A Preview of the Works of Angela Bandurka at Lagerquist Gallery, October 2018
I'm honoured to be one of a two-person show at Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta, GA next month, and just finished up the last of the series I'll be shipping off later this month! You can get more details about the show, here
(Please note: Lagerquist Gallery may be changing the date of the opening reception to October 5th, I'll update both this blog page and my website event page as soon as I know :) Read More
Nothing is ever going to be as good as the original, but I've just discovered a new resource for printing paintings on canvas that gives me the all options I need at the quality I've been looking for. Tall, skinny print needed? Want to customize the finish or detail it with some text? Check out this blog post for more… Read More
Time-lapse video and details about my planning process for "Sweet Tea", acrylic. Read More
Watch a time-lapse video of the creation of the painting, "A Cup of Comfort". Feb 2018 Read More
This is a short tutorial video showing how I add Golden Acrylic Medium Light Molding Paste to my canvas before painting. Leaving it to dry overnight after I apply it, once it's done I paint on my gesso (I prefer a combination of Liquitex Clear Gesso for its wonderful tooth, and Golden Fluid Acrylic in the color of my choice to tint the support). Read More
After a while, artists start throwing terms around and forget that folks may not know what those terms mean. Well, here is a small start to a list of some of the terms I use regularly. I hope this helps a bit - and let me know if you have any others to add to the list! Read More
Choosing a color palette for you painting can be as simple as first playing with color in a sketchbook! Read More
If you're looking to save money, here are some tips to shooting your own photos of your artwork: Read More
Proper brush care is important, as those brushes are not cheap and keeping them in good condition is the best way to make them last. This video shows how I do it in my studio after each session. Read More
Can you believe this quality? I uploaded my high resolution photographs (I usually shoot my own paintings with a digital SDLR camera that I purchased at Costco five years ago) and for less than the cost of an 8x10-inch print at their competitor's website, I got an amazing 30x20-inch canvas print! Read More
Follow along as I show you a demo using transparent media to create a value study in darks and lights. Transparent media is worked light to dark, with your darkest values going in last. Opaque media usually starts with the dark values, ending up with thick light values at the end. Read More
One of my very favourite artists, Michele Usibelli, recently did paid me a great compliment when she recommended me to a client for a commission that she was unable to work into her schedule. The client, Kevin, wanted to propose to his girlfriend at the Seattle Art Museum (within a month or so) and he wanted to have it set up as a "Special Event" that would feature a painting of him proposing to his girlfriend in the space where the painting was sitting. Read on for more... Read More
There are many different ways to add texture to your work. You can add it with your support choice, as a process on the base layer, throughout the process, or during the final steps.
Here are a few examples of how you can create texture before, and during the process. At the end of these samples, you'll see how you can add some texture to the final stage. Read More
There are more than one way to mix your paints. Most of us just mix the two or more colors together on a palette, then apply it to the surface we're painting on and call it a day. But really, there are many different ways to mix your colors. Here are a few of the main ones: Read More
Color temperature was always confusing to me. I didn't "see" it - when an instructor would say, "do you see those warm yellows there, and the blue in that shadow there", I was honestly lost! I didn't see those colours! It took years of training (and I'm always learning and growing as an artist so the training continues) to teach my brain to see the way an artist sees. This is something you CAN learn :)
Here is a very simplistic example of how you can work on a piece, ignoring temperature at the start - and then add it after the fact. Read More
If, after painting a piece, you decide you wish it felt "warmer" - you can always glaze over it after it dries. This is possible with acrylic and oil paintings, but a little tougher to do on watercolors (though not impossible, just use a light hand and make sure you don't go over thick, granulated areas of paint).
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When painting from photos or from life, you are the one who gets to decide what stays and what goes in your work. If you have a photo of a scene you'd like to capture on canvas, but feel that the background is too distracting - replace it with another background or edit the existing background to work better. Just make sure that it's contextually relevant and that it doesn't detract attention away from your main subject. Read more to find out some options on how to do that...a Read More
One of the best tools in studio is my New Wave Easy Lift palette, perfect for my acrylic paintings. If the paint dries in thick globs, it's a breeze to just peel it off - but most of the time I find that I'm using all of the paint and only a thin skin of paint is left behind. If I use my palette knife to scrape the paint off, I'm left with scrapes and streaks on the surface of the palette! What's a gal to do?
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This month I started my Atelier classes at Cole Gallery in Edmonds. The first four-week session is all about Drawing! So with that in mind, I created this blog post all about my favourite drawing implements and surfaces to share with you all the fun options you can explore when sitting down to sketch and draw.