Finished!

Well, I finally got the hubcap finished for the Landfill Art Project the other day…it is on it’s way to PA as I write this.  I am happy to have it completed!  It is pretty much how I envisioned it, I never know if that’s a good thing to be true to my vision or if it’s a sign my creativity was lacking a bit during the process.   Here’s the final product:

organic geometry mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"organic geometry" mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

Not much else to share with you for now.  My days have been full of finishing up orders for my photography customers and preparing for my trip to Colorado.  I shipped three boxes full of art supplies out there, they should arrive the day after I do.  Today is the last minute details and bag packing then the plane takes off at 6:45 in the morning.  I hope to be able to check in from time to time but really don’t have any idea what the next few weeks will bring.  How exhilarating to be heading into the unknown for a while!

Peace, love & happiness until next time…

Lynne

Landfill Art Project, update

As I mentioned in a previous post I have started working on my hubcap art for the Landfill Art Project.  I had a little time to work on it so I added so organic/freeform wires to the piece.  Here is an updated view:

hubcap art, work in progress (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker
hubcap art, work in progress (c) 2009 Lynne Medsker

I have also selected several pieces of the embossed, inked metal art that I have been working on lately to be attached to this piece.  I didn’t have the time to get them attached yet…that will be the last phase of the project and then it should be complete.  Unless I dream up something else to do to it! 🙂  

More to follow soon….

Lynne

Beginning

I finally started on the Landfill Art Project that I’ve been talking about for a couple of months.  For some reason just getting myself to START can be one of the hardest steps!  I’m glad I’ve got it underway now, I want to have it finished within the next week so I can get it sent back before I head out for my three week stint as guest artist at The Tin Shop in Colorado.  Basically all I’ve done so far is add color to the hubcap.  I also selected several smaller, colorful pieces to incorporate into the artwork. Here are some images of my progress so far:

hubcap, unaltered
hubcap, unaltered
hubcap, phase 1
hubcap, "phase 1"
hubcap, phase 1, detailed view
hubcap, "phase 1", detailed view

I will update you again as soon as I’ve gotten more finished & photographed!

Lynne

New Metal Pieces (in progress)

I have had some ideas in my journal that I have been wanting to create and, finally, Sunday afternoon gave me a few hours that I could go out & play.  My husband Mark & I like to work with metal and design everything from odd looking little critters to functional art pieces (tables, lamps, candleholders, etc.) to metal wall sculptures.  Pretty much whatever strikes our fancy.  When we first started it was just a fun adventure figuring out how to create things from the old pieces & parts he’d collected.  We quickly had a large inventory of cats, dogs, bugs, birds, turtles – just about any animal we could think of.  So we tested the waters at a few art fairs and the crazy things were selling like hotcakes.  Now, I have to explain, we differ in our approach to things, I was fine creating them and learning how to best craft them.  But my heart was in the more artistic creations.  That part was “ok” to him but he wanted to make things that sold.  Suddenly it went from playing and having fun to an assembly line.  Ten more frogs, eight cats, we need 3 birds and on it went.  BLAH!  Eventually he ran short of time and other aspects of our lives took over and it all kind of went by the wayside.  Occasionally we would do some commissioned work, and I would convince him to do a few new wall sculptures from time to time as well. It think this may be the year we get back into making more creations…although whether it’s critters or fine art remains to be seen!  

Through the process we purchased a plasma cutter to cut out metal pieces.  I LOVE THE PLASMA CUTTER!  Another tool for getting creative!  During a recent brainstorming session I drew a few sketches of some metal pieces I wanted to make using the plasma cutter.  I got these three cut out and “etched” (that’s the closest term I can think of).

 

tall, skinny tree on metal, work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
tall, skinny tree on metal, work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

 

sun over mountains, work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
sun over mountains, work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
tree (on metal) work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
tree (on metal) work in progress (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

 I envisioned them hanging on a freestanding base but now have begun to wonder if they wouldn’t look better either hanging on the wall or framed.  Hard to say how they’ll end up but at least they are started!  I want to play with some of the test pieces I did and some inks to see about adding color to them.  Although I could spray paint them I don’t think that’s the effect I want for these.  They look pretty cool just raw metal so that is an option too.  I’ll post more photos as they progress!  Although I’m excited about these I am also itching to get started on my hubcap for the landfill art project.  There is always more to do than there is time to do it!  Sigh!  But, hey, at least I don’t get bored!

Talk to you soon,

Lynne

Landfill Art Project

Greetings!  It’s been a while since I updated the blog but I’m sure everyone is busy right now anyhow.  I can’t believe Christmas is next week!  The show at the Eiteljorg went well despite the economy and bad weather I would have to mark it a successful day.  The following day Mark & I finished preparing 220 welded candleholders for delivery, it was our biggest commission to date.  We were both glad to get it completed and delivered, now we will have some spare time if we feel the urge to get creative with metal again!  I have several exciting things in the works right now and thought I would share one of the projects with you today.  I have been included as an artist in the Landfill Art Project.  Landfillart is an international effort encompassing one-thousand-forty-one (1,041) artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art.

The project began in Pennsylvania where the founder, Ken Marquis,  hoped to get 41 artists (one from each county) to “think green” and transform old hubcaps into pieces of art.  Since that time it has expanded it’s goal and he now wants to include at least one artist from each of the 50 states as well as international participants.  Approximately 80% of the landfill canvases will be completed by professional artists, the remaining percentage will be created by a cross section of culture, including individuals with special needs, children, emerging artists and the financially disadvantaged.  The third phase of this project will involve publishing a book on the project showcasing all one thousand forty one (1,041) completed “metal canvases.”  The fourth and final phase will involve choosing 200 metal canvases that adequately represent the project and create a traveling show. The book and traveling show will publically portray the global art community’s effort to positively impact the environment through repurposing previous metal waste into great landfillart.  For more information and updates you can visit the website at www.landfillart.org 

My hubcap arrived yesterday!  I will be sure and post updates and pictures and the work in progress once I get started on it.  I’m exciting to be participating in this project!