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!

 

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One week away, Yupo Play!

"dragonfly" watercolor on Yupo paper © Lynne Medsker

One week from today, on February 29th 2012, is the next Wednesday edition of the “Open Studio” classes I am holding here at my studio. We are going to go back to watercolors and explore creating art on Yupo paper a little more in depth. 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, March 14th – “Wall Sculpture” part 1 – the beginning of a two-part class, we’ll use wood, metal and other materials to create an abstract wall sculpture. The second part of this class will be held on Wednesday, March 28th.

Saturday, March 24th – “Crreative 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, March 28th – “Wall Sculpture” part 2 – Continuing from the March 14th class we will complete the assembly and final details on our mixed media wall sculptures.

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!

We are also hosting the upcoming “design your own” metal sculpture workshop the first weekend of March. Read all the details here!

Nature

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.  ~Henry David Thoreau

I had the chance to go out into a lovely garden last month and shoot photos of some beautiful flowers that I will be using to create some new digital art for an upcoming show. As I traveled there the only idea I had was capturing images of the flowers.  Once I arrived I discovered there was much more to catch my interest!  The bees were out in full force, doing what bees do and doing it busily.

busy bee #1 (c) Lynne Medsker

busy bee #1 (c) Lynne Medsker

I am so captivated by their sounds and movements as they skip from flower to flower, yet slightly intimidated by them at the same time.  Childhood memories of stings stick tightly through the years and I am cautious in their presence.

busy bee #2 (c) Lynne Medsker

busy bee #2 (c) Lynne Medsker

busy bee #3 (c) Lynne Medsker

busy bee #3 (c) Lynne Medsker

I will be honest and tell you that catching a well focused image of a bee in action is tough, but it is a fun challenge if you have the time! As I happily clicked away with my camera I discovered a few other insects lurking about.  What an enjoyable, relaxing treat to be able to take a break and enjoy the sights & sounds of nature!

moth? butterfly? (c) Lynne Medsker

moth (c) Lynne Medsker

As I approached the last of the garden areas I found this awesome fellow. I was happily surprised that he allowed me to get so close, and I really appreciate him posing so nicely. 🙂 Don’t you just love those wings?

dragonfly (c) Lynne Medsker

dragonfly (c) Lynne Medsker

Posting these images makes me want to get out and enjoy the outdoors again very soon, I know in a blink of an eye it will be barren and cold. What do you want to do before winter arrives?

Seize the day!

Lynne