Step By Step

A Proposal of Epic Proportions by Angela Bandurka

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...

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The Original Selfie! by Angela Bandurka

One of the best exercises an artist can do is to paint and/or draw their self portrait. You have a free model to experiment with, and you don't have to show anyone what you've done if you don't like it :)

Back in 2008 I had painted my first self portrait since college. It was a part of the marketing effort my grandmother, Barbara Bradshaw; my aunt, Perry Johnston; and I did to promote our three-generation show at the Gibsons Art Gallery in Gibsons, B.C. Canada. We each did one and those three portraits were used on all marketing materials, and were the first pieces you saw as you entered the gallery during our show.

At the time I painted it, I was going through a new divorce, had a three-year-old and was struggling to figure out my future. 

It was time for a new one. This one was in my head for a while before I got around to painting it - selfies are all the rage on Facebook and beyond these days. I thought it'd be funny to do my portrait with those in mind. The Original Selfie

Here are the steps I took, starting with the best possible photo I could get of my reference material - since I was using a mirror to capture my image, this is all I could get ;) Not one to waste anything, I painted over the sketch of another painting that never did get started.

NOTE: This is purely sentimental -but the french easel I used to paint this belonged to my grandmother :)

Painting Carnival Glass, Step by Step! by Angela Bandurka

Yesterday I was painting with a friend, Bonnie Black, and noticed some really cool, iridescent yellowy glass bowls on her counter. She said that there were called "Carnival Glass" and were given out when you went to the movies during the earlier half of the century. She sent me home with a glass and bowl to borrow and paint; and so last night I decided to take the challenge of this glass online. Setting up the scene in my studio with the glass, a rose, and some greenery, I decided to post my progress on facebook for my friends and followers to watch.

Here is the full night's work - from just after quarter to 7pm until 11pm or so:

The set up - it was on my right side, lit with a strong spotlight on the left that clipped to the table. I painted from life, and this is a great example of why that's important - you just can't get all the richness and variety of value and colour when you paint from a photo!

And so it begins:

 And throughout the process, my 18-week Miniature Pinscher puppy, Oliver, slept in his ex-pen!

The final painting, to be named soon! If you want to help me name it,

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