Old Growth

Some pieces of art come very easily and others you have to wrestle, argue, ignore, cajole and fuss with for months to finally figure out what they want to become. This is one of those pieces!

"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker
"old growth" mixed media on wood, 24x24" $495 © lynne medsker

It isn’t just me that struggled with it, my artist friend Doug finally was exasperated enough with it that he gave it to me at a play date with instructions to finish it. 🙂 Now if you clicked that link you’ll know it’s been a LONG time that I’ve had this piece in the studio! I began working on it during the play date buy taking a hammer to it and chipping out some of the background texture and edges, adding more concrete and even adding some color that day. Here are images of it as it transitioned from phase to phase – and I know I missed a lot of the stages!

After this last image I used it to test some spray paint on but didn’t get a photo of that (although you can see some of it on the next image). What it had turned into was a piece I let my young grandson paint on because, honestly, he couldn’t do any worse!

And his creativity is just what got me inspired and going in the direction I needed to! Why I’d not tried my one of my favorite color schemes before is still a mystery to me.

work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker
work in progress "old growth" © lynne medsker

Finally it was (or I was?) moving toward a finished image!

work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker
work in progress 2 "old growth" © lynne medsker

Once the tree appeared all that was needed was a bit of green, some outlining and highlighting and it was finally complete. Whew. I can’t imagine it looking like anything else now!

This piece is included in the “Mixed Well & Served Fresh” show that has been held over at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana. You need to come see it in person to appreciate all the layers, depth and texture! I’ll be there with it tomorrow during the ArtsGo! event too, I’d love to meet you!


"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!