(Pardon the delayed announcement!) Day Seven’s winner is….

KATHY S.! Congratulations to you, Kathy, and enjoy selecting your artwork. Here’s what Marie R. our day two winner, selected:

4-18-12 Migration
“Migration” photo/digital artwork © Lynne Medsker

I hope you enjoyed the “Seven Day Giveaway” event, I think I’d like to do it again sometime, just not the week before Thanksgiving! 🙂

If you got to pick a free print, which one would you choose?

The Art Giveaway Ends at Midnight!

Yup…this is your LAST day to enter. Happy Thanksgiving to you…after I announce the winner tomorrow you won’t have to read about this any more. 🙂 Details on how to enter are HERE.

© Lynne Medsker

The day six winner is…well, nobody! I guess everyone was busy preparing for the holiday and forgot to enter. Don’t miss this last chance!

Today is day SIX!

Oh my! Time is running short…I do hope you’re still entering to win a free digital art print! The winner from yesterday (day five) is Sarah M. Congratulations! I hope that Sara enjoys doing some free “shopping” prior to Black Friday. 🙂

Sara was eligible to win a free print just by clicking the “Like” button on my Facebook page. Pretty simple! Why don’t you try? I’m just sure tomorrow will be YOUR lucky day!

We’ve Past Half-way!

Yup, I’m announcing the winner from day four (of seven). The competition is heating up! The lucky winner is Sofiya I. She won just by liking my Facebook Page. As it turns out she was also the 300th person to like the page!

© Lynne Medsker

Another easy way to enter is to click on the “digital+art+daily” link on the upper/right side of this page. It will take you right to my digital blog, where you can sign up to get a wonderful new digital art image in your inbox each morning. What a fantastic way to start you day – fresh art! For details about the “Seven Day Giveaway” and all the other methods of entering, visit this blog post. Good luck to you!

Three is my favorite number!

It’s so much fun to announce the third winner of the “Seven Day Giveaway” of art! As it turned out the random number selected today was also three. I knew that number rocked! Congrats to Toni S. for their winning entry.

“Reach” photo/digital art © Lynne Medsker

Wondering what they did to win? Although there are MULTIPLE ways to enter (read all about them here) this lucky winner signed up for my e-newsletter. Not too hard at all. I bet most any art-loving person could do that. 🙂 How about you? Have you entered? If so you’ve got my thanks and encouragment to try again. If not, well, whatcha waiting for? You’ve only got four days left now….I’d get it done early. Kind of like the pre-Thanksgiving shopping trip to the grocery. You don’t want to get in that big crowd that waits till the last minute. 🙂

A winner and a selection!

Congrats to Marie R., she was randomly selected to receive and 8×10 print of my digital or photo art! There are five days left for YOU to win a print. How? There are lots of ways to enter! Following the blog is one, you’ll get each blog post, in email form, delivered to your inbox so you’ll never miss one. Sweet! For details on other ways to enter (and you can enter multiple times a day) visit THIS BLOG POST.  Good luck!

The winner from day one, Sam P. chose this image for her free print:

I can’t wait to see what Marie picks! What would you choose? You can see my digital art HERE and on my other blog, digital+art+daily. Go do a little window shopping!

Day One Winner!

SO the “Seven Day Giveaway” is now underway (say that three times fast!) and we have our winner from Friday, November 16th! Sam P. won by pressing the “Like” button on my Facebook Page! Congratulations!

I can’t wait to see which digital or photo art print Sam chooses! In addition to the ones show on my webpage, there are over 300 on my digital art blog. 🙂 Happy shopping Sam! Which one would YOU choose?

“Fractal #43” digital/fractal art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

Seven Day Giveaway, Starts Today!

Happy Friday to you!

Digital Mandala 43 © Lynne Medsker

I was sure you’d want to know that I have the website current and refreshed. New images posted and links to new work on the front page, there’s even an entirely new page added…just waiting for you to come visit. Why should you? Well, I’m going to assume if you read this blog you like my art so over 40 new images is one reason!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

I’ve also got an offer for you! It’s a way to show my thanks to those of you who support me as well as expand my fan base a bit. Win/Win!

Fractal #59, digital/fractal art © Lynne Medsker

I really do appreciate you supporting my art in so many different ways. Visiting galleries & shows, reading the blog, visiting the website, words of encouragement, collecting my art, liking my Facebook Page, signing up for my newsletter, taking a class and recommending me to friends. Wow, you guys are busy (and amazing), thank you!

So on to the fun stuff – I will be giving away one 8 x 10″ (or 8 x 8″ if the image is square) print of my digital and/or photo art each day from now through Thanksgiving.  Are you as excited about that as I am? I’m pretty sure I heard voices in cyberspace asking, “How will  it work, Lynne? Please tell us!”  Well, since you asked…

Each day you can enter by doing one (or more) of these things:
*Sign up/follow this blog via email – Look in right column at the top of this page, click on “Sign Me Up” and every time I write a new blog post it will arrive in your inbox so you’ll never miss a thing! Already subscribed? What about my other blog? It’s full of digital art (like the kind you could win)? Same instructions, just do it at Digital+Art+Daily instead. Or do both and you’ve gotten your first two entries submitted already!

*Go to my Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/lynnemedskerart) and click that “Like” button!

*Visit the website (www.lynnemedsker.com) and pick out an image that you’d like to win. Left click on it, then hit “Copy Shortcut” (for Windows) or ” Copy Image Address” (for Mac). Then post that image on your Facebook profile and put @Lynne Medsker Art & Photography in the description so I will see it on my page too. (Yes, I just gave you permission to copy my work…this time! Otherwise I prefer you ask first.)

*Do the same selection as listed above but post the link to the image to your Twitter account, being sure to add @lynnemedskerart in your post so I see it!

*Speaking of which, you can also enter by following me on Twitter! I’m not an avid tweeter but I do enjoy sharing interesting info and fun stuff on there when I get a chance.

*Another option is to select your favorite image(s) to add to one of your Pinterest boards. Be sure to put a mention to me in the description/comments @Lynne Medsker. Of course you’re welcome to follow my boards there too if any of them interest you. 🙂

*You can also sign up for my twice-monthly newsletter when you visit the website, there is a link to sign up at the bottom of each page.

*The last (and my personal favorite) way to enter is to (please!) tell your friends about my art and ask them to do any (or all) of the items listed above. When they do they’ll gain an entry and you will too! (Ask them to mention your name so you’ll get credit.) As an artist it can be difficult to “advertise” yourself so I am really relying on you – my family, friends, fans and fellow artists – to help me with some word-of-mouth promoting.

Look Inside, Digital Collage © Lynne Medsker

So that’s it! You can do any of the above items as often as you like each day (although if you are sharing my art I’d prefer you’d use a different image each time/day, please). I’ll cut off entry at midnight (Eastern time) each evening and announce the winner the following day at noon, here on my blog, as well as my Facebook page and Twitter.  (Disclaimer: I will do my best to make sure I get each entry via these different sites but can’t be responsible for missed entries, be sure to mention/tag/link me.)

I’m excited to see which of you will be winners and also which art you’ll choose! The prints will be processed and mailed the week after Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for participating and GOOD LUCK!
Lynne

P.S. Those steps above in BOLD? They are great for helping any person or business that you enjoy and support. Just to recap them:
Sign-up/Follow their blogs
“Like” their pages on Facebook
Share their information/images/posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites
Sign-up for their newsletters (then forward them to your friends!)
Tell your friends! If you’ve found something you enjoy there’s a good chance your friends will too!

Dandelion Blues, Photo/Digital Art © Lynne Medsker

Life Through Kaleidoscopes

One of my favorite memories from childhood is the inexpensive cardboard kaleidoscope that used to arrive in my stocking at Christmas, or that I could save my pennies and nickels for and buy at the local dime store (yes, I am that old!).

“Kaleidoscope #1” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

I’d not really thought about them for several years until I discovered a digital program that would create kaleidoscopic art. Even more sophisticated and detailed than the beads rolling in the bottom of a tube, I have created more of them than I’d care to count. Yet it just wasn’t quite the same! To my surprise as I browsed the toy aisles, the kaleidoscopes that used to be so readily available are much harder to come by these days!

“Kaleidoscope #9” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

Finally, on a short vacation to visit friends in Florida last March, I discovered one in a gift shop full of fun ticky-tacky souvenirs that I’ve seen in those shops since I was a kid.  An appropriate fate for something so old-fashion and low tech I suppose. I was ever-so excited to find them, although they weren’t exactly as I remembered.

“Kaleidoscope #8” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

These had large, clear, dome-like lenses on the end of the cardboard tube and you didn’t rotate the piece on the end to change your design, you rolled the entire tube around. But it somewhat satisfied my quest and I happily paid an outrageous price to bring one home with me. It immediately took up residence in my art studio.

“Kaleidoscope #16” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

Although different than I remembered it’s fun to look through because, as you are viewing the patterns it creates, the background you’ve pointed it at is part of the design. It was especially fun during the summer as flowers bloomed and into fall as the leaves changed. I’m waiting for a nice blanket of snow to see how brilliant the design will be on an all-white background!

“Kaleidoscope #2” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

I continued to cruise toy aisles and other spots where I thought I might discover a kaleidoscope but didn’t have any further sightings until a trip up to Michigan late this summer. Again, in another tourist gift shop, I spied them. LOTS of them! In different sizes and shapes. Kaleidoscope nirvana!! I passed over the odd design I already had at home and looked through each and every different color, size and design they had. This time I bought TWO!  One, pretty much exactly as I remembered from childhood, followed by a shorter version that had a sort of “stained glass” effect on the end cover instead of the traditional semi-opaque white film covering.

Kaleidoscopes in the studio © Lynne Medsker

They have taken up residence with the first one in the studio. I play with them occasionally, share them with young visitors, grandkids and anyone else that seems remotely interested. When I purchased the first of the three I had tried to take photos through it using my point & shoot camera. The attempt was less than successful. 😦 I don’t recall if I tried to use the phone I had at the time but inspiration hit last week that, since I’d recently upgraded, perhaps my newest smart phone would work. I won’t say it was the easiest task, and the percentage of useable images was probably right around 50% BUT, when it did work – Wow!

“Kaleidoscope #7” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

Holding both the kaleidoscope and the phone in my left hand (and trying to keep them lined up in the proper position) while trying to turn the tubes and push the image capture button with the other hand was a feat in itself. I tried it standing, sitting, laying, propped up and a few poses in between that I can’t even describe! But I really didn’t mind the contorting, once I’m in the “photo zone” I rarely pay attention to much else but the images I’m creating.

“Kaleidoscope #12” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

After my photo-making craving had been satisfied I began to weed through all the images, deleting the ones that didn’t turn out well, along with several duplicates. Since they were already in my phone I decided that I’d do some digital enhancements to my favorites before I uploaded them.  In addition to the eight that I’m sharing with you today I have another eight that I’ll share in the near future.

“Kaleidoscope #14” smart phone art © 2012, Lynne Medsker

I hope that you have enjoyed the images, my story and perhaps a few memories of your own as you read this! I’d love to hear about them, regardless if they are about a kaleidoscope or some other favorite childhood memory – be sure to leave me a comment. 🙂

Until the next time just picture me browsing the “retro” toys, on the lookout for the next piece to add to my collection!

Lynne

Suspended (again!)

I’m reposting this from September of 2009. It’s one of my favorite posts, as well as some of my favorite photos. Oddly enough, at the end of the post it mentions “suspending” new blog posts for the week – which is exactly why I chose to do a re-post for today. I’ve been working hard the last few weeks so I could take an entire week to escape into my studio and exercise my creative muscles before they atrophy! I’ve got several new works planned and am looking forward to this time dedicated to making new art. Enjoy this re-post and a few other automated postings this week. I’ll be back with some fresh new content soon! ~ Lynne

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suspended #6 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #6 (c) Lynne Medsker

(Continuing my musing from yesterday’s post! ) I was able to spend some time at a nearby nature preserve, taking in a quiet, peaceful morning in the woods.  The sun dotted the path where it could sneak between the heavy canopy of leaves and the weather was beautiful.  One of those days that was neither too hot or too cold but just right.  As I mentioned before, I was captivated by the leaves that, during their plummet to the earth, had been detoured.  They were hooked to branches, lying on the leaves of other trees or on top of undergrowth.  Much like many of us that get caught up along life’s path when we least expect it!  As I rounded a slight bend in the path I looked up and, directly in front of me, there was a leaf suspended in mid-air.  It almost looked as if time had stopped at that particular place, freezing this leaf on it’s journey downward.  On closer inspection the spiderweb that was holding it in place became evident.  I was mesmerized!  How often I had felt like that leaf!  Certain I knew where I was going and what was going to happen only to be stopped in mid-flight.  Suspended, going nowhere.  Although that sounds frustrating (and usually is!) there was something peaceful about the leaf too.  Even though it’s journey had been halted I couldn’t help thinking that dangling there gave it a chance to rest.  To slow down.  To not crash into the hard earth quite as sharply when if finally did touch down.  Perhaps these detours and time-outs are there to help us, not just frustrate us!  It was a comforting thought that I’m still enjoying as I write this post.

suspended #2 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #2 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #3 (c) Lynne Medsker
suspended #3 (c) Lynne Medsker

That reminds me to mention that I will be “suspending” my blog posts for a few days while I take a mini-vacation.  (Although I am testing out the “schedule” feature to do a pre-written post or two while I am gone!) It will feel good to travel a bit, see some different scenery and change up my routine.  I’m packing my camera so, rest assured, I’ll be back with more photos and stories to share!  Peace & love till I return.

Floating on the breeze,

Lynne