Old Growth

Some pieces of art come very easily and others you have to wrestle, argue, ignore, cajole and fuss with for months to finally figure out what they want to become. This is one of those pieces!

"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker

"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker

It isn’t just me that struggled with it, my artist friend Doug finally was exasperated enough with it that he gave it to me at a play date with instructions to finish it. 🙂 Now if you clicked that link you’ll know it’s been a LONG time that I’ve had this piece in the studio! I began working on it during the play date buy taking a hammer to it and chipping out some of the background texture and edges, adding more concrete and even adding some color that day. Here are images of it as it transitioned from phase to phase – and I know I missed a lot of the stages!

After this last image I used it to test some spray paint on but didn’t get a photo of that (although you can see some of it on the next image). What it had turned into was a piece I let my young grandson paint on because, honestly, he couldn’t do any worse!

And his creativity is just what got me inspired and going in the direction I needed to! Why I’d not tried my one of my favorite color schemes before is still a mystery to me.

work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker

work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker

Finally it was (or I was?) moving toward a finished image!

work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker

work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker

Once the tree appeared all that was needed was a bit of green, some outlining and highlighting and it was finally complete. Whew. I can’t imagine it looking like anything else now!

This piece is included in the “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show that has been held over at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana. You need to come see it in person to appreciate all the layers, depth and texture! I’ll be there with it tomorrow during the ArtsGo! event too, I’d love to meet you!

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Plummet

Some more new(ish) art to share with you, this piece was finished last month.

"plummet" © lynne medsker

"plummet" mixed media in shadow box, 14x18", $395 © Lynne Medsker

I was not a good blogger when I created it, I only have two images! Obviously the one above is the finished product and here is one I snapped during the layout stage:

WIP, plummet © lynne medsker

work in progress, possible layout design © lynne medsker

A few tweaks here & there but pretty much the design stayed intact during the construction process. This piece was also included in the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show and will be on display there until April 14th!

Signing off

Just needing to take a breather after the last few weeks full of activity. I’ll be back online and blogging by next weekend, so you shouldn’t get too lonely without me in that amount of time. I was going to be responsible and set up auto-posts for the entire week but I’m just too tired to do more than one. I’ll have lots to share with you once I recharge my batteries for a few days! Here’s a few images from the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show for you to enjoy in the meantime:

© lynne medsker

© lynne medsker

© lynne medsker

Peace & Love,

Lynne

Mixed Well and Served Fresh!

“Mixed Well and Served Fresh”: March 3rd – April 14th
New Mixed Media works by Lynne Medsker
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Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, Indiana

“Subdued Spontaneity” mixed media on wood panel, 2012 © Lynne Medsker

I have been busily creating new artwork to feature in this fun show! Be sure to stop and visit during the “Meet the Artist” Open House on Saturday March 3rd from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm – I look forward to sharing my new creations with you then!

Also sign up for this fun evening of art: Layers and Lattes: Friday March 9th from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Cost $30
Enjoy a Latte and create your own mixed media collage with artist Lynne Medsker (me!) – reservations are filling up and space is limited, contact the gallery to sign up before it’s too late!