The difference of a year…

So it’s been exactly one year since we moved to our new home and I thought it would be a great time to go out and take some photos of the property to show the before/after images and the progress we’ve made in making the place our own.

blog House, before and after
The front of the house, before & after

It’s taken a lot of hard work, sweat and a more than a wee bit of cursing but we’ve about got everything off of the “to-do” list we had when we moved in.

The backyard area, before & after
The backyard area, before & after

The backyard is still a work in progress, I plan to add more raised flower beds and other items each year for the next few years.

blog Gazebo, before and after
This little semi-gazebo building is built on a slab of concrete from the original farm house that was on the property.
The big barn = what a transformation!
The big barn = what a transformation!

Of course my favorite place is my studio that we created in the old garage building.

Garage to studio, before & after
Garage to studio, before & after

The back deck of the studio is such a great place to hang out and relax, with an awesome view of the meadow and woods and lots of privacy. Napping in the hammock is my little slice of nirvana.

Side and back of the studio, before & after
Side and back of the studio, before & after

Add to all the structural and outdoor work we also painted every wall inside the house. Shew! Moving and settling up a new place is hard work. 🙂

I’ll be back soon with some new art to share!

Lynne

Name That Workshop!

Tuesday I announced the first workshop I’ll be holding in the new studio space. Today I’m asking for your input for a second workshop to be held on October 18th 2014. SO, what do YOU want to learn? Even if you aren’t able to attend I’d appreciate the feedback on what topic(s) interest you…either from the list I have available on my website or from the pages of art shown there. I’m open for anything! I’ve set aside the entire day so it can be a quick morning class or an all-day workshop.  I’ll announce the topic by September 15th to allow time for sign-ups.

Waiting patiently….

Lynne

The decision has been made!

Well I’ve chosen my words for 2014, the first two took a while to nail down and just when I thought I was set a third popped into my brain and just won’t leave. So I guess I’ll have three words to focus on in 2014. In some ways they overlap but each resonates with me in a different way! I’m starting with one that is popular with many people, SIMPLIFY. 2014 simplifyAs the last year entailed uprooting from a home we’d lived in for 32 years there has been a lot of packing, sorting, recycling and discarding going on. But not enough! I still find my closets stuffed with items I don’t care for, boxes full of items waiting to find a place (I’m thinking someone else’s place!) and some re-arranging of the items I did keep needs to be done to make life flow more easily. Not only is there home-type items on the simplify list but also artistic, business, personal items and schedules that need to be pared back as well. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I keep referring back to last year’s word, Haven, and ready my description of what I think a haven should be. Simplifying will help me get there!

The second word on my horizon is TRANSFORM.

2014 tranformIt’s something I’ll be working on in several different areas and levels of my life. I feel like I’ve been stagnant, just in a holding pattern, waiting for the “right time” to change things up. There’s no better time than now! Art-wise the transformation of an old garage space into my studio space began last fall, with the first of four projects being complete. In that it was also the largest of the four projects we are probably more like half-finished at this point. But there is still lots of transforming to be done, even after the construction phase!  I also have been in dire need of some physical transforming, so I’ll be tackling that too. I feel better just thinking about it, just think how good I’ll feel once I finally DO something about it! Which leads to my last word, the one that won’t leave me alone. For some it may not have the impact that it does for me but becoming more ASSERTIVE is a huge step in my life.

2014 AssertiveFor as long as I can remember I’ve been a peacemaker, a fixer, a soother, doing whatever it takes to make sure others are happy, no one is ever mad. Any kind of turmoil or confrontation was to be avoided at all cost.  To be honest I’m tired of it. Tired enough to think making a change would be easier than continuing! I’ve already practiced a few times this year. 🙂 (Yes I realize it’s only the 3rd of January!) The world did not come to an end and it felt GOOD.  It may not always but I’m ready to try. I’ll need to be assertive for the transformations I’ll be undertaking this year so it goes nicely with that word too! As I kept having assertive come up over & over I also ran across this meme, which says it best:

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So, there you have it – no settling allowed!

What words speak to you this year? Hold them close and find all the ways to use them.

Blessings,

Lynne

Closing, Opening, Beginning….

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Look at this…a blog post! Amazing. Wow, what a year. I’m in that phase where you review the year, good, bad and indifferent, and start looking toward the next one. I would go out on a limb and say I’m not the only one! I can’t even begin to talk about all the changes 2013 has brought, and already I am anticipating many more in 2014. If you remember a whole year ago I had selected two words to focus on for 2013, Haven and Explore. I had no idea that my haven would be in an entirely new zip code, in a new home! Although I still have walls to paint and work to do it is more assuredly become a haven. I’ve explored things I didn’t anticipate and didn’t explore much of what I thought I would. Life is an adventure!

Although I’m still deciding on words for 2014 there are a couple that keep coming up over & over – the first being “simplify” and the next being “transform”. Have you thought of any word or words for your focus during the next year?

I’ve slowly been getting back to art and creativity,  like the new fractal art at the top of the page. Somehow closing out the year with a blog post feels right too, I’m out of excuses – if I’m blogging I need to show up consistently. So here I am! Speaking of blogs, I’m a using that word “Simplify” already and, at least for this year, closing down my “Digital Art Daily” blog. I’ll leave it online as an archive for now but new digital art will be posted here.

So that’s it – my thoughts for ending and beginning of another year. I hope yours if full of love, blessings and happy surprises!

Lynne

I’ve renamed this summer…

I’ve decided that this summer needs a title to sum it up, a long awkward title. The best one I’ve come up with to describe it’s effect on this blog is “The Summer in Which a Sudden Move was Decided Upon and The Artist’s Blog was Left to Die”.  Eh, not too catchy but VERY appropriate. 🙂

Yes, we are still in the midst of it…hope to sign on the dotted lines yet this month then follow that with a month of labor-intensive relocation and settling in. After that? Then the building begins…which includes a new studio space for ME. Happiness! I’m guessing that to be a many-month long process. In the interm I will be creating art when and however I can…be it outdoors, at the kitchen table or spread out on the bedroom floor!

Recently I’ve been experimenting with using spray paint as a medium. I’ve used it with metal and wood before but not as a painting medium. It’s been fun, and I’ve also emptied several cans that won’t need to be packed & moved (multi-tasking at it’s best). The background material was all re-purposed and donated so I’ll be able to show these pieces at the new upcycled/recycled show I’m participating in! Here’s a section of one piece that I’ve been adding pencil & pen details too:

Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen
Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen

I still need to edit and share all the images from my last show…I just can’t seem to make myself sit down at the computer and do anything right now. But you WILL get to see them sometime, I promise! In the meantime I will try to at least touch base here once a week so the poor blog doesn’t feel so neglected.

If you’d like to visit my home studio before it’s totally dismantled then stop by THIS Saturday, August 10th. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Tour – my last one until the new studio is up & running!

Hugs,

L.

Early Bird Special!

"Migration" photo/digital art © Lynne Medsker
“Migration” photo/digital art © Lynne Medsker

Yes, last post I was exhaling and catching my breath but that didn’t last long! Life is full of funny, unpredictable surprises and one that snuck up on me recently is that we are going to sell our home of 32 years and move. And that house also includes the current location of my studio and primary storage space for the art I’ve created. YIKES! So in addition to the cleaning of cabinets, pantries, closets and attic from a 32-year accumulation of “treasures” I also need to reduce my art supplies and artistic creations by at least 50%. Oh. My. Goodness!  BUT, lucky for you, MY pain is YOUR gain!

These art pieces need a fabulous home (like yours!) to live in and to make the experience of adopting them even more enjoyable you can save on your purchases like never before and (as you can tell by the 32 year frequency of our moves) this will most likely be your only chance EVER for these kinds of savings!

I’m going to start these once-in-a-lifetime savings with a two day, online only, early bird special. I know that many of my collectors don’t live closely enough to just drive out and select their pieces in person so by doing it online I can at least level the playing field for the start of the sale. Details on how the online sale will be conducted will be posted next Wednesday and the sale starts first thing Thursday morning, June 20th! The online sale will run until midnight on Friday, June 21st.  That weekend, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd the “live” sale begins here at my studio.

Art that is currently being shown in galleries is excluded, otherwise any piece listed with a price  on my website  is included in this sale! (I will be updating the site over the next few days to make sure everything is accurate.) Since orders of new digital/photographic artwork not currently in print and commissioned works don’t help reduce the inventory they are not on sale.

I’d love to share with you where we are moving but I haven’t a clue at this point, other than the fact that it won’t be more than an hour away from our current home – our roots are in too deep for a major move just yet. 🙂  I have made sure to negotiate a much larger studio space and perhaps, when we are settled, even adopting a dog after being without one for almost 10 years. I’m looking forward to both of those things, and enjoy the feeling of being “lighter” as I purge my way through each room. The aches and pains, meh, not enjoying them quite as much…but that’s part of the experience. Little did I know when I chose the word “Explore” for 2013 that this is what I would get into. What an adventure!

Be sure to check back next week for more details about the sale – I don’t want you to miss it!

Hugs,

Lynne

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Web Presence for Artists! Thursday, June 6th, 2013

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An Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists

Presented by Lynne Medsker

Date:                  Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Time:         12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (bring an afternoon snack if you wish)

Location:         ArtSplash Gallery, 111 West Main Street, Suite #140, Carmel, Indiana

Cost:                  $45 per person

Contact:         Lynne Medsker @ info@lynnemedsker.com for more information or register online at: http://www.lynnemedsker.com/online-registration.html

 

This class is to introduce and encourage artists to use the available social media and online outlets to present and promote their work.  It will be broken into two sessions, the first session covers basic information on presenting your work online, including:

Basic information all artists need to promote their work: Resume, artist statement, bio

Photographing/Adjusting/Resizing your images for the web

Watermarking & copyright for your images

What information to include with your images

Being consistent in your efforts

Connecting with other artists, art lovers and potential clients

After an afternoon break we will spend time talking about specific sites and ways to promote your art, some topics covered will be:

Facebook Pages

Pinterest

Twitter

LinkedIN, Branched Out, Google+, etc.

Etsy & eBay

Blogs and blogs vs. websites

Image hosting sites

Online resources

You will receive multiple handouts as well as access to links & information via the internet after the class. I will be available after the session to answer any specific questions that you may have about your art, Facebook Page, blog, etc. and to schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions for those who are interested in further assistance. If you have a laptop please bring it with you!

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:
web living room creativity station

Hey, it works, right? 🙂

Metamorphosis, this weekend!

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I just delivered artwork for this show, including several new works that will be debuting for the first time – I’ve not even shown them online. I’m excited to be sharing them during this great event! Look for them to have their online preview soon.  Of course I’m hoping you can’t wait and will be at the event this weekend! I will be attending on Friday evening and look forward to seeing all the amazing art.