Abstract paintings in alcohol ink by Linda Kenski exhibited in the library of the Medina
MEDINA, Ohio – Artist Linda Kenski’s paintings seem to evoke summer, with their vivid, swirling colors and watery effects. It is therefore fitting that an exhibition of his work be featured in the first of the Medina County District Library’s Summer Art Exhibitions.
Between now and June 13, visitors can view 31 of his abstract paintings at the B. Smith Gallery on the third floor of the Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway, Medina.
Kenski, a long-time active member of the Medina County Art League, paints with alcohol inks on Yupo paper – a very slippery, tree-less, plastic-coated synthetic paper. She starts with the primary colors – red, blue and yellow – and lets them “paint over” as the paint slides across the paper and mixes to create new colors.
Kenski painted traditionally for 20 years, mostly watercolors. She has taken lessons from Sharon Borror and workshops with Cathy Welner, Fred Graff, Fred Leach and Mitzi Lai. She was secretary then president of the Medina County Art League (1996-1998) and is still very active in the group.
She started painting with alcohol inks about six years ago and enjoys the way the inks move on the slippery surface. She said other artists worked with the same inks and the same paper, but, she says, “I have my own look.”
In 2012, she and her husband, Tom, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Now retired, they have lived in Medina County for 40 years.
She cautions other painters to be careful if they paint with alcohol inks, as the fumes can be toxic.
His paintings can also be found in his online gallery at www.lindakenski.com.
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