I haven’t posted any lately but I really have been busy making new art! I just hadn’t had the time to edit the photos and get them ready to post! Here one recent creation:
Why is it named “Pachua”? Well I’m glad you asked! 🙂 I felt like it had an almost dragon-like appearance but I didn’t want to necessarily use the word dragon in the title so I did some online searching for dragon names. As I was browsing around I found the name Pachua, which is a Hopi Indian name and translates into “green feather snake”. How could I pass that up?!
As far as the creative process this was constructed on a wood panel with layers of concrete, glaze and acrylic paints. I took some images of it during the process for you to see some of the stages it went through. Here they are:
If you’d like to see this piece in person it is currently part of my show “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg – it will be there until April 14th, just waiting for a visit!
I’m hoping to get more new work posted soon but I’ve also got a lot of news to post too! At least it won’t be quiet on the blog for a while!
Just needing to take a breather after the last few weeks full of activity. I’ll be back online and blogging by next weekend, so you shouldn’t get too lonely without me in that amount of time. I was going to be responsible and set up auto-posts for the entire week but I’m just too tired to do more than one. I’ll have lots to share with you once I recharge my batteries for a few days! Here’s a few images from the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show for you to enjoy in the meantime:
I’ve spent much of the last few days putting the finishing touches on artwork for “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” that opens tomorrow. I’ll be taking the pieces to the gallery to hang them this afternoon. As always I have a mixture of styles and media I’ll be displaying!
My most recent work (as in the paint was drying late last night on a few pieces!) turned into a small series that I’m calling “Primitive Gestures”. Each piece originated with concrete on wood panels, applied by hand, with lots of symbols, marks and texture. Topped off with layers of color and glaze, my inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their 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 from books that I’ve read about the rock drawings and some were just from my imagination. I really enjoyed getting my hands into these pieces, there isn’t a texture or color on any of them that I didn’t touch!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I am also displaying many pieces of newly created digital artwork. Those pieces, during the creative and production process, I did not touch at all until I signed my name on them! Although perhaps not as sensory to the touch they are a wonderful experience for the eyes with vivid colors and movement through each piece. Making digital art is fun for my brain, my imagination gets a workout!
Another type of art I’ll be sharing at the show are mixed media compositions that are framed in shadow boxes. More refined that the primitive pieces and a bit more personal and hands-on than digital, I like the puzzle-solving aspect of adding and subtracting different elements to achieve a pleasing composition. I’ve created many pieces in this style for both businesses and homes, they are a wonderful addition to your personal collect for your office.
So there is a mini preview of some of the artwork that will be included in the show. More “sneak peek” posts coming soon! I hope to see you at the opening tomorrow (Saturday, March 3rd) from 2 to 5 p.m. to share other new works with you.
I have been busily creating new artwork to feature in this fun show! Be sure to stop and visit during the “Meet the Artist” Open House on Saturday March 3rd from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm – I look forward to sharing my new creations with you then!
Also sign up for this fun evening of art: Layers and Lattes: Friday March 9th from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Cost $30
Enjoy a Latte and create your own mixed media collage with artist Lynne Medsker (me!) – reservations are filling up and space is limited, contact the gallery to sign up before it’s too late!
How much fun is it to be able to use an image like this to advertise a class? 🙂 You are invited to join me for an evening of fun, creativity and, YES, lattes! I’ll be presenting this class at Artistic Designs Gallery (152 E. Northfield Drive) in Brownsburg, Indiana on March 9th, 2012 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The three-hour class begins with a quick demo and then it will be time for you to jump in and get your hands into your own project! 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. And to top off this fun evening? The lattes are included, provided by the wonderful coffee-creators at the Literate Bean!
The cost for this fun evening out is $30 and you can reserve your place in the class by contacting Artistic Designs Gallery at 317-852-0252. See you there!
I wanted to pass along information about a card workshop I’ll be doing this coming Saturday at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana. The workshop is from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will create unique “Zentangle” style greeting cards! Beginning with a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, pre-printed with a holiday word you’ll be guided through the process of adding your own whimsical, doodle-like designs.
Once you’ve designed your card you can then embellish it as little or as much as you want with pens, markers or colored pencils.
For more details or to reserve your place click HERE!
I’ll have printed materials and online references so you can pursue creating more Zentangle Art at home too. Hope to see you there!
Starting off the week with another new mixed media piece! I created this one after returning from Colorado, still full of inspiration from my travels and time spent out west. I had actually wanted to make a piece with copper running through it but hadn’t brought any copper with me so it didn’t take long for me to start on this when I returned home.
I bent & cut the copper so that it had narrow, flat edges on the bottom that could be attached to the wood using some thick acrylic gel. After that was attached I used more gel to add a layer of texture to one side of the composition. That was followed by a layer of cement once the acrylic gel dried.
I really enjoy building up texture with different mediums! After the cement was set I began adding color to the piece using acrylic ink and pushing the color around with sprays of water and brushes.
Following that layer there were several more, with drying time in between.
After those layers dried I decided it need a little something else so I began to outline the textures on the surface with a thin line of black acrylic, letting it dry slightly, then spraying it with water to help the color bleed and blend into the background.
I scraped some metallic copper paint across the surface to emphasis the copper in the piece and the final step was to add layers of glaze to the flat, wooden area and a layer of glossy acrylic gel to the textured side.
It was fun see this piece unfold after anticipating it’s creation for several weeks! This piece is currently included in the show at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana through the end of December. Stop in and take a peek at it in person!
These little pieces of art went through so many different phases and changes I was quite surprised when they finally came to a stopping point I was happy with! Although really large pieces can seem intimidating on occasion these tiny ones were more challenging than any of the larger pieces I’ve undertaken. You just never know! They started out innocently enough, with some acrylic gel layered on to start off the texture.
Seemed simple enough! I even knew (or thought I knew!) the color scheme that I wanted to use, so next came some acrylic paint.
That, in turn, was covered with more gel medium for added texture and then left until it dried.
Okay, so far so good! Let’s all some details and a little more paint.
Nah, that’s not really what I’m after. What am I after?? (I think I may have forgotten to ask that important question!) Let’s throw some more paint on it and see what happens.
Well that’s not it either. I think there was some more paint throwing before I decided that it was time to go with a more rough texture and some different colors. So on went a mixture of sand & gesso, followed by some washes of color once it dried.
Okay, better. Not great, but heading in the right direction! More color added and then I decided it was just time to be BOLD. So I went with bright colors and dark black for contrast.
Hmmm, okay, perhaps a bit too bold! 🙂 Now to blend in some softer colors and highlight with some metallic paints.
Oh yeah, this is where I was going…I just took the scenic route to get here! A few more touches of color here & there to balance the pieces out and I was finally happy enough to declare them FINISHED! There was a lot of “down time” in between these stages, which is one of the reasons they kept changing. It took 8 months from the time I put the first layer of gel on them until they were completed. So I started then while I was in “Spring” mode, with more pastels and flowery shades and finished them during the last bright days of fall.
How do the seasons change your outlook on things? As I write this I can look out my window at the first dusting of snow and feel the chill of winter. I wonder how my next pieces of art will change with the weather! I also noticed that it’s “snowing” on this blog again! Each year, in December, tiny snowflakes drift down the blog page while you read. You can even change their direction by moving your mouse/cursor around the page. What fun!
P.S. If you’d like to see these pieces of work in person, they are currently on display (along with a great selection of other work) at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg! Check the “News” section on the website for more info.
Artistic Designs Gallery in right here in my hometown of Brownsburg is hosting it’s 4th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show! This is my second year to participate in the show and it is really amazing to see some of the wonderful art that is displayed in this show. Take some time this month to stop in & see the show, you won’t be disappointed! For more information about the show, the gallery, hours and dates click HERE.
I feel as if I am falling behind posting new work & images! This is just one of at least five new pieces that haven’t made it to the blog yet. Let alone all the ones that are on the blog & haven’t made it to the galleries on my website! Being offline for over a week sure put a kink in the flow of information. I suppose it’s a good sign that I’m producing so much new work, I’ve certainly enjoyed it! Today I showing you the progression from start to finish on a new piece titled “Traffic Patterns”. I worked on this piece simultaneously with two others that were the same dimensions. I like having more than one piece of art going at a time and hopping between the pieces. These were all “outdoors” art pieces that I could get messy with – what fun!
I took advantage of that fact by starting off with lots of bright colors, thinned down with clear gesso to make them very fluid and very, very runny. You should see the rocks in my driveway now! They look like Easter exploded on them. 🙂
After the initial layers of colors stopped flowing and dried I began to add more layers. First, of course, was a wash of white. Then a few big splashes of white and some smaller drips, too, just for good measure!
I still hadn’t gotten my fill of white so after that layer dried I added another layer, this time texturing on the paint by rolling it on a piece of bubble wrap and then “stamping” it onto the canvas randomly.
The next day I followed the white layers with lots of random black marks using the side of a palette knife to slide the acrylic on the canvas and then even added more bubble wrap patterns in black. Hmmm. Now it felt like it was too dark! Back to the white, this time using the palette knife to “draw” curved white designs and also using the tips of a comb to add tiny white dots all over the black lines in the composition. Aaah, that felt like a much better balance of black & white.
I was happy with the outcome but I let the painting sit for a few days before declaring it finished. Sometimes I get too hasty thinking pieces are complete and end up adding more to the mix but that wasn’t the case this time. Here is an image of the completed piece:
It will be on display during the “ArtsGo!” event this weekend, along with other new pieces that aren’t posted online yet. Come get a sneak peek at them by visiting me at Artistic Designs Gallery at 152 East Northfield Drive in Brownsburg on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. While you are there grab a brochure for the art tour and take some time to explore the wonderful art here in Hendricks County!