“Traffic Patterns” New work, April 2010

detail of "traffic pattern" acrylic on canvas (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I feel as if I am falling behind posting new work & images! This is just one of at least five new pieces that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Let alone all the ones that are on the blog & haven’t made it to the galleries on my website! Being offline for over a week sure put a kink in the flow of information.  I suppose it’s a good sign that I’m producing so much new work, I’ve certainly enjoyed it! Today I showing you the progression from start to finish on a new piece titled “Traffic Patterns”. I worked on this piece simultaneously with two others that were the same dimensions.  I like having more than one piece of art going at a time and hopping between the pieces. These were all “outdoors” art pieces that I could get messy with – what fun!

work in progress, image 1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I took advantage of that fact by starting off with lots of bright colors, thinned down with clear gesso to make them very fluid and very, very runny. You should see the rocks in my driveway now! They look like Easter exploded on them. 🙂

detail, work in progress, image 4 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After the initial layers of colors stopped flowing and dried I began to add more layers. First, of course, was a wash of white. Then a few big splashes of white and some smaller drips, too, just for good measure!

work in progress, image 5 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
detail, work in progress, image 6 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I still hadn’t gotten my fill of white so after that layer dried I added another layer, this time texturing on the paint by rolling it on a piece of bubble wrap and then “stamping” it onto the canvas randomly.

work in progress, image 7 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The next day I followed the white layers with lots of random black marks using the side of a palette knife to slide the acrylic on the canvas and then even added more bubble wrap patterns in black. Hmmm. Now it felt like it was too dark! Back to the white, this time using the palette knife to “draw” curved white designs and also using the tips of a comb to add tiny white dots all over the black lines in the composition. Aaah, that felt like a much better balance of black & white.

work in progress, image 8 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I was happy with the outcome but I let the painting sit for a few days before declaring it finished. Sometimes I get too hasty thinking pieces are complete and end up adding more to the mix but that wasn’t the case this time. Here is an image of the completed piece:

"traffic patterns" acrylic on canvas, 12x36", $295 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It will be on display during the “ArtsGo!” event this weekend, along with other new pieces that aren’t posted online yet.  Come get a sneak peek at them by visiting me at Artistic Designs Gallery at 152 East Northfield Drive in Brownsburg on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While you are there grab a brochure for the art tour and take some time to explore the wonderful art here in Hendricks County!

Don’t miss it!


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