The outdoor mural project was started in December 2009 and finished in late February 2010. My client drew up a very rough sketch and it was decided a computer software program was used to lay out the project. Sheet metal was the material of choice to do a custom Triptych, a three-part work of art, with three panels (32” x 72” each) that fit together to form the mural. The mural was done with all acrylic paint and sealers. The client wanted to build a special frame for the mural to allow the mural to pivot and move out of the patio walkway allowing more room for his wife to pass through the walkway.
The client wanted his memory of Rabbit Ears Pass in Steamboat Springs, CO to be part of the mural landscape because he and his wife vacationed there every summer for over twenty years. The client also wanted the following elements included in the Memories mural: their four grandchildren, a stream, tire swing, child’s wagon, trees, flowers, the Waterford Condos, air balloon, airplane (the client used to pilot), cumulus clouds, coal train, an image of his wife, and a small isolated cabin in the mountains. Nicola took all these elements, added a few extra compositional elements of his own to move the viewers eye around the painting and add to the murals overall cohesive compositional structure.
Nicola comments, “I usually take on projects where the clients feel comfortable enough to let me into their world and I get to know them on a personal basis, that way the art is as personal for them as it for me. Therefore, if the client does not like a particular area of a painting or surface, they feel comfortable enough discussing it with me. I might have to redo an area a few times for a client to be satisfied which is okay, because making them happy makes me happy. I took my client’s memories and tell their story through paint brushes using bright acrylic colors and interesting placement of compositional elements. I enjoyed this project immensely and put my heart and soul into each brush stroke.”
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About Nicola Bandak and Riktr Art Studio:
Nicola Bandak resides in Santa Barbara, CA, a Southern California native moved to Chicago, IL to attend college at “The School of the Art Institute of Chicago” and then moved to San Francisco to attend MFA computer arts courses at The Academy of Art. Nicola has been a chef and part owner of a night club and restaurant in Southern California. He is currently a Massage Therapist and part owner of Riktr.com that sells trend wear, custom hand painted t-shirts, sweatshirts and will be selling his art soon from a new web site. He is working towards his first solo art gallery show. Nicola works out of The Riktr Art Studio in Santa Barbara and offers Graphic and Digital Art, Web Design, Murals, Heat Transfer Customized Hand Painted T-Shirts and Sweatshirts, Fine Art Painting, Drawing Commissioned services and Architectural Decorative Concrete staining. Contact:
Nicola Christopher Bandak
Riktr Art Studios
Web Site Address: http://www.riktr.com
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Nicola works out of The Riktr Art Studio in Santa Barbara, California and offers Graphic and Digital Art, Web Design, Murals, Heat Transfer Customized Hand Painted T-Shirts and Sweatshirts and custom Fine Art Painting and Drawing Commissioned services. Nicola is also a Massage Therapist. View his website at: www.riktrmassage.com