"Journey #1-#3" mixed media on wood panels © Lynne Medsker
“Journey #1-#3″ mixed media on 18×18” wood panels © Lynne Medsker

I’ve got so many “in progress” images of this new triptych that I was commissioned to create that I decided to at least split it into two posts. Today I’ll features the humble beginnings, some close-up details of the texture & color during the process, and (above) the finished product. Hopefully that will leave you wanting more while you wait for the second post. 🙂

These pieces were based on another set that I created a few years ago during a residency. Although the clients loved them they just weren’t large enough to fill the space that they were to be hung in so I got to re-create them in a larger version! I very much appreciate their willingness to let me be creative with the replication and not try to get it precisely the same pattern, colors and textures. They are created on wood panels and the texture is a mixture of concrete and grout, layered on thin & wet so I can play with the design before it gets too dry.

It looks a whole lot different after it’s dry, sealed and I’ve put multiple layers of acrylic on it:

Next post I’ll show how it goes from one stage to the next. Until then!



Acrylic & Watercolor, recap

So, back in March, a bit over a month ago I held an acrylic & watercolor class here in the studio.

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It was a great afternoon of fun and creativity! We started off by making abstract designs with black acrylic paint.

Once the black paint was reasonably dry then we began to work with the watercolors, painting, spraying and blending the colors.

We even did some experimenting with yarn, string & gauze for texture in the watercolor before the class was over.

I so enjoying seeing how people take the same materials and guidelines and each create unique work from it!


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!


March Classes Scheduled

Although there may be a few more added the roster, March is filling up with classes. I’m excited to be getting back to doing some instruction, I love interacting with creative people! All the classes, the details and online registration are all available via my website: http://www.lynnemedsker.com/calendar.html

Here’s a quick recap of what’s coming up –email DSC01099

Wednesday, March 13th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Intro to Mandala Art at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunday, March 17th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Acrylic & Watercolor at Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indianaprogress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Mandala Art II at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

mandala #61, 5x7 matted to 8x10, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

Monday, March 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indianablue hands


Work in Progress, Industrial Mixed Media

Yeah, I decided I needed to describe my creations with a little more detail than just “mixed media” art. Since many of the materials I use are from the hardware section vs. the art supply area I settled on the industrial title.

work in progress (c) lynne medsker
work in progress #1 (c) lynne medsker

These are some images of recent work, in addition to concrete and wood I’ve been exploring imbedding and attaching objects. Does the image above look like it’s got straws sticking out of it? Actually, it does…they are blocking the concrete from filling holes that were drilled into the wood. The pieces below have (top to bottom) glass, metal wire and paper in them.

work in progress 2 (c) lynne medsker
work in progress #2 (c) lynne medsker
work in progress 3 (c) lynne medsker
work in progress #3 (c) lynne medsker
work in progress 4 (c) lynne medsker
work in progress #4 (c) lynne medsker

Since the time I took these photos I’ve sealed each piece and added a few layers of acrylic paint/ink. There will be several more of those before they are finished!  I will post more images as the pieces progress. In the meantime I’ve got several posts to share with you about recent classes and some of the great art that the participants created.

Updated Class Schedule

Although this could change again I at least wanted to get the most up-to-date version online! I am looking at adding a second “Web Presence for Artists” class the last Saturday of September and we may also schedule one more “Industrial Art Duo” in October since it was so popular the first time. Of course you are always free to request a class that interests you! (Email me at info@lynnemedsker.com with your requests.) Stay tuned for updates, I’ll post them as I know them!

Wednesday, August 29th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Web Presence for Artists – Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, Indiana, $20 per person.

Wednesday, September 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Acrylic & Watercolor on Paper – ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indiana $45, includes all supplies.

Thursday, September 6th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Mandala Art II – Lynne Medsker Studio, Brownsburg, Indiana $35, includes all supplies. (See link/info below, same class, different location)

Thursday, September 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Mandala Art II – ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indiana $35, includes all supplies.

Friday, September 28th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Layers & Lattes – Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, Indiana $30 includes all supplies

Friday, October 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Layers & Lattes – Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, Indiana $30 includes all supplies

New Classes at ArtSplash Gallery!

I’ve added several classes to the schedule, all to be held at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Here are two leaflets about the classes with dates & details. Feel free to contact me (info@lynnemedsker.com) when you are ready to sign up – or if you have any questions. mixed media class flyer with Lynne Medsker

mandala class flyer with datesLive on the westside of Indy? I’ll be scheduling classes in my Brownsburg, Indiana studio soon! Be sure to email me if you have any requests for specific classes! 🙂

(7/21/12 NOTE: Ooops! I originally uploaded flyers without the dates on them! Sorry!)

Next art workshop? July 19th!

If you were wondering when the next art workshop was on it’s way…well, now you know. More details? Acrylic and watercolor creations on paper.

(c) lynne medsker
progress photo 1 (c) lynne medsker

We’re going to try and get it done in three hours, start at 6 p.m. and going until 9 p.m. If that leaves you wondering when you’ll eat dinner I’m happy to tell you that after the first steps are finished there will be a nice break for paint drying. So feel free to bring your dinner with you, we will have time to munch and chat!

progress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker
progress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker

At the end of the evening you will have created a piece of art that is uniquely “YOU”! I’m anxious to see what you create!

free to be (c) lynne medsker
“free to be” acrylic/watercolor on paper, 15×22″ (c) lynne medsker

Cost of the workshop? $45, including all supplies and instruction. Plus the pleasure of an evening hanging out with your favorite artist! 🙂

You can use the PayPal button on the “Classes” page of my website to make your payment and reserve your place in this workshop. There is a limit of 6 participants so don’t wait too long to sign up!


I think with this post I will finally have all the art I created in February on the blog. Gee, that only took three months!

concealed, mixed media on wood, 24x36. $425
“concealed” mixed media on wood panel, 24 x 36″, $425 © Lynne Medsker

This is another piece that started with a layer of concrete on a wood panel. I really, really (really!) enjoyed applying the concrete layer….it was mixed pretty thin and I had a long time to work with it. Much like finger painting I ran my hands through the fluid concrete, swirling it around and playing like a kindergartner. It was a very good form of therapy!

work in progress, concealed
blank panel, waiting for a layer of concrete (along with some smaller pieces)

Once I finally quit playing with the texture it needed to dry for a day or two before I could proceed. I began by smoothing a layer of black acrylic paint all over the top of the surface, with a heavy amount around the edges.

work in progress, concealed © lynne medsker
Concealed – work in progress, black acrylic added © lynne medsker

When that layer had dried then I added some liquid layers of acrylic inks that I blended across the entire piece. Using a purple and green hues seems to create a shade deep turquoise that I always love!

concealed, work in progress © lynne medsker
concealed, work in progress © lynne medsker

I continued to add layers of purple & green until I was happy with the depth of color. To highlight the piece I added some metallic paints (silver, gold, copper) on top of the black in certain areas. It was *almost* there!

detail image, concealed © lynne medsker
“concealed” detail image © lynne medsker

It took me a while to figure out what else I needed to add before I could feel like it was finished. What it ended up being was lots and lots of tiny details in black ink. Although the image above was taken before the ink was added basically I put small little circle-type details on top of the larger areas of metallic paint. It ended up look much like the patterns on a wild animal, perhaps a leopard? They aren’t apparent at once and I really like that – it really does feel like there is something a little wild concealed within the image, waiting for you to discover it! Of course if you want to see those details you’ll need to come see it in person – I’d love to show it to you!