Free to Be

"free to be" mixed media on paper, 22x15" (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

This past weekend I was able to sneak in a little more studio time! What a treat it was to have some extra hours to spend out there. ūüôā I started a few new projects and even managed to finish one Sunday afternoon. Although I have ideas and deadlines for work that I want to complete for next month’s solo show I have really felt the urge to experiment lately. I’m sure it’s inspiration from all the books I’ve been reading and looking at! I started this artwork on some nice, thick watercolor paper. Similar to an “automatic drawing” I started with a flat brush and a tub of black acrylic paint and began to make random marks over the page. I also used stamps with the black acrylic to add a smaller designs in a few spots on the paper too. Next I filled a bottle that had a small tip, with fluid white acrylic and dropped, drizzled and made lines with it on top of the black paint.

work in progress, image 1, free to be (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

That was left to dry overnight. I had decided I wanted to color the piece with some bright watercolors. I started using watercolor pencils to fill in small sections of the painting and then gave it a spray of water to see how it looked.

work in progress, image 2, free to be (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3, free to be (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

Mmmmm. Not as bright as I wanted but I did like the way to colors were working. Out came the regular watercolors and away I went.

work in progress, image 4, free to be (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

Now I have painted with watercolors before but really don’t know that much about the technique, other than what I’ve discovered by experimenting. I just read the other day that if you keep the back of the paper wet when you are working on the front that it will lay flat instead of bubbling & bumping up in the middle or curling at the edges. How much easier it is to work with that way! Eventually I had the entire paper covered with color and started adding extra pops here & there and also defining a little white space to make it more interesting. This image is close to the end of the process, while the paint is still wet.

work in progress, image 5, free to be (c) Lynne Medsker

It lost a little intensity when it dried but still is very vibrant and happy. I worked on the piece with a horizontal orientation but eventually decided that I liked it vertical best so I turned it around for the finished image. It was great fun to experiment and play! I’ll be back in the studio today and tomorrow. I’ve got lots of projects in the works, I’ll be anxious to share my progress with you again soon!


While the paint dries…

Yes, I get ever so excited when I get to spend the day in the studio. ¬†But some days just seem to be scattered, no matter my amount of enthusiasm! (Does that ever happen to you?) I usually just jump right in a get started, the art begins to flow and I’m lost in creativity for the day. ¬†To help with the “jumping in” I’ve laid out my project(s) for today during my last studio session. Having something ready to go is helpful, I don’t have to make any decisions about what I’ll do. (I don’t want to spend half the day just thinking about it!) Today I had two groups of small pieces that had previously had layers of texture added and this was the day to start adding the acrylic paint. ¬†I had the paint colors selected already so there wasn’t anything to slow me. Turn on the music and let the art begin!

Layering one color, adding another, spreading the paint left, right, up & down until I was happy with the coverage and colors on the first group of six tiny square pieces. Then I did some more texturing/designing by scraping away paint. ¬†Time for it to dry so I moved on to the second set of ¬†three pieces and began the process again with a few different colors. Time for those pieces to dry too. I jumped over to the recent mixed media collage I had created and did some finish painting on the edges of the canvas so it would be ready to hang when the opportunity presented itself. ¬†Well, that was fun…but now what? I could start another new piece but I don’t have an enormous amount of workspace and it was pretty full with all the small pieces laying on it. Of course I could always set up a folding table. Hmmm. Well, I guess it’s time for some coffee. Then I wandered to the bathroom & decided it was time to do some personal maintanence. Eyebrow plucked, other stray hairs removed or trimmed, moisturized and I was good to go. So now what?

I’ve been wanting to make some changes to the blog (check out the sidebar for updates, new info and a new look!). ¬†Cool…done with that. ¬†Might as well put up a blog post while I’m here, right? Then the phone rang and I talked to someone about possibly teaching some photography classes. ¬†Time to check the paint again…nope. Wash the paint off my hands (again). Swept up some of the crazy asian beetle/ladybugs that are coming out of hibernation. It seems like a lot of them come out just to roll over and die on my carpet…ewww! I also got a few of the live ones in the “swirling vortex of death” while I was at it. It makes me feel victorious when I sweep them out of my art space but I know within a few hours more will appear. Happens every spring.

Oooh, the UPS man is bringing me a package! FedEx was here yesterday…it’s been a package delivering frenzy. ¬†(Probably related to an online shopping frenzy for art supplies earlier in the week!) It was an order of photo/art papers for printing so I got them arranged in their proper place. Yesterday’s delivery included six new canvases, 12 large sheets of paper and some other fun things to do. ¬†I love getting new art supplies! I guess now it’s time for lunch (the clock and my stomach both say that’s true). ¬†I’m hoping that by the time I’m finished with lunch the paint will finally be dry. If not I’ll either get desperate and take the blow drying to it or I’ll start another project!

This is starting to sound more like an entry in my journal than a blog post so, grabbing a bite to eat and then…back to the studio, wet or dry paint, I go!

Hop, Skip, Jump –


UPDATE: The paint finally dried! Now everything has an entirely new coat drying. ūüôā I also started working on a new paper piece…details coming in the following days!

New work

Blogging from the Mary Anderson Center, in the wee hours of the morning.¬† I am enjoying my time here, daytime I’ve been working in the studio and taking breaks to get out into the sunfilled outdoors.¬† The property is surrounded by¬†a large amount of acreage, hiking trails, a large lake, small ponds and many other features – some that I’ve yet to personally discover. Most of the time I’ve been walking/hiking/wandering just to enjoy being outside but on a few trips out I’ve taken my camera and gotten some photos too.¬† This evening I uploaded the images from my trips outdoors¬†plus some work that I’ve done in the studio.¬† From there I decided to combine¬†images of¬†some prints (and other works in progress) with¬†a few¬†of the nature¬†photos and, well, here it is 2 a.m. and I am still not in bed. ¬† I lose all track of time when I am being creative!¬† I¬†ended up with a total of 18 images, four original images and then several variations of each of those.¬† These are five of my favorites:

I have several projects I am working on at once when I’m in the studio, which seems to be typical for me when I am here.¬† I can bounce from project to project as paint, ink, adhesives, etc. are drying.¬†It’s also nice to have several things to choose from if I get restless with a certain project, either from working on tedious details or not quite being able to decide what the next step should be. Current projects include more of the embossed metal mixed media pieces, a large wood panel that is getting layers of texture & paint, two canvases, some pigment on Yupo paper and a few prints as well.¬† Most everything is “in progress” so I am hopeful that tomorrow I will be able to complete a few of them since I’ll be leaving on Monday.¬† Speaking of tomorrow (technically that would be today!), I best wrap this up and get to bed or I’ll be sleeping till noon!¬† I’ll check in again soon!