Back to mini art!

"mini art #59" mixed media, 5x7, $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I finished a few more pieces of mini art over the weekend so I thought I’d share them with you this morning. I had sold the last mini “river rocks” piece I made and had a request for another one…so I figured while I was in that groove I’d just make several!

"mini art #60" mixed media, 5x7, $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"mini art #63" mixed media, 5x7, $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I also had a request for a mini featuring a beaver.  Sounded like a fun challenge so, after looking a few reference photos this is what I came up with.

"mini art #61" mixed media, 5x7 (sold) (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

The river rock pieces will be available at the Holiday Art Show this Friday. (Click here for more details!)

"mini art #62" mixed media, 5x7, $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I hope everyone is staying warm & safe during the blustery weather.

Cozy thoughts,
Lynne

“Nature Awakens Creativity”

In a recent post I mentioned that I had taken the time to enjoy nature and capture some photographs at a local nature preserve.  One of the reasons I had gone there was to gather images to use in artwork for an upcoming show.  The show is titled “Nature Awakens Creativity” and it will be on display at the Indianapolis Art Center from October 1st until November 23rd, 2009. This exhibition, sponsored by the Central Indiana Land Trust, will be part of the Indianapolis Spirit & Place Festival this November.  Each participating artist was required to create one piece of art for the exhibit.  Of course, I couldn’t do just ONE, so I created these two pieces:

Shades of Early Autumn (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Shades of Early Autumn" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
Fall Blush photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"Fall Blush" photo/digital art (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

I will be picking these both up from the frame shop later today and then will need to decide which piece I will enter in the exhibit.  I’ve been waiver since I made them and still haven’t made up my mind!  Any input?  I’d love to hear what you think!  My delivery date is tomorrow so I’ll have to make a decision soon. Of course if you want to find out which one I choose, you may just need to visit the art center to see for yourself!

Wink & a smile,

Lynne

Directionally Challenged

I have an art show coming up in September and have been gathering info, images and ideas for it over the last few weeks so the press can go out, postcards can be made, etc.  At the very end of this process we discovered we hadn’t given the show a title.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how I can struggle just naming a single piece of my art.  Some pieces remain “untitled” for a really long time until inspiration strikes.  Now I was faced with titling a whole show?  Yikes!  I started brainstorming, just thinking of words that describe my work but that wasn’t helpful because I do so many different styles & media of work there just isn’t one word that covers it all.  Even combining two or three words wasn’t working.  I talked with the show coordinator on the phone and we bounced things around and she asked if perhaps I had a piece of work that could be used as a title.  None came to mind because most of them are simple, one word titles (due to my challenge at naming them, I’m sure).  As I was browsing through a folder of my art images this one popped up:

directionally challenged mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker
"directionally challenged" mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker

PERFECT!  Not only is it one of the pieces I had planned on displaying at the show it truly describes my creative tendencies!  SO…the show now has a title and it’s getting closer all the time.

“Directionally Challenged” will be on display from September 1st to September 22nd at Healing Arts Indy, in downtown Indianapolis. Healing Arts Indy offers a unique and luxurious massage environment with a cooperative of highly skilled massage therapists practicing a variety of bodywork modalities in a beautiful environment. They also have yoga classes, a licensed acupuncturist, fine arts exhibitions, book discussions, and other community oriented events to feed mind, body and spirit. Their address is 805 S. Meridian Street, for more info call 317-955-7811.  The opening reception will be on Friday, September 4th during the “First Friday” art tour in Indianapolis.  Please be sure and join me that evening!

New collaborative art project

Hello!  I apologize by the sporadic blog posts recently!  The process of setting up my studio space here at home has been consuming my energy, thoughts and time recently.  My goal is to have it completely finished by the first of June…if things go according to plan it may even be sooner!  I am anxious for it to be done and to get settled in and start some new projects.  

Speaking of creative projects, this week I will be visiting the Noble Center in Indianapolis again to work on an art project with the artists there.  Normally I spend the morning doing a project with the participants and that’s the end of it until next visit.  This visit is different because they are preparing for a collaborative art show in June so several of the local artists (including me!) are spending time creating art there during the month of May.  The theme is loosely based on the Beatle’s and artists from the 60’s era.  The piece we will be creating together will feature Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones.  What fun!  I’ve had one of their songs stuck in my head this past week as I’ve been repainting some wooden furniture to use in the studio.  I’ve seen enough of black paint for a while but caught myself humming “Paint it Black” on more than one occasion.  Perhaps that was just warming me up for this project?  

The reception for this event is Friday, June 5 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wheeler Art Center in Fountain Square (1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis) and is, of course, open to the public.  

I will post an update after our play date on Tuesday to show you how the piece is developing!  I hope to get all the basic pieces prepared during my visit and then assemble it at home.  I have a vision of what we’re doing but also enjoy “going with the flow” as we create so we’ll see what happens during the process.  The only thing I am certain of is that it will be fun!

Until next time…

Lynne

Do over!

Every once in a while some creations just need to be revisited.  Maybe at the time they seemed complete, or perhaps just “good enough” because nothing else was coming into your imagination.  Then later, for whatever reason, a thought pops into your mind and you immediately know what it was that needed to be done.  I love those moments! (The ones when you realize, not the ones when you don’t have a clue!)  If you’ve looked at my website you know that I make collaborative art pieces with my husband, Mark, using metal.  Most of the pieces are created from discarded parts and other recycled materials.  Last year we created three new wall sculptures, including the one that just got a “do over”.  One piece was specifically for a commission and the other two (including the do over) were the Plan “B”s – in case the client wasn’t as pleased with the original piece as we hoped or (even better) wanted additional pieces.  They stuck with the original piece that they had commissioned (show here after it was installed):

wall sculpture #19 (c) 2008 mark & lynne medsker
wall sculpture #19 (c) 2008 mark & lynne medsker

One of the parameters for the commissioned piece was that they wanted the metal to be sealed, unfinished, instead of painted.  So we finished all the pieces like that. The piece that I still wasn’t completely happy with traveled around a bit and then ended up back home, hanging in the garage next to the entryway into the house.  So I saw it everyday until it just became part of the background and I didn’t pay that much attention to it anymore.  Then a week or so ago Mark had a request for a piece to be hung in an upcoming show.  That piece fit the bill but I couldn’t let it go out again until I was happy with it.  One thing that bothered me about it was that it was very “flat”.  It had some dimension to it as the pieces were welded on top of each other but basically it laid flat against the wall.  Had we been at square one then welding it in a more curved fashion would have been the answer but now I would have to figure out a different approach.  The pieces on the outside of the sculpture were fairly thin & flexible so I was able to bend them to where they curled up and away from the wall, adding some of the dimension I felt it was missing.  Okay…it was getting better but is still just wasn’t there.  Then I remembered a diferent metal wall sculpture that recently sold and how taken the customer was with the way it was painted.  Ah ha!  That might just be what I was looking for.  I am a big fan of the ‘hammered metal’ type of spray paints…it is shiny but also very textured and it keeps with the metal appearance of the pieces.  So out came four cans of that in various colors and away I went.  I love to layer & blend with spray paints just like I do with acrylics, ink, paper or even pixels on the computer.  First a coat of one color, then a highlight of another, a spritz of a different one, some dark followed by some light and a drizzle of paint drops here & there to add interest.  After working it for a while I let it sit, went back to it and did a bit more work and, FINALLY, I feel like it is now finished!  Here is a photo of the complete piece plus a close up detail so you can see the painted finish:

wall sculpture #20 (c) 2009 mark & lynne medsker
“wall sculpture #20” (c) 2009 mark & lynne medsker
detail, wall sculpture #20
detail, wall sculpture #20

It will be on display along with it’s “sister” piece that is already hanging at the Continental Office Environments showroom, 9202 East 33rd Street, Indianapolis.  On Friday,  March 13th from 5 – 7 pm Broad Ripple Art & Design will have it’s “Second Friday Opening” there!