April 28, 2015

Alcohol Ink Tools and Supplies

Hi everyone!  I hope spring has you in a great mood like it does me!  Whew, what a long winter! Good riddance!  When we hit 70 I feel like I can do anything!

I impulsively said what the heck and decided to make a little video with my iPad on the tools I use in alcohol ink painting.  It's very rudimentary but I started!  That's half the battle right?

There will be a learning curve...

I am going to do this though!

I have lot's of ideas and thought well, maybe technique will be most helpful.  That's really what I want to see but no one does it, they just paint.  I like to have all my tools and options spread before me and then I like to go at it! So I am going to make videos like that.  Short bites of technique.


Here is the first one.  I hope this clears some things up and gives you ideas!  I am sure I'll come up with more tools!



If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask!!

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February 07, 2015

Copying Art Work. When You Can, When You Can't

I ran across this video today and it fits right in with what I actually wanted to discuss! COOLNESS!

Many people just do not know about this, so I am informing you!  I just released my inks into the Creative Commons Attribution4.0 International.

Click Here to see what you CAN do with the inks.

It's a lot, click on the link for the whole thing, here is a portion

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
  • for any purpose, even commercially.
  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Please take a little bit of time to listen.  He says it so well!  Not everything is under Creative Commons OR Public Domain.  Public Domain is the easiest to use and deal with.  But another artist?  Well, take a listen.





What Sean describes is what I usually do.  I immerse myself in art or a style of art by many different artists and then I put my spin on it.  Now I can't even help it, I put my spin on it even if I am supposed to be copying something in a class LOL! ;)  A little rebellious side of me showing up.


I have to do it myyyyyy waaayyyyyy!  Remember that song?



Now check out this free ink!


There Was A Field of Flowers 8" x 10"


January 30, 2015

The Last day of 30 in 30!

Well guys, it's the last day of the challenge and my back is not up to it so I'll have to just give you a collage of what I did do minus the nice pretty picture of my Irises painting of which I had wanted to paint a sister to!  I will still!

I did better than I thought!  I have not come this close to completing a challenge in 2 years!  I learned ways not to stress over getting work done this time!
  1. Paint ahead!
  2. Paint in a series!
  3. Scan if you can! 
  4. Schedule blog posts!
  5. Rest when you have to!
To be honest, I hit the ground running with a bum back this month but I am so proud of myself.  I went to work on this full time and set aside time to "go to work"!  It's working just swell.  I have lots of things in store!

I have been bumbling and stumbling forward this month to have any kind of forward movement trying to abolish my perfectionist tendencies and I am proud to announce I am getting used to it!

My newsletter subscribers had a treat for Christmas, 8 downloads of alcohol ink art to use for greeting cards!  And I will be retiring that mode of selling the inks shortly!

Coming up are the mounted inks, beautifully ready to hang!  We are talking WOW!  Do they ever look great!

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And excuse the dust on my blog and website as you always have, I morph and change and get comfortable as my journey becomes clearer, it's just what I do!



January 28, 2015

Irises!

Day 28 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I've been a bit sidelined by an old back injury.  The things we do when we think we are invincible as young people! :D

So I went to the Dr. after a month and a half of major owwies!  And got some great muscle relaxers and it sure did relax me!  Enough to paint these irises!

It's been one of my goals to paint abstract flowers.  Just a hint of flowerness!  These are a little too obvious.


AND no brushes were used!  Just my hands!

The Iris painting will be up on my website store when I feel like I can move things around to photograph it :)


20" x 20" acrylic on deep canvas





Also my experiments to mount ink prints has worked!  I just have a couple more and a run through for a final and I will put them up for sale!  Oh my they look so good!  They look as good as any original!



January 27, 2015

Drippity Do Da!

Day 27 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Whew!  I needed a day off! My back has been giving me fits.  We do things in our youth that make us go "What were you thinking young Kelly!?" now lol. And I am paying for it :)

Well THIS is acrylic on Yupo!  Mega paint since most slides off and it really does not stay saturated when it slides off.  I definitely am experimenting more with this!  I got all kinds of little interesting things going on in there!





8 1/2 x 11"

Acrylic on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 25, 2015

Just Let Me Be Done!

Day 25 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I am ready to be done with the challenge now :)  I have one more piece of art that I am making and I wonder... Oh dang, I only have 4 more after this and then I can say I did it.  Does it matter that much?  I don't know.  I mean I tried last year and flopped, I guess I am proving to myself I can stick with it LOL!

I have so many plans I need to accomplish!  I'm off to an exciting year!





8 1/2 x 11"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 24, 2015

There's Gotta Be PURPLE!

Day 24 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I love unexpected color ways.  Can you tell?  I love delightful surprises and experimentation.  I have to admit I do love purple and green!  An interesting mix in colors determined this outcome!

I've been forging my business plan for this year.  I have had many requests for the inks on fabric.  I am looking into it and possible places for some silks to be made :)  Some of you know I used to be a silk artist but the work was hard and the pay was terrible but the colors, OH MY!  The colors were incredible!  These inks are the closest thing I have seen in similar pigmentation!

I have cried over these inks!


Sounds so silly to write it down.  I so wanted to have them work as originals.  I basically spent an entire year running toward every solution to be stopped right at the last moment. I pray this last bunch of ideas will utilize them and not make them just a pretty picture on the internet!

Any way, if you ever get a chance and you love color and the unexpected uncontrollable properties of this medium, try it.  It's nothing like you've ever done.

Each and every one is a surprise!




There's Gotta Be PURPLE!
8 1/2 x 11"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 23, 2015

You Light Up My Life

Day 23 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I spent today experimenting with acrylics on Yupo.  Its different but very cool.  The experiments will continue.  The process is slower because of drying time but there are some unique things happening of which I am so happy about!  Then the experiments with acrylics on board in the same vein.



You Light Up My Life
8 1/2 x 11"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 22, 2015

Emerald Falls

Day 22 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Awwww shoot!  My Photoshop broke today and I could not fix it!  So I had to get the Creative Cloud.  I spend everyday in Photoshop, it's a must have!  It's as important as my paint and brushes!  It's how I get these inks to match the originals!  This does look a bit bright online, I am not sure why!




Emerald Falls
8 x 10"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 21, 2015

Water and Bark

Day 21 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Awwww shoot!  My Photoshop broke today and I could not fix it!  So I had to get the Creative Cloud.  I spend everyday in Photoshop, it's a must have!  It's as important as my paint and brushes!  It's how I get these inks to match the originals!  This does look a bit bright online, I am not sure why!



Water and Bark
8 x 10"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 20, 2015

Mountain Rose

Day 20 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Good news!  I have located a printer in Florida that seems pretty nice to work with and has an awesome selection of papers for giclees!  And one might be awesome enough for the inks which will allow me to offer mounted ink prints that looks just as nice as these originals!








Mountain Rose
8 x 10"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 18, 2015

So Deep in the Forest

Day 18 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I am experimenting with the mounting process on cradled wood panel for the ink prints.  We shall see!  I have some things drying now.  This week I will experiment!  Meanwhile I have some new inks for the challenge!




So Deep in the Forest

8 x 10"
Alcohol Ink on Yupo

By Kelly Dombrowski

January 17, 2015

Joy Wave No. 4

Day 17 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

I need time but I will revisit these series with a mock up of frames on a wall!  They do look great as a series!

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!





Joy Wave No. 4

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski



About This Painting

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize out of depression and riding the Joy Wave!. We are  out now.  Yellow reminds me of warmth of the sun.  Sunny days are my favorite.  I find it hard to stay in depression if I am out in the sunlight!

These are really thick with paint and a cadmium yellow deep swath.


January 16, 2015

Joy Wave No. 3

Day 16 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

If you have read and wondered if I did day 14 twice, yes, yes I did!  I am so losing track.  I think I need an internet assistant!  I have no idea why it is so hard to do a blog post everyday, but alas. it is.

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!





Joy Wave No. 3

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize out of depression and riding the Joy Wave!. We are  out now.  Yellow reminds me of warmth of the sun.  Sunny days are my favorite.  I find it hard to stay in depression if I am out in the sunlight!

These are really thick with paint and a cadmium yellow deep swath.

A little tid bit about acrylic thick paint.  From when I apply it until is dries it shrinks about 1/3.  Also, acrylic dries darker than when it is applied because the medium is white and dries clear!

January 15, 2015

Joy Wave No. 2

Day 15 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!



Joy Wave No. 2

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize out of depression and riding the Joy Wave!. We are  out now.  Yellow reminds me of warmth of the sun.  Sunny days are my favorite.  I find it hard to stay in depression if I am out in the sunlight!

These are really thick with paint and a cadmium yellow deep swath.

January 14, 2015

Joy Wave No. 1

Day 14 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!



Joy Wave No. 1

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize out of depression and riding the Joy Wave!. We are  out now.  Yellow reminds me of warmth of the sun.  Sunny days are my favorite.  I find it hard to stay in depression if I am out in the sunlight!

These are really thick with paint and a cadmium yellow deep swath.


January 13, 2015

Numerary No. 6

Day 13 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  

Up for Sale at Daily Paintworks!  And my Website!



Numerary No. 6

12" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic, paper and ink mixed media

Gallery wrap canvas, wired and ready to hang

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting


I paint what is in my spirit and this day I felt like all the possibilities in the world were achievable including flying!

January 12, 2015

Numerary No. 5

Day 12 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  

Up for Sale at Daily Paintworks!  And my Website!

I have a bit of something I am tossing around.  From the response of these paintings I am putting together an idea on how to customize these paintings for people.  Stay tuned!  Sign up to my blog or my newsletter HERE.

Think names, places, dates, numbers, colors, personal memorabilia, symbols, objects, favorite sayings, things.


These are awesome ways to memorialize someone, or an event or tell someone they are loved and cherished.  Your kids rooms, vision boards.  Endless opportunity!





Numerary No. 5

12" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic, paper and ink mixed media

Gallery wrap canvas, wired and ready to hang

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting


More mad Photoshop skillz :D.  I am having a blast!

Guts and Glory!  We all need some!  We need permission.  We need to just start and we need something to nudge us or point the way.

January 11, 2015

Numerary No. 4

Day 11 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  

Ok I admit it, I am lost.  There is this foggy confusion that comes over you as you compose, paint, photograph, Photoshop, post everyday for a month and about now is when you start to feel it!

I DID paint ahead :P.  But it's still much effort!  I appreciate everyone's effort in these challenges!


Up for Sale at Daily Paintworks!  And my Website!





Numerary No. 4

12" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic, paper and ink mixed media

Gallery wrap canvas ,wired and ready to hang

By Kelly Dombrowski



About This Painting


There is something soothing and calming searching for ephemera to put in my paintings and my Photoshop skills are finally being used in my art!  I never saw it coming like this!  In fact it looks a lot like the things I pPhotoshop  The grungy look is a lot easier to do here IMHO!

I kept hearing the word EMERGE in my deepest being.  For me that can mean several things.  Get out of your PJ's and go shopping!  Come out of the Mom Cave and show people what you have been up to!  Go outside, so what if it's freezing!  Or let's travel!  Just myriads of things.

I think this one is transformational really.  Emerge from your chrysalis, your time has come!

January 10, 2015

Numerary No. 3

Day 10 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for Sale at Daily Paintworks!  And my Website!



Numerary No. 3

12" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic, paper and ink mixed media

Gallery wrap canvas ,wired and ready to hang

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting


I started to really see the potential to make art with what was on my mind or within my soul that came out and surprised me!  I look around at what captures my attention.  Maybe numbers, elements, words.  Some times  a phrase pops in my mind.  This was that!

It means to me that when something good comes your way, squeeze every bit of goodness out of it you can!  Don't think, "Oh I don't deserve this, I'll just take a little bit."  Think omgoodness!  What else is there?  I want it!

It's free for the taking!  Ride it the WHOLE way!

January 09, 2015

Numerary No. 2

Day 9 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for Sale at Daily Paintworks!  And my Website!



Numerary No. 2

12" x 12" x 3/4" acrylic, paper and ink mixed media

Gallery wrap canvas ,wired and ready to hang

By Kelly Dombrowski


About This Painting


What can I say?  I use every technique and the kitchen sink on these!  Removing, adding, going over, redoing, scraping off!

This one has just numbers and all of them do have numbers hence the connection along with the palette.  This is grunge!  But it's also very interesting to look at!  What do YOU see?

January 08, 2015

Ascending No. 4

Day 8 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!

Ascending No. 4

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


This one has a slightly lighter background in places.  My process takes layers and rubbing back, removal and being rough with that paint!  That makes this great texture!

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize the upward swing out of depression.  We are getting momentum now.  Blue happens to be my very favoritist color!  Everrrr!  So it's appropriate to have a dash of Ultramarine Blue.

The white symbolizes light and life coming out of the darkness and depression and the color accent is the zest and joy for life.

I would like to explore the different blacks.  I see this series as groupings of four using Bone Black and Titanium White.  The color accents, just a bit, drawn by a palette knife, will be Cad Red, Ultramarine Blue and Cad Yellow.

As I move on I will explore Carbon black and maybe Chromatic black.

January 07, 2015

Ascending No. 3

Day 7 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.

Up for auction at Daily Paintworks!

Ascending No. 3

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski



This one has a slightly lighter background in places.  My process takes layers and rubbing back, removal and being rough with that paint!  That makes this great texture!

In continuation off the black and white theme this month, these paintings symbolize the upward swing out of depression.  We are getting momentum now.  Blue happens to be my very favoritist color!  Everrrr!  So it's appropriate to have a dash of Ultramarine Blue.

The white symbolizes light and life coming out of the darkness and depression and the color accent is the zest and joy for life.

I would like to explore the different blacks.  I see this series as groupings of four using Bone Black and Titanium White.  The color accents, just a bit, drawn by a palette knife, will be Cad Red, Ultramarine Blue and Cad Yellow.

As I move on I will explore Carbon black and maybe Chromatic black.