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"Intersections" mixed media mandala inspired art (marker, watercolor & ink on watercolor paper) © Lynne Medsker
“Intersections” mixed media mandala inspired art (marker, watercolor & ink on watercolor paper) © Lynne Medsker

Somehow that title sounds like a shmoozy late-night commercial blurb, doesn’t it? I don’t know if that will draw you in or scare you away! I just thought “Ready to Advance your Mandala Creating Skills? New Workshop Next Week!” wouldn’t fit well in the title bar area very well. That being said….

Well, are you? Ready to advance those creative mandala skills? Hmmm?

Next Wednesday evening, August 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art Lab Indy I’ll be presenting “Mandala Art II” (such a creative class name, no?).  If you’ve got the basics of creating a mandala in a square/circle format and are ready to break out of that boxy world then this is for YOU. We’ll explore creating mandalas off-center, in multiples and also be using a new background (watercolor paper) and (surprise!) watercolors, too.

sample images
sample images

This will be my last class for a while as time for our move approaches, if you miss this one you’ve got a couple months to wait before I’ll be teaching again. Maybe just don’t miss it, how’s that sound? Contact Art Lab Indy to register for class, cost is $35. As always all supplies are provided so just bring yourself & a playful attitude. See you then!


P.S. If you missed the Intro to Mandala Class and are a self-starter, here are instructions on the basics so you’ll be caught up for this class:  Making A Mandala

Jingle Rails!

‘Tis the season for…well, some holiday inspired pics!

"jingle rails" photo, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“jingle rails” photo, 2012, Lynne Medsker

I went with a friend to the Eiteljorg Museum to view a wonderful photo exhibit a few weeks ago. While we were there we also made a stop at their annual “Jingle Rails” exhibit. What fun!!

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

The entire (large!) room was full of miniature buildings and different model train set ups.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

Since the museum focusing on the art of the western United States most of the lovely buildings were small replicas of lodges and other gorgeous sites from that region.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

I hadn’t anticipated taking any photos on our excursion and was caught at a rare time I didn’t have one of my cameras on hand.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

Thank goodness for cell phones! I especially enjoy taking photos on it using some of the “alternate” cameras you can download so these all have some different effects or sizing to them to make them even more “magical”. 🙂

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

Along with the wonderful western scenes they also had a section that represented Indianapolis. One section showed the state fair midway – which you don’t usually get to see in the wintertime!

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

It was fun to see our town in a small scale! There was a larger section featuring downtown buildings and landmarks.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

They even had a small version of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of our Colt’s football team.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

I think my favorite had to be the miniature “Christmas Tree” that is constructed each year by stringing lights on the monument in the circular center of Indy.

"Jingle rails" image, 2012, Lynne Medsker
“Jingle rails” image, 2012, Lynne Medsker

I hope you enjoyed this wintery tour of the exhibit and that you are enjoying the holiday season!



Monday = Mandala!

"split personality" 1 & 2, mixed media mandala on paper, framed to 11x22" $95 © Lynne Medsker

Well, a lot of Monday posts have featured mandalas so I figured the title would work. Plus it’s getting tough to find new titles for mandala posts! 🙂 Similar the the “Sun & Earth” mandala post last week the two finished pieces I’m showing here each started as a single piece with the notion they’d be cut in two for display/framing purposes. Here is what they (plus another unfinished piece) looked like after they were drawn:

work in progress, ink outlines © lynne medsker

From that stage they were then given some washes of watercolor to make the backgrounds interesting. The watercolor tends to fade out/discolor the bold black lines so I re-applied many of those before heading to the final coloring stage:

work in progress, watercolor added, select ink outlines reapplied © lynne medsker

Here are the two pieces, finished, before they were cut in half:

"split personality" before being split! © lynne medsker
"divided" before being divided © lynne medsker

Lastly, here is the second piece in it’s matting, ready to go into it’s frame:

"divided" mixed media mandala on paper, framed to 11x22, $95 © Lynne Medsker

These two particular pieces are now hanging at Healing Arts Indy, in downtown Indianapolis. I’ve got a couple of the larger mandalas to share with you soon, then who knows what we might get into. 🙂

Have a great week!


Last minute reminder!

I know I posted info about this show a few weeks ago and have mentioned it in a few recent posts but I wanted to give your memory one last “jog” before the weekend! I’ll be setting up my booth this afternoon and ready to go Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Just so you know, I’m packing a few new creations that haven’t even been shown on the blog or the website yet! Come take a peek, say hello and get a little pre-holiday shopping done while you support the local art community.

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!



PRESS RELEASE: What are you doing the weekend before Thanksgiving?  Come have fun at the Garfield Park Arts Center!  Indy Parks and Recreation proudly presents the Third Annual Preview Show and Autumn Art Fair at GPAC.  Free to the public, both the Preview Show (currently on display in the lobby) and the Autumn Art Fair focus on exquisitely hand-created, family-friendly, affordable items (50¢ -$500) from about 60 artists.  Groups and individual artists from Indy, Brown County, and central Indiana are now displaying their unique wares of all kinds at the Preview Show.  These items and more go on sale at the Autumn Art Fair at GPAC on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 & 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sign up for door prizes!  The building is handicapped accessible.

Several of the previous years’ groups have chosen to return.  An intricately cut gourd by Bob Dillard and a beautifully drawn fish-patterned gourd by his wife Emily represent the Indiana Gourd Society.  Brown County Artisans return with a mix of rustic and elegant works from glassman/painter Pete Bullard, weaver Linda Comstock-Teel, potter Jerry England, painter S. Frederick, pen and ink artist Lynne Lynch-Hughes, gourdist Sharon Jungclaus-Gould, woodcut artist Tom Lowe, bead and basket-maker Mary Pendergrass and jeweler Ruth Wert.  Herrons and Egrets have a woven gourd, “Hoosier Autumn,” by Mac McCrary and Jeanne Scheuring’s triangular shawl in warm purples.  The family of painters who formed Art is Relative bring us “The Wagon and the Barn” by Michael Ries, his wife Karla has “Missing Wheel,”  and her dad Richard Williams shows us “Lands End.”

Other well-known area artists are back.  Ceramicists Rick “The Pearman” Greiner and Sean Gray will be demonstrating their art.  Mike Rogers, GPAC’s “poet laureate,” has an original poem on display.  John Jarvis brought a tooled and painted leather Native American Medicine Wheel.   Marti Icenogle’s unique monotype is “Chinese New Year.”  Proudly  “Eagle”  by Mike Taylor surveys the scene.  A speckled blue sugar and creamer set by Christine Heisler makes you crave tea.  “West Washington Street” is Steven Keller’s offering.  “Little Blond,” a charcoal portrait sketched by Charles Ver, encourages you to have a sketch done at the fair.  Pam O’Rouke and friend Anne Kominowski have photos and cards for sale.  The photo of fine jeweler Megan Martin’s “Butterscotch Drops” glows golden.  An opaque yellow slumped glass vase is from Muncie-area artist James Tharp.

Several people are new this year.  “Piecemaker” Linda Booker has a quilted purse and a child’s denim jacket.  Martha St. Claire creatively recycled of an old L. L. Bean man’s shirt into a cute little girl’s dress.  Mary Ann Habeeb shows a felted fedora and purse.  Sylvia Gray’s “Day in Jamaica” is a picture painted on silk.  “Sail Away” on Mary Lee Griffin’s stained glass boat.  Len Bibeau’s “Boars Head” is a landscape.  Lynne Medsker’s copper and more collage is entitled “Embrace.“  Do you recognize the tree in Leo Ware’s photo, “Garfield Park Beauty”?  Daniel Westfall brings us the appropriate “Fall Harvest.”  Local china-painter Penny Nangle offers lots of styles.  You’ll love Debbie Heidelberger’s tall iris cut from aluminum and set into stone.  The expressions on the faces of Francis Annich Johnson’s “San Diego Gorillas” will touch your heart. Brown County artist Cheri Platter’s jewelry incorporates her husband Dallas’s handmade lampwork beads.  Their friends Connie Simmonds and Susan Threehawks will bring mosaics.  From Peru comes Kenton Ridenour’s digitally painted “Visible Transformation”  and Valerie May’s elegant blue collage “Revisitation.”

Currently planned special guests include Faten Ali-Munger’s dancers, Manual High School’s Choir, and the Garfield Shakespeare Company.  Come for the fun!  Experience the extraordinary art for sale.  There’s plenty of free parking at the Garfield Park Arts Center.  Call 327-7135 for hours and info.  Check us out on the Garfield Park Arts Center’s Facebook page!

Come See Art from the Heart in the Heart of the Park!

Have a little class, won’t you?

Or, have a big class – I’d be happy either way! If you haven’t checked out the recent updates on my website lately be sure to visit it soon. If you haven’t noticed, I always recap what’s been updated on the front page to help you navigate. One of the biggest changes is in the “Classes” section of the site. I really do enjoy sharing my love of art with others but have difficulty figuring out when and what to share. SO, for the fall sessions I am going with a “build it yourself” style of classes. The topics available are: Gelatin Prints, Intuitive Collage, Mandala Art, Mixed Media on Illustration Board and Mixed Media Wall Sculptures. (You can find details, costs & links to examples of each of these topics on the Classes page of the website.) Also listed on that page are dates that I am currently available to present those topics. Pick a topic, choose your date, grab a friend or two and we are set for a few hours to an entire day’s worth of fun! Sign up soon to be sure you get the date you want…I’m ready for you!


image from a mixed media workshop (c) Lynne Medsker


First Friday at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center!

Studio 204 is pleased to be hosting the mixed media artist Lynne Medsker for the August First Friday on August 6.  Studio 204 is home to Marti Icenogle (Magickal Dragon Designs) and Bob and Moon Stump (Mixed Media Jewelry).  Studio 204  is located in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square on Indy’s southside.

Lynne Medsker:  Mixed Messages
First Friday, August 6, 6 – 10 pm

Lynne Medsker’s mixed media artwork is being featured on First Friday, August 6, 6 – 10 pm at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square.  Lynne combines her digital images with photography, watercolor and mixed media collage. Lynne is especially intrigued with texture and blending individual elements into unique multi-layered images. She often uses recycled and natural materials in her works.

Lynne is an accomplished artist who has shared her artistic vision in numerous local venues.  Additionally, her work has been shown in a dozen states across the U.S., including exhibits in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington D.C., Phoenix and New York. She also has art in corporate and private collections.  For further information about this exhibition or other events at Studio 204, please

Spring into Summer!

image of collage scraps (c) Lynne Medsker

I finally have my schedule set for presenting workshops and classes during the next few months! It’s fun to look at the calendar and know that by the time the last workshop arrives it will be June.  I will try to enjoy all that comes along in between but I do so look forward to the spring and early summer with more sunshine and some warmer weather. In the meantime, go get your calendar and put one or more of these items on there:

Saturday, March 20thCreative Collage Workshop, 10 am – 4 pm, @ Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indiana, cost $60, class size limited to 4 so sign up early! Cancelled due to lack on enrollment

Fridays, March 19th, April 2nd, April 16thPhotography Class: Basics & Beyond, 1 -3 pm, @ Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indiana (first session) and various locations around Indianapolis, cost $60, maximum class size is 8 students. Cancelled due to lack on enrollment

Saturdays, April 17th, May 1st, May 15thPhotography Class: Basics & Beyond, 8:30 to 10:30 am, @Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indiana (first session) and various locations around Indianapolis, cost $60, maximum class size is 8 students.

PLEASE NOTE! CHANGE OF DATE: Saturday & Sunday, June 26th & 27thTwo Day Mixed Media Workshop: Abstract Wall Sculpture, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm & Sunday 1 to 4 pm, @ Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indiana, cost $75, class size limited to 4 participants.

I’ll be publishing more details as each event draws closer but you’ve got the basics now! If you’re interested in taking part I encourage you to email me so I can put your name on the class list. You don’t want to miss out! 🙂

I’m also looking for suggestions on summer classes or workshops! I’ve had one request for a mandala class so that is tentatively on the schedule. What do YOU want to play with and learn?

Give it a whirl!


Mandalas and such…

Last fall I began posting images of the mandalas I had started creating.  I keep coming back to them!  The process is creative and soothing at the same time, although I’m not producing them at the same rate as I did when I began I don’t feel like I’m finished making them either.  During a few different sessions over the last month I’ve made some new ones I am ready to share.  These first two are smaller pieces, about 5×5 inches each.

"mandala 24" marker & ink on paper, 5x5", $65 (framed) (c) Lynne Medsker
"mandala 25" marker & ink on paper, 5x5", $65 (framed) (c) Lynne Medsker

I like the small size because they are faster to complete and I have found pre-made frames with square openings that they display nicely in.  This next piece was an experiment!  It’s not truly a mandala but I used some of the same techniques and applied them to a rectangular form.  It ended up much looser than I had originally intended, as well as totally different colors and designs, but that’s sometimes how being creative goes and I try to just follow the flow where it takes me.

"mandala-ish art" 5x14" marker & ink on paper (c) Lynne Medsker

I haven’t decided if I’m excited about doing a different shape, I may try another one before I make up my mind one way or another.  Figuring out how to frame & present them will be a challenge as well…unless I fall in love with the shape and idea they may well remain unframed! This last piece I am really excited about/pleased with.  I made it as a Christmas gift for one of my best friends and felt like his life & art influenced it quite a bit (in a good way!).

"mandala 26" marker & ink on paper, 12x12", (NFS) (c) Lynne Medsker

It is one of the largest pieces I have done like this and I enjoyed the challenge of both a larger piece of work and of working other free-form designs in & around the mandala design. I’m think this is something I’d like to try again as well!  I’ve noticed that so far 2010 has been quite a hodge-podge of subjects in my postings…I wonder what will be next?

Keeping us guessing,


Abstract & Mixed

Last month I posted the first image of a new series I had started working on, musing at that point how the rest would turn out.  Well, I’m done musing and done with the other pieces as well!  Here are images of the other four:

abstract #2, mixed media, 12x14", $225 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
abstract #3, mixed media, 12x14", $225 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
abstract #4, mixed media, 12x14", $225 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
abstract #5, mixed media, 12x14", $225 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

It was fun incorporating the used parts and recycled materials into these compositions!

All five of these pieces will be for sale at the Holiday Art Show, TOMORROW, Friday, December 11th. Be sure and come visit me there between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the ArtsGarden in Circle Center Mall!  There will be about 20 local artists all displaying their work for your holiday shopping enjoyment. Remember, it is one day only (and you’ll be sorry if you miss it)! For more information you can CLICK HERE.

Happy shopping!