More Underwater Fun!

Last week I posted some images from a test run while I was trying my hand at underwater photography. Today I am going to share some of the images taken during the photo shoot I was preparing for.

(c) Lynne Medsker
(c) Lynne Medsker

I must say this was harder than I thought – for both of us. Being buoyant has it’s disadvantages when you want to take photos UNDER the water.

(c) Lynne Medsker

We spent a few fun hours in and around the pool and both relaxed enough that by the end we were very comfortable with what we were doing. Which, if you hadn’t guessed yet, were pregnant belly pictures. 🙂

(c) Lynne Medsker
(c) Lynne Medsker
(c) Lynne Medsker

These are some of the ones taken under the water, I’ve got another post of the ones taken around the pool area above water.  Check back for those images tomorrow!

Lynne

Intro to Mandala Art: Tuesday evening, August 28th

Same class as the recently listed one for Friday, August 24th but this one is in the evening (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) and also located in my studio in Brownsburg, Indiana instead of Carmel. I’m trying to open these up to fit different schedules so if one doesn’t fit you, perhaps the other will! These are the last two Intro to Mandala Art classes I will be presenting for the year. Each will be followed by “Mandala Art II” classes in September for those who wish to take this art form a bit further.

mandala 14 (c) lynne medsker
mandala #14, marker & ink, 5×5″ (c) lynne medsker

If you plan to join in on this creative, relaxing and fun class please conact me (info@lynnemedsker.com) no later than midnight on Sunday, August 26th.

See you there!

Lynne

Intro to Mandala Art: Friday morning, August 24th

Just a reminder that the next “Intro to Mandala Art” will be in one week, on August 24th.

mandala #17 (c) Lynne Medsker
“mandala #17” (c) lynne medsker

This is a morning session, from 9:30 to 11:30, held at the ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. The cost? Only $25, including instruction, all materials and even a custom cut mat for framing your favorite creation! Reserve you spot in class by contacting me – info@lynnemedsker.com no later than midnight on Wednesday, August 22nd. This are the last Intro to Mandala Art class I will be presenting in Carmel this year. It will be followed by “Mandala Art II” class in September for those who wish to take this art form a bit further.

creations from previous mandala workshop

I can’t wait to share this relaxing, creative process with you!

Lynne

Web Presence for Artists: August 29th, 2012

I was invited to share some information with local artists about online presence and social media. I know enough about it to know I don’t know it all – but I’m excited to share what I do know! Here is the class information. If you’d like to join, please email me at info@lynnemedsker.com. If we can find a workable date in the near future I may be presenting this again on a Saturday for those that aren’t available during the week.

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An Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists

Presented by Lynne Medsker

Date:                  Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Time:         10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. (bring a sack lunch)

Location:         Sugar Creek Art Center

                          127 South Pearl Street

                       Thorntown, Indiana

Cost:                  $20 per person

Contact:         Lynne Medsker @ info@lynnemedsker.com

This class is to introduce and encourage artists to use the available social media and online outlets to present and promote their work.  It will be broken into a morning session that covers basic information on presenting your work online, including:

Photographing/Adjusting/Resizing your images for the web

Watermarking & copyright for your images

What information to include with your images

Being consistent in your efforts

Connecting with other artists, art lovers and potential clients

After lunch we will spend time talking about specific sites and ways to promote your art, some topics covered will be:

Facebook Pages

Pinterest

Twitter

LinkedIN, Branched Out, Google+, etc.

Etsy & eBay

Blogs and blogs vs. websites

Image hosting sites

Online resources

You will receive handouts as well as links & information via email after the class. I will be available after the session to answer any specific questions that you may have about your art, Facebook Page, blog, etc. and to schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions for those who are interested in further assistance. If you have a laptop please bring it with you!

Get creative next Tuesday!

finished journals, back side
sample journals created in the last class

Just one week until the Creative Journal Cover class! Who’s coming??

Tuesday, August 21st, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Creative Journal Cover – Lynne Medsker Studio, Brownsburg, Indiana $30, includes all supplies.

Reminder: Industrial Art Duo Class!

wall sculpture 28 © lynne medsker
wall sculpture #28, wood, concrete & misc. old parts © lynne medsker

If you are interested in the Industrial Art Duo class that I’ll be presenting this coming Saturday, this is your last chance to sign up! We currently have three openings available before the class is full. I will accept students until midnight this Wednesday, August 15th, then the class will be closed so that I can purchase/gather the materials. The weather forecast looks excellent so far and I’m excited about the fun group that has already signed up to participate!  Why don’t you join us for this creative day?

Lynne

Late night creativity

I spend a few hours on the couch each evening, being social with my family, watching television and just relaxing. Except I can’t stand to just SIT and do nothing! (Face it, 99% of the reason we watch t.v. is so we have an excuse to sit & do nothing!) So I’ve got a stash of Suduko books, crossword puzzles and – most importantly – my laptop nearby. I enjoy spending time surfing the web, socializing on Facebook, catching up on emails and doing a bit a tweeting on Twitter. But evenutally I end up using the time to edit photos or, as the case has been lately, creating digital art. I’ve been on a fractal art kick recently – these are two new images from the past week.

infinity pool (c) lynne medsker
“infinity pool” fractal art, 2012 (c) lynne medsker
untitled fractal (c) lynne medsker
(untitled) fractal art 2012 (c) lynne medsker

Last night I switched it up and made a digital collage, which I haven’t done in quite some time.

look inside (c) lynne medsker
“look inside” digital collage (c) lynne medsker

I have to admit that I really enjoyed doing something a bit different. I guess I’ll know how much I enjoyed it by what follows during my next evening on the couch! I never pre-plan so whatever happens will just happen…which is something else I enjoy about these late night creativity sessions.

Lynne 

Underwater Practice Photos

So, last month I decided to take on the challenge of doing some underwater portraits (that post will be coming soon). I couldn’t resist the idea of combining two of my favorite things – being in the water & taking photos.

What I couldn’t make myself do was take my big DSLR cameras under the water, no matter how safe & secure the housings they sell were supposed to be! So I compromised and got a housing for my point & shoot camera, thinking I could live with the idea (and expense) of having to replace a nice point & shoot if things went terribly wrong! Although I struggled with the housing, learning eventually that, yes, there is a front and back and, yes, it does matter which direction you put them together. It became much simpler after that discovery! My “‘test run” photo session was in the pool with my grandson as my model.  You’ll notice that it’s mostly arms, legs and life vest – he’s not one for being underwater just yet. I did capture this image of the one (and only) time he jumped into the pool and went all the way under the water. After messing around with photos under the water I began to play with photos looking up out of the water. Although I’m not sure what this first one is, it’s rather a cool abstract, anyhow. These are two fun pics I got of my grandson out of the pool and me under the water.

That was kind of a fun experiement, the hardest part is staying under the water while trying to compose & shoot! Although still not complete comfortable I felt like I could tackle the underwater portraits. I at least had confidence that the housing wouldn’t leak and ruin my camera! You’ll have to wait until next week to see the portraits. 🙂

Industrial Art Duo – Workshop Saturday, August 18th!

So I’ve been debating on a few new classes to offer the next month or two. This is the first and I am SO excited to announce it!!

“Industrial Art Duo” ~ Two Exciting Projects, One Industrious Day!

miscellaneous metal parts

Don’t let the title (or the image!) scare you – I’ll be there to guide you through using any of the materials or equipment that may seem intimidating. I’ve also recruited my favorite collaborator, my husband Mark, to assist us with some of the work. Especially the welding!

finished work, turquoise topography © lynne medsker
“turquoise topography” 1 & 2, commissioned artwork, mixed media on wood panels, 20×20″ each

I’ve had several people mention how much fun it looked like it would be to create art using concrete as a textured underlayer (by the way – it IS fun) but I couldn’t figure out how to make that work in a one day class since there is a fairly long gap of time for the concrete to dry. Then it occured to me I could add a second project during that drying time that would keep us all busy.  Compared to just staring at the concrete as it dried it seems like a perfect solution. But what other project goes with concrete? Steel, of course!

wall sculpture #23 12×25″, $295 © medsker metal art

We will start and finish the day working on our concrete creations! You can choose if you’d like to create that work on one large wood panel or several smaller ones. Then, using various tools (and most likely your fingers!) you’ll make marks, lines, texture – or even embed items – on the surface. Once you’ve satisfied your yearnings to texture concrete, it’s time for metal!  To begin that project you will select different pieces and layout the design for your metal wall sculpture (approximately 12″ x 18″) as the concrete dries. You’ll get instructions on how to prep the metal materials and then Mark will work his welding magic to construct it for you.  After it has cooled from the welding process it can be spray painted, wrapped in wire or further embellished in a variety of ways. Although we have quite a selection of parts and metal to choose from you are welcome to bring in any items you’d like to include in your sculpture and we will help you find a way to incorporate it. At some point there will be lunch and snack breaks as well, keeping you busy until your wood panel is ready for more attention. Finishing the concrete artwork includes sealing it and then covering it with layers of acrylic, adding, subtracting and blending until it makes you smile. That could be just one or two layer, or many, many more!

work in progress © lynne medsker
work in progress © lynne medsker

Gloves will be provided for the concrete work plus there are gloves and safety glasses available for you to use when working with the metal. Although not neccessarily needed for the concrete work you will need to bring a long sleeve shirt, long pants and full cover shoes when working in the shop creating your sculpture. Most work will be done outdoors but we will have fans available to keep you cool. Bottled water and afternoon snacks are provided, please pack a sack lunch for your noon meal. Detailed information and a release form will be emailed to you once you have signed up. Be prepared to get dirty and happy during this creative day!

Date: Saturday, August 18th 2012

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (more or less!)

Cost: $145 – includes all materials & instruction for creating two unique pieces of art (if you wish to bring a spouse, family member or friend to collaborate with the fee for creating both pieces is $175 per couple.)

Minimum 2 participants/Maximum 8 participants

I can’t wait for this day…it is going to be so much fun! Now if I can just decide what fun to have with the other new class on my schedule….

Lynne

Me, happily working in the shop! Safety glasses over real glasses, such a great look! 🙂

Shadow Box Art?

“mini art” #75, mixed media in 5×7 shadow box, $75 © lynne medsker

Well I feel like I’ve let this nice little class just slip through the cracks. 😦 When I turned my calendar to this week I realized I’d not sent reminders, blogged or even posted on my Facebook page about it. As a result I have no one signed up for it as of this writing (Sunday night). If I can tempt you into signing up I need to know by the end of the day tomorrow/Monday so I will have time to gather all the supplies and be prepared Wednesday evening. SO….

HEY! Wanna take a fun Shadow Box art class?? 🙂

“mini art” #72, mixed media in 5×7 shadow box, $75 © lynne medsker

You create, select (or even bring) small items then assemble them into a unique, miniature piece of abstract art. The cost is $55 and includes all supplies plus the shadow box frame! Minimum of 2, maximum of 8 participants for the fun class. Class is held at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana from 6 to 9 p.m.