Blueberry View Artist Retreat

art on display in the studio at Blueberry View Artist Retreat © lynne medsker

I had a wonderful experience staying at the Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Riverside, Michigan the past two weeks! I posted a few images and information about my visit while I was there but, since I purposely “unplugged” and didn’t bring a computer, posting from my cell phone made it a challenge. And, honestly, I was too busy making art to spend a lot of my time writing blog posts about it! The next several posts will be about my stay and the art that was created during that time – 20 new pieces in all! The smallest is assembled on a 4×4″ canvas, the largest on a 36×48″ canvas. Today I am sharing with you some images I took of the artwork hung on the studio walls prior to the reception on Thursday, July 14th.

new "mini art" on display in the studio at Blueberry View Artist Retreat © lynne medsker

In addition to these images I wanted to share with you an article, written by Terri Gordon, about Blueberry View: Click here to Read! The rest of the posts will focus more on individual pieces and the steps taken to create them, be looking for the first one in a day or two!

new art on display in the studio at Blueberry View Artist Retreat © lynne medsker

Three more “minis”

"mini art #68" mixed media in black 5x7" shadow box, $75 © Lynne Medsker

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post I have a few more new “mini art” pieces to share with you today. I really like how these turned out, even though my four-year-old grandson informed me I needed to quit “gluin’ rocks to stuff” all the time. 🙂

"mini art #67" mixed media in black 5x7" shadow box © Lynne Medsker
"mini art #69" mixed media in black 5x7" shadow box, $75 © Lynne Medsker

Personally this just propels me forward into picking up more rocks and pieces of wood I find along my travels! These pieces are also at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana through May – stop in & take a peek at them and all the lovely art the gallery has to offer.

Have a great Friday/weekend…

Lynne

New “mini art” pieces!

"mini art #64" mixed media in white 5x7" shadow box, $75 © Lynne Medsker

It’s been 16 months since I’ve created any new “mini art” pieces, I can’t believe it! My inventory was running low and I wanted a few new ones to put in local galleries. It’s interesting to see how my style & approach to these pieces has changed with the passing of time! The three pieces in today’s post all have “recycled” background, using some of the papercloth I use to catch drips and spills of paint. Many of them look so pretty with the dabs of different colors that I hang on to them for use in collages or, in this case, as bright backgrounds for mixed media compositions!

"mini art #65" mixed media in white 5x7" shadow box, $75 © Lynne Medsker
"mini art #66" mixed media in white 5x7" shadow box, $75 © Lynne Medsker

All these pieces are available for purchase at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana now through the month of May. Stop in and check them out in person! I’ve got three more “mini art” pieces to share with you tomorrow, be on the lookout for them!

Lynne

Tiny Treasures

"tiny treasures" mixed media on 4x4" wood panels, $30 each or 3/$75 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

These little pieces of art went through so many different phases and changes I was quite surprised when they finally came to a stopping point I was happy with! Although really large pieces can seem intimidating on occasion these tiny ones were more challenging than any of the larger pieces I’ve undertaken. You just never know! They started out innocently enough, with some acrylic gel layered on to start off the texture.

work in progress, image #1, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Seemed simple enough! I even knew (or thought I knew!) the color scheme that I wanted to use, so next came some acrylic paint.

work in progress, image #2, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

That, in turn, was covered with more gel medium for added texture and then left until it dried.

work in progress, image #3, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Okay, so far so good! Let’s all some details and a little more paint.

work in progress, image #4, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Nah, that’s not really what I’m after. What am I after?? (I think I may have forgotten to ask that important question!) Let’s throw some more paint on it and see what happens.

work in progress, image #5, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Well that’s not it either. I think there was some more paint throwing before I decided that it was time to go with a more rough texture and some different colors. So on went a mixture of sand & gesso, followed by some washes of color once it dried.

work in progress, image #6, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #7, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Okay, better. Not great, but heading in the right direction! More color added and then I decided it was just time to be BOLD. So I went with bright colors and dark black for contrast.

work in progress, image #8, tiny treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Hmmm, okay, perhaps a bit too bold! 🙂 Now to blend in some softer colors and highlight with some metallic paints.

work in progress image #9, tiny treasures / (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Oh yeah, this is where I was going…I just took the scenic route to get here! A few more touches of color here & there to balance the pieces out and I was finally happy enough to declare them FINISHED! There was a lot of “down time” in between these stages, which is one of the reasons they kept changing. It took 8 months from the time I put the first layer of gel on them until they were completed. So I started then while I was in “Spring” mode, with more pastels and flowery shades and finished them during the last bright days of fall.

How do the seasons change your outlook on things? As I write this I can look out my window at the first dusting of snow and feel the chill of winter. I wonder how my next pieces of art will change with the weather! I also noticed that it’s “snowing” on this blog again! Each year, in December, tiny snowflakes drift down the blog page while you read. You can even change their direction by moving your mouse/cursor around the page. What fun!

Enjoy!

Lynne

P.S. If you’d like to see these pieces of work in person, they are currently on display (along with a great selection of other work) at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg! Check the “News” section on the website for more info.


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

New work and a last chance!

When I posted my original offer for mini art at a special price a few weeks ago I mentioned that there might be some new pieces added to the mix.  Today they are being added! Four more lovely pieces for you to choose from.

“mini art #55″ mixed media, 5×7” $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
“mini art #56″ mixed media, 5×7” $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
“mini art #57″ mixed media, 5×7” $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
“mini art #58″ mixed media, 5×7” $75 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

To get them at a very special price you need to act quickly – the offer expires Monday night at midnight!

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend as we head into December!

Lynne

Last of the mini’s (for now!)

Here are the last six images of the 30 new “mini art” pieces I recently finished.

"mini art #49" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #50" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #51" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #52" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #53" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #54" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker

Check my previous five blog posts to view the entire collection! I am still busy in the studio cranking out artwork so I’ll have more images to show you soon.

Rolling along,

Lynne

Guess what? More mini’s!

Hope you’re not getting tired of these yet!  We’re on the downhill slide now. 🙂 Here are Tuesday’s selection of new images:

"mini art #43" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #44" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #45" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #46" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #47" mixed media, 5x7" NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #48" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker

Tomorrow will be the last of the mini posts…look for it in the morning!

Lynne

Monday morning mini’s!

Starting the week off right with some more images of the new “mini” artwork!  Featuring five of the 30 new pieces in todays blog.  Here they are:

"mini art #38" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #39" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #40" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #41" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #42" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker

I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

Lynne

Yup, more mini’s!

Continuing the series of posts showing my new “mini art” pieces.  Here is today’s selection:

"mini art #34" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #35" mixed media, 5x7", $75 (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #36" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker
"mini art #37" mixed media, 5x7", NFS (c) Lynne Medsker

I’ll see you tomorrow with even MORE mini’s!

Lynne