Are you interested in learning how to draw, or how to express yourself. Well, I have developed some great formulas to make the process easy to understand. I am working with a local studio who teaches mostly to children and has developed a great program but she wanted adult classes. This is where I come in. I have been teaching art, pastels, painting and many mediums for over 25 years. I felt it was time to do that on Long Island again.
Most artists are anchored by their art supplies or studio which prohibits travel. I find travel inspires my creativity with unique insights that influence my artwork. I took on that travel challenge and found a way to enjoy travel without the anxiousness of being unable to capture it. Lets talk about art and travel.
The Artists Way is paved with color and beautiful intent. Placing a momento, a painting, a piece of furniture is all part of an artists life. Each room is a vignette. Each outfit is a compilation. Each movement is a dance. Artists live their lives through expression so the simplest task can be made beautiful with color or placement. This is why I cook with red peppers so much. That red can certainly make any boring menu look bright and appetizing. Even Cookies, maybe especially cookies, are the most fun to create.
Kelly Bandalos Studios has been an entity for 30+ years with many different extensions of my work in different business. Besides textile design, I’ve created a whole line of carved glass furniture in the 80’s and 90’s For Etchceptional Designs on Long Island , NY. I’ve created a line of riding attire for Buckinawesome Apparel through KB Atalier in México. This was I portant for me to be diverse all while showing my artwork at museums and galleries through out the US and internationally. As I dive deeper into clothing it stretches my wings to get back Into textiles and apparel.
How to stay relevant and creative in Covid times. I am so thankful a friend nominated me to do a “7 day Art Challenge”. Of coarse to stop other work and think of doing a work of art or rendering each day was a challenge indeed. I went back to my commercial work mindset and tapped into the current creative techniques and colors.
Such an artistic dilemma. As a traditional artist, I live touching and dealing with the medium, smelling the paint and thinners, or handling the paper or canvas. Digital is so darn clean! I’m so used to leaving the studio space and needing to completely shower before seeing people.
It should be a fabulous medium to advance our culture and share it with each other. It is the newest platform to learn new techniques and share ideas. It has not exactly worked out that way. What is it? ...Technology.
The early months of 2020 have been quite a challenge. We are struggling with information and how to protect ourselves and our families. It has really created stress and lots of time to think and stop worrying. It does require discipline to keep on track artistically.
Revisiting a really fun piece to create. In the fall of 2018, I was prepping for an exhibition at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis, MO. The exhibition was for Dia de Los Muertos, the “Day of The Dead”.
This 2019 Fall was a very busy, productive show season. I’ve met new friends, been reunited with old friends, offered new opportunities as well as inspired as I create new work. Thank you Long Island, for welcoming me home.
Being back in New York after 14 years is a challenge and a relief. Day to day interactions which might upset other people, causally pass by and really influence how I have survived living in very different places in the world.
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