Stages

So I thought today I’d share a couple recent pieces that I finished and show a bit of the stages it went through along the way. Both these pieces are currently hanging in the gallery at the Blackford County Art Center in Hartford City, Indiana in my show titled “”Cairns & Other Repurposed Treasures” – along with another 26 pieces that are part of my “Wood | Stone | Metal” series. The beginning inspirations were a set of rocks that I painted last month:blog-tribal-rocks

In addition to those larger, detailed pieces I also had painted several batches of smaller, colorful, messy, drippy, watercolored stones:

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Deciding on the composition is a trial and error process for me, first one layout, then another, tweeking the arrangement and inclusion of stones and material as I progress. This shows an early layout vs. the final version for each of the two pieces.

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Potential Layout for “Celebration”

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Final Design of “Celebration” mixed media art, 5×12″ in wood cradle

 

 

Early design idea for "Simpatico"

Early design idea for “Simpatico”

Final design of "Simpatico" mixed media art on 12x5" panel

Final design of “Simpatico” mixed media art on 12×5″ panel

The third rock in the set is still in the studio, waiting for inspiration to lead me to it’s final destination, who knows where it will end up!

Lynne

 

Sometime

What an apt title. Sometime I get away from blogging. But I always return. This time with some new art to share. I’ve been very prolific lately, which is awesome. It just doesn’t correlate with regular blogging. Two sides of the brain I think!

"Sometime", four-piece mixed media artwork, each piece 8x10 - 32x10" total © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

“Sometime”, four-piece mixed media artwork, each piece 8×10 – 32×10″ total © Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, LLC

Remember a while back when I shared with you all the gelli prints I’d been making? Well I finally decided what I’d do with them. They make AWESOME background for mixed media art! Add in some book pages, decorative & tissue paper, top it off with charcoal outlines and acrylic ink plus some fun designs with pens and voila! Here are a couple of images of the work in progress.

Work in progress, applying book pages and gelli prints to wood panels

Work in progress, applying book pages and gelli prints to wood panels

Decorative papers, tissue paper added to panels

Decorative papers, tissue paper added to panels

Charcoal lines added to surface

Charcoal lines added to surface

Close-up detail of surface after acrylic ink was applied

Close-up detail of surface after acrylic ink was applied

It certainly ends up looking totally different from the starting point! In addition to this artwork I’ve also complete four large (24×36″) canvases in this style as well as a set of five 6×6″ wood panels. The titles for all the new work come from some of the text that is still visible when the piece is complete. This one had the least text showing of all the new art but from what I could read “sometime” seemed perfect. I’ll be deviating from the geometric for the next few pieces but I’m sure I’ll return!

Thanks for continuing to follow this blog, it’s really appreciated!

Lynne

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

Backbeat #4

A few years ago I created a three-piece artwork entitled “Backbeat”. This spring it was purchased by one of my collectors, with the request that I also create a forth piece to add to the set. I was more than happy to oblige, and the work began.

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background for new piece © Lynne Medsker

Next came a layer of sewing patterns to add some detail and guidelines for painting.

A layer of sewing patterns added to the background © Lynne Medsker

A layer of sewing patterns added to the background © Lynne Medsker

 

That was followed by some drippy layers of acrylic ink.

 

After those layers dried it was time to start adding some geometric patterns with charcoal.

The piece was sealed and then the detail painting began.

Following the painting was adding the dimensional details – including old records & CD’s plus a few acrylic shapes too. Voila! Finished.

"Backbeat #4" mixed media on 24x36" wood panel © Lynne Medsker

“Backbeat #4″ mixed media on 24×36” wood panel © Lynne Medsker

I really enjoy creating art in this style. Since finishing this piece I’ve covered some new wood panels with background, just waiting for me to get to them. Soon? I hope!

Lynne

Mandala Tree

A recently finished piece!

Mixed Media (Marker, watercolor, Ink) on Paper © Lynne Medsker

Mixed Media (Marker, watercolor, Ink) on Paper, 36 x 24″ © Lynne Medsker

This was a fun project that I started for one reason and finished just because I loved making it. 🙂 Originally thinking I’d enter it into a competition, I didn’t get it finished before the deadline but that didn’t stop me from completing it. The drawing/coloring of all the mandala “leaves” was much more time consuming than what I thought!  email  10357770_10152180144962233_4458660241400057369_o

 

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After getting them drawn it was on to adding the background paint and then it needed to dry for a while, it had gotten quite saturated!email  20140708_231350

Once it was dry, the first details I tackled were in the tree trucks.email  10423728_10152216335267233_6552598702240167785_n

Then on to the leaves. That was the slowest part of the process. email  20140811_202220-1

I used a semi-limited pallet so that the piece would have some continuity, which added to the challenge. email  10570467_10152241064412233_6741666186836582498_n

The finished piece is still in the studio as I decide how to frame & display it! I’m also thinking it needs a better title than “Mandala Tree” – what do you think??

Lynne

 

Side Roads

A few weeks ago I shared the process of creating new artwork on wood panels, using concrete & grout for texture and detail. Today I’m going to show you a companion piece I made at the same time. As I was unpacking in the new studio I ran across this panel that I had started before the big move.

"Sideroads" mixed media on wood panel, 10x20" © Lynne Medsker

“Sideroads” mixed media on wood panel, 10×20″ © Lynne Medsker

It seemed only natural to go ahead and finish it while I was working with the same materials. When I unpacked it all that had been done was the texture layer of concrete & mortar – no colors added at all. It followed the same layering sequence as the “Journey” pieces did, building up color along the way. Lots of fun in the details of the process!

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These are the rest of the images showing some of the steps along the way:

As you can tell there is a lot of painting on then covering up, then adding back with each of the colors. The last layer was with copper paint. I’m a sucker for turquoise and copper together! What’s your favorite color combination?

Next week I’m going to begin sharing some updates on the progress of the studio build. It is *this* close to being done! I’ll also share details about the Studio Open House on August 1st & 2nd, so be sure to check back then!

Excitement!

Lynne

Some warm creativity during this cold winter

I thought I’d share some recent fractal creations with you today. It seems this time of year I’m drawn to bright colors as I wait impatiently for springtime. This year has been no exception, although this first piece only has a hint of spring color!

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I’ve also gotten into a routine where I create three of these images at a setting. Seems like after the third my brain has had enough!

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These images build, one to the next, with added layers, effects and closer details. Sometimes you can see the growth but often they end up looking totally different from their sources. I like that each is unique and stands on it’s own.

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Do you have habits and routines in your creativity?

Lynne

Fractal Frenzy!

I continue to keep busy making new digital art for my digital blog, digital+art+daily, so I am sharing a few new creations with you today.

I can seem to get away from creating fractals…I’ve made dozens over the last couple of weeks! I’m feeling the urge to return to digital drawings soon though, we’ll just have to wait & see what digital art I have to share next time!

Exploring: Fun

The last two posts have been about the wonderful “IDEA Store” in Champaign, Illinois. Today I will share the original reason for my trip there – a workshop! Presented by artist Michelle Stitzlein, aimed at those who create art with children, we re-purposed plastic lids into creative works of art.

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plastic lid assortment

Each person was given a 24×24″ piece of plywood to work on, which we first painted with a layer of paint as we pleased. Since we’d be working with round shapes there would be areas of the background that would probably peek through so this made a much better background than just plain wood. Once the paint dried then we began to arrange the lids into whatever pattern we desired. Look at the assortment of lids we had to choose from:

I think I started and stopped arranging at least three times before mine finally began to take shape like I wanted it to!

After it was  arranged then the hard work started: DRILLING. It was about this time I realized that larger caps equaled less drilling, but it was a bit too late. Good information for future projects though! 🙂 Needless to say, I did NOT get everything drilled to the board before time ran out.

I’m pretty sure my design changed between removing it for transport and re-assembling it when I got back to the studio.

"Fun" 24x24" mixed media art on wood © 2013, Lynne Medsker

“Fun” 24×24″ mixed media art on wood © 2013, Lynne Medsker

But that’s okay, I like the way it turned out! I think this would be a really fun piece to hang in a kids room or at a daycare, peditricians office, etc. Bright, cheerful and eco-friendly! Here’s a detail shot:

detail from "Fun" © Lynne Medsker

detail from “Fun” © Lynne Medsker

It really gave me lots of ideas for future projects and other materials that could be used to create with. Fun, indeed!

Lynne

Awakening and friends…

I’m still adding to my collection of digital art, having a blog that is set up to show a new images each day keeps me motivated! One thing I decided I would do differently starting in 2013 is to name all my digital images vs. a haphazard numbering/naming combination system. So today I am going to introduce you to “Awakening”, “Affinity”, “Align”  and “Adlib” :

I’ve also been exploring with some drawing programs on my tablet, once I feel a little more comfortable with those skills I’ll share a few digital images created that way.

Lynne