this new triptych that I was commissioned to create that I decided to at least split it into two posts. Today I’ll features the humble beginnings, some close-up details of the texture & color during the process, and (above) the finished product. Hopefully that will leave you wanting more while you wait for the second post. :)

These pieces were based on another set that I created a few years ago during a residency. Although the clients loved them they just weren’t large enough to fill the space that they were to be hung in so I got to re-create them in a larger version! I very much appreciate their willingness to let me be creative with the replication and not try to get it precisely the same pattern, colors and textures. They are created on wood panels and the texture is a mixture of concrete and grout, layered on thin & wet so I can play with the design before it gets too dry.

It looks a whole lot different after it’s dry, sealed and I’ve put multiple layers of acrylic on it:

Next post I’ll show how it goes from one stage to the next. Until then!

Lynne

 

Conjecture

Well, it’s finally here! The last piece of artwork from last year’s solo show “RE:Imagined, Created, Purposed”.

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Beginning with a piece of foam core that would be mounted on a wood panel, I drew and cut out various shapes. Originally I thought I would use one of the panels covered with old book pages but the design seemed too busy for that so I switch to one of the panels I had painted black. Blog, 2013-05-08 11.53.52

 

One I had the design decided upon I leafed through my magazine stash and selected images that went together well. I was really excited to include the peacock feather in with the other images. :)

"Conjecture" © Lynne Medsker

“Conjecture” © Lynne Medsker

For a little added interest I used three of the rolled magazine pages that were left from creating “Ceremonial” and “Continuum” for an accent in the upper right corner of the piece. I have more pieces left and have been thinking of other artwork I can use them in so you may see that again in the future!

Next week I’ll begin with some new work and then hop around to get caught back up from last fall and this spring. At least I won’t run out of content for a while!

Lynne

Ceaseless

I’m back! Keeping the blog going on a regular basis seems to be my Achille’s heel this year! Thanks for sticking with me during the hits & misses.

So, back to finishing up the recycled/upcycled art pieces from last year. This piece, Ceaseless,  is mounted on an old LP.

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Just like “Conjured” it was drawn on watercolor paper, painted on the reverse side and then the design was cut out with an x-acto knife.

After that it was mounted on the LP and details were added with ink and an old piece of jewelry was mounted in the center.

"Ceaseless" © Lynne Medsker

“Ceaseless” © Lynne Medsker

Ta-da!!

Coming up next is the last piece from my show of upcycled/recycled artwork and it’s a bit different from all the others. Stay tuned, it WILL be posted yet this week. :)

Lynne

 

Peonies – Part Two

A few more images to add from my recent photo play. This group was taken with backlight coming through the window and purposely over-exposed when I took them. Afterwards I did some digital adjustments to make them high-key, contrasty and soft.

I also did some macro, close-up images with a digital edit or two as well.

I’m patiently waiting to see what kind of flowers I’ll have to take pictures of next! In the meantime I’ll return to the up-cycled artwork next post – I promise! Lynne

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