Ode to Nature

It seems a lot of my recent work includes these twisting, turning, swirling leaves/blades of grass/vine-type organic shapes!  Remember “Dormant No More”?  They are just what flows out of me right now. Here are three digital drawings that all have that type of “feel” to them…

I’d almost guarantee that you’ll see more that are similar in style! I’ve also been more than a bit obsessed with drawing/creating trees. Perhaps it’s indicitave of growth?  I don’t even know why I do what I do…I just do it.

Hmmmm,

Lynne

Dormant No More

So much meaning to this piece, as well as the title of the post!

"Dormant No More" acrylic on textured canvas, 48 x 36", $995 © Lynne Medsker
“Dormant No More” acrylic on textured canvas, 48 x 36″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

This has to be one of my favorite new pieces. It took it’s sweet time but was worth the wait! Created on another of the canvases that I had textured and painted white, it began much differently than it ended.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

And then it sat. And sat. And sat around the studio.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

Finally I couldn’t stand it any longer and figured ANY progress had to be better than it just sitting there! So I grabbed a charcoal pencil and just started drawing.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker
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work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

Lately it seems all my doodles and sketches are swirly vines. I’m sure this is symbolic of something but I’m just going with it. Once I’d gotten that pattern down I went back with a blending stump and softened and worked the design. After sealing that layer the next step had to be some color!

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

That ended up being more than just the next step, there was color, color and more color added, blended and swirled all over that canvas in thin layers that let some of the under-colors peeks through. Here’s a detailed image of a section of the finished work that highlights the colors and texture of the piece.

work in progress, "Dormant No More" © Lynne Medsker
work in progress, “Dormant No More” © Lynne Medsker

The title means several things to me. I’d not painted in many weeks so that part of my creativity had been lying dormant, it is the middle of winter and all the growth outdoors is dormant as well and, after sitting around the studio for months the art itself is no longer dormant but alive with color and design. Happiness!

I’ve had a period of being semi-dormant, at least as far as my online activities. I wrote and scheduled the blog posts for the last four weeks all at once and set them to auto-post – both here and on my digital blog. I set auto-tweets and Facebook posts and then I hibernated. Not entirely but I purposely allowed myself time away from these digital tasks so that I could have time to work on my goals and schedule for 2013. I knew they were not going to be done for the “New Year” celebration January 1st but as the days passed I was afraid that too much time would slip by and they might not get done at all! Along with working on that project I’ve just taken time to relax, to travel, to nap, to do pretty much whatever I felt like. What a treat! So, the next post you see on here will be post-dormancy. I guess we will both have to wait and see what it’s about. 🙂

Lynne