It’s ArtsGo Time Again!

Just a reminder that the 5th annual “ArtsGo!” weekend is coming up here in Hendricks County, Indiana.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to get out and discover all the wonderful art & culture available in our county! Sites are set up in towns across the county for you to visit, including some private art studios that will be open to the public. Chat with the artists, view & purchase art, see theatrical performances and hear wonderful music. Previously a one-day event many sites have expanded the tour to include both Friday evening and Saturday hours so you have twice the opportunity to participate! This year I will be located at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg during the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Stop in one (or both!) days and say hello, chat with the artists and expand you art collect! Visit the arts council website at www.hendrickscountyarts.org and click on the “events” tab for details & locations. Guides were distributed in the Hendricks County Flyer newspaper and are also available at all participating sites.

Mark your calendar TODAY then get out and ArtsGo!

Lynne

October Art Displays

I had one of the “lightning bolt” type realizations last week as I was hanging up art at a local library.  Even just five years ago having a solo display of my work at the library would have been the highlight of my month!  To be honest I hadn’t even remembered that I was showing my art at that location until they sent me a reminder.  I am afraid I am becoming unappreciative of these opportunities, and that makes me more than a little disappointed in myself. I have been blessed with so many chances to share my work with the public that I’m afraid I’ve come to regard it as routine instead of the special occasion that it is.  It took hard work, determination and a lot of my time to get this far and I should celebrate each and every time I am putting my art “out there”!  With that in mind I wanted to create a monthly post that announces where my art is currently on display. Although some of these events have their own post (or have already happened!) I wanted to put them here as a one-stop reference point:

October 1st through November 23nd, “Nature Awakens Creativity”
 part of the Spirit and Place Festival
at the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

October 1st through 31st, “Debra Wagner Memorial Exhibit”
 (reception October 9th 6-9 pm)
at the Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, IN

October 2nd – 31st, Solo Show, Danville Public Library, Danville, IN

Saturday, October 10th, Zionsville Autumn Artscape, Art Fair from 10 am to 6 pm, Zionsville, IN

Continuing this month, artwork on display at:

Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN

Healing Arts Indy, Indianapolis, IN

Hoosier Salon Gallery, Broad Ripple, IN

Sugar Creek Art Center, Thorntown, IN

I will try to be more timely when I post the November events! Of course you are always welcome to come to my studio to visit and view my artwork.  Just drop me an email to set up a time – I bet I could even round up a cup of coffee or glass of wine for us to enjoy!

Celebrating each success,

Lynne

New Metal Art

It’s been quite a while since my husband, Mark, and I have spent any time creating things with metal.  For the first time in three years he has decided to participate in an art fair…this Saturday at the Zionsville Autumn Artscape.  So last weekend we spent some time brainstorming and having fun out in his shop so he would have some new items for his booth.  Although we’ve created some really awesome metal wall sculptures and “serious art” he has found that he can sell these crazy critters, made from used part, like hotcakes at art fairs.  We did a few sketches of things we wanted to do and then started pulling parts off of the shelf and letting our imaginations go.

raw beginnings
raw beginnings

Once we had the parts laid out and a basic idea of how it would be assembled we’d throw them into bins and go on to the next, gathering lots of material and ideas at once before he began the welding process.

parts to make a cat
parts to make a “cat”
pieces for a dog laid out on the table
pieces for a “dog” laid out on the table
materials to create rattlesnakes
materials to create “rattlesnakes”

Then on to the welding process and, before we knew it, the shop was beginning to fill with these funky creatures!  I really get a kick out of seeing these come together, especially when it’s an animal we’ve never made before!  I’m all about the creative part, once we’ve done one I want to try something new.  Here are some of the new items we tried this time:

rattlesnakes
“rattlesnakes”
owl
“owl”
horse
“horse”

We also did new variations of some old favorites:

cat
“cat”
dog
“dog”
lizard
“lizard”

These photos were taken prior to the critters being cleaned/polished but it gives you a good idea of what we’ve been doing.  Of course I didn’t show you everything we created because I wanted to give you some incentive to come to the art fair and check them out for yourself! 🙂  See you then!

Lynne

Breaking the silence…

I think I must have gotten stage fright after being featured on the front page of Word Press last week.  🙂  I mean, really, how do I top that? I just couldn’t think of anything I wanted to say or share.  Funny how we react to things, isn’t it?  Anyhow, I decided that today I absolutely HAD to post, even if it wasn’t anything overly exciting. Taking action is the hardest part of any task so I am pleased just to be typing!

Since last week I have finished the piece of artwork for the Best Buddies event, “The Art of Friendship” which will be held tomorrow evening.  My buddy this year, Angie, seemed to have a great time painting and creating and (although I am an acknowledged control freak) I did my best to step back and let her lead the way.  The painting went from abstract, to an underwater scene (the whale didn’t make the final cut but we had one ready!) and, eventually to butterflies, blue skies and sunshine.  After her work I did a bit of touching up, outlined the butterflies, finished the edge of the canvas and here is the final creation.

butterfly daydreams collaborative artwork for Best Buddies (c) 2009
"butterfly daydreams" collaborative artwork for Best Buddies (c) 2009

During the process of finishing this piece I also started some new mixed media pieces (still in progress) and started/completed an acrylic painting on canvas.  You’ll have to wait for my next post to see it though!

Until then,

Lynne

“Nature Awakens Creativity”

In a recent post I mentioned that I had taken the time to enjoy nature and capture some photographs at a local nature preserve.  One of the reasons I had gone there was to gather images to use in artwork for an upcoming show.  The show is titled “Nature Awakens Creativity” and it will be on display at the Indianapolis Art Center from October 1st until November 23rd, 2009. This exhibition, sponsored by the Central Indiana Land Trust, will be part of the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival this November.  Each participating artist was required to create one piece of art for the exhibit.  Of course, I couldn’t do just ONE, so I created these two pieces:

Shades of Early Autumn (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Shades of Early Autumn" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
Fall Blush photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Fall Blush" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I will be picking these both up from the frame shop later today and then will need to decide which piece I will enter in the exhibit.  I’ve been waiver since I made them and still haven’t made up my mind!  Any input?  I’d love to hear what you think!  My delivery date is tomorrow so I’ll have to make a decision soon. Of course if you want to find out which one I choose, you may just need to visit the art center to see for yourself!

Wink & a smile,

Lynne

Directionally Challenged

I have an art show coming up in September and have been gathering info, images and ideas for it over the last few weeks so the press can go out, postcards can be made, etc.  At the very end of this process we discovered we hadn’t given the show a title.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how I can struggle just naming a single piece of my art.  Some pieces remain “untitled” for a really long time until inspiration strikes.  Now I was faced with titling a whole show?  Yikes!  I started brainstorming, just thinking of words that describe my work but that wasn’t helpful because I do so many different styles & media of work there just isn’t one word that covers it all.  Even combining two or three words wasn’t working.  I talked with the show coordinator on the phone and we bounced things around and she asked if perhaps I had a piece of work that could be used as a title.  None came to mind because most of them are simple, one word titles (due to my challenge at naming them, I’m sure).  As I was browsing through a folder of my art images this one popped up:

directionally challenged mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker
"directionally challenged" mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker

PERFECT!  Not only is it one of the pieces I had planned on displaying at the show it truly describes my creative tendencies!  SO…the show now has a title and it’s getting closer all the time.

“Directionally Challenged” will be on display from September 1st to September 22nd at Healing Arts Indy, in downtown Indianapolis. Healing Arts Indy offers a unique and luxurious massage environment with a cooperative of highly skilled massage therapists practicing a variety of bodywork modalities in a beautiful environment. They also have yoga classes, a licensed acupuncturist, fine arts exhibitions, book discussions, and other community oriented events to feed mind, body and spirit. Their address is 805 S. Meridian Street, for more info call 317-955-7811.  The opening reception will be on Friday, September 4th during the “First Friday” art tour in Indianapolis.  Please be sure and join me that evening!

The Hoosier Salon’s Annual Exhibit

river rocks #1 mixed media, 16x20 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"river rocks #1" mixed media, 16x20 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I am so excited that I had a piece of artwork accepted to this year’s Hoosier Salon’s 85th Annual exhibit!  “River Rocks #1 (shown above) will be included in the show that opens to the public on July 13th and runs through September 6th at the Indiana State Museum.

Newest collaborative art

A few days ago I mentioned working on a collaborative art piece using paint “skins”.  Here are some images taken during the creation of the piece, as well as the final result.  The paint skins are basically thin(ish) layers of acrylic paint that are applied to a plastic surface and then peeled off to be used as layers of color.  I had some success peeling off larger pieces and some failures that were just tiny scraps of color.  I think next time making the layers of paint a bit thicker would make it easier to peel them off intact, where the paint was thin they seemed to rip and tear.  This piece was put together on a 30×24″ canvas that I drew 6×6″ squares on to form a grid.  I started by laying the skins around in a random fashion, just kind of seeing how they looked.  

paint skins (work in progress)
paint skins (work in progress)
paint skins, close up
paint skins, close up

I think I mentioned before how shiny they were on one side?  🙂  After I peeled and laid out most of the pieces it was time to decide where the other materials were going to be placed.  

black & white drawings by Noble artists
black & white drawings by Noble artists

I had several black & white drawings done by the artists that participated in the project that needed to be added in, as well as song lyrics, and some images to represent Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones.  Eventually I decided that some of the squares on the grid needed to be painted black to add a little interest so I did that, as well as using a black marker to define the the grid pattern.  By that time the paint skins had been on & off the canvas several times so many of them did not end up in their original position.  As I began attaching all the pieces to the canvas with clear acrylic gel medium I also decided I couldn’t just stay “in the box” of the grid pattern (it’s good to be outside the box, isn’t it?!) so the paint skins began to reach across the pattern into other boxes and overlapping each other in some places.  Then I went back and peeled off a few more paint skins to fill in areas that seemed to need a bit more color/interest.  Eventually everything was attached and I left the piece to dry.  The next day I was fairly pleased with the composition but felt like it was too orderly/compartimentalized, even with some of the skins stretching across the borders I had created.  I had played with spray webbing before and still had part of a can of black left, which seemed to be the easiest way to bring the piece together (although I could have done it with drizzles of paint if need be).  A few quick sprays and I finally felt like it was finished.  

baby youre a rich man collaborative art (c) Lynne Medsker & others
"baby you're a rich man" collaborative art (c) Lynne Medsker & others

It was fun playing with some new techniques and ideas and coming up with a piece that wasn’t like anything I’d done before!  If you’d like to see this and the other collaborative artwork created with the artists from Noble of Indiana are currently on display at the Wheeler Art Center.

Lynne

Lynne

Playing with “skins”

Part of the art project that I am doing with the artists at Noble of Indiana involves the use of acrylic paint “skins”.  These are basically a layer of acrylic paint that is left to dry on a non-stick surface and then peeled up to use within other artwork.  Here are images of a few skins we created during my visit there:

The front/top side (that you see in the pictures) dried to a matte type finish but the underneath, when peeled off of the plastic, is very shiny and has an even more interesting pattern than the top.  These will be intermixed with drawings done by the Noble artists as well as some other images, laid in a grid-like pattern.  Or that’s how I am proceeding at the moment, it is always difficult to say where I’ll end up! 🙂

I had read about paint skins in a few different forums and then saw some in action in Martha Marshall’s blog (a wonderfully inspiring blog with loads of yummy images!).  They just looked like too much fun to resist!

To see the finish project join me at a Noble “Ode To The Beatles” present by Noble of Indiana and Wheeler Art Center.  Enjoy art collaboratively created by Noble artists paired with local artists & arts organizations, all focused on the theme of the Beatles and other prominent 60’s musicians.  Live music, dance performances and more are on tap for the evening, all to the sounds of The Beatles! The opening is this Friday, June 5th, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Wheeler Art Center.   I had the pleasure of collaboratively creating an art piece featuring Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones!

Hope to see you Friday!

Lynne

New collaborative art project

Hello!  I apologize by the sporadic blog posts recently!  The process of setting up my studio space here at home has been consuming my energy, thoughts and time recently.  My goal is to have it completely finished by the first of June…if things go according to plan it may even be sooner!  I am anxious for it to be done and to get settled in and start some new projects.  

Speaking of creative projects, this week I will be visiting the Noble Center in Indianapolis again to work on an art project with the artists there.  Normally I spend the morning doing a project with the participants and that’s the end of it until next visit.  This visit is different because they are preparing for a collaborative art show in June so several of the local artists (including me!) are spending time creating art there during the month of May.  The theme is loosely based on the Beatle’s and artists from the 60’s era.  The piece we will be creating together will feature Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones.  What fun!  I’ve had one of their songs stuck in my head this past week as I’ve been repainting some wooden furniture to use in the studio.  I’ve seen enough of black paint for a while but caught myself humming “Paint it Black” on more than one occasion.  Perhaps that was just warming me up for this project?  

The reception for this event is Friday, June 5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wheeler Art Center in Fountain Square (1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis) and is, of course, open to the public.  

I will post an update after our play date on Tuesday to show you how the piece is developing!  I hope to get all the basic pieces prepared during my visit and then assemble it at home.  I have a vision of what we’re doing but also enjoy “going with the flow” as we create so we’ll see what happens during the process.  The only thing I am certain of is that it will be fun!

Until next time…

Lynne