New in the Studio this week

I’ve had the pleasure of being able to spend a few days in the studio this week! As of yesterday I completed five “in progress” batik pieces that I have been working on for the last few weeks and also completed painting 12 stones that will be incorporated into new mixed media art pieces for an upcoming show. Here is an image of one series of stones as they progressed throughout the day:

email rock painting progress

A different set:email, technicolor rocks

If you are interested in creating some painted rocks, or just playing in the paints I’ll be having open studio play dates next week! The cost is only $10 for a 2-3 hour session and this month all the fees are going to be donated to HDSA. You can read the details in THIS POST.

Here is one of the batik pieces, almost finished:14199230_10153737866222233_6978260181664794374_n

I tried my first stop-action film while working on the finishing details on this piece but it turned out slightly blurry and a bit too fast. It was a good learning experience none the less. My second attempt was in focus but my camera battery died mid-recording. Now I’m out of works in progress to film! I’ll get it done eventually though, it’s one of those things I’ve wanted to do/learn. There are so many!

Now I’m off for a few more hours in the studio…I wonder what will be created today!


Upcoming Open Studio Play Day!

This year I am doing something a little different! Instead of scheduling formal classes I am going to open my studio for a “play date” every  few months (sessions will normally be on the third Thursday of the month, followed by a session the next Saturday for those that need a weekend option). Topics will change each month and all will be fun & easy and each only $10 per person to cover the material and supplies.

5x7" dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker
5×7″ dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker

For September the studio is open for play on Thursday, September 8th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. as well as Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be working on preparing some new pieces for the show that opens later that month so materials will be out to paint rocks, create pieces on wood or sticks or just paint – whatever sounds like fun to you! Please reserve your 2-3 hour times slot as your schedule allows, I’ve got room for 3 or 4 people to work comfortably at the same time. The cost is $10. Visit the Online Reservation Form to sign up.

Your entire $10 fee will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to promote education about, and research for, Huntington’s Disease. Many describe the symptoms of HD as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously. There is no cure. We have two family members currently battling this deadly disease. I will be participating in walks in Indiana this September (for our son) and Knoxville, Tennessee in October (for our grandson).

I hope you are able to come out and play on one of these dates and help me raise money for HD at the same time!


HD doesn’t always mean Hi-Def

I’ve never written a post about this before but I am asking for your help with a cause – Huntington’s Disease (HD). We have a family member that has been diagnosed and exhibits symptoms of Huntington’s, watching this disease progress over the years can be heartbreaking.  We also have other family members that are at risk. I’m not asking you to send a donation (although that’s awesome if you want to!) but would you please visit this page to view & sign a petition for the Huntington’s Disease Parity Act? Although this petition is specifically for people residing in Indiana you may want to check to see if there is something similar that you can sign for your state.

Many people haven’t heard of Huntington’s Disease or they know the name but don’t understand what this disease does. This page gives a great overview of the disease, take a few minutes to educate yourself so you can help educate others. Since HD affects 1 in 10,000 people there are even some medical personnel that haven’t seen, and don’t have a basic understanding of, this disease! Thus far there is no cure for this disease and treatment is limited to helping the various symptoms.

The petition I am asking you to sign will help those with the disease more easily gain access to the Social Security disability benefits and Medicare coverage they need. The current criteria is outdated and vague, which causes most patients to routinely be denied coverage forcing them to go through appeals and a lengthy, stressful process to gain coverage. The Huntington’s Disease Parity Act, Re. H.R. 678, would require the Commissioner of Social Security to revise the medical criteria for evaluating disability in a person diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and to waive the 24-month waiting period for Medicare eligibility for individuals disabled by Huntington’s Disease.  Recently WTHR, Channel 13, in Indianapolis presented information about Huntington’s Disease and this petition, to view that video click here.

I appreciate your help!