Circadian

As promised in the last post, I’m continuing with artwork created on old LP’s.  Today’s piece began as all the others shown here, stacked and waiting for some creativity to find them. It is actually the one on the top of the pile, that’s been spray painted with hammered metal color paint.Blog, 2013-04-25 11.41.38

Different from the last post, there are no magazine pages. Instead,  I began by outlining the record onto a piece of watercolor paper and drawing a mandala with that circle. On one side was the drawing, on the other side I had fun with some abstract painting of watercolors.

Once the paint was dry I began the tedious task of cutting out tiny areas of the mandala so that, once attached, the record would show through.  Yes, these images show some pink & brown instead. That’s my pretty cutting board and my work table. 🙂

After all the cutting was done the paper was attached to the record and extra drawing, ink and glass pieces were added to it for some dimension.Blog, 2013-05-25 13.06.03

The final step creating “Circadian” was to add the mechanism and hands to transform it into a work clock. Viola!

"Circadian" © Lynne Medsker
“Circadian” © Lynne Medsker

Hmmmm. I wonder what the next piece will look like? You’ll find out in a few days!

Lynne

 

The start of a series…

Okay, so I know I’ve been trying to catch up with all the upcycled/recycled artwork from last year but in the meantime I’ve been doing some other fun art so I thought I’d take a little “time out” and share something new with you before we finish up with the last half-dozen or so pieces from last year. My obsession with trees continues, both in my art and at home.  Both in the form of bonsai trees! I’ve adopted a little juniper bonsai tree and have two other types I’m trying to grow from seed (as I wait impatiently for sprouts!). I’ve always loved the “personality” of trees, how they branch this way and that, twist, lean and each just seem to have a story to tell us if we listen closely enough. With the way bonsai trees are pruned and trained into such interesting shapes I suppose it would be inevitable that I wouldn’t be able to resist them and, after trying for several years, I gave in. My sketch book is slowly filling up with trees from my imagination and now I am producing some in a more presentable manner. The first three started together with a (very) rough outline of the trucks and limbs.

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From there I added some softly blended layers of color to the background areas.

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After that dried I began adding the areas where the leaves would fill in the image.

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I am always amazed at how much difference adding some shading can make in an image. Suddenly the tree has some dimension and looses that flat feeling!

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If you know how I like to make art you might have guessed what happened next.  Yes. Doodling, Zentangles, whatever you want to call it…lots of tiny detailed patterns!

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After the patterns were all added then came the color! I’ve clumped together the rest of the progression shots, you can click on them to enlarge the images and scroll through at your leisure.

All of which leads us up to the finished image:

"Bonsai One" marker, ink & watercolor on 12x12" watercolor paper, $175 unframed/$350 framed © Lynne Medsker
“Bonsai One” marker, ink & watercolor on 12×12″ watercolor paper, $175 unframed/$350 framed © Lynne Medsker

Since this is the first one that I finished I took lots of progress shots with my camera. When I share the other two finished pieces there is not near as much to see!

Look for them to be posted soon,

Lynne

Corridor

A while back I told you I’d be sharing more artwork created from an old metal file cabinet. Today I’m continuing with that by sharing this piece, Corridor.

"Corridor" 12x36" repurposed metal on wood panel with paint & decorative nails, $595 © Lynne Medsker
“Corridor” 12×36″ repurposed metal on wood panel with paint & decorative nails, $595 © Lynne Medsker

Much the same process (and created at the same time) as “Conversion” the pieces were laid out, numbered, cut, cleaned, painted and re-assembled. Here are images of the work in progress:

Details and decorative nails were added as part of the finishing process.  You can find this piece, and Conversion, at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana.

I’ve got one more piece created from repurposed metal but it’s not as abstract and geometrical as the two I’ve shown so far. Stayed tuned!

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.

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.

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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!

Mobile Artist Station

There are lots of opportunities for being creative and I’ve been on a quest to fit it in the schedule whenever possible. One of the biggest time slots that seem to be unproductive in my day are evenings. I used to spend a lot of time in my office on the computer working on projects but heard on more than one occasion about how unsociable I was becoming so I returned to the living room sitting in front of the television. I have trouble just sitting so I’ve adapted projects to work on while I am couch-bound for a few hours. 🙂 This is my current set-up as I’m working on magazine pages:
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Hey, it works, right? 🙂

Exploring: Shaving Cream?

So I’ve really begun different ways to explore art, techniques, etc. and one of the recent projects I tried was to create background papers using shaving cream as a medium for transfering acrylic inks onto the paper in interesting patterns. Sounded like fun and not too technical so I gave it a whirl!

The first attempt didn’t really fall in the “successful” category but it was a learning experience, anyhow. 🙂 As I continued I did more mixing in of the ink before applying the paper & peeling it off, which worked much better and got more of a “marble” effect.

The cream could be used several times before it turned “muddy” and had to be replaced. Here is an image of my  favorite pieces from the session.

Selection of designed papers
Selection of designed papers

If nothing else it was a fun sensory experience with lime scented cream and brilliant colors. Would I do it again? Yup…but first I need to use these papers up. I’ve already started on one, look for it soon!

Lynne

Dormant No More

So much meaning to this piece, as well as the title of the post!

"Dormant No More" acrylic on textured canvas, 48 x 36", $995 © Lynne Medsker
“Dormant No More” acrylic on textured canvas, 48 x 36″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

This has to be one of my favorite new pieces. It took it’s sweet time but was worth the wait! Created on another of the canvases that I had textured and painted white, it began much differently than it ended.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

And then it sat. And sat. And sat around the studio.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

Finally I couldn’t stand it any longer and figured ANY progress had to be better than it just sitting there! So I grabbed a charcoal pencil and just started drawing.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker
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work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

Lately it seems all my doodles and sketches are swirly vines. I’m sure this is symbolic of something but I’m just going with it. Once I’d gotten that pattern down I went back with a blending stump and softened and worked the design. After sealing that layer the next step had to be some color!

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

That ended up being more than just the next step, there was color, color and more color added, blended and swirled all over that canvas in thin layers that let some of the under-colors peeks through. Here’s a detailed image of a section of the finished work that highlights the colors and texture of the piece.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

The title means several things to me. I’d not painted in many weeks so that part of my creativity had been lying dormant, it is the middle of winter and all the growth outdoors is dormant as well and, after sitting around the studio for months the art itself is no longer dormant but alive with color and design. Happiness!

I’ve had a period of being semi-dormant, at least as far as my online activities. I wrote and scheduled the blog posts for the last four weeks all at once and set them to auto-post – both here and on my digital blog. I set auto-tweets and Facebook posts and then I hibernated. Not entirely but I purposely allowed myself time away from these digital tasks so that I could have time to work on my goals and schedule for 2013. I knew they were not going to be done for the “New Year” celebration January 1st but as the days passed I was afraid that too much time would slip by and they might not get done at all! Along with working on that project I’ve just taken time to relax, to travel, to nap, to do pretty much whatever I felt like. What a treat! So, the next post you see on here will be post-dormancy. I guess we will both have to wait and see what it’s about. 🙂

Lynne

Upcycled/Recycled

Not long ago I blogged about trying to help the “green” effort with materials in my studio and hinted that I’d been getting creative with some of those materials. Today I’m going to show you some of the items I’ve created and what they are made of!

aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker
aluminum covered shipping envelope material with copper nuggets attached, $15 © Lynne Medsker
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finished pieces, ready to assemble

I love to explore something new and this idea had been bouncing around in my head a while until I couldn’t contain it any more.

Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker
Earrings created from plastic drink bottle, old necklace parts and red stones, $15 pair © Lynne Medsker

Earrings from recycled/upcycled materials? Oh, yeah. I made a few pair from plastic drinking bottles to see if it would work (and it did!) and the rest of this initial group were made by covering old packaging/shipping envelops with aluminum.

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shapes cut from packing envelope, ready to be covered with aluminum and colored
Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker
Earrings from packaging envelopes and old book pages, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Since that time I am looking at every container that comes through the house as potential supplies. 🙂

materials waiting to be transformed
materials waiting to be transformed

I’ve got a nice pile of “almost ready” pieces for the next batch of earrings, including these painted book pages that are sandwiched between pieces of packaging plastic.

I’ve been wearing one pair and they are fabulously lightweight, which I love! And the compliments aren’t bad either. I’m thinking this may be a potential new class for me to teach, anyone interested?

Lynne