Cybernated Artistry Show Images

In case you weren’t able to make it to the Cybernated Artistry show at Sugar Creek Art Center last month here are some images of the artwork on the walls.

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As you entered the gallery
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one of the corners, I love the rustic walls!
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grouping between windows
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another grouping, oval fractal art
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the show within the show – group show of digital artwork
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the back hall, leading into the gallery
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my favorite wall of the show!

The show ended August 31st so now I’ve just got memories and these photos. Hope you enjoy them!


Web Presence for Artists: August 29th, 2012

I was invited to share some information with local artists about online presence and social media. I know enough about it to know I don’t know it all – but I’m excited to share what I do know! Here is the class information. If you’d like to join, please email me at If we can find a workable date in the near future I may be presenting this again on a Saturday for those that aren’t available during the week.


An Introduction to Web Presence & Social Media for Artists

Presented by Lynne Medsker

Date:                  Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Time:         10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. (bring a sack lunch)

Location:         Sugar Creek Art Center

                          127 South Pearl Street

                       Thorntown, Indiana

Cost:                  $20 per person

Contact:         Lynne Medsker @

This class is to introduce and encourage artists to use the available social media and online outlets to present and promote their work.  It will be broken into a morning session that covers basic information on presenting your work online, including:

Photographing/Adjusting/Resizing your images for the web

Watermarking & copyright for your images

What information to include with your images

Being consistent in your efforts

Connecting with other artists, art lovers and potential clients

After lunch we will spend time talking about specific sites and ways to promote your art, some topics covered will be:

Facebook Pages



LinkedIN, Branched Out, Google+, etc.

Etsy & eBay

Blogs and blogs vs. websites

Image hosting sites

Online resources

You will receive handouts as well as links & information via email after the class. I will be available after the session to answer any specific questions that you may have about your art, Facebook Page, blog, etc. and to schedule one-on-one tutoring sessions for those who are interested in further assistance. If you have a laptop please bring it with you!

Cybernated Artistry!

In case you missed it I am excited to be sharing an upcoming venue with other digital artists that would like to show their work! The details and entry form are located at the deadline is in one week! I hope you’ll consider entering and help show the public how diverse digital art can be!

If you aren’t a digital artist then instead of entering I am asking you to attend! Here is an image of the postcard announcement with all the details:

See you there!


PS – So, after passing out these postcards and publishing the image all over the web it was pointed out to me I have the wrong date printed on there for the reception. Sheesh. If I confused you, my apologies…it is indeed a Friday – the 10th.

Small bit of mandalas!

mandala #44, mixed media on paper © Lynne Medsker

I’m still spending time playing with mandalas, these three new small mandalas have been delivered and hung in the gift shop at Sugar Creek Art Center, located in Thorntown, Indiana. I am enjoying creating these with the addition of a watercolor background and really like the off-center composition too! Although I loved creating the more traditionally composed pieces, for me this just seems to make the final image a bit more interesting. What do you think?

Somehow in the midst of creation I failed to get an image of them before any color was added…so just use your imagination, tuned to black & white. 🙂 Here they are after a layer of watercolor was added to them.

work in progress, mandalas 45, 46, 44 (L to R) © lynne medsker

The paint dulls the outlines so several of them have been traced over to get them back to their original bold black. I picked up some cool little frames the other day, which was my inspiration for creating these tiny pieces. Come to find out they weren’t quite tiny enough, I had to trim them down to fit in the frames!

"mandala #44" mixed media on paper, 4x4" framed to 6x6" $35 © Lynne Medsker

You can see the size difference in this image vs. the one at the top of the page. Here are the other two pieces in their frames:

"mandala #45" mixed media on paper, 4x4" framed to 6x6" $35 © Lynne Medsker
"mandala #46" mixed media on paper, 4x4" framed to 6x6" $35 © Lynne Medsker

They will fill a small space with a nice splash of color, or hang all three together in a slightly larger space for a fun display! Of course I’d be happy to create some for you in custom colors as well – what colors will you choose?



“sediment” mixed media on wood, 12×36, $325 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I’m still trying to catch up on all the “work in progress” images I took during my residency last month. Today’s post features more of the mixed media work I did while I was there. I was still experimenting with mortar/cement and other textures, so I began by layering on cement and swirling it around the two wood panels. After I was happy with that I poured small black gravel over the cement and pressed it into the surface. For extra “adhesiveness” I squirted clear gesso over the rock layer and then spread that around and left it to dry.

work in progress, image #1, sediment (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #2, sediment (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It was more than a bit of a sticky mess so I left it lay for a couple days before going back to it. Once it was finally dry I had to shake/brush/pick off the gravel that wasn’t tightly fixed to the cement. I’d not be surprised if they aren’t still finding little black rocks around the studio! Then came the fun part – adding color! I have been very drawn to turquoise hues so I focused on that plus a few other colors that went well with turquoise.

work in progress, image #3, sediment (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image #4, sediment (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The layers slowly built up and the piece began to take shape.

work in progress, image #5, sediment (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The final steps were to go back in with black paint and highlight the black rocks that were covered with other layers of color and then add a few small splashes of rusty red. Done! This artwork is currently hanging at Sugar Creek Art Center in the Commons area, along with 14 other of my art pieces now through the end of November. Be sure to stop in, view my art, the wonderful display in the main gallery area, shop in the gift shop and visit the artists in their studios soon!



"erosion" mixed media on wood panels, 11x14 each, $375 set (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Back to more mixed media art created at The Tin Shop in Breckenridge, Colorado. Can you tell it was a very productive stay? A handful more posts and I will have all the images and works-in-progress shots finally online. Then maybe I can show you what I’ve been doing since I returned! 🙂 For today I am going to show you a set of artwork in different stages from start to finish. For some reason I have a lot more progression images for these than many of the others. I’m alternating which piece I show you in each different stage, all three of the finished pieces are shown above. These were created on 11×14 flat wood panels. The first step was applying a thin layer of grout and troweling designs on each panel.

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

After that it was paint, paint, paint and more paint! The following are images of 10 of the different stages these pieces went through, I suspect there were a few more that I didn’t document but this will give you a good idea of the process.

work in progress, image 2, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 4, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 5, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 6, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 7, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 8, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 9, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 10, erosion (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Most layers were thinned acrylic, a few layers were slightly thicker. They all added up to a rich depth of layered color. Just for fun I thought I would take a photo of the pieces hanging in a home-type setting (actually this is in Sugar Creek Art Center) to give you an idea how they might look."erosion" mixed media on wood panels, 11x14 each, $375 set (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Now close your eyes and picture them in YOUR home. 😉

Until next time!


Play date!

This post is going back to August, shortly before I left for my residency in Colorado. I have an artist/friend (well, okay, more than one!) who’s art and creativity I admire and who’s company I always enjoy, named Doug Arnholter. One of the mediums he works with is mortar/cement and it always looked like so much fun that one day I schedule the time to go have a play date with him! (Click on his name to view some of his awesome work.) If you’ve read my blog, looked at my website or talked with me at all you know that I love to explore different mediums so I was excited to give it a try. I brought over several blank wood panels, a few pieces that I wanted to re-work and some large pieces of cardboard so I’d have lots of options on what to do. He showed me around his work area, set me up a space to work in, gave me some basic instructions and let me loose to play. It was perfect, that’s just how I like to learn new things! He began work on one of his new creations I started to putter around with mine.

doug at work, adding color to a piece of art (c) Lynne Medsker
doug at work, adding another layer of mortar (c) Lynne Medsker

Although I’m not going to show you all the things I worked on today (I’ll save that for when I get some other pieces finished!) I thought I would show you the progression of one set that I finished and have hanging at Sugar Creek Art Center. I started these wood panels with a layer of thin mortar for some texture and then left them to dry while I moved onto other projects.

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

After that was dry I began adding different layers of color to the panels, letting them dry in between layers.

work in progress, image 2, consociatus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3, consociatus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Sealer was also brushed on between some layers to add depth, as well as seal the piece.

work in progress, image 4, consociatus (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

This was about as far as I got during our play date but I brought the pieces home with me and continued to add layers of acrylic until I declared it done.

"consociatus" mixed media on wood, 10x30 total, $225 for set.JPG

I continue to add paint and details to the other pieces that were started that day and hope to have more to show you soon!

Keep playing!


Some tiny little prints

“sunset tree” monoprint on watercolor paper (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Thought I’d share a few little prints I made the other day when I was playing around.  I like to make prints on gelatin plates (flat, thick slabs of unflavored gelatin) and that’s how these were done as well. It usually results in a more painterly type print and I emphasized that even more by using loose layers of watercolor for the backgrounds. The black details on the piece above are done with black acrylic paint, some of which is painted onto the plate and printed and a few details painted directly on the print.

(currently untitled) monoprint on watercolor paper (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I didn’t set out to make anything particular, I had just made a couple plates to show someone how the process worked. I had a bit of technical difficulty making the plates and destroyed part of them when I was preparing them this time so instead of larger plates we ended up with smaller sections to work with. Sometimes little is fun! Especially when it’s your only choice. 🙂 The last piece started with a background that was basically a little leftover, watered down color on the plate from a prior project. Then I sprinkled blue dots on the plate & printed them in several layers. Sometimes I “see” things in a print that just need some accenting to bring them out – in this instance I saw a field of blue flowers. Using a very fine pointed marker I added the outlines and stems coming from different directions.

“blue poppies” monoprint on watercolor with marker (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I like the kind of “retro” feel it has to it!

Speaking of retro, I will be displaying a mixture of older artwork along with some very new works in the Commons area at the Sugar Creek Art Center during the months of October & November. Be sure to visit and check out all the wonderful art, the artist’s studios, the gift shop and, of course, my display as well. They host “Culture at the Creek” the second Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. with many special events going on those evenings. If you’ve never been to Sugar Creek it is well worth the drive to Thorntown!