Tropical Tree

Created in late winter/early spring as I was craving the warm weather and having my toes in the sand!

"Tropical Tree" mixed media (marker, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 12x12" © Lynne Medsker
“Tropical Tree” mixed media (marker, watercolor, ink) on watercolor paper, 12×12″ © Lynne Medsker

Similar in style to “Monochromatic” that was posted last week, this whimsical creation at least let me dream about being somewhere tropical! Here are some images taken during the creative process:

So, does it warm you up too? Lynne

Scenic Road Trip: Oregon Coast (Part 3)

ligthouse on the cliff © lynne medsker

lighthouse © lynne medsker

After leaving the sand dunes we went a bit further north up the Pacific Coast, visited a lighthouse and then ate our picnic lunch with this friendly bluejay.

blue jay © lynne medsker

I’ve got to say, I’ve never seen jays as blue as the ones out there! We arrived at our campground, right beside the ocean, set up the tent and campsite and had time to go talk a nice walk on the beach at low tide.

sandscape © lynne medsker
"sandscape" on the beach
"sandscape" on the beach © lynne medsker
"sandscape" on the beach
"sandscape" on the beach © lynne medsker
"sandscape" on the beach
beach creature © lynne medsker
beach creature!

We even went back again at sunset and enjoyed that too!

sunset © lynne medsker
fog rolling in
evening fog rolling in

It was delightful to sleep so close to the ocean that you could hear the waves roll onto the beach. This was our last night by the ocean, the next day we would tour a little further north along the coast and then head back inland to the Columbia River Gorge.

A day at the Beach

"At the Beach" acrylic on canvas, 12x36", $295 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Continuing to show some step-by-step images of new acrylic paintings today, with a piece titled “At the Beach” which is shown above. This is another piece that was created outdoor so I was able to freely paint & splatter my way through it. I really do need to get a photo of the rocks in my driveway to show how much fun I’ve been having out there! This started with the bright pastel colors of other recent pieces, I find it hard to recognize it in it’s early stages:

work in progress, image #1 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #2 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #3 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Eventually it made it to it’s mostly blue hue and more details were added.  I wasn’t as diligent taking progress photos of this piece as I normally am…which is usually a sign that I’m just having too much fun and just letting things flow along instead of thinking about photos. As I got to the end of the piece I really wanted to add details that would seem like the froth and bubbles of the seashore so I made a mixture of dish soap, water and white acrylic paint then grabbled a bubble blower and just began to play.  It got the effect I was looking for but I have to say it is really difficult to “aim” where a bubble will land. Especially on a slightly windy day! But that helped with the loose, playful feel by being very unpredictable.

work in progress, "bubbles" on canvas (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, "bubble rings" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After the bubble layer dried I stamped black acrylic paint on with a “wheeled” stamp that left the small round circle patterns that look like tiny bubbles running through the piece.  I have really enjoyed my time painting outdoors and playing with acrylic…be on the lookout for another sample or two of new work soon. Following that? Hmmm, well, I am really feeling drawn to some printmaking projects – or at least acrylic projects with printmaking elements in them the next time I am in the studio!

Paint, print, stamp, smile…


Indiana Dunes

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Indiana Dunes last week!  It was beautiful weather and a beautiful spot to get away for a few days.  Our first day we took a four mile hike through the bog to an overlook on the beach. 

Bog at the Dunes

The scenery was beautiful, but the mosquitos were BRUTAL!  You could literally wave your hand and feel them pelting against your skin.  Ewww. Thank goodness for bug spray!  There were some of the biggest ferns growing there that I have ever seen.  Some were as tall as we were!  Amazing. There were several varieties of wildflowers blooming too, very lovely!

Wildflowers in the bog

Our second day we walked the beach for several hours in the morning, exploring barefoot with cameras in hand.  It was a beautiful place to walk, listen to the waves hit the shore, snap some photos, get our toes wet and enjoy the sunshine.  Although Lake Michigan doesn’t have a lot of shells gracing it’s beaches it had some beautiful, smooth polished stones.  I couldn’t resist filling my pocket with a selection of favorites!

Beach stones

Along with the variety of stones there was a nice array of driftwood both in & out of the water.  I love driftwood!


Driftwood & water

Our afternoon included a visit to the art museum at Valparaiso University and a trip to Anderson Winery to sample their delicious wines (and purchase a few bottles to enjoy at home)! We returned to the beach that evening for a sunset walk & more photos.

Evening on the beach


Add in some good food, time to rest & relax, swimming laps in the pool and lots of good conversation and it was a wonderful time!   I hope you are enjoying these summer months and the beautful, warm weather!