I guess I was so busy creating this piece I didn’t take time to snap many images of it along the way! That happens sometimes…it’s hard to remember that I have a blog when I’m in art mode. 🙂
So, for this piece it’ll be a line drawing followed by the finished piece. Short & sweet! Somewhere along the way there was also pastel, watercolor and ink added to the piece.
I’ve not created many mandala-inspired pieces lately so it’s always fun to go back to it and see what I’m inspired to do. I’ve got a few other ideas using mandala shapes too, we’ll see how they turn out! Hopefully I’ll at least a few more images of them than this!
Although there may be a few more added the roster, March is filling up with classes. I’m excited to be getting back to doing some instruction, I love interacting with creative people! All the classes, the details and online registration are all available via my website: http://www.lynnemedsker.com/calendar.html
Here’s a quick recap of what’s coming up –
Wednesday, March 13th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Intro to Mandala Art at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sunday, March 17th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Acrylic & Watercolor at Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Brownsburg, Indiana
Wednesday, March 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Mandala Art II at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana
Saturday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana
Monday, March 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists at ArtSplash Gallery, Carmel, Indiana
This piece has been “in progress” for a few months. I’m excited to finally share it with you!
When I got the idea it took a bit of mulling around on exactly how I’d make it and then once underway it was a bit time consuming. The things we do for art! The first step was to create large pages of mandala-inspired art that would be painted and then torn apart.
I will admit to some mixed emotions about creating something just to tear it into pieces! Art from last year? Wouldn’t have slown me down a bit! While that was in stages of progress I designed the background from old pages of sheet music, watercolor paint and layer of thin paper to lay out a rough shape.
Then it was time to rip, tear and arrange the pieces! In addition to the mandala art that was used I also cut circles from some “not so successful” printmaking projects and added them for color and texture.
It seemed like a great idea but I ended up going a bit overboard. Ack! Color overload. And not very “tree like” either!
The first thing I did once it got to this stage was to paint a thin layer of irridesent white over the background to tone it down a bit (shown above after the background was painted). Then it sat for a while. And then it sat a bit longer. I wasn’t sure where to go with it at this point…I knew what I wanted, but that was about all. One day when I had a friend over to the studio we talked about it and bounced ideas back & forth and before she’d even left I was working away!
I have a fabulous stash of different kinds of paper…okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a paper-aholic! I love paper, thin, thick, solid colors, pattern, textures, flat…it doesn’t matter. So I dug into that and found the perfect piece. A nice brown tree-ish color, very loosely woven with gaps and thin spots for the design underneath to peek through while it gave the piece the unity that I’d been looking for. Happiness!! The next steps were to add highlights, shadows and outlines for definition.
The finishing touches from this point didn’t take long at all, a little charcoal, a bit of acrylic ink and it was done. 🙂 I’ve got a few other pieces that are in progress right now but I’m also shifting focus to holiday projects and gifts so they are moving slow too. Lucky for you I’ve got a backlog of art that I haven’t written about yet. 🙂
So, in case you missed the first opportunity to attend the first “Mandala Art II” your next chance is coming soon! Thursday, September 20th from 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.
We will push our creativity out of the smaller “round circle in a square box” format and create some interesting art in a larger format, using the techniques learned in the “Intro to Mandala Art” class. Once the basic design is created the addition of watercolor paints will add another element of fun to our playful art.
If you’ve taken the first class and are ready to push your mandala art a step further then this class is for you! Cost per person is $35, including all supplies. For more information or to register email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a selection of images from the different “Introduction to Mandala Art” classes that I hosted this summer. The last one is finished so I thought it was a good time to show them. Well, perhaps not the last one EVER, but at least for the year! Here are some images of student artwork – I’m always so amazed at all the different designs that are created in these classes.
I’m excited to be expanding into the second phase of mandala art! Want to join in? Class details will be in the next post!
And ONE is today! The holiday weekend kind of got me off schedule with my reminders, sorry it’s so late. Here’s the scoop:
If you are planning on attending the “Acrylic & Watercolor” class at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel on Wednesday evening, I need to know by noon today/Tuesday!
Thursday evening is the first of two new “Mandala Art II” classes, this one held at my studio in Brownsburg. Deadline to sign up for it is noon on Wednesday.
Just to get it out there before the last minute….The second of the two mandala classes is Thursday, September 20th at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, the deadline to sign up for it is midnight, Tuesday September 18th.
Hope to see you at one (or more) of these fun classes!
Although this could change again I at least wanted to get the most up-to-date version online! I am looking at adding a second “Web Presence for Artists” class the last Saturday of September and we may also schedule one more “Industrial Art Duo” in October since it was so popular the first time. Of course you are always free to request a class that interests you! (Email me at email@example.com with your requests.) Stay tuned for updates, I’ll post them as I know them!
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.
If you plan to join in on this creative, relaxing and fun class please conact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than midnight on Sunday, August 26th.
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 – email@example.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.
I can’t wait to share this relaxing, creative process with you!
I’ve added several classes to the schedule, all to be held at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Here are two leaflets about the classes with dates & details. Feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you are ready to sign up – or if you have any questions.
Live on the westside of Indy? I’ll be scheduling classes in my Brownsburg, Indiana studio soon! Be sure to email me if you have any requests for specific classes! 🙂
(7/21/12 NOTE: Ooops! I originally uploaded flyers without the dates on them! Sorry!)