December 28, 2013

2013 in Review

I got this idea from another fellow artist.  It's a good way to look back, to see where I have come from and where I am going to!

I started off the year with a bang joining Leslie Saeta's 30 paintings in 30 days challenge (which I am about to do again!)  but I got caught in people pleasing mode and let what I thought I heard people saying dictate what I was painting!  That's a big creative killer and no no!

Right on top of that I painted for the CoBACH center's art show!  My very very first one since I graduated high school!  That was a BIG deal!  So big I had a panic attack and had to lay low for a week after the artists reception hahahaha!  Oh well, I did find out I do NOT like public things like this.  And that's ok!  I challenged myself, did something new, painted my best, learned what it was like to hang a show and fulfilled a lifelong goal!  Wipe that off my bucket list!

After this I was tired so I took Leslie Saeta's Art Marketing course!  YAY!  I learned so much but it was not relaxing lol!  Meanwhile my main website which I had just made perfect and all pretty crashed with a virus and I did not know enough about Wordpress to keep this from happening again so I joined Fine Art Studio Online to get up and running!  Thanks to Leslie's class I was able to get that going very fast!

Ok by this time I really just needed to take care of myself and I did some intense introspection and self care.  I did learn that I needed to feed my creative side and I went a little long!  I burned myself out!  So time out!

Summer was a whirlwind! My oldest son David graduated!  YAY!  Which was HUGE and emotional since in 2009 he was supposed to have died right around Christmas!  But the doctor's were wrong!  YAY FOR US!  Then we had a nice relaxing vacation up north in Michigan and came down to a flurry of activity getting ready for Dave's graduation party/pig roast!  This is one way to get your house in shape if you have been procrastinating!

Whew!

After this I had time to get excited about painting again!  I recharged and got ready for Leslie's 30 in 30 challenge for September!  I learned something there also!  Bad idea for those of us with kids starting school!  And then I got a virus, so I was down and out.... but I got a couple good paintings in there!

When I started to feel better some friends suggested I learn how to paint with alcohol inks!  WOW!  That kick started my enthusiasm again!  I immediately jumped in with both feet!  Beautiful and vibrant and different!  Just what I needed to loosen up!

Suddenly I had some doors open to me that were not available before and I, of course, walked through them!  I set up at a show in someones house, that was not so bad.  Then I set up at a craft show at a big advertising agency!  Wrong move, wrong venue for art.  Oh well, I learned  also!  Lot's of learning going on here!

Then I had a chance meanwhile to rent a space in "The Scented Bean" to sell my works.  I pictured, small works, framed inks, greeting cards, etc!  My greeting cards do well there!  I am still experimenting what will go well there.  It was a big change of thinking to get my art ready for retail in a store compared to online!  I worked very, very hard there for a month!  I really needed a break!

That led me into "The Christmas Season"!  I found out that honestly, I prefer to focus on family and not selling at this season, and that's ok, so I did!  And it's been wonderful and refreshing!

All in all I estimate I painted 50 paintings and about 50 inks!  That's a busy year!  I don't know how the Daily Painters do it!

Now that I am living my dream of becoming a professional artist it is a lot different than I envisioned and I work a lot harder absolutely!  It takes a lot of work to get your art out there and a lot of failures and successes.  Each one builds upon the other.

I've taken a long look at who I am as a person, who I am and want to be as an artist, where my family is at (I still have teens at home).  I've learned the places I need to balance.  I am a driven person and  I am learning to chill!

The reason I got into art in the first place is because it is literally part of who I am.  I never remember not creating, crafting, sewing, painting, jewelry making!  This professional art thing was supposed to be a place to share my art with the public and offer it up for sale and be legit with the authorities.  I need to get back to that place where I just paint for me and offer it to you.  I got off track and I give myself permission to get back ON track.

My on track  means I might draw, or paint, or craft something.  Creating something my soul needs, something I need as part of my self care.  Creating part of my authentic self to share with the world!






November 25, 2013

Abstract Flowers 10 ~ Bright and Colorful!

I'm continuing to learn how to paint with these inks.  I found I like looser better and controlled less better!  So many happy surprises!

I also decided to move my website from FASO since it was costly and I wanted to chat more and to be able to customize more.  It's wonderful for those that are lost in website making but very frustrating for me!  I decided to go with Weebly and a starter account.  So far I have been extremely pleased!

The only glitch I ran into was transferring my domain name.  Hopefully it will be worked out soon since I can't get my email!

I have another email set up for the new site which you can see HERE.

I still have to put up ALL my art for sale!  That's a GOOD THING!  I also will be offering prints for sale.  But nothing is as beautiful as the real thing.  If I could encourage you, if you can swing it, there is NOTHING better than the real thing with these alcohol inks!

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"Abstract Flowers 10"
5 x 7" alcohol ink on Yupo paper

© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski


November 11, 2013

Art at The Scented Bean

Where have I been?  I have been very busy!  I found out that selling my paintings made with alcohol ink is super easy when someone can see it in person and more difficult online.  So when I got an opportunity to have a table to sell at an artisan craft sale I took it.  That will be happening Nov 21.  And right after that I visited a new place with a vision to help local artisans in Farmington so I rented a shelf in "The Scented Bean" downtown Farmington!

It's all happening so fast and it's renewed my artistic passion, which I lost with a vengeance.  It kind of threw me through a loop.  It was grueling trying to get it back.  But it's back now!  I have to work extremely hard to get things going.  I am attempting to keep DPW updated and eBay but it's difficult!  I'll get my ducks in a row soon!

Here is one that is in the store.


"Organic Abstract 4"
8 x 10 alcohol ink on Yupo ~ Framed

By Kelly Dombrowski

October 26, 2013

SOLD ~ Earth Veil ~ The Veil Series

Oh boy, wow this is just full of depth and color!  SO gorgeous!  The image does not do it justice whatsoever!  This is what happens when you play with red and green!  Who knew!

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"Earth Veil"
5 x 5" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski


Yupo is waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper made from polypropylene pellets.  The thickness reminds me of good photo paper.  It's super smooth and durable, waterproof and will not tear.  It holds ink well.  It will not deteriorate yet is 100% recyclable.

Alcohol ink can fade over time. Some colors are more prone than others even like professional artists colors.  To protect the art I have put on a UV polymer varnish and I recommend keeping the art behind glass and keeping out of the sun.  They have UV shields that are quite inexpensive and helpful that you stick on the glass.  They can be found HERE.

SOLD! ~ Red Flower 3

Another red flower!  Boy people sure do love these flowers!  I have to make some more flowers!  Actually they are fun!  Natural flowers are cool anyway! But making them up is more fun :)


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"Red Flower 3"
7 x 5" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

SOLD

Yupo is waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper made from polypropylene pellets.  The thickness reminds me of good photo paper.  It's super smooth and durable, waterproof and will not tear.  It holds ink well.  It will not deteriorate yet is 100% recyclable.

Alcohol ink can fade over time. Some colors are more prone than others even like professional artists colors.  To protect the art I have put on a UV polymer varnish and I recommend keeping the art behind glass and keeping out of the sun.  They have UV shields that are quite inexpensive and helpful that you stick on the glass.  They can be found HERE.


October 24, 2013

Geo ~ The Organic Abstract Series

I love this!  It reminds me of the earth, or a cave or underwater, or something natural!

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"Geo"
6 x 4" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

October 23, 2013

SOLD ~ Blue Veil ~ The Veiled Series


I found these online. GAM UV shield

But on to the art!  I keep experimenting and I love it!

Can you tell I am having fun?  I AM!  I had to do some heavy duty research to find out how to protect this new art interest of mine.  All pigments and dyes are subject to fading when exposed to UV rays and especially it seems the hot magenta's and red!  My favorites.  So along with spraying with a UV varnish you can also frame behind class covered with a UV shield!  Nice to know!

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"Blue Veil"
5 x 7" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski
SOLD

October 20, 2013

SOLD ~ Green Abstract ~ The Veiled Series

Hey ho!  I've been rolling right along with these little ink paintings and gaining more confidence to go bigger.  I've got some big pieces of yup that I think I will make some 11 x 14's out of eventually!

The only problem with being so prolific is the work it takes to get them all up on the various places on the interwebz!

I am also becoming proficient at Photoshop! I just have to remember if I am doing them at night I need to remember I have my monitor dimmer on!  f.lux!  Try it, it helps get you ready for bed and is customizable!

I decided to start breaking these up into series because I am SO running out of names!  And they seem to fall neatly into categories!

So this is one of The Veiled Series.  I will just start numbering them!

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"Green Abstract"
From The Veiled Series
4 x 5" alcohol ink on Yupo paper

© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

SOLD






October 19, 2013

SOLD ~ Pouring Joy


I just find this one so joyful and it practically painted itself!  There are some days you just know what to put where.  This is that!


"Pouring Joy"
4 x 6" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

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October 18, 2013

SOLD ~ Tangerine Dream

Oh my gosh, I have the color bug!  I so missed it and I got my vibe back!  So I changed the look of my blog too!!

I tried, I mean I really tried to be conservative in my painting and color and website but THAT IS NOT ME!  I get excited about color and I jump up and down at new combinations which lead to other new combinations!

So... I am having FUN!

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 "Tangerine Dream"
4 x 6" alcohol ink on Yupo paper
© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

Available on Daily Paintworks

October 16, 2013

SOLD ~ Red Flower 1

Here is a darling  red  flower in small format.  I love doing free form flowers!  I should do more!

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"Red Flower 1"

3 1/2" x 6" alcohol ink on Yupo paper

2013 Kelly Dombrowski


October 15, 2013

Living Leak

Most of the time I will have a name running through my mind while I am painting and that is how I name my paintings.  This one really reminded me of the sea and little bubbles coming from the fish that hide in the underwater vegetation.  I love it's brightness!

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"Living Leak"

4 x 6" alcohol ink on Yupo paper

© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski


SOLD ~ Betwixt

I've been experimenting with the inks more and I love the outcomes!  At first it was very hard to want to sell these but I then realized I love the next one, then the next one, then the next one!  A never ending joy fest of painting!  It's been a long time for that passion in me to rise again!

Wild luscious uncontrollable color.... YES!!!!


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"Betwixt"

5 x 7" alcohol ink on Yupo paper

© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

SOLD





October 02, 2013

A New Fun Medium!

A couple years ago, for about 4 years I had a business silk painting.  I did a lot of scarves that looked like this.  The dyes where wild and transparent and luminous and so beautiful.  Well the economic downturn came along and we couldn't keep the business going.  I missed the look of the dyes as I went toward painting.



  Recently I've some artist friends who've started to work with alcohol inks. I finally was able to get with them and find out how to use them last night and WOW we had a blast!  The inks reminded me of the dyes and their properties!  It's like coming home in a way!

Here are my first two on yupo paper.



I've had so much fun doing these that I might teach it!  I have all kinds of ideas running through my head now!  It was so much fun!

If you are in the Findlay Ohio area look up Inks and Drinks for a fun night learning this medium!



January 30, 2013

SOLD ~ Interwoven

Day 29 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days!!!!!

The finish line is in site!  Hurrah!  Just to be able to say I did it!  I must say hats off to those Daily Painters who have made a career of this!  Whew you guys!

Interwoven.  Well, it began as a white rose and ended up as an abstract lol.  I had much more fun with the abstract and I like to set off color with some black line work.  All acrylic paint still.  I shall keep working on the flowers, they are still hit or miss so if I did a good one, those are the firsts of the first!  I can only get better and I shall!

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"Interwoven"

  6 x 6" Acrylic on sealed and gessoed hardboard

© 2013 Kelly Dombrowski

SOLD