Calando, Cavatina, Crescendo

Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post!  As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.

The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.
The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.

First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).

I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.

Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine.  Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one.  The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.

I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:

"Calando" mixed media on wood, 55x16", $995 © Lynne Medsker
“Calando” mixed media on wood, 55×16″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.

Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.

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Can you picture them in your home?

Lynne

Closing, Opening, Beginning….

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Look at this…a blog post! Amazing. Wow, what a year. I’m in that phase where you review the year, good, bad and indifferent, and start looking toward the next one. I would go out on a limb and say I’m not the only one! I can’t even begin to talk about all the changes 2013 has brought, and already I am anticipating many more in 2014. If you remember a whole year ago I had selected two words to focus on for 2013, Haven and Explore. I had no idea that my haven would be in an entirely new zip code, in a new home! Although I still have walls to paint and work to do it is more assuredly become a haven. I’ve explored things I didn’t anticipate and didn’t explore much of what I thought I would. Life is an adventure!

Although I’m still deciding on words for 2014 there are a couple that keep coming up over & over – the first being “simplify” and the next being “transform”. Have you thought of any word or words for your focus during the next year?

I’ve slowly been getting back to art and creativity,  like the new fractal art at the top of the page. Somehow closing out the year with a blog post feels right too, I’m out of excuses – if I’m blogging I need to show up consistently. So here I am! Speaking of blogs, I’m a using that word “Simplify” already and, at least for this year, closing down my “Digital Art Daily” blog. I’ll leave it online as an archive for now but new digital art will be posted here.

So that’s it – my thoughts for ending and beginning of another year. I hope yours if full of love, blessings and happy surprises!

Lynne

Well…I did something art related today!

I finally got around to sending out a newsletter. You know, the newsletter I say I’ll send to you twice a month but haven’t sent since sometime in June. Yeah, that one. And, even though I’m embarrased that it’s been so long, I’m a bit proud to have gotten that much done! Right now my world consists of cramming my belongings and art life into boxes. Moving day is approaching FAST. I’ll be so happy to be done with packing, unpacking and arranging. I’ll be even happier when I get my new studio space set up but that’s going to be a while. In the meantime I am getting a bit of art finished in and around the moving confusion.

"Aspen" Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 4x18" © Lynne Medsker
“Aspen” Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 4×18″ © Lynne Medsker

I’ve been working on these panels with trees on them…first a small “sample” piece (above) to see how I liked it and now several larger (1×4 foot) ones. All the backgrounds were spray painted with a mix of colors, then the branches were laid in using old dictonary pages. Some ink, charcoal and pencil finished it off.

Work in Progress, mixed media on panels
Work in Progress, mixed media on panels

Their finish vs. moving day happening first? It’s anyone’s guess!  I’ve moved them to the living room hoping that as I sit on the couch, exhausted from packing, I’ll pick them up and work on them. It hasn’t happened yet but I can still hope, right? 🙂

I have a feeling that as much as I enjoy making art with trees in it, once we move I’ll be even more inspired. This is a peek at part of our new property – it has several acres of beautiful rolling wooded terrain like this.

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As I look at it I’m reminded why it will be worth all this upheaval and effort! Not a subdivision in sight. 🙂

Next time I post it’ll be from my new home, we start moving things in there in less than a week. Until that time, love & peace to you!

Lynne

I’ve renamed this summer…

I’ve decided that this summer needs a title to sum it up, a long awkward title. The best one I’ve come up with to describe it’s effect on this blog is “The Summer in Which a Sudden Move was Decided Upon and The Artist’s Blog was Left to Die”.  Eh, not too catchy but VERY appropriate. 🙂

Yes, we are still in the midst of it…hope to sign on the dotted lines yet this month then follow that with a month of labor-intensive relocation and settling in. After that? Then the building begins…which includes a new studio space for ME. Happiness! I’m guessing that to be a many-month long process. In the interm I will be creating art when and however I can…be it outdoors, at the kitchen table or spread out on the bedroom floor!

Recently I’ve been experimenting with using spray paint as a medium. I’ve used it with metal and wood before but not as a painting medium. It’s been fun, and I’ve also emptied several cans that won’t need to be packed & moved (multi-tasking at it’s best). The background material was all re-purposed and donated so I’ll be able to show these pieces at the new upcycled/recycled show I’m participating in! Here’s a section of one piece that I’ve been adding pencil & pen details too:

Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen
Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen

I still need to edit and share all the images from my last show…I just can’t seem to make myself sit down at the computer and do anything right now. But you WILL get to see them sometime, I promise! In the meantime I will try to at least touch base here once a week so the poor blog doesn’t feel so neglected.

If you’d like to visit my home studio before it’s totally dismantled then stop by THIS Saturday, August 10th. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Tour – my last one until the new studio is up & running!

Hugs,

L.

Taking a deep breath and…..

Whoosh! Exhale. The solo show is up at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana and I feel like I’ve got a little time to breath.  I’m still trying to clean and re-organize the studio after two months of cranking out new work, I’ve got a bit of a deadline for that since this Saturday is the Second Saturday Open Studio Tour as part of the Hendricks County Cultural Trail. In the meantime I’ve been playing a bit, digitally, with some items I’ve not done for a while. Today I thought I’d share a few digital kaleidoscopes I’ve created the last week.

I will, eventually, get around to sharing all the fun and funky upcycled/repurposed art from the show but that takes some photo editing and right now I’m not quite ready to tackle that task!

I hope that your summer is off to a fantastic start, enjoy all that it has to offer.

Lynne

Dream Each Day

I finished this piece a few weeks ago, now it’s time to share some of the images during the process.

"Dream Each Day" Mixed Media on wood, 12x12" $225 © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Dream Each Day” Mixed Media on wood, 12×12″ $225 © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I’ve been working on these 12×12″ wood panels that are first covered with old book pages. I like the text as a background! For this particular piece I decided to draw directly on the surface. Here are the progress images:

The title came from a saying that I included in the image….can you find it?

Lynne

Fractal Frenzy!

I continue to keep busy making new digital art for my digital blog, digital+art+daily, so I am sharing a few new creations with you today.

I can seem to get away from creating fractals…I’ve made dozens over the last couple of weeks! I’m feeling the urge to return to digital drawings soon though, we’ll just have to wait & see what digital art I have to share next time!

Spin

I’ve been enjoying the process of drawing, shading & coloring artwork on paper lately. This is another newly finished piece in that genre!

"Spin" mixed media (marker, graphite, charcoal, ink) on hand-colored paper, 9x12" $175 (unframed)  © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Spin” mixed media (marker, graphite, charcoal, ink) on hand-colored paper, 9×12″ $175 (unframed) © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I used some of the “marbled” paper from the shaving cream explorations as a background and began adding designs on top of that.  From there it was just pattern after pattern, followed by color and more color!

As you can tell I originally planned for it to be a horizontal image but once it was complete I ended up prefering it vertical. Of course I can’t complain very much about the time & hard work on this one as I did most of it while relaxing on a short get-away trip.

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Something about making art by the pool is even more satisfying than making it in the studio!

Metamorphosis, this weekend!

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I just delivered artwork for this show, including several new works that will be debuting for the first time – I’ve not even shown them online. I’m excited to be sharing them during this great event! Look for them to have their online preview soon.  Of course I’m hoping you can’t wait and will be at the event this weekend! I will be attending on Friday evening and look forward to seeing all the amazing art.

Fractals on the go!

So, I’ve taken a few small trips to nearby destinations the last couple of weeks, enjoying spring break time with my friends and family who have some time off. Although it’s not been “spring” yet, with cold temperatures and some cloudy skies, it is at least a BREAK. I’ve carried my laptop with me on my travels so I could work on some digital projects if the time and and enthusiasm showed up to do so. At least on one occasion it did! I’m still processing, combining and interpreting some of the new fractals that sprung forth but here is a small selection of new pieces to share with you today:

"A cappella" digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“A cappella” digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
"Adobe" digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Adobe” digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
"Awash" digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Awash” digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
"Abiding" digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker
“Abiding” digital/fractal art © 2013, Lynne Medsker

I hope that your spring is progressing, however slowly, into a time you enjoy! As I’m going to be gone again for a few days this week I probably won’t be posting again until next.

Later gator,

Lynne