Cybernated Artistry!

In case you missed it I am excited to be sharing an upcoming venue with other digital artists that would like to show their work! The details and entry form are located at http://cybernatedartistry.wordpress.com. the deadline is in one week! I hope you’ll consider entering and help show the public how diverse digital art can be!

If you aren’t a digital artist then instead of entering I am asking you to attend! Here is an image of the postcard announcement with all the details:

See you there!

Lynne

PS – So, after passing out these postcards and publishing the image all over the web it was pointed out to me I have the wrong date printed on there for the reception. Sheesh. If I confused you, my apologies…it is indeed a Friday – the 10th.

Press Release: Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles

In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
 

“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”

Work by

Diane Gardner

and

Lynne Medsker

June 17  –  July 20

 

Diane – “Diane creatively expresses her love of the natural world through her photographs. Whether she is exploring the backroads of Ireland or Indiana, she uses her photographic skills and creativity to produce images that reflect her contemplative view of landscapes, animals and people. While she appreciates the many benefits of digital photography, Diane strives to capture the image she envisions with her camera, using minimal digital editing.”

ballyran © diane gardner
“Ballyran” © Diane Gardner

Lynne – “Creating art is the purpose of my life. It keeps my life in balance, letting me escape the tensions of the everyday world. No matter what method I am using, when I create I feel alive! My subject matter begins as images of nature but is transformed into the abstract. The final result is often highly detailed and layered in appearance. As I gain experience, not only artistically but in life as well, my artwork continues to evolve. It has become more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to find evidence of things hidden within, waiting to be discovered.”

waves of joy © lynne medsker
“Waves of Joy” © Lynne Medsker

http://www.plainfieldlibrary.net

 Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm

Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm

 

Old Growth

Some pieces of art come very easily and others you have to wrestle, argue, ignore, cajole and fuss with for months to finally figure out what they want to become. This is one of those pieces!

"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker
"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker

It isn’t just me that struggled with it, my artist friend Doug finally was exasperated enough with it that he gave it to me at a play date with instructions to finish it. 🙂 Now if you clicked that link you’ll know it’s been a LONG time that I’ve had this piece in the studio! I began working on it during the play date buy taking a hammer to it and chipping out some of the background texture and edges, adding more concrete and even adding some color that day. Here are images of it as it transitioned from phase to phase – and I know I missed a lot of the stages!

After this last image I used it to test some spray paint on but didn’t get a photo of that (although you can see some of it on the next image). What it had turned into was a piece I let my young grandson paint on because, honestly, he couldn’t do any worse!

And his creativity is just what got me inspired and going in the direction I needed to! Why I’d not tried my one of my favorite color schemes before is still a mystery to me.

work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker
work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker

Finally it was (or I was?) moving toward a finished image!

work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker
work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker

Once the tree appeared all that was needed was a bit of green, some outlining and highlighting and it was finally complete. Whew. I can’t imagine it looking like anything else now!

This piece is included in the “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show that has been held over at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana. You need to come see it in person to appreciate all the layers, depth and texture! I’ll be there with it tomorrow during the ArtsGo! event too, I’d love to meet you!

ArtsGo! This Saturday!


ArtsGo! presented by the Hendricks County Arts Council

ArtsGo! 2012 is celebrating its 7th annual event which will take place on Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 6pm at various locations throughout Hendricks County, Indiana.
Brownsburg, Pittsboro, Avon, Danville and Plainfield will welcome visitors to this one-day event open to the public and best of all, it is FREE!

This event provides the opportunity for our community, family, friends and visitors from around the state to view, purchase, listen and learn about the many wonderful artisans and their works that Hendricks County has to offer.

Guests will find fine works of art to suit any eye from the classic still life to the modern with a touch of whimsy thrown in! Artist mediums will include watercolor, acrylics, oils, metals, jewelry, fiber, glass and wood-working. Potters will offer demonstrations on wheel throwing; you can explore the magic world of hot blown glass, learn about weaving yarn and turning it into framed art! Musicians will entertain and bits of theatrical performances will be sprinkled about the county as well!

ArtsGo! will also feature hands-on experiences for children of all ages at Blanton House, make and take projects and the opportunity to participate in a collage piece that will be displayed at Gallery On The Square and then auctioned at the annual Midsummer Night’s Gala benefiting the Hendricks County Arts Council. ArtsGo! is full of creativity, adventure and education for everyone and a great way to support the arts in Hendricks County! Visitors are sure to find hometown restaurants and plenty of other unique places to shop and browse.

For locations, a map and other information visit the ArtsGo webpage HERE!

I’ll be hanging out at Artistic Designs Gallery that day where my “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show has been held over, and will be presenting a mixed media workshop that afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00, I’d love for you to join in!

Mixed Up with Lynne Medsker

Workshop in Mixed Media Collage

Saturday April 21st, 1 pm-4 pm

 

Enjoy creating your own mixed media collage on wood panel during this three hour afternoon workshop with mixed media artist Lynne Medsker. Watch this talented artist demonstrate some of her creative methods of working. Layer a variety of papers, found objects and embellishments as you build your own unique piece of art to treasure.

All supplies are included in the playful class, although you are welcome to bring small objects, papers or other treasures you would like to include in your creations if you desire.

To register, call 852-0252 & register with a credit card.  Cost of the workshop $30.


Art Into Poetry

One of the cool things that is happening with the “intricate Elements” show?

"Intricate Elements" at Ivy Tech John Waldron Art Center, April 2012

 My images were included in this project!

Because you are our April artists, your art will be featured in this year’s “Art Into Poetry” project. The project is a partnership between Ivy Tech students enrolled in Introduction to Poetry classes, and the members of the Ellettsville and Crestmont Boys and Girls Clubs.

Each year, students teach members of the Boys and Girls Clubs how to respond to visual art from the Waldron galleries through poetry. The best poems written for each piece of art used will be displayed in the gallery underneath that piece of art.

They’ve event published a book with the art images & poetry in it! So this evening I’ll be attending this event –

Please save the date for our Art into Poetry 2012 Reception Event where we will honor all the Boys & Girls Club Members and John Waldron Arts Center Artists who participated in our project:

When:         Friday, April 13, 2012, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Where:        John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium

What:         Art into Poetry 2012 Reception Event

Who:           Crestmont Boys & Girls Club

                      Ellettsville Boys & Girls Club

                      Ivy Tech-Bloomington Intro to Poetry Students

                      Lynne Medsker, Photographer

                      Martin Beach, Sculptor

                      Sarah Wilson, Photographer

Why:          To honor all those who participated in Art into Poetry 2012 and for FUN!

If I can get permission I’ll post some of the poems with the images here soon!

Primitive Gestures (Part I)

Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.

"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

My inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their hands and rudimentary tools, people had the urge to create, communicate and share their life through art. Some of the markings I used on these works were taken from books about the rock drawings, a few were combined to create new symbols and some were from my imagination.

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

Similar to making designs in the muddy earth, each piece in this series originated with concrete being applied by hand to wood panels, with lots of symbols, marks and texture being etched into them. Just as the passage of time concealed many of the original rock drawings, more concrete was drizzled and dropped on top of the original design to give it feeling of age. Once dry it was topped off with multiple layers of color and acrylic glaze. A final coat of white was used to further veil the design.

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed, $175 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10 $85 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!

 

Subdued Spontaniety

Posting more work from February today! This piece is one of several I created using concrete on wood panels to achieve the texture.

subdued spontaniety (c) lynne medsker
"subdued spontaniety" mixed media on wood panel 20x20", $375 (c) lynne medsker

The “normal” process is to let the concrete dry for a couple of days, apply a sealer and then do the painting/coloring on top of that. But I got to wondering – what would happen if I added the color when the concrete was freshly applied? Although the color wasn’t quite as vivid and seemed to be absorbed by the concrete a bit I had a lot of fun just dropping acrylic inks on the surface, wetting them, letting them bleed together & blend and then do it all over again. My original thought was I’d call this piece “feelin’ groovy” because it reminded me of the 60’s era so much! Can you see why?

work in progress, subdued spontaniety (c) lynne medsker
work in progress - pretty groovy! (c) lynne medsker

These are the only two images I took but basically the end resulted by me wiping a layer of white over the dried & sealed piece (to subdue it!) so I guess there wouldn’t be much else to show you anyhow! This is another piece that is included in the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show that runs through April 14th at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana. Stop by and take a peek at it, the texture looks so awesome in person!

 

Intricate Elements meet Lithomorphs

I posted earlier this month about the upcoming “Intricate Elements” show that I will be having in Bloomington, Indiana during the month of April.  There are so many things going on with/during this show – not the least of which is that I’ll be sharing the gallery space with sculptor Martin Beach! While my digital art will surround you on the walls of the gallery space, Martin’s amazing sculptures will be interwoven through the gallery space as well.

lithomorphs show info
These images of his amazing work are just a small sampling of what he has created. I feel honored to be sharing or artwork at the same venue! In addition to our art there will also be poetry and wine, each paired with certain pieces of art during the opening. I can’t wait!

I hope you will join me for the evening of April 6th, it’s going to be fantastic!

Plummet

Some more new(ish) art to share with you, this piece was finished last month.

"plummet" © lynne medsker
"plummet" mixed media in shadow box, 14x18", $395 © Lynne Medsker

I was not a good blogger when I created it, I only have two images! Obviously the one above is the finished product and here is one I snapped during the layout stage:

WIP, plummet © lynne medsker
work in progress, possible layout design © lynne medsker

A few tweaks here & there but pretty much the design stayed intact during the construction process. This piece was also included in the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show and will be on display there until April 14th!