The Red Barn Studio and Grounds

 

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I was privileged to spend most of last week as the artist in residence at the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas.  This is the preserved home and studio of the late Lester Raymer.  I will share a sampling of his artwork with you another day.  Today, I would like to give you a feel for the setting in which I was able to live and work… surrounded by the history and artwork of this accomplished artist.

The grounds themselves were beautiful.  Behind the sign is the hotel which the red barn out back served until it became Raymer’s studio.  Raymer and his wife lived in the laundry room, which he eventually connected to the studio.

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The cottage that is made available to the artists to stay in had been lived in by Raymer and his wife, and her parents, the hotel owners, before that. I especially loved the cheery yellow kitchen.

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To work in space that Raymer had himself created in was a real treat.  A lovely little sitting area on one end…

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…and my artwork hanging on the other end.

my art west wall

my art south wall

I even held a couple of workshops in this space!

A huge north window afforded not only daylight to work by, but also a view of the wonderful enclosed patio area… itself a work of art!

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The brick wall, built by Raymer, had all kinds of interesting things inlaid in it…

Another little walled garden hides away on the north side of the studio.

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Inside the studio, I loved seeing the way areas had been preserved just the way that Raymer left them when he died in 1991.  His last piece remains on the easel just as he left it.

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Tools remain on the workbench as if ready for Raymer to pick them up and create yet another lovely and imaginative piece while his drummer boy painting looks on.

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A variety of evidence of his creative genius clusters around the corner fireplace.

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Everywhere you look in this well run museum you see evidence of Raymer’s creative genius. I enjoyed strolling around just hoping for a bit of it to soak through my pores and help me be as prolific and imaginative as this artist had been!

I can’t wait to show you some of Raymer’s artwork… but I will leave that for another day.

Hope you can make a visit to Lindsborg!  There is much to see and do in this small town.

 

 

Domestic Wild

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One of the pieces I worked on at The Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg this week.  I guess a Dala horse would have been more appropriate than a rhino, but I had been wanting to do this guy for awhile.  The rhinoceros himself is done entirely with paper which I gleaned out of old books and my Citra Solv stash, and two of my crows thrown in for good measure.  Can you find them?

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The background was made on a wood panel using National Geographic pages treated with Citra Solv.  I did add a bit of paint and ink on top of the background.  The fronds are cut from an assortment of “found” papers… a napkin, a manila envelope, and pattern tissue.

Pretty funky, but I kind of like the stark look using the vintage black and white and gray papers gives.

If you are interested in “painting” with paper, join me at Tessera Fine Art Gallery (316 262-2435) on June 11 for a hands on workshop.  That’s also where this piece, and several other new works, will be headed soon!

Numbers 14:18a Coloring Page

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“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.”  

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Feel free to right click on the image below to download and print your own Scripture doodle coloring page.

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Wishful Thinking

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This is the nearly complete fox that I created using a reverse painting technique.

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I started with a 18 x 24 wood panel covered with Citra Solv treated National Geographic magazine pages that I had scrubbed part of the ink off through my own  stencil.

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You can begin to see things taking shape.

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I also blocked out areas for plants and an overhanging tree branch.

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Almost done… I think he looks kind of wistful, don’t you?

Wishful Thinking

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This is the nearly complete fox that I created using a reverse painting technique.

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I started with a 18 x 24 wood panel covered with Citra Solv treated National Geographic magazine pages that I had scrubbed part of the ink off through my own  stencil.

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You can begin to see things taking shape.

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I also blocked out areas for plants and an overhanging tree branch.

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Almost done…

The Story Happening by Sabrina Ward Harrison

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I was recently introduced to this book by my friend Darla. I seldom do this, but I got on Amazon and ordered a used copy right then and there!  It is designed to be a starting place to add your own journaling, drawing, painting, photos, or memorabilia to.  She has scribbled in words and phrases that can serve as prompts for the lovely pages.  I find it inspiring just to look through!

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If you like the look of an art journal but aren’t so sure about actually doing it, this book would be a perfect starting place!

Also by Sabrina Ward Harrison, “The True and the Question” and  “Spilling Open” and other books as well!  Go take a look!