Stages

So I thought today I’d share a couple recent pieces that I finished and show a bit of the stages it went through along the way. Both these pieces are currently hanging in the gallery at the Blackford County Art Center in Hartford City, Indiana in my show titled “”Cairns & Other Repurposed Treasures” – along with another 26 pieces that are part of my “Wood | Stone | Metal” series. The beginning inspirations were a set of rocks that I painted last month:blog-tribal-rocks

In addition to those larger, detailed pieces I also had painted several batches of smaller, colorful, messy, drippy, watercolored stones:

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Deciding on the composition is a trial and error process for me, first one layout, then another, tweeking the arrangement and inclusion of stones and material as I progress. This shows an early layout vs. the final version for each of the two pieces.

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Potential Layout for “Celebration”

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Final Design of “Celebration” mixed media art, 5×12″ in wood cradle

 

 

Early design idea for "Simpatico"

Early design idea for “Simpatico”

Final design of "Simpatico" mixed media art on 12x5" panel

Final design of “Simpatico” mixed media art on 12×5″ panel

The third rock in the set is still in the studio, waiting for inspiration to lead me to it’s final destination, who knows where it will end up!

Lynne

 

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Holiday Greetings

To all my friends, readers, family and any other wonderful person who happens along to this blog, my wish for you:

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Much love,
Lynne

Butterflies everywhere…

blog batik pink and blue butterflies © Lynne Medsker

I’ve been working on two large pieces of art featuring butterflies. Today as I was waiting for some of the layers to dry on those two pieces I took time to create three smaller butterfly pieces. Using the batik style I’ve been fond of lately I started by drawing them with a Sharpie on some hand made paper.

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After the outlines were down I added color with my Pitt pens that are full of india ink. Love me some Pitt pens!!blog, butterflies in progress 2

The next couple of steps involve wax being applied on the surface to make a resist when I spray liquid watercolor onto the paper. The first layer of wax just covers the part of the the drawings I don’t want to blend with the background color. After that has been sprayed on and dried I cover the entire piece with wax. Then comes the part that continues to make me nervous – wadding up the paper into a tight little ball to crack the wax in a random kind of way. Then (gently) unfolding it and spraying the piece again, this time with a contrast color to make random lines throughout the piece. I used black watercolor on these pieces but have some white ink on order than I’m anxious to try for a different result.

The final step is to place the waxy art between sheets of newspaper and iron it with a hot iron, which pulls the wax out of the art and leaves it on the newspaper. Sometimes this takes a few ironings before it’s totally wax free. Ta-da! Art! Well, okay, I did go back in with some gel pens and add a few details. Then the ta-da happened. 🙂

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blog batik orange and purple butterflies © Lynne Medsker

Rather amusing is that these quick little pieces are more exciting to me than the larger ones are right now! Go figure. I’ve added these three to the “Giftables” page on my website so go pick out your favorite and give it a home!

Lynne

Thursday Auction Preview

Yup, it’s still going on! I hope you’ve visited the auction site to learn why I’m raising money – and to place a bid or two!

As it turns out I did find one more “theme” for the daily auction items. Thursday’s items will all be related to printmaking, gelatin prints specifically. I love to create these fun piece, they are full of surprises and happy accidents. In addition to a class for two to learn this fun art form I’ve also got some matted, ready to frame pieces up for auction that are new…they’ve not been on my website, page or blog before.  Consider this not just their debut but your chance to get them at a great price too. 🙂

Gelatin printmaking class for TWO! A $130 value, available to bid on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

Gelatin printmaking class for TWO! A $130 value, available to bid on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

"Growth" mono print, framed to 11x14" in black metal frame © Lynne Medsker

“Growth” mono print, framed to 11×14″ in black metal frame © Lynne Medsker

You can click on the smaller images to see them in a larger format. Friday will bring the last six “one day only” items – including a class for two, a class for TWELVE and a photo session! Details on that tomorrow!

Lynne

Wednesday Auction Preview

I so, so, SO appreciate everyone bidding, sharing and promoting this event! So before I share what’s coming Wednesday I just wanted to give you all a big THANK YOU! That being said…I’m going to ask for more. More bids, more sharing, more positive vibes, whatever you’ve got. Three more days left to make a big impact on a family in need. So I’ve got some special deals for Wednesday. If you’ve not noticed the last two days had a “theme” of sorts, shadow box art class & shadow box art on Monday followed by a rock painting class and digital art created using textures of rocks. Today’s preview is no different! If you know me and my art, you’d have to expected a Mandala themed day!

Class for TWO - Intro to Mandala Art $70 value

Class for TWO – Intro to Mandala Art $70 value

In addition to the class these mandala art pieces are going to be up for bid too! Click on the small image to see details and a larger image of each piece.

Thursday & Friday are not as thematic but I’m throwing in some extra special offers so that makes up for it, right? Auction Site! Keep up the good work and thank you again! Lynne

Tropical Tree

Created in late winter/early spring as I was craving the warm weather and having my toes in the sand!

"Tropical Tree" mixed media (marker, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 12x12" © Lynne Medsker

“Tropical Tree” mixed media (marker, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 12×12″ © Lynne Medsker

Similar in style to “Monochromatic” that was posted last week, this whimsical creation at least let me dream about being somewhere tropical! Here are some images taken during the creative process:

So, does it warm you up too? Lynne

Weekend Mandala Sale!

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve missed a month of blogging. I’d apologize but you’ve heard it before! This is just something I’m going to struggle with I’m afraid.

SO…anyhow. I thought I’d give you a heads up about a little weekend sale I’m having on my Facebook Page. My inventory of small mandala art is down to the last nine pieces and I’m ready to clear them out to make room for some newness. This weekend I’ll be having them all at 20% off, plus FREE shipping. How do you get in on this great deal you ask? Well I will tell you just how easy it is. Follow this LINK, find the post with the mandala art images, type “SOLD” under the one you’d like then leave me your email address (either with the “SOLD” or in a private message) and I’ll contact you for payment/shipping info. Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! 🙂

Here is a preview of the pieces that are included in the sale:

Shop early for the best selection…sale ends at midnight on Sunday, August 24th, 2014!

Ceaseless

I’m back! Keeping the blog going on a regular basis seems to be my Achille’s heel this year! Thanks for sticking with me during the hits & misses.

So, back to finishing up the recycled/upcycled art pieces from last year. This piece, Ceaseless,  is mounted on an old LP.

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Just like “Conjured” it was drawn on watercolor paper, painted on the reverse side and then the design was cut out with an x-acto knife.

After that it was mounted on the LP and details were added with ink and an old piece of jewelry was mounted in the center.

"Ceaseless" © Lynne Medsker

“Ceaseless” © Lynne Medsker

Ta-da!!

Coming up next is the last piece from my show of upcycled/recycled artwork and it’s a bit different from all the others. Stay tuned, it WILL be posted yet this week. 🙂

Lynne

 

Conjured

So, yes, you guessed it. More art on old LP’s today. 🙂 This piece started just like the others:Blog, 2013-04-25 11.42.25

From that point it pretty much followed in the footsteps of “Circadian” with a mandala pattern on watercolor paper, painted, carefully cut and attached to the LP.

This piece is very bright, fun and lively!

"Conjured"  Lynne Medsker

“Conjured” Lynne Medsker

Next post will be one of the last pieces of the art on LP’s and a combination of a couple different previous ones I’ve shared. Be on the lookout!

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