First Snow…

Yes, sorry, I know it’s just September and I said that “S” word that a lot of us dread. Can’t help it though, it’s the title of today’s featured art piece!

"First Snow" mixed media on illustration board, 20x30", sold (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I made this piece shortly after I arrived in Breckenridge, Colorado, for my stay as a guest artist at The Tin Shop. I must have been inspired by the mountain views out the windows because I rarely do art that is even semi-realistic, I’m more of an abstract kinda gal. This piece is another of the mixed media pieces created on illustration board that I’ve been making lately. It’s a process I’ve really been enjoying even though it’s a bit more “planned” that a lot of my work. I have been applying some wax to the illustration board prior to covering it so that when the thin layers of paint are applied the wax covered portions repel some of the paint, leaving a mottled kind of pattern.  Since the wax is clear I’m never quite sure what I’m going to get until I put the paint down, so it’s a fun surprise! This image is of the illustration board once it’s been covered with clear contact paper and the design has been drawn on top.

work in progress, image 1, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The first thing I did was to add a sand/gesso mixture to a few areas since that would take the longest time to dry.

work in progress, image 2, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

My original thought was to add the blue sky last but I changed my mind and put it in first since most of it was away from the sand/gesso areas.

work in progress, image 3, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

To add the sections one at a time I cut around the areas with an x-acto knife and peeled away the contact that covered that portion. Here are images of the next few steps:

work in progress, image 4, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 5, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 6, first snow (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I even got more “realistic” and added lines of pine trees through the green areas of the paint. I don’t know what was up with me that day! 🙂

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

Almost finished at this point! I went back in and added black outlines around the shapes to make them more defined and then proceeded to sprinkle and brush on the “snow” portions of the piece. Before long it was finished! I hung it on the wall in my studio area and was surprised by the many nice comments it got. Even better than that, it was purchased and is now living in Chicago as a reminder of someone’s trip to Colorado!

Plenty of new art & photos left to post…look for more newness soon!


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