Art & Quarantine

In a recent email I was sharing my thoughts on how this year has gone from my standpoint as an artist and decided it also might make a good blog post. I want to preface my thoughts by saying that I am blessed! I am healthy, my family is healthy, we are not in a food or financial crisis and realize that this pandemic has had devastating consequences for many families and countries. My situation is probably one of the easiest to be in – just stay home and keep to myself! But I know even those of us that are only required to do that, it has been a major shift in our daily life.

When it finally happened – the last of all the events on my schedule was cancelled and all the galleries were closed I felt more than a little lost. First, to be completely honest, I mourned a bit. An empty calendar looming is hard to reconcile at first. I was heading into what had appeared to be a great year – I had big art events scheduled, new and old, had joined a new gallery, with a paid residency to look forward to and within a couple of weeks it had all disappeared and was replaced by a heavy layer of fear hanging in the air. I didn’t know what to do, so I shut down and did absolutely nothing! After a week or so of sitting on the couch wallowing in a bit of self pity, I finally returned to the studio and began completing the work in progress that was for upcoming shows. It seemed like a waste of time, there was no reason to push myself to complete the art now. It was slow going, with low enthusiasm but, looking back, I’m glad I continued. Eventually there will be shows again and I’ll be ready! After that I took care of some “business” things that I don’t always enjoy but had plenty of time to get off of my to-do list. Redesigned business cards, overhaul the website, cancel upcoming classes, post on my blog, re-write my artist statement and updating my resume were among the mundane chores that I finished.

Throughout this time Spring was finally beginning to show its face, hiding here and there among the dead winter leaves and bare trees. I walk daily, often multiple time, outdoors in the woods and around the fields – observing the changes, taking photographs and just absorbing the peaceful calm of nature. It’s probably been the most grounding experience during all of this. Although I am one to enjoy the coming of spring and signs of new life (I admit I am a wildflower geek!) this year it seemed to hold an even greater promise. When I was feeling that I was just trapped in time there was evidence that life would go on, and actively looking for it was both a good distraction and a great joy.

After a few weeks I returned to the empty calendar and looked at it again, with fresh eyes. It didn’t seem as empty now, it was full of possibilities. All those “one of these days” things we all talk about? Well, now was the time. I sorted through half-finished projects and completed or discarded them so they no longer took up space in my studio or my mind. I cleaned and organized the studio (not that you could tell it now!). I carved many new stamps and used them on scrap papers, then painted more scrap papers with vibrant colors – all added to my stash of papers I can choose from when I decide to collage next. When all else fails, on particularly rough days, I continue to do small slices of creative work in my art journals. I began an online class that I had purchased last year and, most likely, wouldn’t have ever slowed down long enough to sit and learn. That led to inspiration of more new creativity. and I just signed up for another class!

The days have begun to finally flow in a slow, comfortable rhythm that includes outdoor time, reading, learning, working in the studio and “daily life” activities. I am also taking better care of myself – exercise, full nights of sleep, cooking delicious meals, soaking in the tub and just being more aware of what my body wants and needs. In the meantime the calendar will begin to fill. A few events have set re-scheduled dates. I’ve discovered some virtual opportunities to participate in. I’ve been blessed with grants from the Indiana Arts Council and a couple of small commissioned projects so I can pay the bills and keep myself supplied in paints and materials. For now, I’m going to take advantage of this slow time.

How have you dealt with the last few months? Are you feeling confident of the future or cautious? I think I waiver between the two, especially if I am exposed to the media for any length of time! Then I need to retreat – into a book, into the studio, into some music or into the woods. I hope you have found your retreats and are able to use them when needed – love & blessing to you!

Your randomly creative friend,


New Work! November at ArtSplash Gallery

I’m excited to be sharing the main gallery space at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, during the month of November with the talented Lynn Andalman! We’re jokingly calling it the Lynn & Lynne show. 🙂 I’ve been busy creating new work with a focus on wood, stone & metal. It’s more sculptural than some of my previous work and I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring the shapes, textures and colors I’ve been using.

email print file, postcard, nov 2014

From the artists –

Lynne Medsker:
“I was asked recently what I loved as a child. The question brought memories of collecting rocks and other items in an old shoe box when I was young. Some were from treasured trips to local creeks to collect geodes, fossils and river rocks. Others were merely gravel from our driveway that I’d used my Prang watercolor set and painted pretty pastel colors! Special trips to the local rock shop, where I would spend much longer than my parents would have preferred, selecting just the right stone added to my collection. Those happy memories, along with a collection of driftwood, rocks and items that I have collected as an adult (to make something with “someday”) are what inspired this artwork. I hope you enjoy these new creations as much as I have enjoyed creating them!”

Lynn Andalman:
“After my trip to South Africa and surrounding areas, color and content seems to be bursting at the seams. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to complete what I have to give to the canvas. Looking forward to sharing all things new & wonderful!”

We’ll have some delicious treats and libations to celebrate the show during the Private Opening, Friday, November 7th, 2014 from 6 – 9 p.m. If you can’t make it then be sure to attend the Public Opening/Monthly Gallery Walk, Saturday, November 8th, 2014 from 5 – 9 p.m. Of course you can always visit during normal gallery hours as well.  ArtSplash is located at 111 W. Main Street, Suite #140, Carmel, IN 46032.

Too much art to see, not enough time!

Wow! This next few weeks are just ripe with art events happening all around the Indy area. Deciding what to do is going to be tough! Here are just the events that I know of (and I’m sure that there are plenty others, feel free to leave details about them in the comments section!):

Hendricks County Arts Council presents “ArtsGo!” county-wide art tour. (info regarding locations can be found on their website):

WHAT: County-Wide Art Tour, over 20 sites and 40 artists

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Various locations, check website

COST: Free!

The 18th annual Stutz Artist Open House (info below copies from their webpage):

WHAT: Stutz Artists Open House

WHEN: Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Stutz Business Center, 1060 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis Enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets. (Free event parking in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.)
COST: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, with a special $8 Saturday re-entry with Friday’s ticket stub, Saturday only kids 16 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at Old National Banking Centers and the Stutz business office.

INFO: 317-503-6420

IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Friday May 6th

Locations all over the city, for a map and details about locations visit If you can’t find several things on this list that get you excited then you must not enjoy art! Here are some specific events I’m interested in seeing:

The Harrison Center for the Arts, First Friday Open House & Artist Reception

WHAT: Open Studio Night and Artist Reception for Elizabeth Guipe Hall‘s (she rocks! check out her website) new work, “Valley of the Zapoteca”

WHEN: Friday,May 6th 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1505 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

COST: Free!

Wug Laku’s Studio & Garage, First Friday Open House

WHAT: Open Studio Night featuring “Perspectives” Contemporary Frescos & Sculpture by Doug Arnholter (not only does he rock, he also rolls!)

WHEN: Friday,May 6th 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: 1125 Brookside Avenue – C7, Indianapolis, Indiana

COST: Free!

Art After Five, First Friday Open Houses, Various Galleries in Zionsville

WHAT: Local galleries staying open late for visitors (I keep wanting to try this!)

WHEN: Friday,May 6th 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown Zionsville, Indiana

COST: Free!

If you miss all of those events there are still more on the horizon! Plan on attending these on the weekend of the May 13th & 14th: The Broad Ripple Spring Gallery Tour on Friday night from 5 to 9 p.m. and the Second Saturday Gallery Walk in the Carmel Arts & Design District from 5 to 10 p.m.

How’s that for helping you fill in your social calendar?? Let me know what you choose and how much fun it is, I know I won’t be able to make it to all these wonderful places this month but I’d love to hear about them!