Fractal Frenzy!

I continue to keep busy making new digital art for my digital blog, digital+art+daily, so I am sharing a few new creations with you today.

I can seem to get away from creating fractals…I’ve made dozens over the last couple of weeks! I’m feeling the urge to return to digital drawings soon though, we’ll just have to wait & see what digital art I have to share next time!

April 2013 Layers & Lattes!

It’s been a while since the last Layers & Lattes workshop! Those of you that have attended one of these sessions know what a great time they are. A group of creative people with an art project and their own barrista for the evening? How great is that?! This workshop will be held on Friday, April 27th at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana as part of the “Fourth Friday” series of events.

(c) lynne medsker
mixed media on wood panel (c) lynne medsker

We will be creating mixed media art on wood panels from 6:00 to 8:30(ish) (please note new time!!) that evening. The cost of the workshop is $30 per person and includes all supplies & your coffee. If  you have any items you’d like to include in your art please feel free to bring them with you! Here are some images of student work (in progress) from previous classes:

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student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

As you can see each creation is unique! Come let your muse out to play and see what happens…you know you want to! To register for this evening of fun contact Artistic Designs Gallery via email (Contact@ArtisticDesignsGallery.net) or phone (317-852-0252).

Flourish

Another new piece of art today…or at least MY version of it. If you recall I had posted the line drawing of this image on the blog and Facebook page giving people permission to download it and create their own art. web sprial tree by lynne medskerIt’s been so much fun seeing and hearing what people wanted to do with it! I’ll post some of the images in the future. It’s still available to download if you get inspired!

Here are some of the progress images of my version of the piece:

After the drawing process I painted the piece with watercolors and added highlights with ink. This shows the details, shine & surface of the finished piece, you really need to see it in person to appreciate it!

detail of "Flourish" © Lynne Medsker
detail of “Flourish” © Lynne Medsker

And, finally, here is the completed piece:

"Flourish" mixed media (marker, graphite, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 9x12" $195 (unframed) © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Flourish” mixed media (marker, graphite, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 9×12″ $195 (unframed) © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I continue to lean toward trees, branches and organic shapes as I create, I am really enjoying them!

Lynne

 

Cloudy With a 100% Chance of Art

I finally have started on the new series of photo/digital artwork that I’ve been talking about for over a year.

"Appairation" photo/digital artwork © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Appairation” photo/digital artwork © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I gathered up over 2,500 images that I’ve taken the past few years and threw them into one file folder so I can pick them out as I please and create something new from them. The only “rule” I’ve given myself is that in each one I need to use at least one image of the clouds/sky. Not hard to do since it’s one of my favorite things to photograph!

"Ageless" photo/digital art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Ageless” photo/digital art © 2013, Lynne Medsker

The other parameter I’m currently working on is that the images are fairly large file in a very vertical format. Specifically 48″ tall by 18″ wide. Of course they can be printed smaller than that but I envision them as being large when I create them!

Here’s a sample of the images I used to create “Appairiation” that’s shown at the top of the page:

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Obviously you don’t see each detail from every image but I promise they are all in there! As I continue with this series I will be posting updates…look for some again in the next few weeks!

Eyes on the sky,

Lynne

Layers & Lattes, February 2013 Edition

It’s been a while since the last Layers & Lattes workshop! Those of you that have attended one of these sessions know what a great time they are. A group of creative people with an art project and their own barrista for the evening? How great is that?! This workshop will be held on Friday, February 22nd at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana as part of the “Fourth Friday” series of events.

(c) lynne medsker
mixed media on wood panel (c) lynne medsker

We will be creating mixed media art on wood panels from 6:30 to 9:30 that evening. The cost of the workshop is $30 per person and includes all supplies & your coffee. If  you have any items you’d like to include in your art please feel free to bring them with you! Here are some images of student work (in progress) from previous classes:

layers & lattes
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery
student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

As you can see each creation is unique! Come let your muse out to play and see what happens…you know you want to! To register for this evening of fun contact Artistic Designs Gallery via email (Contact@ArtisticDesignsGallery.net) or phone (317-852-0252).

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

Awakening and friends…

I’m still adding to my collection of digital art, having a blog that is set up to show a new images each day keeps me motivated! One thing I decided I would do differently starting in 2013 is to name all my digital images vs. a haphazard numbering/naming combination system. So today I am going to introduce you to “Awakening”, “Affinity”, “Align”  and “Adlib” :

I’ve also been exploring with some drawing programs on my tablet, once I feel a little more comfortable with those skills I’ll share a few digital images created that way.

Lynne

Wall Sculptures!

I spent a fun day with a mother & daughter who took a mixed media wall sculpture class last July. (Yes, I know it’s January…sometimes it takes me a while to get to things!) I thought I’d share the images from the day with you.

I’ve not tried out this “gallery” feature before, you’ll have to tell me if you like it or prefer having each image posted individually. (Hover over the images here to read the captions.)

Seeing these pictures reminds me how much fun it is to assemble wall sculptures. Guess I’ll have to add that to the ever-growing list of things I want to do this year!!