Wrapping things up…

Well, my time here at the Tin Shop is winding down, and I find myself facing the end of my residency time.  Bittersweet to be sure…I’ve had such a wonderful experience being here and have loved the scenery and surroundings as well as the awesome people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.   In a recent post I showed images of some work in progress, I now have both those pieces completed.  Here are the finished products:

peak 7 mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"peak 7" mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
(untitled) mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
(untitled) mixed media (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

Not only have I finished work some of it has already left Colorado.  I shipped out all the pieces for the “Art on Record” show and also sent a box full of completed artwork to the frame shop back home so they can get started with the framing.  My studio space here is starting to look a bit “naked” as things slowly leave.  

 I have continued working on the “junk journals” and finished some blank ones to leave here as gifts for Jenn & Gretchen, who have been so wonderful to work with. I also have the cover of the first journal finished now…I am keeping the first two for myself, for one reason they were very much “trial & error” projects and also just for sentimental reasons.  Here are some samples of the completed journals:

finished cover, junk journal 1 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
finished cover, junk journal 1 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

 

junk journal 3 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 3 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 4 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 4 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

 

junk journal 5 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 5 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 6 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
junk journal 6 (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

 I have some smaller (5×7″) mixed media pieces that I am finishing up that I think I can just pack & ship home with my art supplies.   This is what they looked like when I was cutting out the shapes, I’ll get photos of the completed pieces tomorrow before I pack them…I ran out of daylight for photography by the time I had them completed this evening.

work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09
work in progress, 4-17-09

As I was preparing some of my supplies for the trip back home I took several photos of sheets of paper that I had brought with me, much of it handmade.  I loved the texture & patterns and after taking photos of it laying flat I realized it would be even better to photograph against the window with the light illuminating it from behind.  SO, once all my supplies have left on Saturday I will have those images to play with in Photoshop.   I’m thinking of combining them with some of the images from my road trips…maybe something new to add to my “Art & Nature” series?

Until tomorrow…

Lynne

Recap, days 7 & 8

Hello again from Breckenridge!  The last couple days have gone by quickly, I can tell that my time here will be over long before I am ready.  I can’t believe I have been here over a week now! Yesterday/Wednesday I started the day off being a bit domestic, cleaned up the apartment area, took the bus down to the store to stock up on groceries, and ventured out to the laundromat.  I can’t say that I have missed the days of taking laundry to the laundromat but it was relatively painless (and more expensive than I remember!).  I am still just captivated by the views in this beautiful little mountain town.  As I was standing waiting for the bus to pick me up at the grocery I snapped this shot across the parking lot.  Sure doesn’t look like the view from the grocery store at home! After I returned from all my errands I got to work in the studio.  The two mixed media pieces I’d been working on were still waiting on me so I determined what finishing touches they needed and then began to mount them onto the matboard.  I am really happy with them both and I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback from the visitors that have been in.

river rocks #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #1 (c) Lynne Medsker
river rocks #2 (c) Lynne Medsker
'river rocks' #2 (c) Lynne Medsker

The arts district is very busy here and yesterday afternoon they were having an opening for a children’s art show so I wandered over there to see the exhibit and meet some more of the local artists, teachers and supporters.  It was a very nice show with works by over 100 kids being shown.  There was a nice variety of mediums that they had used and all the artwork was inspired by local history.  Very cool! After that I returned to the studio and began playing with a couple new projects.  

I had heard of “junk journals” through an Indy based altered art group and, although I missed the demonstration on how to make them, it had been in the back of my mind to attempt my own version while I was here.  I’d been saving empty packaging, scraps of paper and similar items that were destined for the trash and/or recycling bins so I started planning how I would create two journals from the materials I had saved.  I ended up with a small version (squarish, maybe 4 or 5 inches?) and a midsized version (perhaps 5×8 inches?).  I got the larger one bound and a few pages covered with gesso before I called it a day.  That made it easy to get started today because I had the projects underway.  🙂 Throughout the day I continued to gesso the pages and also covered some with tape, metal or decorative papers to make the invidual pages.  I took some photos of both pieces progressing…perhaps I’ll post them tomorrow.  Today was a day with open studio hours so I had several visitors in & out throughout the afternoon.  Today was also the day of the artist trading card (ATC) workshop!  It ran from 5 to 8 p.m. and we had 5 people here making cards. There were many other events and activities going on in the area this evening so I appreciated the people that took time to come to the workshop. The evening went by quickly with good company, good conversation, a few snacks to nibble on and lots of creativity.    

I was invited to attend a workshop on Saturday afternoon that a textile artist is presenting (we’ll be making scarves!) and that evening is the “Second Saturday” artwalk with my studio space being one of the stops.  I am looking forward to both those events.  I will have all day tomorrow to play in the studio…even MORE to look forward to!  For now I am going to sign off & get into my cozy pajamas.

Sweet dreams!

Lynne