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,

Lynne

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…

Lynne

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.

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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!

Lynne

PRESS RELEASE

First Friday at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center!

Studio 204 is pleased to be hosting the mixed media artist Lynne Medsker for the August First Friday on August 6.  Studio 204 is home to Marti Icenogle (Magickal Dragon Designs) and Bob and Moon Stump (Mixed Media Jewelry).  Studio 204  is located in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square on Indy’s southside.

Lynne Medsker:  Mixed Messages
First Friday, August 6, 6 – 10 pm

Lynne Medsker’s mixed media artwork is being featured on First Friday, August 6, 6 – 10 pm at Studio 204 in the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Fountain Square.  Lynne combines her digital images with photography, watercolor and mixed media collage. Lynne is especially intrigued with texture and blending individual elements into unique multi-layered images. She often uses recycled and natural materials in her works.

Lynne is an accomplished artist who has shared her artistic vision in numerous local venues.  Additionally, her work has been shown in a dozen states across the U.S., including exhibits in Cincinnati, Chicago, Washington D.C., Phoenix and New York. She also has art in corporate and private collections.  For further information about this exhibition or other events at Studio 204, please emailmarti@magickaldragondesigns.com.

ArtScape Recap

I had a wonderful time meeting the supporters of the Avon Public Library the evening of April 17th. This was my first experience participating in the ArtScape event and I was impressed! It was well organized, well attended and very enjoyable. Aside from the nice crowd of people to share my art with, there was live music and some fabulous food & drinks! It was my honor to be selected for a pre-event interview by the local paper, the Hendricks County Flyer.  To read the article CLICK HERE . This is a photo of my display for the evening.

ArtScape 2010! Avon Public Library, Avon, IN

Since I use words & text in many of my art pieces if was fun to have a row of books for a backdrop! One part of participating in this event was creating a piece of art for their silent auction that evening. Check out tomorrow’s blog post to see how I created this mixed media wall sculpture:

"words" mixed media wall sculpture, 21x20, donation to Avon Library silent auction (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Until then…

Lynne

Directionally Challenged

I have an art show coming up in September and have been gathering info, images and ideas for it over the last few weeks so the press can go out, postcards can be made, etc.  At the very end of this process we discovered we hadn’t given the show a title.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how I can struggle just naming a single piece of my art.  Some pieces remain “untitled” for a really long time until inspiration strikes.  Now I was faced with titling a whole show?  Yikes!  I started brainstorming, just thinking of words that describe my work but that wasn’t helpful because I do so many different styles & media of work there just isn’t one word that covers it all.  Even combining two or three words wasn’t working.  I talked with the show coordinator on the phone and we bounced things around and she asked if perhaps I had a piece of work that could be used as a title.  None came to mind because most of them are simple, one word titles (due to my challenge at naming them, I’m sure).  As I was browsing through a folder of my art images this one popped up:

directionally challenged mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker
"directionally challenged" mixed media (c) 2008, Lynne Medsker

PERFECT!  Not only is it one of the pieces I had planned on displaying at the show it truly describes my creative tendencies!  SO…the show now has a title and it’s getting closer all the time.

“Directionally Challenged” will be on display from September 1st to September 22nd at Healing Arts Indy, in downtown Indianapolis. Healing Arts Indy offers a unique and luxurious massage environment with a cooperative of highly skilled massage therapists practicing a variety of bodywork modalities in a beautiful environment. They also have yoga classes, a licensed acupuncturist, fine arts exhibitions, book discussions, and other community oriented events to feed mind, body and spirit. Their address is 805 S. Meridian Street, for more info call 317-955-7811.  The opening reception will be on Friday, September 4th during the “First Friday” art tour in Indianapolis.  Please be sure and join me that evening!

Do over!

Every once in a while some creations just need to be revisited.  Maybe at the time they seemed complete, or perhaps just “good enough” because nothing else was coming into your imagination.  Then later, for whatever reason, a thought pops into your mind and you immediately know what it was that needed to be done.  I love those moments! (The ones when you realize, not the ones when you don’t have a clue!)  If you’ve looked at my website you know that I make collaborative art pieces with my husband, Mark, using metal.  Most of the pieces are created from discarded parts and other recycled materials.  Last year we created three new wall sculptures, including the one that just got a “do over”.  One piece was specifically for a commission and the other two (including the do over) were the Plan “B”s – in case the client wasn’t as pleased with the original piece as we hoped or (even better) wanted additional pieces.  They stuck with the original piece that they had commissioned (show here after it was installed):

wall sculpture #19 (c) 2008 mark & lynne medsker
wall sculpture #19 (c) 2008 mark & lynne medsker

One of the parameters for the commissioned piece was that they wanted the metal to be sealed, unfinished, instead of painted.  So we finished all the pieces like that. The piece that I still wasn’t completely happy with traveled around a bit and then ended up back home, hanging in the garage next to the entryway into the house.  So I saw it everyday until it just became part of the background and I didn’t pay that much attention to it anymore.  Then a week or so ago Mark had a request for a piece to be hung in an upcoming show.  That piece fit the bill but I couldn’t let it go out again until I was happy with it.  One thing that bothered me about it was that it was very “flat”.  It had some dimension to it as the pieces were welded on top of each other but basically it laid flat against the wall.  Had we been at square one then welding it in a more curved fashion would have been the answer but now I would have to figure out a different approach.  The pieces on the outside of the sculpture were fairly thin & flexible so I was able to bend them to where they curled up and away from the wall, adding some of the dimension I felt it was missing.  Okay…it was getting better but is still just wasn’t there.  Then I remembered a diferent metal wall sculpture that recently sold and how taken the customer was with the way it was painted.  Ah ha!  That might just be what I was looking for.  I am a big fan of the ‘hammered metal’ type of spray paints…it is shiny but also very textured and it keeps with the metal appearance of the pieces.  So out came four cans of that in various colors and away I went.  I love to layer & blend with spray paints just like I do with acrylics, ink, paper or even pixels on the computer.  First a coat of one color, then a highlight of another, a spritz of a different one, some dark followed by some light and a drizzle of paint drops here & there to add interest.  After working it for a while I let it sit, went back to it and did a bit more work and, FINALLY, I feel like it is now finished!  Here is a photo of the complete piece plus a close up detail so you can see the painted finish:

wall sculpture #20 (c) 2009 mark & lynne medsker
“wall sculpture #20” (c) 2009 mark & lynne medsker
detail, wall sculpture #20
detail, wall sculpture #20

It will be on display along with it’s “sister” piece that is already hanging at the Continental Office Environments showroom, 9202 East 33rd Street, Indianapolis.  On Friday,  March 13th from 5 – 7 pm Broad Ripple Art & Design will have it’s “Second Friday Opening” there!