She’s long been one of our favored Instagram accounts to peruse, swooning over her artistic mastery, and natural fawn-hued beauty. Blanda (last name not necessary) is the modern bohemian artist. Hailing from Switzerland, to Silverlake, via NYC, she brings with her entrancing paint strokes and cool girl style. Blanda invited us to her home and studio for a glimpse into her artwork, inspiration, and what she calls ‘being in the zone’.
Vérité: What about the elements of painting do you find the most fueling to your work? Is it the medium, subject, or color? all?
Blanda: It’s the access to flow. Creative work can function as a kind of portal to create a highly productive state of ‘being in the zone’. The medium, subject matter, color, etc. are usually what formulates while I work. They are elements of the outcome, not so much the fuel.
Vérité: So much of what you paint or sketch is the female form. What about being a female artist do you think allows you a unique view of portraying the subject?
Blanda: It is something I naturally gravitate towards. Being a woman, I obviously relate to the female form but I also find it very aesthetically appealing in shape.
Vérité: Tell us about the journey to refining your art to what it is now?
Blanda: I think anything creative has an inherent need for ongoing development. My work looks very different now than it did just a couple of years ago. There might be phases of less rapid or less visually apparent change but generally it is in constant movement.
Vérité: Were your parents supportive about you pursuing your creative career?
Blanda: My parents are incredible people. They have always encouraged me to pursue a career in whatever field I will be most fulfilled by. They were and are so supportive of what I do and who I am. I would be a very different person without the kind of solid base they built for me.
Vérité: How has living in Los Angeles affected your career as an artist? Do you see it as a welcoming city collaboratively?
Blanda: I often miss New York for its drive and energy but, funny enough, I appreciate LA for the lack of constant fast pace and hectic environment. My life in Silverlake is much more quiet and focused on my work than it was a few years ago. As far as collaborative opportunities, I believe they can be found anywhere, you just have to be open to them.
Vérité: What do you wear while you’re painting?
Blanda: Whatever I am wearing that day. But I usually turn my sweaters inside-out in a very lazy effort to keep paint stains on the invisible side of my clothing.
Vérité: As a creative I’m constantly thinking of how I want to use my words to impact the world. Is this something you think of? If so, what mark do you hope to leave on the world with your art?
Blanda: I want to make people feel something, trigger an emotional response, bring something to focus that they haven’t seen or contemplated in that way before.
Vérité: Your apartment is brimming with books, what are three books that have changed your life?
Blanda: This German book about Greek mythology my dad used to read to us as children, ha! But more recently: “The four agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, “Power vs. Force” by David R. Hawkins. Oh, and Norman Deutsch’s “The brain that changes itself”
Vérité: Your top three favorite spots in LA for seeing friends, getting inspiration, or procrastinating from work?
Blanda: I like Cafe Stella to meet friends, Little Dom’s for dinners and Go Get Em Tiger for coffee.
Vérité: Any words of wisdom from a seasoned artist to others who want to break into the industry?
Blanda: Just focus on spending your time doing what makes you happy. And let everything else fall into place.