Stuff People Ask Me Almost Every Day
My studio is in a very “public” area – the Mezzanine level of the Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles, also known as the Spring Arts Collective. Over the years I’ve answered thousands of questions from visitors, and here are the TOP TEN:
1) Can I buy your art online? Do you deliver or ship?
Yes. Yes. If you want something that's not on the site, DM me via Instagram.com/andreabogdanartist or email me a description. I can easily send you a secure link for payment and hold it for you or ship it to you.
2) May I come in?
Yes. Some people stand in my studio doorway, unsure if it's ok to enter. Usually I see them and wave them in. If I'm intensely involved in a painting, I may not see you right away, so come in anyway. I'm there to sell my work AND work on my paintings, and it's really easy for me to stop to help you. All my visitors influence my work by their presence, so it's a win win for all of us when you come in.
3) Is this ALL your art?
Yes. I don't sell anybody else's work. It's all mine, mine, mine. Note to other artists: there are two amazing galleries in our hallway who DO sell lots of cool work from lots of interesting artists, so do check them out when you visit me.
4) How long have you been here?
Since 2012. I don't know why people ask me this question.
5) How long have you been an artist?
This became my full time job in 2018.
6) How much do you pay for your studio?
This is top secret information. I highly recommend the Spring Arts Tower for any artists looking for a reasonably-priced studio in DTLA. My landlord is awesome.
7) Do you sit around all day and make art?
No. There's lots of administrative stuff that goes into this work. One day, though, I'll sell enough art to enough people so that I can hire an assistant, and then I can change this answer to "yes, mostly" - and then I can wistfully recall the times when I used to sit here and stamp logos onto my bags.
8) What’s this style called?
I call it “freestyle”. It’s unconventional, improvised and spontaneous, similar to “abstract expressionism” is, but absent the social commentary of that time.
9) How long does it take you to make a painting?
I have one painting that took 6 years and another that took three days. It just depends. Most artists will tell you there’s a lifetime in every painting, and that’s absolutely true. Either way, there's certainly an awful lot of laughter, tears, humility and adoration packed in, and you can sort of figure out the math from there.
10) Do you do commissions.
Yes. I essentially paint whatever I want for you, within a general idea or story from your life. If you have something very specific in mind, I can recommend amazing artists who are much better at painting specific things than I am.
Where's the bathroom?
The bookstore has a restroom downstairs near the children's literature.