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?





There Was A Field of Flowers 8" x 10"


January 13, 2015

Numerary No. 6

Day 13 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  



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.  







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!








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.





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.




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.



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.



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.

January 06, 2015

Ascending No. 2

Day 6 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.





Ascending No. 2

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


ABOUT THE PAINTING

While this cannot be truly gestural abstraction because I DO plan somewhat with attention to form and composition so it's pleasing to at least my eye, it has many of it's markers of spontaneity and intuitive mark making with my fingers, palette knife, dribbles and other ways of getting paint on canvas.

It's not easy making something look easy and it's not easy making spontaneous marks!  If you have never tried, give it a whirl!  You might just find out you love it!

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 05, 2015

Ascending No. 1 - New Series

Day 5 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.


Ascending No. 1

6" x 6" x 1/8" Gessobord

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About the Painting


I love dramatic abstract expressionist paintings and black and white is one of my favorites.  So I started some paintings that can go together as a grouping for wall decor!  Smart and sharp!

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 04, 2015

Out of Dark Comes Light and Color No. 4

Day 4 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.




Out of Darkness Comes Light and Color No. 4

6" x 6" x 1/8" Museum Board

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About the Painting


I love dramatic abstract expressionist paintings and black and white is one of my favorites.  So I started some paintings that can go together as a grouping for wall decor!  Smart and sharp!

I named the series (how ever many I do) "Out of  Dark Comes Light and Color"  because it's kind of like my life.  I battle depression, well actually not clinical depression but situational depression (which I am so happy for) I try to crawl out of that pit when I fall in asap!

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 03, 2015

Series - Out of Darkness Comes Light and Color

I thought you would like to see the entire series together.

So here it is!

Each acrylic painting is on 6 x 6 x 1/8 on museum board





Out of Dark Comes Light and Color No. 3

Day 3 of  Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.





Out of Darkness Comes Light and Color No. 3

6" x 6" x 1/8" Museum Board

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About the Painting


I love dramatic abstract expressionist paintings and black and white is one of my favorites.  So I started some paintings that can go together as a grouping for wall decor!  Smart and sharp!

I named the series (how ever many I do) "Out of  Dark Comes Light and Color"  because it's kind of like my life.  I battle depression, well actually not clinical depression but situational depression (which I am so happy for) I try to crawl out of that pit when I fall in asap!

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 02, 2015

Out of Dark Comes Light and Color No. 2

Day 2 of Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  2 of 4 in a series.

I have to work on these all at once or they do not look like a series.  Even if I wait and do each back to back they will be different slightly.  My mark making from day to day changes!!




Out of Darkness Comes Light and Color No. 2

6" x 6" x 1/8" Museum Board

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski


About the Painting


I love dramatic abstract expressionist paintings and black and white is one of my favorites.  So I started some paintings that can go together as a grouping for wall decor!  Smart and sharp!

I named the series (how ever many I do) "Out of  Dark Comes Light and Color"  because it's kind of like my life.  I battle depression, well actually not clinical depression but situational depression (which I am so happy for) I try to crawl out of that pit when I fall in asap!

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.

They all have a grungy look made by layering extensively and wiping and scraping back and more layering with the palette knife.

January 01, 2015

January Challenge Paintings - Out of Dark Comes Light and Color Series

Once again I find myself getting involved with Leslie Saeta's January Challenge.  Those girls are just so much fun and it's so fun to watch I don't want to be left out!

I'm coming right out and saying NO guarantees of 30 Paintings in 30 Days but I will be painting!

I love dramatic abstract expressionist paintings and black and white is one of my favorites.  So I started some paintings that can go together as a grouping for wall decor!  Smart and sharp!

I named the series (how ever many I do) "Out of  Dark Comes Light and Color"  because it's kind of like my life.  I battle depression, well actually not clinical depression but situational depression (which I am so happy for) I try to crawl out of that pit when I fall in asap!

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.

They all have a grungy look made by layering extensively and wiping and scraping back and more layering with the palette knife.

Stick around!  See what happens!




Out of Darkness Comes Light and Color No. 1

6" x 6" x 1/8" Museum Board

Acrylic

By Kelly Dombrowski