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

Seeing Red

Moving from the black & white images from my previous post I seem to be in the mood for red quite a bit lately. I love how it just pops off the page when used with black, white & grey. These images were all created with the same program but on different computers and will different tools. Can you tell which one I used my finger to “paint” with? 🙂 Hey, a finger is a built in tool, let alone the least expensive!


Be sure to “click” on these images to see the full version! Next post? I’m changing it up a bit and sharing the beginnings of a new photo/digital series of work! Then back to more digital drawings, with even MORE colors. 🙂 I do have to say that these have also inspired me to do more “real” drawing and sketching as well, but we’ll catch up on that down the road a bit.

Later gator!
Lynne

Blended Fractals #42 and #43

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared any fractal or digital artwork on this blog so I thought I’d sneak some in today!

blended fractal art #42 © lynne medsker
blended fractal art #42 © lynne medsker

Most of my newest creations comprised of several different fractal images blended together to make one new colorful, detailed piece. No exception here! These are the “single” fractal images that I used:

fractal #39 © lynne medsker
fractal #39 © lynne medsker
fractal #40 © lynne medsker
fractal #40 © lynne medsker
fractal #41 © lynne medsker
fractal #41 © lynne medsker

This time I had so much fun blending and changing the coloring on the art that I came up with two final pieces. I just couldn’t decided! So you get to see both. 🙂

blended fractal #43 © lynne medsker
blended fractal #43 © lynne medsker

So, do you have a favorite between the two? Or like one of the singles best?

Commissioned Work: Turquoise Topography

So I thought I’d finish off this week with some commissioned work that I completed in February.

finished work, turquoise topography © lynne medsker
"turquoise topography" 1 & 2, commissioned artwork, mixed media on wood panels, 20x20" each

The color scheme and media were based off of a piece I’d made a few years ago, “Lacrimo”.

"lacrimo" mixed media on wood panel, 20x20" $375 © lynne medsker

Since the client wanted two pieces I knew I’d get a better continuity between them by creating two at once instead of trying to match the single piece I’d created two years ago. Beginning with layers of concrete applied by hand to the wood panels, I made texture & designs on each panel, as well as drops and bumps of concrete across the surface as well.

work in progress image, lynne medsker
work in progress image, concrete of wood panel © lynne medsker
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work in progress, first layers of acrylic © lynne medsker

Once dried that layer was sealed and then I began the layering process with thin layers of acrylic. Adding more neutral colored layers followed by bright colors I built up the design on the concrete bit by bit.

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work in progress, additional layers of color on wood panels © lynne medsker
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work in progress, brighter colors on top of the neutral background © lynne medsker

Eventually it was time for the finishing layers, more sealer and to choose a direction for them to hang.

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finishing touches of color © lynne medsker

It was actually the clients idea to hang them at an angle, they look great that way! I really enjoyed being able to create these pieces, what would you like me to create for you?

Primitive Gestures (Part 2)

As promised in yesterday’s post, here is the rest of the “Primitive Gestures” series!

"migration" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"migration" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"spring winds" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"spring winds" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

In addition to several of the 8×10 size pieces I created these two larger ones as well:

"three moons" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker
"three moons" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker
"mountain path" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker
"mountain path" mixed media on wood panel, 16x16 $245 © lynne medsker

I hope you enjoyed seeing these new creations! I had so much fun getting my hands into these pieces, there isn’t a texture or color on any of them that I didn’t touch!

"night journey" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"night journey" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker

Primitive Gestures (Part I)

Today I’ll be sharing a small series of work that I created for the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show.

"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"eclipse" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

My inspiration for these pieces were the primitive cave and rock drawings made by our long-past ancestors. Even then, with their hands and rudimentary tools, people had the urge to create, communicate and share their life through art. Some of the markings I used on these works were taken from books about the rock drawings, a few were combined to create new symbols and some were from my imagination.

work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker
work in progress, primitive gestures series © lynne medsker

Similar to making designs in the muddy earth, each piece in this series originated with concrete being applied by hand to wood panels, with lots of symbols, marks and texture being etched into them. Just as the passage of time concealed many of the original rock drawings, more concrete was drizzled and dropped on top of the original design to give it feeling of age. Once dry it was topped off with multiple layers of color and acrylic glaze. A final coat of white was used to further veil the design.

fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
fire & water, mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed $175 © lynne medsker
"emergence" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" professionally framed, $175 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10 $85 © lynne medsker
"planting cycles" mixed media on wood panel, 8x10" $85 © lynne medsker

I’ll share the rest of this series with you in my next post!

 

Plummet

Some more new(ish) art to share with you, this piece was finished last month.

"plummet" © lynne medsker
"plummet" mixed media in shadow box, 14x18", $395 © Lynne Medsker

I was not a good blogger when I created it, I only have two images! Obviously the one above is the finished product and here is one I snapped during the layout stage:

WIP, plummet © lynne medsker
work in progress, possible layout design © lynne medsker

A few tweaks here & there but pretty much the design stayed intact during the construction process. This piece was also included in the “Mixed Well and Served Fresh” show and will be on display there until April 14th!