Ceaseless

I’m back! Keeping the blog going on a regular basis seems to be my Achille’s heel this year! Thanks for sticking with me during the hits & misses.

So, back to finishing up the recycled/upcycled art pieces from last year. This piece, Ceaseless,  is mounted on an old LP.

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Just like “Conjured” it was drawn on watercolor paper, painted on the reverse side and then the design was cut out with an x-acto knife.

After that it was mounted on the LP and details were added with ink and an old piece of jewelry was mounted in the center.

"Ceaseless" © Lynne Medsker
“Ceaseless” © Lynne Medsker

Ta-da!!

Coming up next is the last piece from my show of upcycled/recycled artwork and it’s a bit different from all the others. Stay tuned, it WILL be posted yet this week. 🙂

Lynne

 

Continuum

This piece came to fruition after creating Ceremonial and Circadian, drawing from the rolled paper and the idea of creating a clock. It came together pretty quickly after creating both of those pieces!

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From this pile of rolled paper I decided the layout for the piece and attached them all to the LP. To make the hands of the clock portion stand out I added the painted CD.

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This was one of my favorite LP pieces and I’m happy to say it found a good home and was purchased by a fellow artist. Here’s a picture of the finished piece:

"Continium" © Lynne Medsker
“Continium” © Lynne Medsker

One more left, then one other piece from the recycled/upcycled show last year and I can start sharing some new work and ideas!

Lynne

Corridor

A while back I told you I’d be sharing more artwork created from an old metal file cabinet. Today I’m continuing with that by sharing this piece, Corridor.

"Corridor" 12x36" repurposed metal on wood panel with paint & decorative nails, $595 © Lynne Medsker
“Corridor” 12×36″ repurposed metal on wood panel with paint & decorative nails, $595 © Lynne Medsker

Much the same process (and created at the same time) as “Conversion” the pieces were laid out, numbered, cut, cleaned, painted and re-assembled. Here are images of the work in progress:

Details and decorative nails were added as part of the finishing process.  You can find this piece, and Conversion, at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana.

I’ve got one more piece created from repurposed metal but it’s not as abstract and geometrical as the two I’ve shown so far. Stayed tuned!

Carnival

"Carnival" mixed media/upcycled artwork on wood panel © Lynne Medsker
“Carnival” mixed media/upcycled artwork on 24×30″ wood panel © Lynne Medsker

Created in the same style as “Fun”  created at a workshop last year.  I ended up using less caps on this piece after many different layouts and ideas, plus I incorporated rolls of magazine pages for a different texture and shape.

It reminded me of a ferris wheel so it’s title “Carnival” came easily! It has a companion piece, “Carouse” that I’ll share with you later this week!

Until then….

Lynne

Adventure

"Adventure" cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12x12" wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker
“Adventure” cut paper over dictionary pages mounted on 12×12″ wood panel, $145 © Lynne Medsker

Similar to “Ambience” that was posted earlier this week, this piece was also created on a 12×12″ wood panel using old dictionary pages and cut paper. Here are some images of the process/progress along the way:

One piece left to share with you that goes with Ambience & Adventure….look for it Friday!

Lynne

Calando, Cavatina, Crescendo

Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post!  As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.

The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.
The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.

First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).

I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.

Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine.  Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one.  The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.

I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:

"Calando" mixed media on wood, 55x16", $995 © Lynne Medsker
“Calando” mixed media on wood, 55×16″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.

Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.

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Can you picture them in your home?

Lynne