IDEAS 2.0

I am going through and updating, deleting and generally spiffing up my blog. After 800+ posts and seven years, I’m sure this is past due! Thanks to the fabulous Alyson Stanfield and her Art Biz Blog for the prompt! I’m guessing no one needs to see old announcements about upcoming classes and shows that happened years ago so those will be the first things to go. In the meantime I’m revisiting a lot of posts that I’d forgotten about.

When I ran across this one I knew I wanted to share it again and knew exactly what images I wanted to match with it! When I posted this original poem in 2008 I hadn’t yet reach a stage in my blogging adventures to even know how to add images along with the words. Which ended up working perfectly because I hadn’t yet created these digital drawings.  I don’t share much of my poetry, this is the only one that made it to the blog and, as perhaps you might notice, I’m not necessarily in my happy place when I write it. I can’t recall ever feeling so happy I just had to write a poem about it! 🙂 During this one I was feeling creatively blocked as well as struggling with some life issues that wanted to overwhelm me. I’m glad I’m not in that place anymore! When I re-read it today I relate it more to the wintertime and all the things laying dormant under the snow waiting to be released into the sunshine to grow and flourish. I’m more than ready for that to happen as I gaze out the window at all the whiteness surrounding us today!

Lynne

"anomoly" digital drawing © Lynne Medsker
“anomoly” digital drawing © Lynne Medsker
Fragile shoots of creative inspiration creeping from between the cracks 
in monotonous everyday life. Some struggle tenaciously for existence 
most wither quickly, life choked from them suffocating in the climate 
they were born.
Those that endure the harsh beginning required to grow without nourishment, 
pushing past smothering layers of daily tedium. Cautiously they proceed, 
death waiting, grasping, determined to wedge them under layers 
of unimaginativeness.
Scarcely any will survive the journey despite their most valiant efforts. 
Their route chaotic with sights & smells. The dead, decaying predecessors 
strewn recklessly along the way. A frightening path, even for the resolute.
Struggling to outrun the stench of failure the most resilient push forward, 
hoping that the next layer, or perhaps the next, will release them from 
this nightmare. Slowly, tentatively they surface, grasping their 
hard earned freedom.
Fresh air & sun caresses them and, though they are few, they sprout 
and blossom a furious riot of brilliant colors. A kaleidoscope 
of leaves and blossoms fed from the flesh of dead ancestors 
lying beneath the uncaring layers of life.
Tiny seeds drop working their way slowly down below the tiers 
of dullness and predictability, dormant. Waiting in dream-laced limbo. 
Flashes of life-giving inspiration ignite them, 
beginning another perilous journey upward toward the warm, inviting rays.
"below the surface" digital drawing © Lynne Medsker
“below the surface” digital drawing © Lynne Medsker

 

Winter

"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!

Lynne

Winter Trees

"trees" photo/digital art (c) Lynne Medsker

I know this time of year many of you are thinking of Christmas Trees and holiday decorations. I thought I’d give a little twist on the subject today! One of the things that I really like about the winter season (and some days it’s hard to find thinks that I like about it!) is the leafless trees. You can really see their “personality” when the bare branches show their twists & turns. I’ve spent hours driving country roads with my camera capturing images of winter trees. I have a file with literally hundreds of these image saved on my computer! It’s a great resource when I am creating digital art to be able to sort through and find the perfect tree for the piece I am creating. Just for fun I looked through some of my older digital art pieces and pulled some out to share with you today.

"tree in pink" photo/digital art (c) Lynne Medsker
"illumination" photo/digital collage (c) Lynne Medsker
"branches" hand-painted B&W photo (c) Lynne Medsker
"echoes of butterflies past" photo/digital art (c) Lynne Medsker
"migration" photo/digital art (c) Lynne Medsker
"blaze" photo/digital art (c) Lynne Medsker

I hope you enjoyed seeing these images, they are still some of my favorites! It’s been quite a while since I’ve created any art with my computer…I may just have to add that to my schedule soon!

Lynne