Second day…

Greetings again, from beautiful Breckenridge, CO.  Today started off slow, I woke up with a blazing headache so I took some meds and went  back to sleep for an hour.  Still wasn’t feeling to spiffy after that but just eased into the day with a warm shower and light breakfast and after I’d be up about an hour I was feeling halfway decent.  I decided to go out and take a walk since there was some beautiful sunshine beckoning.  And the thought of a warm drink from the coffee shop was in the back of my mind too (I was sure the caffiene would help my headache…if not it was going to taste good anyhow!).  I wandered for quite a while just taking in the scenery, the people and the sights.  After the grey, snowy day yesterday it was nice to see the mountains again, even if it was just from the street!  

sunday morning mountains
sunday morning mountains
more sunday morning mountains
more sunday morning mountains

I resisted the temptation of the fresh, hot mini donuts this time (although I did inhale deeply as I walked past!) and stopped at a different coffee shop for a mocha.  Mmmmm.  I asked them where I could find some freshly baked bread and was directed down the street about 4 blocks to a french bakery.  I hadn’t ventured into that particular part of town yet so I got to check out a few new sights along the way.  I found the bakery and got me a freshly baked baguette to take back and enjoy during lunch & dinner.  I made my way back to the apartment, clocking about an hour walking time.  It felt good to get out & stretch but now I was anxious to get downstairs to the studio and make some art.  I worked on two different projects today, both using basically the same technique.  I started my first “Art on Record” project by getting an album covered in aluminum, drawing out the basic pattern & shapes and then etching in all the details.  My work would go so much faster if I could ever get away from all the tiny, intricate marks I make on each piece but for the life of me I just can’t make myself quit. 🙂  Here is a picture of the progress so far on that piece:

art on record #1, work in progress (c) Lynne Medsker
art on record #1, work in progress (c) Lynne Medsker

I also started two other pieces (perhaps they’ll end up being a diptych?) that will be positive/negative type of works.  I recently got a new handheld, freeform cutter so I tried it out cutting some curvy, organic type shapes.  It worked pretty well and only needed a little “clean up” with the xacto knife.  After I’d gotten the shapes cut out I divided them into two seperate compositions.  Here they are at that point in the process:

new mixed media pieces, step 1 - work in progress
new mixed media pieces, step 1 - work in progress

The next step was to cover each of the individual pieces with aluminum.  Lots of curves & bends makes the process and a little more difficult but I eventually got them covered and then drew the basic shapes & pattern onto each piece.   I guess I was still in “circle mode” from the record piece because I ended up with circles on these pieces too!

new mixed media pieces, phase 2 & 3, WIP
new mixed media pieces, step 2 & 3, WIP

I spent the remainder of the afternoon etching the details onto each individual piece and had that process about half finished when it was time to call it a day.  So, I know what my first step will be tomorrow, making it easy to jump in & get started.  After I get them etched I’ll decide if it’s time to do some ink work and add some color or if I want to get a few more pieces prepped before I get out the inking supplies.  I’m leaning toward inking so I can have some finished products to show visitors!  

Now it’s time to warm up some dinner to go along with the crusty loaf of french bread.  Bon Appétit!

Lynne

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