Summer 2015 by Angela Bandurka

Upcoming Events

  • SEPTEMBER 19 & 20: 10-5pm each day - Edmonds Art Studio Tour. I'll be in Studio #7 with Barbara Wyatt, 17627 Talbot Road. Come see my new work, get a chance to pick up some deals on demo paintings and my new calendars for 2016!

 

Classes

Workshops
Get all the latest class information for Angela's upcoming schedule on her website: www.angelabandurka.com.

 

Painting the Portrait with Acrylics: Get in on this class - Angela will not offer another portrait class for a while!
Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA; 2 day workshop, June 6 & 7.
Don't think you can paint a portrait? Think again - painting the portrait is just about learning how to see shapes for what they are, not what you think they are. Learn how to create an effective portrait using simple tips and tricks, and gain some valuable tools to help you work around the fast drying time of acrylic paint. Oil painters are welcome as well, just bring a fast dry medium and odorless mineral spirits. Learn more about this class and sign up online here.

Fume Free Oil Painting
A Guilded Gallery in Stanwood, WA; 2 day workshop, July 18 & 19.
Learn how to paint with oils - fume free! You can use water soluble oils, or traditional oils with alternative solutions! Angela will take you through lessons, with a valuable take home summary at the end of the weekend for your personal use. Get more information about the class here.

Thursday Night Atelier with Angela Bandurka
Each Thursday, Angela will mentor students of all levels, all mediums! Drop in for one class or sign up for all four in each session to get a discount. Get more information and sign up online here.

Find Your Voice/: 
June 18 & 25
Drawing: July 9, 16, 23, & 30
Value & Depth: August 6, 13, 27, & Sept 3


Artist's Tip

Ok this month it isn't so much of a tip, as it is a story about a recent commission I completed. Commissions are an easy way to have a piece of art customized to fit you and your family - an heirloom to pass down through the generations. If you'd like to discuss how to start a commission, contact me and we can get started.

An artist friend recently 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 more about it and watch a time lapse video of the painting's creation on my blog.

Spring 2015 by Angela Bandurka

"A Quiet Afternoon"

"A Quiet Afternoon"

Upcoming Events

  • This month: ANNIVERSARY SHOW Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave S, Edmonds WA
  • March 18-April 15 SUBLIME LIFE: The Figure in Narrative, Cole Gallery, 107 Fifth Ave S, Edmonds WA. I will have a number of paintings in this group show.

Classes

Workshops

Get all the latest class information for Angela's upcoming schedule on her website: www.angelabandurka.com.
 

Click the image to see a time lapse video of "You Go First" being painted, from start to finish!

Good to Great: Learn to Self Critique Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA. 3 day workshop, April 24, 25, & 26th (Friday evening, Sat/Sun daytime). Take your art to the next level! This is a skills building, self-critique workshop that will enable you to push through your plateau, if you're at one; or just get better at seeing what's not working so you can fix it. Learn more about this class and sign up online here.

Painting the Portrait with Acrylics Cole Gallery in Edmonds, WA; 2 day workshop, June 6 & 7.
Learn how to create an effective portrait and gain some valuable tools to help you work around the fast drying time of acrylic paint. Oil painters are welcome as well, just bring a fast dry medium and odorless mineral spirits. Learn more about this class and sign up online here.

Fume Free Oil Painting A Guilded Gallery in Stanwood, WA; 2 day workshop, July 18 & 19.
Learn how to paint with oils - fume free! You can use water soluble oils, or traditional oils with alternative solutions! Angela will take you through lessons, with a valuable take home summary at the end of the weekend for your personal use. Get more information about the class here.

Thursday Night Atelier with Angela Bandurka Each Thursday, Angela will mentor students of all levels, all mediums! Drop in for one class or sign up for all four in each session to get a discount. Get more information and sign up online here.

  • Drawing: March 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • Value & Depth: April 2, 16, 23, & 30 (no class April 9)
  • Color: May 7, 14, 21, and June 4

Artist's Tip

Texture! It can be tricky to incorporate, so which way to use it in your work? First rule of art is to PLAY and have fun with different styles and techniques - this is true whether you're a newbie or an experienced artist. 

You can add it with your support choice, as a process on the base layer, throughout the process, or during the final steps.

Palette knife artists use very thick layers of paint, which creates texture on its own. The work of Van Gogh included visual and tactile textures through the use of brush strokes and very thick paint. Other artists like a very smooth, even texture. It all plays in to your style and enjoyment of the painting process. Whatever support of style you choose, I recommend you apply gesso to your support (even if it's pre-gessoed by the manufacturer), and in some cases you may need to seal the support (like when you paint on a piece of driftwood from the beach - I use Golden Acrylics' medium: GAC 100).

Read more about texture and how to use it on my latest blog post,Texture: Tactile or Visual.


Spring 2014 by Angela Bandurka

Spring 2014 |  The Art Enthusiast

Spring has sprung, and with it comes a plethora of painting! I have been posting more regularly to my Facebook business page; with paintings of mine, interesting articles about art that I find on the web, and class information as it becomes available. Won't you please like me? http://www.facebook.com/ABandurkaART - http://www.facebook.com/abandurkaart

Shows and Demos

  • Sat. April 19th, 1-3pm: FREE Sennelier Pastel demonstration at Dick Blick, Capitol Hill in Seattle.
  • Weekend of September 22/21nd, 10-5pm: Edmonds Art Studio Tour, at the studio of Barbara Wyatt (amazing ceramics), 17627 Talbot Road Edmonds WA 98020
  • Throughout the year: Starbucks, 4028 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA

Classes Workshops

Get all the latest class information for Angela's upcoming schedule on her website: www.angelabandurka.com - http://www.angelabandurka.com/classes/

  • Friday/Saturday, April 11 & 12, 10-4pm: Acrylic Painting Skills for the Beginner. $150. Angela will introduce you to the joys of painting with acrylics! This beginner class will show you the basics of using the tools, mixing color, loading the brush, and brush strokes that can help you work towards understanding this medium. Call Cole Gallery at 425-697-2787 or register on their website at http://coleartstudio.com/beginning-acrylic-with-angela-bandurka .
  • Four Thursdays, starting April 24th, 10:30-2:30pm: Painting Metal and Glass with Acrylics. $225. Angela will show you simple tricks to making a subject look shiny and translucent or transparent during this four week series. Each class we'll work with a different resource. Call Cole Gallery at 425-697-2787 or register on their website at http://coleartstudio.com/ - http://coleartstudio.com/beginning-acrylic-with-angela-bandurka - http://coleartstudio.com/painting-metal-and-glass-with-acrylics-by-angela-bandurka painting-metal-and-glass-with-acrylics-by-angela-bandurka
  • Saturday, June 8th, 1-3pm: Social Media for the Artist. $15. Working from her own process checklist, Angela will show you the basics and beyond for how to make social media work for you. No experience with social media is necessary. The class is being offered through ARTspot and you can call and register at 425-640-6408. A second date will also be offered on Sept 18th.
  • Sat/Sun, Aug 2nd & 3rd, 10-3pm: Plein Air Workshop: Seeing the Forest for the Trees. $125. Painting outdoors can be liberating and terrifying! Angela will help you figure it out and get past your fears in this weekend workshop. This class has not been posted yet on the Cole Gallery website at www.coleartstudio.com, but you can call and register at 425-697-2787.
  • Fri/Sat/Sun, Aug 8th-10th, 11-5pm: Good To Great. $225. Take your art to the next level! This is a skills building, self-critique workshop that will enable you to push through your plateau, if you're at one; or just get better at seeing what's not working so you can fix it. This class has not been posted yet on the Cole Gallery website at www.coleartstudio.com, but you can call and register at 425-697-2787.
  • Sat/Sun, Oct 4th-5th, 11-5pm: Painting the Portrait with Acrylics. $175. Learn how to use that fast drying time to your advantage, and create rich layers of color and value in painting portraits. This class has not been posted yet on the Cole Gallery website at www.coleartstudio.com, but you can call and register at 425-697-2787.
  • Corks & Canvas Painting Parties Register for any of these classes online at www.corksandcanvasevents.com. Class instructors are subject to change and our schedules vary so I can't send out an accurate schedule of the classes I'll be teaching, but you're always guaranteed a good time :) 

Old, Trusty, & Faithful

Artist's Tip

I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes I'll complete a painting and realized my composition is off a bit and I want to chop a couple of inches off one side. Well, that's exactly what I'll do then! This painting, "Old, Trusty, & Faithful" needed a little trim, so I went ahead and fixed it right up. Read the steps on how you can do this, and and improve the quality of your work by not allowing a little thing like bad composition get in your way! Click here to read this blog post. - http://www.angelabandurka.com/blog/2014/3/13/old-trusty-faithful

A Cowboy's Prayer: An old cowboy was riding his trusty horse followed by his faithful dog along an unfamiliar road. The man was enjoying the new scenery, when he suddenly remembered dying, and realized that the dog beside him had been dead for years, as had his horse. Confused, he wondered what was happening, and where the trail was leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall that looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch topped by a golden letter "H" that glowed in the sunlight. Standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like gold. He rode toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side. Parched and tired out by his journey, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?' 'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered. 'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked. 'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.' As the gate began to open, the cowboy asked, 'Can I bring my partners, too?' 'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.' The cowboy thought for a moment, then turned back to the road and continued riding, his dog trotting by his side. After another long ride, at the top of another hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a ranch gate that looked as if it had never been closed. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book. 'Excuse me,' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?' 'Sure, there's a pump right over there. Help yourself.' 'How about my friends here?' the traveler gestured to the dog and his horse. 'Of course! They look thirsty, too,' said the man. The trio went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with buckets beside it. The traveler filled a cup and the buckets with wonderfully cool water and took a long drink, as did his horse and dog. When they were full, he walked back to the man who was still standing by the tree. 'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked. 'This is Heaven,' he answered. 'That's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.' 'Oh, you mean the place with the glitzy, gold street and fake gates? That's hell.' 'Doesn't it make you angry when they use your name like that?' 'Not at all. Actually, we're happy they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.' ~~author unknown~~ http://blog.chron.com/hoofbeats/2012/01/a-cowboys-prayer

Galleries

Cole Gallery, 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA, www.colegallery.net - http://www.colegallery.net 

Winter 2013 by Angela Bandurka

It's almost the new year and I'm thankful for amazing clients and students. Thank you for a wonderful 2013! Below are the latest updates to my show, demo, and class schedule - plus an artist's tip at the end!

"Worth The Work", 24x24 inches, Acrylic on canvas

"Worth The Work", 24x24 inches, Acrylic on canvas

Shows and Demos

  • THIS THURSDAY! Dec 19, 5-8pm Edmonds Artwalk, at ARTspot, 408 Main Street, Edmonds, WA. Come watch me paint a demo and get a discount for one night only on some of my newest pieces!

  • Ongoing: I have a couple of pieces at Artisan Framing and Gallery, 15111 Main St, Mill Creek, WA (in Mill Creek Town Center)

  • Ongoing: Starbucks, 4028 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA

  • Cole Gallery: The Lively Still Life, Dec 2013: Come see the latest still life works in my collection at Cole Gallery, on now until the middle of January. There are some holiday themed pieces as well as many of my teacup series. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA. See the work available at http://www.colegallery.net/searchresults.php?artistId=1855&page=1&start=1

Classes

Workshops

GOOD TO GREAT
Weekend Intensive: January 17, 18, & 19; 10:30am-4:30pm:$225. Acrylics (you can use oils if you'd prefer). The focus of this class is learning to to see color, light, and composition in a fresh way and applying this knowledge when critiquing your own work. Angela will show you how to see color critically, and how to effectively create values of each color whether working from life or a photograph. We’ll also dive in to the complexities of composition and how to use it to create a unique perspective and avoid common pitfalls. The last class will end with a critique of the work created in the workshop.The class is being offered through Cole Gallery and you can register at http://coleartstudio.com/good-to-great-weekend-workshop-with-angela-bandurka

INTRO TO WATER SOLUBLE OILS
6-Week Series, Feb 2, Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 30 and Apr 13 (with a make-up date Apr 27) For the complete beginner to the intermediate artist - want to try painting in oils without the harsh fumes? These oils are a lot of fun, and they are especially great to take outdoors for plein-air painting! Each week we'll start a new painting. This class is being offered through ARTspot, you can register at https://artspot.squarespace.com/watersoluble-oils

TRY-IT!
Coming in February! Try-it classes include supplies and offer a mini version of a workshop. I'll be teaching a Valentine's Day painting in Acrylics, and on another day at the end of the month, I'll be teaching a watercolor session. All try-it classes are at Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Sign up information to come on Cole Gallery's classes page: http://coleartstudio.com/

Corks & Canvas Painting Parties

Register for any of these classes online at www.corksandcanvasevents.com

While I don't get too much advance notice of my working schedule, I'll try to post my Corks and Canvas class schedule on Facebook - like my page

Artist's Tip

Most of us buy a pre-primed canvas, and proceed to paint on it directly. This is fine, and won't be a problem most of the time - but adding texture to your canvas, or at the least re-priming your surface will make your painting look more complex and interesting. Try one of these suggestions:
 

  • Apply a thin, smooth layer of light molding paste with a large cake knife or palette knife; wait 24 hours for it to dry then prime it. Allow to dry completely before painting. (This is what I do to each canvas!)

  • Collage a piece of tissue paper, or decorative paper to the surface. Depending on how thin or thick the paper is, it may seal in with a bumpy texture (tissue paper) or a smooth surface (thick paper)

  • Use one of the fun acrylic mediums available! See what they can do on my blog post for ARTspot: https://artspot.squarespace.com/blog/2013/03/golden-mediums-are-bomb-baby.html

Publications

2014 is ramping up to be an exciting year! I have two books scheduled for release that will feature my work! Look for them at amazon.com and Barnes & Noble:

  • AcrylicWorks: Best of Acrylic; North Light Books. Scheduled for release in February 2014.

  • Painting in Acrylics: The Indispensable Guide, by Lorena Kloosterboer; Quarto Books. Scheduled for release late 2014.

'Secret' Sale

I need to make room for new works, so I'm giving a crazy discount on these older pieces. Limited time only, get one of these 20x24-inch pieces for only $250 - these paintings will go quickly! Please email me to select a piece and see if it's available: ABandurkaART@gmail.com. Cash or credit.

Galleries

Cole Gallery, 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA, www.colegallery.net

Hanson Scott Gallery, 121 Prefontaine Pl S, Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA, http://www.hansonscottgallery.com/