Press Release: Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles

In the Gallery…at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

“Roundabout: Scenic Sojourns & Symbolic Circles”

Work by

Diane Gardner


Lynne Medsker

June 17  –  July 20


Diane – “Diane creatively expresses her love of the natural world through her photographs. Whether she is exploring the backroads of Ireland or Indiana, she uses her photographic skills and creativity to produce images that reflect her contemplative view of landscapes, animals and people. While she appreciates the many benefits of digital photography, Diane strives to capture the image she envisions with her camera, using minimal digital editing.”

ballyran © diane gardner
“Ballyran” © Diane Gardner

Lynne – “Creating art is the purpose of my life. It keeps my life in balance, letting me escape the tensions of the everyday world. No matter what method I am using, when I create I feel alive! My subject matter begins as images of nature but is transformed into the abstract. The final result is often highly detailed and layered in appearance. As I gain experience, not only artistically but in life as well, my artwork continues to evolve. It has become more complex, with more texture, detail and dimension. I challenge viewers to not only enjoy the imagery of my artwork but to find evidence of things hidden within, waiting to be discovered.”

waves of joy © lynne medsker
“Waves of Joy” © Lynne Medsker

 Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm

Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 1-5pm


Digital wall display

image from "Art with lots of TLC (Texture, Layers & Color) at Plainfield Public Library © 2011, Lynne Medsker

So, if you’ve read my blog the past week or two I’ve been mentioning my show at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield Indiana. I was so excited I announced the date it went up, only to find out I didn’t have all of my artwork available to hang that day! SO, if you stopped by last weekend to take a peek and noticed a big blank area, I thought I’d share with you what was supposed to be there (and was finally hung up Monday afternoon). As it turned out all the missing artwork was digital art, printed on aluminum. A photo of the entire wall space is show about. The triptych pieces on each end of the wall are new, here are some closer images of them.

"rock my world #5" digital art triptych, 30x20" © 2011, Lynne Medsker
"rock my world #6" digital art triptych, 30x20" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I really love the way the digital art looks printed on the aluminum! My apologies for the unfinished space if you happened to visit last weekend. If you haven’t visited yet then I encourage you to stop in this coming Sunday, February 20th, for the opening reception. It’s from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Stop by to visit, have some delicious snacks, a little conversation and see my new work. I’d be honored to have you attend!

See you there,


Fly Away Home…

"fly away home" mixed media wall sculpture, 32x20x6" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

When I first showed images of the wood I had cut out to create this wall sculpture with I believe I mentioned that many of the pieces ended up looking like birds.

work in progress, "fly away home" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Although I’m not sure what I’ll do with them or why they turned out that way I knew that I wanted to include one in this new piece. As I began to test out designs and placement of the pieces I already heard the title in my head, it didn’t take long to make the title and the composition mesh. This is probably a bit more muted than many of my art pieces but I like the simple color scheme for a change.

work in progress, "fly away home" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

The pieces that are the mottled shades of blue and metallic were all done with multiple layers of spray paint on the wood pieces. The other pieces were painted with copper acrylic.

work in progress, "fly away home" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I floundered a bit with what “found objects” I was going to add and actually ended up with very few at the end of the process but it felt right. I had all but forgotten the light wood cutouts that add the accents throughout this piece, once I remembered those it went together quickly.

work in progress, "fly away home" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Would you like to see this piece in person? It’s on display between now and March 13th at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield, Indiana, along with 30 other new artworks. There will be an opening reception next Sunday, February 20th from 1 to 3. I’d really like for you to visit if you can! Be sure to mark your calendar so you can join me.

I have a few other compositions in the works, most of them smaller than this piece. It will be fun to play with them and see how they come to life. Will they all have birds in them? I have no idea, we will find out soon…


Art with Lots of TLC (Texture, Layers & Color)

This weekend (February 13th) I have a solo show,”Art with Lots of TLC (Texture, Layers & Color)” opening at the Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield Indiana. I am excited to show my work again in this fabulous facility, the upstairs gallery space is wonderful! I am still in the process of preparing work for hanging but anticipate having around 30 pieces of work on display there, all of them created within the last six months or so – some as recently as this week!  Here is a sampling of what you’ll see during the show:

"Connectivity" mixed media on cavas, 2x6 ft., $895 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

One of my newest creations, “Connectivity” will be on display during this show. It consists of three canvases, each 2 x 2 foot in size. Although it may not be evident in an image this piece is filled with different textures! Some areas even resemble snake skin with a small diamond shaped pattern that was created using wire mesh.

Although I am displaying it in this newsletter as a vertical piece it will be hanging as a horizontal at the library. That’s one thing I love about abstract artwork, it’s versatility in fitting different spaces!

"Tiny Treasures" mixed media on wood, 4x4 inches, $30 each or $75 for 3 ©2010, Lynne Medsker

On the opposite end of the size spectrum are these pieces titled “Tiny Treasures”! They are all 4×4 inches, created on wood panels using many layers of acrylic paint, gesso, sand, ink & glaze. With their small size they can be hung in little spaces or used in a group to fill a larger space. Vertical or horizontal? Your choice!

A series of art I’ve been working on recently is in the digital realm, using photographs of rock and rocky terrain textures as a basis to create abstract art. I knew there was some reason I was so obsessed with taking all the images of rocks last fall when I traveled out west! It just took me a while to figure out why. 🙂 This particular piece, “Rock my World #5” has been split into a three-piece image (known as a triptych in “art-speak”) and is being printed on aluminum. I had some digital art pieces printed on aluminum last fall and they look FANTASTIC! Very glossy with brilliant colors and, best of all, the surface is very durable and wipes clean with a spritz of window cleaner and a soft towel. How easy is that to maintain?

"rock my world #5" digital art, printed on aluminum, each panel 10x20", $325 set

I hope this small preview has enticed you to come see the rest of the artwork on display! The show will be on display starting February 13th. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, February 20th from 1 to 3 p.m. I would love to have you stop by during the opening so we can visit and chat! If that’s not  possible then be sure to view the artwork before the show ends on March 12th. The Plainfield Public Library is located at 1120 Stafford Road in Plainfield, Indiana (317) 839-6602. Their hours are 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm on Friday, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.


Tuesday Tales from the Studio – February 8th, 2011

"connectivity" 3-piece mixed media on canvas, 2 x 6 ft. $895 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Today included a lot of prep work for a show I’ll be hanging on Friday, photographing some finished work and beginning to assemble one final piece of art after getting it painted over the weekend. I gave my Christmas gift (a cordless drill) a workout today and added hangers/wire to 16 pieces of artwork!

artwork being prepped for hanging © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Once I got the hang of using it things sure went a lot faster than the old hammer & screwdriver technique. 🙂  A few of the pieces needed to be framed before I could add the hangers/wires to them, here is a picture of “Igneous” after it was framed.

"igneous" mixed media on illustration board, framed $250 © 2010, Lynne Medsker

I have one other piece being professionally framed as well as two new digital triptych pieces being printed on aluminum. At least they will all be ready to hang! All of that will be (knock on wood) ready for pickup and/or delivered Friday morning. Nothing like cutting it close! I totally lost last week and suddenly found myself down to the wire…I really try to avoid putting myself in that spot but it does happen from time to time. But not nearly as much as it used to!

I also started assembling the mixed media wall sculpture with the wood I cut out a few weeks ago and painted over the weekend.

work in progress, "fly away home" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

This was the beginning of the assembly, it’s much further along this evening and I hope to have it finished tomorrow. I also finished the large 3-piece mixed media art over the weekend! This morning I had time to take photos of it, I am really excited about how it turned out.

"connectivity" 3-piece mixed media, 2x6 foot, $895 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Even though I made it to hang vertically (like at the top of the post) I’ll be hanging it horizontally at the show in Plainfield due to the configuration of the hanging space. I’ve decided it really looks good either way.  Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, February 20th – that’s when the reception will be for the show! I’ll be posting more details about it in my next post. I’d love to see you there!



"winter" mixed media on three wood panels, 10x30" overall, $350 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

How apt a title for a blog post today! I kept forgetting to write a post about this piece, perhaps it was because the perfect time hadn’t arrived. If you live anywhere close to where I am in Indiana then winter has been the main topic of conversation for several days now. I think we’ve had every form of winter weather over the last two days – snow, sleet, freezing rain, frigid temperatures, high winds. Amazingly, as I write this, we still have electricity! (Keeping fingers crossed that will continue!) I’ll take no chances on that though and will schedule this to post in the morning, in case I am not able to do it myself. I started this piece shortly after the holidays and finished it a couple of weeks ago. Seemed like it took a long time because of the materials and drying time, but it was a fun project and something a little different from my mainly abstract artwork. The first layers on this were made of acrylic “crackle paste” that, as the name implies, crack as it dries. After that it was lots of different acrylics & acrylic inks, a little charcoal and some different finish layers. I’m going to post the progress photos and add a few comments in between, when needed. Here we go –

work in progress, image #1, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #2, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Close-up of the crackle paste after it dried.

work in progress, image #3, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #4, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #5, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker
"work in progress, image #6, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker"

Close-up of sky/snow background

"work in progress, image #7, "winter" © 2011, Lynne Medsker"

Close-up of finished “pond” area of piece. Although it’s hard to tell, I finished different areas with different materials to add to the dimension. This image of the pond has several layers of clear acrylic glaze on it to make it shiny and icy looking. There is also splattering of iridescent paint over the snowbanks to make them glisten. I left the tree itself unglazed so it would look more rough and bark-like. It’s sitting in my studio right now, await the finishing touch of the hanging wires to be added to the back (as are several other pieces!).

I plan on showing this piece at my upcoming solo show at the Plainfield Public Library that opens February 12th. I’m excited to have a big show and the gallery space at the library is FABULOUS! I hope you’ll come out to view the art in person while it’s showing, as much as I enjoy sharing it on the blog the photos don’t always capture the subtle details and textures of the art.

Until next time!