Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our pop up show last night. It was nice to meet and visit with people who are fans of the Small Spaces project. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small Spaces: Pop Up Show

Stop into ZMED Studio tomorrow from 6-9pm to meet some of the local artists involved with the Small Spaces project. We will be hosting a pop up show and several of our featured artists will be on hand, showing and selling their studio work and talking about their experience with this project.  
Artists participating:
Lisa Wicka
Mitch Schuring
Aaron Bumgarner
Aaron Molden
Cathryn English
Bethany Hohman
Chris Robinette
Carrie Wing
Craig Tribble
(and perhaps a few others!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Small Spaces: 9.16.2014

It was another great day to paint.

street art graffiti lafayette indiana

Scraps from Flint, MI came down. He worked on 2 large pieces on the side of the Haywood Printing building.

scraps design

scraps design

Mitch Schuring and Pete Brown worked on the 3rd floor windows above my studio. Their windows will be installed in the morning. Mitch freehanded a fun character with a cellphone,

and Pete sprayed the 10x3 ft tall stencils he cut of Statler and Waldorf.

pete brown's art

pete brown's art

pete brown's art

statler waldorf street art

Also, Grant Lutz and Richard Brumbaugh finished their piece with a background and started another piece on the back of Fuel coffee shop. Lisa Wicka finished her third piece on the side of Bernadette's Barbershop. We'll post pictures of those soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Small Spaces: Painting at Haywood Printing

Yesterday was great painting weather so we had lots of artists out painting for Small Spaces. While Cathryn English painted rabbits on the wall by McCords Candies (on the corner of 6th and Main), everyone else worked on the walls of Haywood Printing Company.

cathryn english

cathryn english

Grant Lutz, 

grant lutz

Richard Brumbaugh,

richard brumbaugh

and Paul Meadows from The Tattooed Heart each did a piece.

paul meadows

haywood printing company

Paul and Richard's second piece of the day:

Zach did "Robot Yearbook."

zach medler

small spaces lafayette

Sagan Newham started on her first piece,

sagan newham

and Lisa Wicka finished up her second for the project. 

lisa wicka

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Canning Crushed Tomatoes

The reason we grew so many tomato plants this year was so we could eat some and can the rest for the winter. Unfortunately, the hail storm in August ruined that plan. So this morning, Zach and I went to the farmers' market and bought 50 pounds of tomatoes.

We dug up our Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, picked the easy recipe for crushed tomatoes (just tomatoes, lemon juice, and nothing else!), and got to work.

We blanched the tomatoes in several batches,

we peeled,

cored, (we left the seeds)

then chopped,



and processed.

Perhaps it's because this is our second time canning tomatoes, Zach and I managed to finish all 50 pounds of tomatoes in about 4 hours and were still on speaking terms with each other afterwards! And now we have 16 quarts and 9 pints of crushed tomatoes to show for our efforts today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

new murals at stormfront productions

i painted a few different murals for Stormfront Productions here in lafayette last night and then again this afternoon.  i was honored they asked me to create in their space, and it's an awesome space.  the office is housed on the top floor of the fountain trust building on the corner of 3rd and Ferry.  it's a beautiful, old, brick flour mill, actually.  the office space is surrounded by soft brick walls, big windows, and original wooden structural beams.  it was a great place to get to install.

zach medler

i started with a robot character mural in the main co-working space.  the painting features a cast of robots looking in different directions and doing robot things.  this is the main space, so i wanted to create something fun and welcoming, and the robots are certainly that.  plus they are quite interesting, because of all of the detail in the patterns and gears.

stormfront productions mural

zach medler mural

i also painted a formerly very boring white wall in an office.  the wall sits behind the owner's desk and i thought i should create something like an updated take on the classic office cityscape.  i made a 5 foot wide stencil of downtown lafayette, looking down from union st.  the fountain trust former flour mill, is situated toward the center in red.  i laid down a ghost print in grey with the stencil, then i painted in all of the color by hand, trying to keep the lines loose and expressive.  i added the river and the railroad tracks and more of the landscape outside of the stencil.  then i put the stencil back up and sprayed in the black.  i really like this image, and i really like the blownout abstraction underneath the stencil: that clean edge of the black contrasting with the expressive strokes of color.  this is the first place it's been painted, but i may have to use it again.

lafayette indiana mural

the third and final piece i did was in the conference room. the space was challenging to work in.  there's a weird hole in the wall with a pair of legs hanging out and the shape of the room and the overhang of the drop ceiling really enclose the space in what is an otherwise very open and airy place.  so, i felt like my challenge was to create something that gave some air to the room and some depth the space.  so i painted a skyscape of an approaching storm.  i built up layers of billowing clouds and a rising cumulonimbus column that trails off into a few puffy high clouds in a blue sky above a low horizon landscape.  the clouds are interspersed with stenciled pattern fragments and the blue sky in the background has a subtle damask pattern.  there's a row of power lines and a few birds hanging out in the corner.

zach medler

zach medler

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Smile :)

Zach bought me new lens for my camera ...

zach medler

so I roped him and the cat into posing for me!

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