Deviate & Tango

The title sounds like some covert operation, doesn’t it?

Surprise! It’s sculptures instead. 🙂

The wood bases that hold these stones were shaped and carved from balsa wood, making them much lighter than they look.

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The stones were arranged and more cutting/sculpting done for them to fit snuggly in the center of the wood. (Okay, yes, they were also glued quite well in one of the final steps, I’m not that talented with wood working yet!)blog, tango20141019_193916

As you can tell, the stones and were rearranged quite a bit before the final steps were taken.blog, tango20141019_193923

I decided to use stones that had been colored with ink as the accent stone for each of the sculptures, from this selection:blog, tango20141019_195724-1

Once the wood pieces were carved they were sanded, sealed and then colored with inks to get their patina. The center of each piece was painted black and then the stones were all glued into place. Here are two more images of the finished pieces from a different angle:

"Deviate" mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5x12" $245 © Lynne Medsker

“Deviate” mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5×12″ $245 © Lynne Medsker

"Tango" mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5x12" $245 © Lynne Medsker

“Tango” mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5×12″ $245 © Lynne Medsker

I really enjoyed working with wood again to created these, and discovering the right sizes and pattern for the stones was quite a challenge. I hope you enjoyed the peak at their creation!

Lynne

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Carefree

Here’s the third piece of artwork created from a section of an old metal filing cabinet, titled “Carefree” –

"Carefree" mixed media (metal, copper & paint) 22x48" SOLD

“Carefree” mixed media (metal, copper & paint) 22×48″ SOLD

Unlike the pieces I’ve shown previously, the piece of metal wasn’t cut apart but instead I used the plasma cutter to etch & cut the design in the metal, cutting openings within the design. Here’s an image of the metal after cutting and sanding, before anything else was done to it.

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The next step was to paint the entire piece black, using spray paint. Blog, 2013-04-14 13.52.41

From there it was time to start adding in all the details. I spent a lot of time sprawled out on the floor of my studio with paint pens adding each little mark! I love creating tree art, no matter what the media, so what some might see as a long, tedious task I enjoyed each moment of.

Once all the details were finished I mounted the piece on a large wood panel (also painted black) with pieces of copper sandwiched between the metal and the wood.  I am happy to report that this piece has found a wonderful home and I had the honor of being invited there to see where it had been placed. I couldn’t have been more pleased to see how it seemed like it was just made for it’s location. The light from nearby windows made it dance and change as the sun moved through the sky and the room lighting highlighted it perfectly as well. As an artist you can’t ask for more than that!

Seeing Red

Moving from the black & white images from my previous post I seem to be in the mood for red quite a bit lately. I love how it just pops off the page when used with black, white & grey. These images were all created with the same program but on different computers and will different tools. Can you tell which one I used my finger to “paint” with? 🙂 Hey, a finger is a built in tool, let alone the least expensive!


Be sure to “click” on these images to see the full version! Next post? I’m changing it up a bit and sharing the beginnings of a new photo/digital series of work! Then back to more digital drawings, with even MORE colors. 🙂 I do have to say that these have also inspired me to do more “real” drawing and sketching as well, but we’ll catch up on that down the road a bit.

Later gator!
Lynne

Concealed

I think with this post I will finally have all the art I created in February on the blog. Gee, that only took three months!

concealed, mixed media on wood, 24x36. $425

“concealed” mixed media on wood panel, 24 x 36″, $425 © Lynne Medsker

This is another piece that started with a layer of concrete on a wood panel. I really, really (really!) enjoyed applying the concrete layer….it was mixed pretty thin and I had a long time to work with it. Much like finger painting I ran my hands through the fluid concrete, swirling it around and playing like a kindergartner. It was a very good form of therapy!

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blank panel, waiting for a layer of concrete (along with some smaller pieces)

Once I finally quit playing with the texture it needed to dry for a day or two before I could proceed. I began by smoothing a layer of black acrylic paint all over the top of the surface, with a heavy amount around the edges.

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Concealed – work in progress, black acrylic added © lynne medsker

When that layer had dried then I added some liquid layers of acrylic inks that I blended across the entire piece. Using a purple and green hues seems to create a shade deep turquoise that I always love!

concealed, work in progress © lynne medsker

concealed, work in progress © lynne medsker

I continued to add layers of purple & green until I was happy with the depth of color. To highlight the piece I added some metallic paints (silver, gold, copper) on top of the black in certain areas. It was *almost* there!

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“concealed” detail image © lynne medsker

It took me a while to figure out what else I needed to add before I could feel like it was finished. What it ended up being was lots and lots of tiny details in black ink. Although the image above was taken before the ink was added basically I put small little circle-type details on top of the larger areas of metallic paint. It ended up look much like the patterns on a wild animal, perhaps a leopard? They aren’t apparent at once and I really like that – it really does feel like there is something a little wild concealed within the image, waiting for you to discover it! Of course if you want to see those details you’ll need to come see it in person – I’d love to show it to you!

Primitive Gestures (Part 2)

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is the rest of the “Primitive Gestures” series!

"migration" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

"migration" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

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

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

In addition to several of the 8×10 size pieces I created these two larger ones as well:

"three moons" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker

"three moons" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker

"mountain path" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker

"mountain path" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker

I hope you enjoyed seeing these new creations! I had so much fun getting my hands into these pieces, there isn’t a texture or color on any of them that I didn’t touch!

"night journey" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

"night journey" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

Blended Fractal #38

Switching gears today and sharing some new fractal art with you! This piece was created by layering two other fractals together and blending them.

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blended fractal #38, digital art 2012 © lynne medsker

As you can tell by the look of the two original fractal pieces they were twisted, turned and color modified quite a bit to make the new image!

fractal 36 © lynne medsker

fractal #36, digital art, 2012 © lynne medsker

fractal 37 © lynne medsker

fractal #37, digital art, 2012 © lynne medsker

I really like this new image (and the two originals) now I just need to find a reason to have some prints made. 🙂

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!