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Meet Bonnie Glassner of Waiting for the Ink to Dry in Northside

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Glassner.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Bonnie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I retired from the Chicago Public Schools after 35 years of teaching students with disabilities, and decided to try. my hand at visual 2-d art. My mother was a textile artist and she could draw anything, so I grew up around her art. The first year, I retired, I tried my hand at doing lots of different crafts, but I wanted to do more. The next year, I began painting with oils, acrylics and watercolors. I couldn’t decide which medium I liked to work with best, so I began to mix these mediums, with metals and Encaustics and became a mixed media artist. During this time, I found the medium of Alcohol Inks. I was attracted to their vibrancy of color and how they flowed on different substrates. I self-taught myself in the beginning because there wasn’t much information 5 years ago on how to use the inks. Eventually, more and more information on how to use the inks became available on Pinterest and YouTube, which I soaked up. Last year, was the first time I took an online class to learn even more about the inks and that’s when I really began to fly as an Alcohol Ink artist.

Today, you will find me experimenting with the inks in my studio, by pushing them to their limits. I mix different mediums with them to see what will happen, so sometimes, I call myself a scientist/artist. I don’t use brushes in my work, rather you would see me using canned air or old credit cards, or just the use of gravity, by tilting, twisting the Yupo paper to move the inks into beautiful landscapes.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One of my biggest challenges was believing that I was really an artist. I was frightened to apply to different venues because I didn’t really believe in myself. One of my friends literally took me by the hand and dragged me to different galleries and retail stores to show them my art. I did get many positive responses, which I found very heartening. I began in one gallery/retail store in Edgebrook in 2014 with my mixed media art. I am still in the gallery today. Developing a positive attitude about, getting rejected from many places that I have applied to has not always been easy, but I think of a NO response as Next Opportunity.

Researching and finding opportunities for showing my art, is a bit of a challenge. Galleries don’t recognize alcohol Inks as a fine art, so many places, won’t accept my art. As the medium becomes more recognized as a beautiful medium, I don’t think this will be a problem.

Please tell us about Waiting for the Ink to Dry.
I am currently in 2 Chicagoland galleries, though most of my art is sold online on Facebook groups. These groups are groups that are associated with the Grateful Dead Band. I believe these customers are attracted to my art because of the natural world my art pictures, or sometimes I will pick a lyric from a song and paint that, and the vibrant colors of the art.

I am proud of myself because, in a very short time, I grew from this just being a hobby that I mostly hid to really trying to get myself and my art out into the art world.

I am mostly a self-taught artist who does a lot of experiments with the inks to get the best results possible. My inspiration for my paintings comes from my personal view of the world. I mostly look at the natural beauty around me and interpret these things into my paintings.

My art is different from most Alcohol Ink artists because I consider each one as an experiment, not just an art piece. The paintings are intuitive and I believe come from my soul.


  • 5×7- $45-$60
  • 9×12-$65-$120
  • 11×14-$125-$250
  • Commissions $250 and up

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1 Comment

  1. Barbara

    May 23, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I am so proud of you my friend . I have known all along how talented from 1985 when you made me my superbowl t shirt and matching socks( i still wear the shirt) you just had to find your confidence and realize how much you have to give. Keep on truckin!!!!

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