Layers & Lattes Returns!

Those of you that have attended one of these sessions know what a great time they are. A group of creative people with an art project and their own barrista for the evening? How great is that?! This workshop will be held on Friday, July 27th at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana as part of the “Fourth Friday” series of events.

(c) lynne medsker

mixed media on wood panel (c) lynne medsker

We will be creating mixed media art on wood panels from 6:30 to 9:30 that evening. The cost of the workshop is $30 per person and includes all supplies & your coffee. If  you have any items you’d like to include in your art please feel free to bring them with you! Here are some images of student work (in progress) from previous classes:

layers & lattes

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

student work, Layers & Lattes at Artistic Designs Gallery

As you can see each creation is unique! Come let your muse out to play and see what happens…you know you want to! To register for this evening of fun contact Artistic Designs Gallery via email (Contact@ArtisticDesignsGallery.net) or phone (317-852-0252).

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Open Studio Class: Mixed Media on Illustration Board

Thursday, May 10th from noon to 2:30 p.m. will be the last Open Studio class for a few months, I’ll be taking a short “summer break”!

non-identical twins #1 © lynne medsker

"non-identical twins #1" mixed media on illustration board, 20x15", $295, framed © lynne medsker

It’s going to be a good one though, mixed media on illustration board! Using a combination of paint, markers, wax and contact paper we will map out an abstract design and paint it section by section. Using the clear wax on the background adds an element of surprise where the paint doesn’t adhere to the surface!

"ozone" mixed media © lynne medsker

"ozone" mixed media on illustration board, 8x10" $75 (unframed) © lynne medsker

As with past open studio classes, the cost is $30 for the 2 1/2 hour session and includes all supplies. Come on out and play, it’s your last chance for a while!

Please note – this class is being held on THURSDAY instead of the normal day of the week, Wednesday.

Primitive Gestures (Part I)

Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.

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

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

My inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their hands and 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 taken from books about the rock drawings, a few were combined to create new symbols and some were from my imagination.

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

Similar to making designs in the muddy earth, each piece in this series originated with concrete being applied by hand to wood panels, with lots of symbols, marks and texture being etched into them. Just as the passage of time concealed many of the original rock drawings, more concrete was drizzled and dropped on top of the original design to give it feeling of age. Once dry it was topped off with multiple layers of color and acrylic glaze. A final coat of white was used to further veil the design.

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

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

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

"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10 $85 © lynne medsker

"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!

 

Open Studio Class: Nature Inspired Art

Make plans now to join one of the two open studio classes during April and celebrate Earth Day by creating nature inspired art.

mini art #67 (c) lynne medsker

"mini art #67" mixed media (c) lynne medsker

We will create mixed media art that includes natural elements (rocks, driftwood, etc.) Feel free to bring your own “treasures” to include in your art, all other supplies are included. Wednesday April 11th (noon to 2:30) and Saturday April 28th (9:30 to noon) are the dates!

mixed media (c) lynne medsker

"love" mixed media (c) lynne medsker

The cost for class is $30, or if you’d like to pre-pay for three classes you can do so at a discounted rate of $75 for all three. Please email me to reserve your place as class size is limited!

mini art #25 (c) lynne medsker

"mini art #25" mixed media (c) lynne medsker

The last few classes before a summer break are:

Wednesday, April 25th – “Recycled Journals” – continuing to celebrate the earth we will create small, decorative journals from recycled materials! Noon – 2:30

Sunday, May 6th – Photo Basics! Just that, the basics on how to take good photos! Composition, lighting and other topics will be discussed, along with some practice time for in-class shooting. 2:30 – 5 pm

Wednesday, May 9th – Mixed media on Illustration Board. Make an abstract design then peel off specific areas and paint them one-by-one. A bit more “controlled” creativity makes this a bit different from our past painting classes! Noon – 2:30

Be sure and join in the fun!

New Fractal Prints!

Although I’ve been featuring my digital art on my blog digital+art+daily, I thought you might enjoy seeing some recent work (I’ve been doing a LOT of digital art lately).

(c) lynne medsker, fractal 26B

2012 "fractal 26B" digital art (c) lynne medsker

These piece were finished prior to the opening of “Mixed Well and Serving Fresh” and are included in that show.

fractal #27 (c) lynne medsker

2012 "fractal 27" digital art (c) lynne medsker

fractal #30 (c) lynne medsker

2012 "fractal 30" digital art (c) lynne medsker

fractal #32 (c) lynne medsker

2012 "fractal 32" digital art (c) lynne medsker

fractal #33 (c) lynne medsker

2012 "fractal 33" digital art (c) lynne medsker

I had the images processed at Star Photo in Anderson, Indiana. It was fun to brainstorming with Chuck and come up with some creative ways to display my work. He took this photo of them prior to sending them to me:

artwork (c) lynne medsker, image taken by Star Photo, Anderson, IN

Image taken at Star Photo, Anderson, IN - artwork by Lynne Medsker

As great as they look here, they look even better in person! Stop in the gallery and view them, they’ll only be there two more weeks – don’t miss it. 🙂

Pachua

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:pachua © lynne medsker

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:

work in progress © lynne medsker

work in progress © lynne medsker

work in progress  2 © lynne medsker

work in progress 2 © lynne medsker

work in progress 3 © lynne medsker

work in progress 3 © lynne medsker

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!

Lynne

Open Studio Session: Yupo Play!

Originally to be held on February 29th 2012, this session has been rescheduled to NEXT Wednesday, March 28th!

"dragonfly" watercolor on Yupo paper © Lynne Medsker

We are going to explore creating art on Yupo paper a little more in depth after a brief introduction to in a few months ago. Yupo is a synthetic type of material (not a true “paper”) that resists absorbing paint. That means you can spend lots of time manipulating the paint on the smooth surface before your image dries. If you feel you’ve overworked your image or you just plain aren’t satisfied with it you can even “erase” your watercolor from the surface of you paper and start fresh.

"sea" watercolor on Yupo © Lynne Medsker

It’s a fun, rather unpredictable, material to play with and explore. No wonder I like it so much – you can have some wonderful “happy accidents” with it and create awesome images you didn’t even know you were trying to create until they appear. 🙂

"yellow" watercolor on Yupo © Lynne Medsker

So be sure and sign up soon before all the spaces are taken for this fun afternoon! The session runs from noon until 2:30 p.m. The cost for the class is $30 and includes all the materials. If you’d like to pre-pay for three classes you can do so at a discounted rate of $75 for all three. Please  email (info@lynnemedsker.com) to reserve your place as class size is limited!

Future “Open Studio” classes include:

Wednesday, April 11th – “Art from Nature” celebrating Earth Day 2012 a little early (April 22nd is the date) we will create mixed media art that includes natural elements (rocks, wood, etc.) Feel free to bring your own “treasures” to include in your art!

Wednesday, April 25th – “Recycled Journals” – continuing to celebrate the earth we will create small, decorative journals from recycled materials!

Saturday, April 28th – “Art from Nature” an encore of the the April 11th class, we may even hold this class outdoors if weather permits!

A few clases in early May will be announced soon and then there will be a break for the summer months so don’t miss these next few classes!

 

Reminder: Open Studio Class, Mixed Media Wall Sculptures

So, yes, this date did sneak up on me a bit! I hope you will be able to join in the class while we created mixed media wall sculptures starting this Wednesday, March 14th, and concluding on Wednesday, March 28th.

"imagination" mixed media wall sculpture, 6x12", $125 © lynne medsker

Using wood, wire, aluminum, found objects, paper, paint and whatever else we might want we will design, assemble and embellish unique wall sculptures.

"Words" mixed media wall sculpture, 21 x20". created for & donation to Avon Public Library © lynne medsker

No experience necessary, and all supplies are included. Just bring your inner child ready to play! Classes run from noon to 2:30 each day, and cost only $30. If you pay for three classes in advance the price for all three is $75! Future classes include these fun topics:

Saturday, March 24th – “Creative Collage” – an encore of the February 1st class, you’ll design and create an 8×10 collage on a ready-to-hang wood panel. You can view images and a recap of that class by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 11th – “Art from Nature” celebrating Earth Day 2012 a little early (April 22nd is the date) we will create mixed media art that includes natural elements (rocks, wood, etc.) Feel free to bring your own “treasures” to include in your art!

Wednesday, April 25th – “Recycled Journals” – continuing to celebrate the earth we will create small, decorative journals from recycled materials!

Saturday, April 28th – “Art from Nature” an encore of the the April 11th class, we may even hold this class outdoors if weather permits!

The last two classes before a summer break will be announced soon!

"heatwave" mixed media wall sculpture, 12x14", $195 © lynne medsker

I hope you can join in the creative fun this Wednesday!

Lynne

Signing off

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:

© lynne medsker

© lynne medsker

© lynne medsker

Peace & Love,

Lynne

Primitive, Cybernated and Refined

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!

primitive gestures series, work in progress, eclipse © lynne medsker

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!

"fractal #30" digital art, 2012 © lynne medsker

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!

"plummet" mixed media in shadow box frame © lynne medsker

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.

Lynne