Stages

So I thought today I’d share a couple recent pieces that I finished and show a bit of the stages it went through along the way. Both these pieces are currently hanging in the gallery at the Blackford County Art Center in Hartford City, Indiana in my show titled “”Cairns & Other Repurposed Treasures” – along with another 26 pieces that are part of my “Wood | Stone | Metal” series. The beginning inspirations were a set of rocks that I painted last month:blog-tribal-rocks

In addition to those larger, detailed pieces I also had painted several batches of smaller, colorful, messy, drippy, watercolored stones:

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Deciding on the composition is a trial and error process for me, first one layout, then another, tweeking the arrangement and inclusion of stones and material as I progress. This shows an early layout vs. the final version for each of the two pieces.

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Potential Layout for “Celebration”

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Final Design of “Celebration” mixed media art, 5×12″ in wood cradle

 

 

Early design idea for "Simpatico"

Early design idea for “Simpatico”

Final design of "Simpatico" mixed media art on 12x5" panel

Final design of “Simpatico” mixed media art on 12×5″ panel

The third rock in the set is still in the studio, waiting for inspiration to lead me to it’s final destination, who knows where it will end up!

Lynne

 

Upcoming Open Studio Play Day!

This year I am doing something a little different! Instead of scheduling formal classes I am going to open my studio for a “play date” every  few months (sessions will normally be on the third Thursday of the month, followed by a session the next Saturday for those that need a weekend option). Topics will change each month and all will be fun & easy and each only $10 per person to cover the material and supplies.

5x7" dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker

5×7″ dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker

For September the studio is open for play on Thursday, September 8th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. as well as Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be working on preparing some new pieces for the show that opens later that month so materials will be out to paint rocks, create pieces on wood or sticks or just paint – whatever sounds like fun to you! Please reserve your 2-3 hour times slot as your schedule allows, I’ve got room for 3 or 4 people to work comfortably at the same time. The cost is $10. Visit the Online Reservation Form to sign up.

Your entire $10 fee will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to promote education about, and research for, Huntington’s Disease. Many describe the symptoms of HD as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously. There is no cure. We have two family members currently battling this deadly disease. I will be participating in walks in Indiana this September (for our son) and Knoxville, Tennessee in October (for our grandson).

I hope you are able to come out and play on one of these dates and help me raise money for HD at the same time!

Lynne

Bloomington Indiana Shows for July!

Summertime Greetings!

I wanted to make you aware of two shows in Bloomington, Indaina that I have going for the month of July! The first features my Mandala Inspired Artwork at the John Waldron Art Center.

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Also at the Bloomington City Hall Atrium Gallery, 13 pieces from my Wood|Stone|Metal series of artwork. Here are some images from the show:

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Links to these galleries: John Waldron Art Center, City Hall Atrium Gallery

Be sure to visit these shows if you are in the Bloomington Area!

Lynne

 

TINY sculptures

Each year around Christmas the Indianapolis Arts Council hosts a show titled “TINY” and each year I think I’ll enter something, then don’t get it done. This year I was in the midst of creating the WOOD|STONE|METAL artwork when the call came out so I actually created some pieces to submit!

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All these use some combination of natural stones, painted stones, driftwood, balsa wood, metal, paint & ink. Basically the exact same materials I was creating larger pieces from. I don’t really have any step–by-step images of their creation so I’ll share with you images of each individual piece so you can get a better idea of the details.

"Invoke" (c) Lynne Medsker

“Invoke” Painted stone, copper, hammered wire, painted wood $65

"Spirit Wanders" (c) Lynne Medsker

“Spirit Wanders” driftwood, copper wire, nature & painted stone $55 (c) Lynne Medsker

"unfold" (c) Lynne Medsker

“Unfold” painted wood, copper, beach stones, small stones, $35 (c) Lynne Medsker

"origin" (c) Lynne Medsker

“Origin” painted wood, natural & painted stone $55 (c) Lynne Medsker

"Terrain" (c) Lynne Medsker

“Terrain” painted wood, flat copper wire, painted stone $55 (c) Lynne Medsker

Each of them are currently available to purchase online in my “Giftables” shop, along with a selection of other small artistic pieces.

Of the above five pieces one was selected for the show, Origins. Which piece (or pieces) would you have selected?

Lynne 

Totem

Getting back to sharing the process images of the artwork I created for last November’s show at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Totem

All the pieces had materials and inspiration drawn from nature, this particular piece started as a fallen branch that my grandson found for me while he was playing back in our woods. I was given instructions to “make some art” with it, so that’s what I did.

Most of the bark had fallen off, whatever hadn’t I striped and then smoothed off any rough spots. The very bottom of the branch was split so I ended up cutting that portion off. I still ended up being four foot in length! After it was cleaned up I began adding designs to it in black.

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Once the entire piece was covered then it was time to fill in the designs. Much of it was done using Pitt Artist markers, which lay a nice layer of India ink into tiny places. The black & white areas were painted with F&W artist acrylic inks with designs added on top of the white sections with Gelli glaze pens.

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After the painting was done it was looking pretty good but I just felt like it was too tall & skinny and needed a little variety to it, width wise. Out came the drill and I (carefully!!) drilled holes in it, gradually using larger bits until I could fit this aluminum wire through, bending and curling it in different directions until I was happy with it.

 

"Totem" mixed media (branch, paint, ink, wire) wall sculpture. 10x48" $375 (c) Lynne Medsker

“Totem” mixed media (branch, paint, ink, wire) wall sculpture. 10×48″ $375 (c) Lynne Medsker

Ta-da! This is one of several “branch” pieces in the body of work. I’ll be posting more down the line.

Later Gater!

Lynne

Deviate & Tango

The title sounds like some covert operation, doesn’t it?

Surprise! It’s sculptures instead. 🙂

The wood bases that hold these stones were shaped and carved from balsa wood, making them much lighter than they look.

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The stones were arranged and more cutting/sculpting done for them to fit snuggly in the center of the wood. (Okay, yes, they were also glued quite well in one of the final steps, I’m not that talented with wood working yet!)blog, tango20141019_193916

As you can tell, the stones and were rearranged quite a bit before the final steps were taken.blog, tango20141019_193923

I decided to use stones that had been colored with ink as the accent stone for each of the sculptures, from this selection:blog, tango20141019_195724-1

Once the wood pieces were carved they were sanded, sealed and then colored with inks to get their patina. The center of each piece was painted black and then the stones were all glued into place. Here are two more images of the finished pieces from a different angle:

"Deviate" mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5x12" $245 © Lynne Medsker

“Deviate” mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5×12″ $245 © Lynne Medsker

"Tango" mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5x12" $245 © Lynne Medsker

“Tango” mixed media (wood, stones, ink) sculpture. 5×12″ $245 © Lynne Medsker

I really enjoyed working with wood again to created these, and discovering the right sizes and pattern for the stones was quite a challenge. I hope you enjoyed the peak at their creation!

Lynne

The Beginning: Serendipity

 

"Serendipity" mixed media sculpture (wood, stones, driftwood, copper, hammered wire)  6x6x5" $250 © Lynne Medsker

“Serendipity” mixed media sculpture (wood, stones, driftwood, copper, hammered wire) 6x6x5″ $250 © Lynne Medsker

One of the first pieces I created in my newest series “Wood|Stone|Metal”, this is “Serendipity”. The entire series could have been named that, it just came together in a delightful way! For many years I’ve collect bits of driftwood, sticks, stones and other items as I’ve traveled through life knowing that “someday” I would do something with them. With that stash of fun things around I was posed the question “what did you really enjoy doing as a child?” and immediately my love for collecting rocks in a shoebox popped into my mind. Even if they were just small pieces of gravel from our driveway adorned with paint, I spent many happy hours with rocks, as well as playing in nature with whatever I could find. But how to incorporate all that into works of art? That was when the exploring began. Sorting, stacking, painting, and arranging I began to gather/create items that might work together in a natural way. With the plasma cutter I started a collection of steel and copper shapes to use.blog serendipity 3

From my newly gathered stash of scrap balsa wood pieces I began to shape organic, rock-like pieces.blog serendipity20140911_165220

Rocks were pulled from jars, boxes and storage spots…as well as the landscape!blog serendipity20140911_145700

Driftwood, collected on my travels, was unearthed and more sticks gathered in our woods were stripped, cleaned and bleached to add to the pile.

 

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I also began experimenting with paint on stones.blog serendipity20140925_123038-1

Over the course of several weeks I gathered, created and prepared. Then it was a bit like solving puzzles, choosing which pieces went with which, how they should be arranged and what made me happiest. Here are images of the process for this piece as it evolved:

Although I ended up with more wall art than sculptures, it was fun to express myself in a more dimensional form. Look for both types to be featured over the following weeks!

Lynne

Flamingo, Seafoam and Citrus

Flamingo, Seaform & Citrus, mixed media wall sculptures, 18x10" each  © Lynne Medsker

Flamingo, Seaform & Citrus, mixed media wall sculptures, 18×10″ each © Lynne Medsker

Another post from September that was languishing in the “draft” folder! In my last post I mentioned that I enjoyed creating that piece with balsa wood, these three pieces were made with leftover balsa from that project. Very geometric and bright, they were fun to design and are amazingly lightweight wall sculpture pieces. You know what’s next right? Yup…work in progress images:

Here they are individually for your viewing pleasure:

"Flamingo" © Lynne Medsker

“Flamingo” © Lynne Medsker

"Seafoam" © Lynne Medsker

“Seafoam” © Lynne Medsker

"Citrus" © Lynne Medsker

“Citrus” © Lynne Medsker

Now, I’m caught up through September by the end of 2014. Next year I’ll begin sharing all the new work I created for the show in November!

Commissioned Art: Diversify

"Diversify" Mixed media ceiling sculpture © Lynne Medsker

“Diversify” Mixed media ceiling sculpture © Lynne Medsker

Wow…didn’t realize this never got posted! It’s been hanging around in the “drafts” folder since September! Ooops!

The second of two commissioned art pieces I created this summer, Diversify hangs above a children’s exam table in a medical facility. Bold colored paint over lightweight balsa wood, wires and glass balls (repurposed and supplied by the client) were all brought together to make this fun ceiling sculpture. Here are some of work-in-progress images:

And a few different views of the installed piece:

I really enjoyed designing and creating this piece…as you’ll see in future post I continued to work with balsa for several more months!

Giftables!

I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind my readers that I have gift-priced artwork available for the holidays! To help you locate & purchase those items I’ve added a storefront to my website. All items are under $100, most under $50 and quite a few are available in the $20 range. Specifically created, smaller pieces that I’ve decided to call “Giftables”. You can view/shop right HERE. I thought I’d share a few images of items that are available too, just to tempt you a bit!

Trees painted on stones © Lynne Medsker

Trees painted on stones © Lynne Medsker

5x7" dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker

5×7″ dimensional mixed media artwork © Lynne Medsker

Tiny Mandala Art (3x3") with small easels © Lynne Medsker

Tiny Mandala Art (3×3″) with small easels © Lynne Medsker

"Spirit Wanders" small mixed media sculpture © Lynne Medsker

“Spirit Wanders” small mixed media sculpture © Lynne Medsker

Tiny Cairn Artwork (2x4") on easels © Lynne Medsker

Tiny Cairn Artwork (2×4″) on easels © Lynne Medsker

Sculpted Wire Tree Ornaments, various embellishments

Sculpted Wire Tree Ornaments, various embellishments

As an added temptation I’m sharing a coupon code with you that is valid through 12/10/14: ONLINE10 will get you a 10% discount on your order. Hopefully you also receive my newsletter, there will be another (even larger!) discount available in the edition that scheduled to be published in the next day or two.  Click here to sign up!  I’ll be adding too and changing the store inventory as items are sold so be sure to visit often!

Happy shopping!

Lynne