Weekend studio update…

What a treat – two weekends in a row I’ve had a day to work in the studio! I could get used to this, but I know it’s the exception not the rule. Again my weekend work has ended in band-aids – perhaps I should be happy that I don’t work in the studio every weekend. 🙂 I spent the bulk of my day working on the three-piece canvas mixed media that I started last week. When I left off it was drying with wire mess on different areas of the canvas. I went back and looked at it several times the last few days and finally made a decision. The wire mess wasn’t going to stay on the canvas, but the fun/funky texture the mesh left behind was awesome. So, with that small decision I created an entire day’s worth of work trying to remove the embedded mess from the dried acrylic. Silly me, I thought perhaps it would just peel up. And it did, in a few spots.

work in progress, mixed media on canvas (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

After that I was down to pulling it up, sometimes in ridiculously tiny pieces, with some small needle-nose pliers.

work in progress, mixed media on canvas (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

By the time I was close to finishing picking, pulling & plucking the wire out of the second canvas I had a nice blister on my right hand ring finger from gripping the pliers. Oh joy, now I get to finish the rest of the job with my left hand! That slowed the process a bit but after several hours of work it was basically mesh free (there may be a few spots where some mess is left but it looks good to me!). I thought I must have used a better gripping technique with my left hand because it wasn’t hurting at all. Then I actually looked at it and I had worn it past the blister stage to where there was just a nice raw hole in the side of my finger. I am about out of Sponge Bob band-aids after my adventure with the saw last week but I do have a back-up package of Snoopy band-aids upstairs so I think I will get through these injuries as well. Perhaps it’s a good thing that I don’t work in the studio most Mondays, I’ll have a day to recuperate.

By the time the sun went down I had a nice big pile of aluminum mesh scraps to go along with some really cool texture.

work in progress, mixed media on canvas (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, mixed media on canvas (c) 2011, Lynne Medsker

Tuesday I will be ready to tackle the next few steps that I had planned to do prior to all this work! I also added more paint to the mixed media tree image I’ve been working on – it’s getting closer to being finished. Be on the lookout for it soon!

Lynne