Oriental Influence on my Art

Oriental art juxtaposes power and harmony in a variety of ways. The calmness of the gestural lines has a sense that I am looking for following the tragic and emotionally intense end of the past year. 

I have chosen the Red Crown Crane for the first series.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these one of a kind original paintings on paper please contact me at Don@Donaldkolberg.com


Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

Creating art, looking at art, watching shows about art and artists fills a good portion of my day. Hopefully you have something that fills your day with joy. Here are some great links for artists and art lovers. I hope you enjoy them.

nycartmap02-768x665Hyperallergic, an incredible art blog, says…”New York City has over 1,000 monuments across the five boroughs, and the new NYC Public Art Map and Guide plots them on an interactive map. The digital interface, recently launched by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is searchable by zip code and address, and includes both permanent and temporary installations.” So here’s a link to the site: http://bit.ly/2aLQ8Za




BasquiatWhile we’re still in the the television dull drums I thought I’d provide a link to Widewalls.ch and their listing of some great art movies (even though they didn’t mention Mr. Turner) Here’s the link http://www.widewalls.ch/art-history-movies/Pollock





The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/) ran a story on an unbelievable flea market find and what the couple did!! Here’s the link http://bit.ly/2aOcCao


long-lost 500-year-old engraving by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer has been found on sale for a few euros in a French flea market.





And this interesting art tool is just to much fun not to mention. www.drawlucy  Its a new Camera Lucida. ( I have no financial interest)DRaw Lucy

So there you have it. If there’s something you want to know about you can reach me at dkolberg@thewoventalepress.net. Until then:

Imagination is never still. The marks we make are verbs

Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

If you’re still looking for ways to procrastinate about filing your taxes, I’m supplying some fodder for your foolery. And of course a wonderful poster about…Coffee. So here you go.


First, I can’t help but give a nod to my mentor and friend artist Harold Garde who in his mid 90’s is still creating insightful significant art. This is a wonderful video.


Next is an incredible retelling of Plato’s allegory of the cave

And finally a little piece of software you may find useful when you don’t want to give out your email on the multitude of web forms floating around


That’s it for now and while you may be tired of hearing this, no one I know seems to complain.

Imagination is Never Still. The Marks We Make Are Verbs


Art, Coffee, Tea and Blogs

Hey it’s April. Why are you still just thinking about the stuff you want to get done? The first 25% of the year is done. And it flew by. So take a breath, look around and do something new! Here are some links to charge your batteries. They’ll go well with coffee or tea

First up is a list from Art Web about abstract artist. These 6 artist are considered people who are bringing new life into abstract art. Tell me what you think.


Looking for some greedy, sex-obsessed, power-mad despots. The Public Domain has the answer so look no further, Lucian of Samosata took the popular images of the Greek gods and re-drew them. Thank you


Artsy.net is offering up a list of 50, yeah 50 exhibitions you should see this spring. Even if you only see a hand full it would be great!


Well that’s about it for now so remember

Imagination is Never Still. The Marks We Make Are Verbs

Mono-Transfer Strappo

I have been providing lessons on how to create a Strappo and realized that I have modified the technique in a natural progression that I thought I would explain here.

Briefly, Strappo’s are a monotype from a dry acrylic transfer. An acrylic painting is developed and painted in reverse on a clear glass plate. When the image is fully formed and dry, to thicken the acrylic skin, successive layers of acrylic gesso are added. For the transfer process, fresh coats of acrylic gesso are applied both to the back of the glass plate and on the sheet where the image will be placed. The plate is placed on the prepared surface while the fresh gesso surfaces are still wet. Weights are placed to insure contact while the gesso layers bond. After the acrylic layers are bonded, the image and attached surface will be peeled from the glass. It is exactly the image as painted. The image, a monotype, is now transferred and the glass plate is clean. The surface of the image is smooth because it was developed on the smooth surface of the glass. A great advantage is that it does not require the use of a press.

The modifications are created when I add collage and drawing elements to the mix. By first coating the glass surface with a polymer (and letting it dry thoroughly) I am able to create a surface that I can draw on. I use permanent markers to sketch out gestural images and objects and I have also experimented with crayons and lithography pencils. I then coat the surface with polymer and again let it dry.

When I want to add collage elements the layering process starts again. For the Floral pieces I create, I use acrylic paint chips from dried pigment on my palette. This is great for the leaves and blossoms of plants. They are set in place using polymer and then coated with the same medium. Wallpapers in rooms are often designed with pre-painted newspaper or magazine clippings. These collage elements are treated and adhered in the same way as the floral works, alternating layers of polymer with the pieces of ephemera.

The only other adaptation is that after all is said and done instead of adhering the glass to a surface for weights and drying, I peel the image from the glass and then apply it to a new surface. This can be paper, material and even an existing painting. While these are still Strappo’s,  I have also begun to refer to them as  Mono-Transfers.
You can see additional examples of Strappo’s and my other artwork at donaldkolberg.com. And feel free to email me with any questions.

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