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.

plastic lid assortment
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

A little Fall fun!

I couldn’t resist have a little photography fun with the fall leaves that are carpeting my lawn! Enjoy!

leaves 01 © lynne medsker
leaves 01 © lynne medsker
leaves 02 © lynne medsker
leaves 02 © lynne medsker
leaves 03 © lynne medsker
leaves 03 © lynne medsker
leaves 04 © lynne medsker
leaves 04 © lynne medsker
leaves 05 © lynne medsker
leaves 05 © lynne medsker
leaves 06 © lynne medsker
leaves 06 © lynne medsker
leaves 07 © lynne medsker
leaves 07 © lynne medsker
leaves 08 © lynne medsker
leaves 08 © lynne medsker
leaves 09 © lynne medsker
leaves 09 © lynne medsker

Did you pick a favorite?
Lynne

Journal Creations

Although not quite as bad as catching up from March, these are images from an “open studio” class time in April. The project for that day was to create journals, using recycled materials for the cover. Specifically they all began as cereal boxes! Here are some “start to finish” photos of the journals in various stages.

beginning cover
folded box, adding textured paper
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folded box, aluminum layer added on top & embossed with design
journal cover
journal cover, adding colored ink
journal cover
journal cover, more layers of ink/color
journal cover
stamping on the colorful inks
finished journal #1
finished journal #1
journal cover 2
finished journal #2
detail, journal #3
detail, finished journal #3
finished journals, back side
back side of all finished journals

I love how all of these turned out differently. That’s one of my favorite things about being with creative souls…even with the same materials and techniques each of us is so different in our vision. Amazing!

More smart phone art & a reminder…

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately! Life’s been full of busy-ness and the last couple of days I’ve felt kinda lousy too. Hopefully both those things will improve soon and I can get back here on a regular basis.

phone kaleidoscope #5 © lynne medsker
kaleidoscope #5, digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

In the meantime I thought I’d share a few more images created with some smart phone programs and then enhanced a bit in Photoshop. I’ve gone a bit crazy with these but since all I’ve done the last few days is lay around on the couch it was an easy thing to get obsessed with.

phone kaleidoscope #13 © lynne medsker
kaleidoscope #13, digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

I think they appeal to me because they remind me a lot of mandala artwork. Plus my laptop is out for repairs so I haven’t been able to create any fractal art lately, I had to find an outlet somewhere. 🙂 These have really but fun, even though the files are so tiny they aren’t really applicable for much as far as reproduction. Sometimes art is just for the sake of creating it!

phone kaleidoscope #11 © lynne medsker
“kaleidoscope #11” digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

Now for the reminder portion of the post!  If you enjoy digital art, or just want to see some samples of what it’s all about – don’t forget to check out my other blog – digital+art+daily! I’ll be posting these newly created images there for the next several weeks.

Smart Phone Art!

I’ve been playing more & more with both photo programs and art apps on my smart phone lately. Seems like I’m having to squeeze in time for art right now so a few minutes on the phone is better than none! Here is some kaleidoscope art I’ve created over the past days.

phone Kaleidoscope #1 © lynne medsker
phone Kaleidoscope #1, digital art © lynne medsker

I will admit to sprucing it up a bit in Photoshop before I was totally happy with the results but I like to layer and add textures before I ever seem to be happy with digital artwork anymore. 🙂

phone Kaleidoscope #2, digital art  © lynne medsker
phone Kaleidoscope #2, digital art © lynne medsker
phone Kaleidoscope #3, digital art  © lynne medsker
phone Kaleidoscope #3, digital art © lynne medsker

I’ve got lots of posts to write about recent classes and other topics, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and get them ready to publish. Soon I hope!!

Blended Fractals #42 and #43

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared any fractal or digital artwork on this blog so I thought I’d sneak some in today!

blended fractal art #42 © lynne medsker
blended fractal art #42 © lynne medsker

Most of my newest creations comprised of several different fractal images blended together to make one new colorful, detailed piece. No exception here! These are the “single” fractal images that I used:

fractal #39 © lynne medsker
fractal #39 © lynne medsker
fractal #40 © lynne medsker
fractal #40 © lynne medsker
fractal #41 © lynne medsker
fractal #41 © lynne medsker

This time I had so much fun blending and changing the coloring on the art that I came up with two final pieces. I just couldn’t decided! So you get to see both. 🙂

blended fractal #43 © lynne medsker
blended fractal #43 © lynne medsker

So, do you have a favorite between the two? Or like one of the singles best?