March Classes Scheduled

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 –email DSC01099

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, Indianaprogress photo 2 (c) lynne medsker

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Mandala Art II at 3040 Indie, Indianapolis, Indiana

mandala #61, 5x7 matted to 8x10, SOLD © Lynne Medsker

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, Indianablue hands

 

Fruition, Finally

This piece has been “in progress” for a few months. I’m excited to finally share it with you!

"Fruition" Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panels, 26 x 20" $595 (c) Lynne Medsker
“Fruition” Mixed Media Collage on Wood Panels, 36 x 20″ $795 (c) Lynne Medsker

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.

Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker

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.blog 2012-11-06 13.44.13-1

Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker

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.

Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker

It seemed like a great idea but I ended up going a bit overboard. Ack! Color overload. And not very “tree like” either!

Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker

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.

Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker
Work in progress, Fruition (c) Lynne Medsker

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. 🙂

Look for more soon!

Lynne  

Summer “Intro to Mandala” Classes

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!

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

New Classes at ArtSplash Gallery!

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 (info@lynnemedsker.com) when you are ready to sign up – or if you have any questions. mixed media class flyer with Lynne Medsker

mandala class flyer with datesLive 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!)

Time to Make Mandalas!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve presented an “Intro to Mandala Art” class. That’s changing on July 25th when I’ll host a workshop at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Although these beautiful creations look very intricate the method of creating them is really quite simple. I’ve often called them “organized doodles” – and everyone can doodle!

mandala 24 (c) lynne medsker
mandala #24, marker & ink, 5×5″ (c) lynne medsker

Starting at 6 p.m. we will work until about 8 p.m. creating several works of art during that time. The cost is only $25 per person and includes instruction, materials and even a mat to use for framing your favorite creation!

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

Conflicts with your dinner hour? Feel free to grab your dinner and bring it with you. Or stop in at TeaBuds right down the street and get a freshly made ice tea to stay hydrated and refreshed. Heck, I don’t mind if you bring along some wine to sip. 🙂

mandala 2 (c) lynne medsker
“mandala #2″ marker on paper, 8×8” (c) lynne medsker

You can register by paying the class fee via PayPal on the “Classes” page of my website or by contacting me at info@lynnemedsker.com.

Progression of a Digital Art Image

Just for fun I thought I’d show you some images of a digital art piece I recently created. I think it’s fun to see the different stages from beginning to end! This was another small piece I made on my smart phone, I keep flipping back & forth between calling them kaleidoscopes and mandalas, I guess they could be either. Or both! Here is the beginning of the process:

image one © lynne medsker
image #1, step by step digital art © lynne medsker

I decided I wasn’t fond of it with a black background so I changed that to white and kept going, adding a thick layer of black design on the top:

image #2, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #2, step by step digital art © lynne medsker

It continued along with these steps:

image #3, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #3, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #4, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #4, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #5, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #5, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #6, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #6, step by step digital art © lynne medsker

I let the program choose some of the colors (although I could delete any I didn’t care for) until the end, when I decided which ones to use. Once I was done with it in the phone I sent it to Photoshop where I continued to play:

image #7, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #7, step by step digital art © lynne medsker

Sometimes I question if I’ve done too much, I rather like it back at image #3! A few final tweeks and this is where I stopped:

image #8, step by step digital art © lynne medsker
image #8, step by step digital art © lynne medsker

Which reminds me of these quotes:

A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places. (Paul Gardner)

Art is never finished, only abandoned. (Leonardo da Vinci)

More smart phone art & a reminder…

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately! Life’s been full of busy-ness and the last couple of days I’ve felt kinda lousy too. Hopefully both those things will improve soon and I can get back here on a regular basis.

phone kaleidoscope #5 © lynne medsker
kaleidoscope #5, digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

In the meantime I thought I’d share a few more images created with some smart phone programs and then enhanced a bit in Photoshop. I’ve gone a bit crazy with these but since all I’ve done the last few days is lay around on the couch it was an easy thing to get obsessed with.

phone kaleidoscope #13 © lynne medsker
kaleidoscope #13, digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

I think they appeal to me because they remind me a lot of mandala artwork. Plus my laptop is out for repairs so I haven’t been able to create any fractal art lately, I had to find an outlet somewhere. 🙂 These have really but fun, even though the files are so tiny they aren’t really applicable for much as far as reproduction. Sometimes art is just for the sake of creating it!

phone kaleidoscope #11 © lynne medsker
“kaleidoscope #11” digital art via smart phone © lynne medsker

Now for the reminder portion of the post!  If you enjoy digital art, or just want to see some samples of what it’s all about – don’t forget to check out my other blog – digital+art+daily! I’ll be posting these newly created images there for the next several weeks.

Kaleidoscopes!

kaliedoscope #4, photo/digital art © lynne medsker

I’ve been having fun playing with a couple of new computer programs lately! One of them has a kaleidoscope feature that’s I’ve enjoyed exploring. If you’ve read my blog over the last year you know my fondness for mandala-type images, no wonder I am enjoying these! Kaleidoscope #4 (above) was created using an image of stained glass windows.  This image had an extra layer added to the top with a curly effect in it:

kaleidoscope #1, photo/digital artwork © lynne medsker

Here’s a sample of before and after images that shows the original photo used:

kaleidoscope #2, original photo © lynne medsker
kaleidoscope #2, photo/digital artwork © lynne medsker

This last image was created by using two images (both created from the same photo) that were then layered together:

kaleidoscope #3, photo/digital artwork © lynne medsker

Do you have a favorite?