Sunny thoughts and an invitation

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This month I am celebrating Spring…no matter how long it takes to get here! As part of that celebration I invite you to visit my studio as I participate in the third “Second Saturday Studio Tour” for 2015. The tour is part of the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail.  Visitors are welcome from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, March 14th, 2015.
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I’ll have some treats to nibble, something to sip and a small Spring themed “make & take” art project for you to get creative with. As an added bonus I’ll be sharing flower seeds that I harvested last fall for you to take home and plant in your Spring gardens. I hope to see you then!


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Sunshine & Blessings,
Lynne

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Peonies – Part Two

A few more images to add from my recent photo play. This group was taken with backlight coming through the window and purposely over-exposed when I took them. Afterwards I did some digital adjustments to make them high-key, contrasty and soft.

I also did some macro, close-up images with a digital edit or two as well.

I’m patiently waiting to see what kind of flowers I’ll have to take pictures of next! In the meantime I’ll return to the up-cycled artwork next post – I promise! Lynne

Peonies – Part One

Yes, there are supposed to be a couple more posts about the up cycled artwork but I couldn’t resist sharing some new images with you. I’ve not used my camera for “fun” for a while and have really gotten into it the last couple of weeks. Right now there is an abundance of blooming peony bushes in the yard so they’ve been an awesome subject. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Next time I’ll share some that I photographed & edited to be high-key, light & contrasty. More fun!

Lynne

Scenic Road Trip: Crater Lake, Oregon (Part 2)

Here is the follow-up to my last post about Crater Lake, these are images of the surrounding area. I would love to return here and spend several days explore, it was amazing!

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

"The Pinnacles" crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

"The Pinnacles" crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

In the next “road trip” post we’ll move south into the northern part of California and the giant redwoods. Look for it soon!

Happy trails,

Lynne

Garden View

"garden view" mixed media collage, 12x12", SOLD © lynne medsker

It must have been the beautiful flowers and gardens outside the window of the studio that inspired this piece! A little different than my normal bold abstracts this collage piece came together almost of it’s own will! So quickly in fact that the only other image I have of it is the five blank canvases. 🙂 It was only here in my studio a few days before it was swept away to it’s new home. It’s nice when someone else gets excited about your work and just HAS to have it! And it’s fun to think of all the places my art pieces are going to. 🙂

Summer Blooms

During my recent artist retreat I took a few hours to wander the lovely property and gardens and take photos. As everything around home seems to be dry, brown and struggling for life I thought some beautifully tended and well watered blooms might be fun to share! I hope you enjoy them!

Flowers

© Lynne Medsker

© Lynne Medsker

I figured I’d just start off with flowers since that’s how I advertised it in the last post! These beautiful flowers (above & below) were growing on a hillside near our cabin, I simply couldn’t resist getting some photos of them.

© Lynne Medsker

© Lynne Medsker

Although it was late in the season for some of these wildflowers I did find a few still growing here & there.

© Lynne Medsker

© Lynne Medsker

I was really happy to discover a few May Apples in bloom!

© Lynne Medsker

© Lynne Medsker

I hadn’t been in the right place at the right time to catch any the last few years. This year it was so wet I never made it out into my own yard to photograph the Trout Lilies and Spring Beauties!

Flowers, Frogs, Trees & Scenery…

butterfly © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days…I returned home & promptly became ill. Boo! Still in recuperation mode but I at least had enough energy for a blog post today!

© Lynne Medsker

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent most of last week in Brown County, Indiana with my grandson. We had a wonderful time!! And, yes, I was able to get out my camera and capture some photos while we were there.

frog © Lynne Medsker

So stayed tuned the next few days and look for more flowers, frogs, trees & scenery – I’ve got enough to keep you entertained for a while. Maybe by then I’ll feel up to creating some new art.

Hugs,

Lynne

Studio Update, Thursday Edition – January 20th, 2011

work in progress, "columns" 6x12 mixed media © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Oooh, I don’t think I’ve had a “Thursday Edition” before.  Isn’t this special? 🙂 It was a perfect day to stay in and make art (is there such a thing as a bad day to make art?) and I enjoyed having an extra day in the studio. I have lots of progress images to share with you, as well as some chit-chat to go with it. If you can’t tell by the image above I’ve added several more steps/layers to the “columns” artwork whose beginnings I shared in yesterday’s blog post. I added some more charcoal to the right side of the columns and rubbed that in to darken one side. The next step was to choose a color for the next layer and I picked a deep maroon to add on top of the brown/neutral base from the previous day.

work in progress, "columns" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

As soon as I had added that I began to think about flowers, flower gardens, columns with flowers and away I went. Before I could get to the actual flower portion I wanted more underlayers of color to put them on so I dropped some sepia colored ink across the top of the piece and then tilted it to let it drip down to the bottom.

work in progress, "columns" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

While that was still wet I added in some shimmering white ink into the lighter areas and let the piece set for a few minutes.

work in progress, "columns" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

After it had time to dry a bit I took a thick paper towel and placed it on top of the entire piece and lifted and smudged the ink around.

work in progress, "columns" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Now it was time to start thinking flowers. Of course flowers need vines, stems and some greenery too so I added bits of it on & around the columns and edges first.

work in progress, "columns" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Okay, NOW, it was time for flowers. I used different size dots with each color of paint I added, saving the very tiniest for the white dots that I put on last. Although I don’t think I’m finished with the piece it’s been fun seeing where it happened to go so far. I’m thinking perhaps it will end up more of a “secret” garden, hidden behind a few more layers a color, peeking out here & there. But that’s just “thinking” I’m letting it lead me where it wants right now.

I also added a layer of paint on the other piece that I started yesterday. I mixed an off-white with a light blue and got a very light grey-blue color that I spread over the top surface of most of the piece.

work in progress, "waves" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Eventually the texture was too much temptation and I just started using my fingers to paint with. 🙂 I wiped away most of the paint from the black lines so they would continue to stand out for now. I’m still not sure of the direction on this piece but I like this step. We’ll see where the next one leads! Here’s a close up photo of the texture of the surface:

work in progress, "waves" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

As promised yesterday I also put color on the large 3-panel mixed media artwork I’ve been working on the last week or two!

work in progress, 3-piece mixed media 2 x 6' © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Oh, did I say color? Perhaps I should have said LOTS of color! What fun! I know I’ll be adding more layers and some (or lots) of this may be covered up eventually but I really like the bold, fun, start. And, most of all, I’m just happy to have pushed myself into doing something with all that white canvas! I’m saving all the step-by-step images for a later post, perhaps when the piece is totally finished.

Tomorrow I will spend some time cleaning up the studio and getting artwork ready to show some visitors who are stopping by. I may have time to put a little paint to canvas, I’ll just wait & see where the day takes me. I hope your Friday and the upcoming weekend are both enjoyable!

More news soon!

Lynne

Thinkin’ Spring!

(c) Lynne Medsker

Okay, today’s post doesn’t have any kind of tutorial or photo tips, it’s just a selection of spring flower images that I’m drawn to right now.  We’re having another winter storm move through today and I’m way past being done with this kind of weather!  I’m ready for spring.  I can look at these and remember taking them at some local state parks and in my own backyard.

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

Some of them I lay down on the chilly spring earth to get close enough to capture their tiny details.  At least one of them I got more than just a photo, I got nice big patches of itchy poison ivy on my arms as well!  Some were taken when I was out enjoying nature with friends and family and others I was blissfully alone and in tune with my surroundings, seeing and appreciating the tiny details of my journey.

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

(c) Lynne Medsker

Although I know they don’t hold the memories for you that they do for me perhaps, in a small way, they will still give you something to look forward to while we wait out yet another spell of winter weather. I’m ready for some warmer weather, sunshine and no snow, how about you?

Thinkin’ Spring!

Lynne