Sending some love…

So I’ve been playing with several things in the studio lately, today it only seems natural to share some “heart art” with you! I am slowly working my way back to creating more batik artwork. I took a break for several months but know I’ll be wanting new work for an upcoming show so I started playing with it again yesterday. Instead of creating on plain white paper this time I am using colored paper or paper with natural elements embedded in it. I also decided not to draw out and color in the designs with ink first but to preserve some of the paper color by painting the design on with wax instead. This was my second attempt at a heart, I stressed the paper out too much with the first one and it crumbled into pieces after the second waxing. Ooops!

I did go in after it dried and add some marks and lines. I like how loose and easy-going it ended up!

While I was in the studio I played with a new heart stencil (plus a couple others) in one of my journals…along with some “blendable” inks. It turned out cute enough for my first attempt.

I like it but…well, I just couldn’t help but do some digital editing on it. I know there are a lot of people out there that don’t necessarily enjoy Valentine’s Day. I don’t have strong feelings about it either way, I try to let the people that I love know they are loved all year round so I don’t get very extravagant celebrating just one day! Anyhow, the more I played with the image in Photoshop it morphed into a “dark” version…just for those that aren’t into the happy pink & red hearts or sentiments.

Enjoy the day…however you celebrate (or don’t). With love,

Your Randomly Creative Friend,

Lynne

P.S. If you are out & about and happen to be in the area, the RED show opens tonight at Flourish Gallery, 88 Morgan Street, Martinsville, Indiana. I have art in the RED show and a selection of items for sale in the gallery too. I’ll be there from 2 p.m. till around 7 p.m.

Goals

It seems like the first of the year is always the time to think about goals, make a plan for the year and start fresh. (As evidenced by the times I’ve written blog posts in January only to fizzle out a few months later!) I ran across this quote yesterday and it am hoping it will help keep me on track – I think most artists are easily distracted and I am no different. I decided I would make a screen saver out of it so I’d see it daily! I created the digital background image last week as I was goofing around in Photoshop – I’d not done any digital art for well over a year so it was fun to create something new and then within a few days realize it had a purpose to team up with the quote. I’ve made it a large file with the idea that anyone that needs it is welcome to download it and use it, so feel free if it speaks to you too!

Blessings,

Lynne

Final Art Auction Items up for grabs!

Instead of just giving you a preview this evening I’m letting you know that the last of the new items have been added and are available for bid during the last 24 hours of the fundraising art auction! With many people traveling for the Easter weekend it gives you a bit longer to get your bids in before you leave and, I won’t have to worry about getting it online and active in the morning either. 🙂

A few of the new items were featured in advertising, so if you’ve been looking for them here they are! Additionally there is a class for two, a class for TWELVE and a portrait photo shoot up for bid.

"Ceremonial" mixed media on an old LP © Lynne Medsker
“Ceremonial” mixed media on an old LP © Lynne Medsker

"Crossing" encaustic and photography, in black 17x7" frame © Lynne Medsker
“Crossing” encaustic and photography, in black 17×7″ frame © Lynne Medsker

 

"Migration" photo/digital art print in black 11x14" frame © Lynne Medsker
“Migration” photo/digital art print in black 11×14″ frame © Lynne Medsker

Class for TWO - Upcycled Earrings a $50 value © Lynne Medsker
Class for TWO – Upcycled Earrings a $50 value © Lynne Medsker

Group class for up to TWELVE, a $275 value! © Lynne Medsker
Group class for up to TWELVE, a $275 value! © Lynne Medsker

Photo session with edited, ready to print images on a CD, a $295 value © Lynne Medsker
Photo session with edited, ready to print images on a CD, a $295 value © Lynne Medsker

 CLICK HERE TO BID!!

Now, a request. The last few days the bids have been dwindling. I know you are probably getting tired of reading and hearing about it but I really, really need your help in sharing this info so we can raise as much money as possible these last 24 hours! It doesn’t take long to click “share”, write a quick e-mail or tweet about it so help as much as you can. Thank you~

Lynne

P.S. If you hadn’t heard yet we received a $200 donation to be applied to this lovely piece of art (that was generously donated by artist Doug Arnholter) – making this an even better opportunity for you to own this piece of art!

"Azul Laranja" mixed media/fresco art © Doug Arnholter
“Azul Laranja” mixed media/fresco art © Doug Arnholter

Tuesday Auction Preview

I’m going to try my best to keep these updates going all week, apologies in advance if that doesn’t happen! At least this one is happening! 🙂  SO, in addition to the 24 week-long art auction items up for bid Tuesday will feature these special, one day only, items:

Class for TWO - Painted Stones. Value $60 © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC
Class for TWO – Painted Stones. Value $60 © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

(Click smaller images below to see full size and details!)

As a reminder, the auction website is: www.myminiauction.com/lmap – I appreciate the bids that are coming in…it makes my heart happy to know that the Myers family will have a bit more help getting through this tough time. As always I am asking you to please, pretty please, share the auction site or this blog post, send emails or shout out a tweet to help spread the word. You all are awesome!

Hugs & Love,

Lynne

Please help me to help them!

flyer, single, charity auction by Lynne Medsker

Live links for those shown in the flyer above:

PREVIEW PAGE

AUCTION SITE

Be sure to visit each day as there will be daily items in addition to those that are being bid on all week long! Thank you!

Lynne

IDEAS 2.0

I am going through and updating, deleting and generally spiffing up my blog. After 800+ posts and seven years, I’m sure this is past due! Thanks to the fabulous Alyson Stanfield and her Art Biz Blog for the prompt! I’m guessing no one needs to see old announcements about upcoming classes and shows that happened years ago so those will be the first things to go. In the meantime I’m revisiting a lot of posts that I’d forgotten about.

When I ran across this one I knew I wanted to share it again and knew exactly what images I wanted to match with it! When I posted this original poem in 2008 I hadn’t yet reach a stage in my blogging adventures to even know how to add images along with the words. Which ended up working perfectly because I hadn’t yet created these digital drawings.  I don’t share much of my poetry, this is the only one that made it to the blog and, as perhaps you might notice, I’m not necessarily in my happy place when I write it. I can’t recall ever feeling so happy I just had to write a poem about it! 🙂 During this one I was feeling creatively blocked as well as struggling with some life issues that wanted to overwhelm me. I’m glad I’m not in that place anymore! When I re-read it today I relate it more to the wintertime and all the things laying dormant under the snow waiting to be released into the sunshine to grow and flourish. I’m more than ready for that to happen as I gaze out the window at all the whiteness surrounding us today!

Lynne

"anomoly" digital drawing © Lynne Medsker
“anomoly” digital drawing © Lynne Medsker

Fragile shoots of creative inspiration creeping from between the cracks 
in monotonous everyday life. Some struggle tenaciously for existence 
most wither quickly, life choked from them suffocating in the climate 
they were born.
Those that endure the harsh beginning required to grow without nourishment, 
pushing past smothering layers of daily tedium. Cautiously they proceed, 
death waiting, grasping, determined to wedge them under layers 
of unimaginativeness.
Scarcely any will survive the journey despite their most valiant efforts. 
Their route chaotic with sights & smells. The dead, decaying predecessors 
strewn recklessly along the way. A frightening path, even for the resolute.
Struggling to outrun the stench of failure the most resilient push forward, 
hoping that the next layer, or perhaps the next, will release them from 
this nightmare. Slowly, tentatively they surface, grasping their 
hard earned freedom.
Fresh air & sun caresses them and, though they are few, they sprout 
and blossom a furious riot of brilliant colors. A kaleidoscope 
of leaves and blossoms fed from the flesh of dead ancestors 
lying beneath the uncaring layers of life.
Tiny seeds drop working their way slowly down below the tiers 
of dullness and predictability, dormant. Waiting in dream-laced limbo. 
Flashes of life-giving inspiration ignite them, 
beginning another perilous journey upward toward the warm, inviting rays.

"below the surface" digital drawing © Lynne Medsker
“below the surface” digital drawing © Lynne Medsker

 

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.

Any ideas for titles?

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

Some warm creativity during this cold winter

I thought I’d share some recent fractal creations with you today. It seems this time of year I’m drawn to bright colors as I wait impatiently for springtime. This year has been no exception, although this first piece only has a hint of spring color!

email Fractal 2014, january 12-1b

I’ve also gotten into a routine where I create three of these images at a setting. Seems like after the third my brain has had enough!

email Fractal 2014, january 12-2

These images build, one to the next, with added layers, effects and closer details. Sometimes you can see the growth but often they end up looking totally different from their sources. I like that each is unique and stands on it’s own.

email Fractal 2014, january 12-3

Do you have habits and routines in your creativity?

Lynne