Best Buddies project, 2011

"Turning Leaves" mixed media on 24x30" canvas, SOLD © Lynne Medsker & buddies!

One of my favorite activities that I look forward to each fall is working with Best Buddies Indiana creating collaborative artwork for the Art of Friendship event. Again this year my buddies were a pair from the local high school. I’ve had such fun meeting new pairs of friends each year and creating fun art with them! We worked outdoors on our canvas piece, starting with a layer of watercolor and webbing to make a background design.

"Turning Leaves" work in progress, image #1

While that dried we discussed different shapes we might add to the piece and it was decided that leaves would be the thing. A pair of scissors and a short walk around the yard and we had gathered plenty of leaves for our project! Our next step was selecting which colors of spray paint we would use with the leaves. Then the leaves were laid on the canvas, sprayed around, moved, sprayed again, etc. until we were happy with the colors. After that had a chance to dry then we decide if we would add circles, lines, or waves and lines were the choice. I drew the lines where the ladies told me to and that was the end of the project for then.

"Turning Leaves" work in progress, image #2

Several days after that, when the paint was thoroughly dry, I went back into the piece with charcoal, markers & pen and highlighted details throughout the piece.

"Turning Leaves" work in progress, image #3

I felt like it was pretty much finished but I wasn’t altogether sure. So I let it sit a while where I could see it frequently. Just hours before it was to go to the art event and be auctioned off I decided it needed just one last touch, so the gold colored leaves were added. Here is a photo of my two buddies from this year, with the artwork behind them on the left.

Best Buddies!

We had such a great time and it was great raising money for this wonderful organization. Read more about what Best Buddies does HERE. I’ve participated in this event every year and will cherish the memories that I’ve made!


Reflections, Friendship, VSA and Buddies!

"A friend is a gift you give yourself" notecard design for Best Buddies Indiana

It’s been quite a while since I’ve taken a moment to write a new post – I’ve got so many things going on all at once! And days worth of images to share, if I ever get the time! Today I thought I’d pass along some information about two of the groups that I support with my art: VSA and Best Buddies of Indiana. Both are having events this month to help raise funds for their organizations!

VSA has “Reflections: Art Transforming Lives” coming up THIS Friday, September 23rd at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I didn’t get this link up in time for you to bid online but there is still time to purchase tickets for this event and attend it! Check out all the wonderful art that is being offered by clicking HERE.

“The Art of Friendship”, an annual event held by Best Buddies Indiana will be on September 29th at the Indiana State Museum. Interactive art, art for sale and also artwork created by buddy pairs. This year my buddy pair were Hannah and Stephanie, we made some super-cool art with lots of vivid colors. I don’t have the image uploaded yet but will try to get it online in the next week or so. For more info about this event click HERE. In addition to showing/selling my work there and our collaborative artwork I created a notecard that will be part of a notecard set available for purchase. The image is shown at the top!

Best Buddies, The Art of Friendship, 2010

"figurative masquerade" mixed media, collaborative artwork (c) 2010

Last night I participated in the 5th annual “Art of Friendship” to benefit the Best Buddies Indiana organization. I have participated each year in this program and it is always one of the highlights of my year! Artists are paired up with Buddies and create collaborative works of art that are auctioned off at this event to raise money for Best Buddies. My buddies this year were Ben & Kristi, who both live in my community and participate in the Best Buddy program at the local high school. They were a fun, energetic pair and we had a great evening!  This year’s art project was a mixed media wall sculpture. I gave them a selection of objects & shapes to choose from (in a variety of materials) and they spent quite a while arranging the pieces and deciding the texture, color and finish of each one. Once the piece was tentatively composed they got to work sanding wooden pieces, applying sand & aluminum for texture and adding paint and ink for color. They were wonderful collaborators with lots of interesting ideas!
The pieces were all left to dry and later I finished the edges, did a little touch up and then did the final assembly of the piece. They titled it “Figurative Masquerade” and I love the way that it turned out! I attached multiple hangers on the piece so it could be hung in several different directions, depending on the purchasers preference. It was sold for $250 at a live auction during the event, which was held at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel, Indiana. It’s awesome to help out such a great organization and I had a fabulous time working with Ben & Kristi this year!

ben & kristi before the auction

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,


Best Buddies event

The “Art of Friendship” event for Best Buddies Indiana was held on Thursday, October 2nd at the Marvis Arts & Events Center.  As I mentioned in a previous post my buddy for this year, Carl, and I worked together to create a mixed media piece that Carl named “Red Masterpiece”.  Here is an image of the finished piece:

Red Masterpiece
Red Masterpiece

In addition to a silent auction of some wonderful items that were donated to the event, all the artwork that the buddy pairs create is auctioned off at a live auction during the event.  The winning bid on our piece raised $400 for Best Buddies!  For more information about this wonderful program please visit their website at Best Buddies Indiana.