Revived & Reworked!

"swoop" triptych (each section 5x7"), printmaking, $165 © Lynne Medsker

There are times when I create so much art in one setting I’m not quite sure what to do with it. That seems especially true when I am experimenting with printmaking. I have a LARGE collection of unframed print projects that I periodically look at but have not done much displaying of. As fall weather is creeping in I decided to see if there were any prints that might fit the season! Since one of the residencies that I explored printmaking was during the fall I had many things to choose from. These two pieces are the ones I selected, both are currently on display (and available for purchase!) at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.

"harvest dance" printmaking, 5x4", $125 © lynne medsker

It was fun seeing how some matting and framing can totally revive artwork! And it felt good to actually display some of the printmaking artwork I’ve created.


"believe" mixed media wall sculpture, 16x16" $195 © lynne medsker

Featuring another new mixed media wall sculpture! This is the first wall sculpture I completed during my time at Blueberry View Artist Retreat. The circular piece in the background is an old 33 1/3 LP, covered in aluminum and colored with inks. Added to that are some cut-out shapes, also covered in aluminum, that were colored ink a similar color scheme.

"believe" work in progress, image 1 © lynne medsker
"believe" work in progress, image 2 © lynne medsker
"believe" work in progress, image 3 © lynne medsker

The bright blue portion of the sculpture was painted with acrylic on a wood cut-out that was cut with a scroll saw. It was one piece from a large “stash” of cut-outs I had with me.  After the main portion was assembled it was just a matter of choosing some smaller accent pieces and arrange them. One of my goals during the retreat was to include more words, texts, quotes, etc. in my artwork. When I found the “believe” piece in one of my boxes of “treasures” it just seemed to fit perfectly. The final piece I added was the twisted aluminum wire. I like the motion it adds to the composition.

Garden View

"garden view" mixed media collage, 12x12", SOLD © lynne medsker

It must have been the beautiful flowers and gardens outside the window of the studio that inspired this piece! A little different than my normal bold abstracts this collage piece came together almost of it’s own will! So quickly in fact that the only other image I have of it is the five blank canvases. 🙂 It was only here in my studio a few days before it was swept away to it’s new home. It’s nice when someone else gets excited about your work and just HAS to have it! And it’s fun to think of all the places my art pieces are going to. 🙂

Heat Wave

"heat wave" mixed media wall sculpture, 12x14", $195 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I could not have created a more appropriate piece of art for this time of year! I’ve had the background textured and painted for months and just couldn’t decide what to do on it. These days of 90 and 100 degree temperatures certainly made it easy to envision! Here it is lying among other works to be created:

"heat wave" work in progress, image 1 © lynne medsker

After deciding to go with a “hot” theme it was easy to arrange the pieces and get ready to add the colors and details I wanted.

"heat wave" work in progress, layout © lynne medsker
"heat wave" work in progress, painted © lynne medsker

Assembly followed by a few finishing touches and it was complete! I’m hoping this winter it will help me to appreciate the sweltering weather we are having right now. 🙂

More new art coming soon, in the meantime – stay cool!


Tuesday Tales from the Studio – January 25th, 2011

new studio supplies! © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Ahhh, back in the studio after a few days off. This week is going to be a little more sporadic than I’d like but sometime family matters take priority over art time – as much as I’d rather they didn’t! But a few hours here & there will do for now. 🙂 Today’s progress included a decision on a design for a new project, a happy accident when I was floundering, an exciting supply delivery (see above) and some fun new collage pieces! Oh, and guess what else? A long-forgotten residency application came back with a YES! Woo, hoo! Now that was a wonderful surprise! In my last studio update I showed you an image of the newly/brightly colored 2’x6′ mixed media artwork I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks. When I had first started the piece it was entirely black & white and I thought painted a few areas with a copper paint would really make a nice pop of color. Which it did, in black & white. After I added all the bright colors the copper just looked out of place. SO, I decided to paint over the metallic with black and add more black in different areas.

work in progress, 3-piece mixed media on canvas © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Hmmmm. Well. Better? Maybe? But now what? I pondered it for a few hours and then decided I would add a layer of clear acrylic gel to get more texture on the surface and then probably add some more color once it dried. (This is the happy accident part!) I decided to put the gel on with my hands just for fun (although I did wear plastic gloves) so I smeared it on each painted section of the artwork. Once I’d covered them all then I went back to the first section and began to start roughing up the surface by patting the wet gel to make it stand up in peaks here & there. I had forgotten one slight detail though, I had used acrylic INK not acrylic paint. Acrylic paint dries in a permanent layer but today I discovered that acrylic ink well, it doesn’t! So when I began to work with the surface the color underneath began to lift & blend with the clear acrylic. So I just went with it….lift, blend, pat, smear, blend, even mixed colors in from one section to another.

work in progress, 3-piece mixed media on canvas © 2011, Lynne Medsker

It looks better than I could have imagined! Woo, hoo! I still have some other touches I want to add to it but I’m really happy at this stage. I’m waiting to see where it will lead me next. 🙂

The last thing I did today was to create some new mixed media/collage pieces on wood. After my delivery of all the wood boards I couldn’t resist working on some of them! I choose six of the 6×6″ square boards to work with, and ended up designing two sets of 3 pieces each from them.

work in progress, 6x6 cradled boards © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I laid each set out next to each other and then began adding a selection of handmade papers to each set.

work in progress, 6x6 cradled boards © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, 6x6 cradle board © 2011, Lynne Medsker

After the papers I decided to add a few extra touches to each set…bits of feathers, metallic string, beads. Although they weren’t dry enough to take final photos of them here is a close up of the group while it was still wet.

work in progress, 6x6 cradle board © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I will try to get them properly photographed so I can share them with you tomorrow. I hope to make more process with the mixed media wall art that I laid out today. Now that I know what pieces I want to place where it should move a little more quickly. Or that’s my hope, anyhow!

Until tomorrow,


Tiny Critters

As I mentioned in my last post I still have some images from my trip out west that I hadn’t shared yet. The ones that are left are all of animals! I thought I’d start with tiny ones and work my way up as I post them. 🙂 There were plenty of little chipmunks around the town of Breckenridge, most of these images were taken by the river that runs through the center of town:

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It was really fun for me to discover some species I’d never seen (or even heard of) while I was traveling!  Both of these were from my visit to Rocky Mountain National Park:

"Marmot" (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
"Pika" (perched on the rock, lower/left side of photo, he's TINY!) (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I also saw several hawks while I was driving around the countryside! Although I was never near enough to get a close up shot but these were fun to take, nonetheless.

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Of course what trip west would be complete without seeing prairie dogs! These guys were all photographed in the Badlands of South Dakota.

(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
(c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I’ve still got photos of moose, elk, buffalo, deer, goat, antelope, cows, horses, sheep and mules to share in future posts!

Stay tuned,


Traveling West

"traveling west" mixed media, 20x20 inches, NFS (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Well, it’s finally here – the last image of artwork that was created during my residency at The Tin Shop (in Breckenridge, CO) in September. I saved this piece for last because it ended up staying in Breck. Each artist that participates is asked to donate a piece of art to the Arts District and this is the piece that they selected to stay. It made the title even more fitting when that happened! Created on a wood panel I incorporated some aluminum in the this piece. It was added first.

work in progress, image 1, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Once I had that part completed I needed a way to keep from covering up part of the aluminum that I wanted to be circles so it was protected from the next layers of mortar. Cups full of sand were placed on top those areas to block them out.

work in progress, image 2, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Then it was on to applying the mortar and letting it dry in the sunshine.

work in progress, image 3, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

After it dried the next phase was to add layers of color. Layers and layers and layers….

work in progress, image 4, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 5, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 6, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 7, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 8, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 9, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 10, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Finally it was time to add some embellishments here & there…a few pieces of tile and a twisted wire helped to balance out the piece.

work in progress, image 11, traveling west (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

A slight change in the orientation, it was sealed, glazed and complete!

Although this is the last artwork to share from my trip I still have a post or two of images taken while I traveled to share with you yet this week.  Check back soon to see those and also some photos of a project that I started back in 2009 – and just finished last week!

Stay warm,