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Labor Day Special!

Happy Labor Day! To help celebrate this American holiday, Free ground shipping to U.S. customers, with destinations within the USA, is now available on all orders until midnight Eastern Time on Labor Day!
Close out summer in style with a new look for your home. If you’re not in the mood to redecorate, try accessorizing your life with apparel, fashion accessories, and tech products.
For artwork and accessories, please see below and visit: Atelier Bellanda Shopping for additional artwork and accessories.
Bellanda Shopping PROMO
Artwork: ©Bellanda
La Recontre Wearable Art Tote designed by Bellanda
‘La Recontre’ Tote ©Bellanda
'Paris Madame Eiffel' by Bellanda
‘Paris Madame Eiffel’ ©Bellanda
Paris on Mind by Bellanda - notebook
‘Paris on My Mind’ ©Bellanda – spiral notebook
Everglades - Wearable Art Weekender Tote by Bellanda
‘Everglades’ Weekender Tote ©Bellanda
'Eiffel Tower in Blue' Tote by Bellanda
‘Eiffel Tower in Blue’ Tote ©Bellanda

For more artwork and accessories, please visit: Atelier Bellanda Shopping


Designed in Paris… made in the USA: Wearable Art Tote Bags by Bellanda

I’ve turned my creations into wearable art in the form of tote bags that can accompany you on your picnics, pool parties and beach outings. These lightweight totes are also a great way to be environmentally conscious, as they can replace plastic shopping bags for your everyday purchases. The tote bags come in 3 sizes: 13 x 13 inches – 16 x 16 inches – 18 x 18 inches.

Colors of Paris ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote Bag
Convergence ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote Bag
Amore - Wearable Art Tote Bag designed by Bellanda
Amore ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote Bag
French Flags Tote Bag by Bellanda
French Flags ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote Bag
Awakening N°1
Awakening N°1 ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote Bag
La Recontre Wearable Art Tote designed by Bellanda
La Recontre ©Bellanda – Wearable Art Tote designed
Eiffel Tower In Blue ©Bellanda
Wearable Art Tote Collection by Bellanda
Wearable Art Tote Collection ©Bellanda
Wearable Art Tote Collection ©Bellanda

To purchase a tote bag or to see a full selection of wearable art tote bags by Bellanda, please visit: Tote Bags ©Bellanda

Convergence – Mixed Media Abstract

Convergence is my latest mixed media piece. It is a mix of images that converge and create an individual experience for the onlooker. What do you see?

Convergence - Mixed Media Art by Bellanda
Convergence – Mixed Media Art ©Bellanda

If you are interested in purchasing a print of ‘Convergence’

Convergence – Mixed Media Abstract Art by Bellanda ©Bellanda

Let’s call it “Blue” … for now.

I’m back & I’ve just finished Blue

'Blue' - Mixed Media Artwork by Bellanda
‘Blue’ – Mixed Media Artwork ©Bellanda

Love to hear your thoughts and/or title suggestions. Although, I’m starting to warm-up to the title Blue, it would be fun to name this together.

If you are interested in purchasing a print of ‘Blue’

Please visit: Blue – Mixed Media by Bellanda ©Bellanda

Happy news: Now that my illness is stabilized, you will be seeing my posts more regularly. I’ve had to find less physical ways to express myself… ‘Blue’ is one of the results of this. It was created by using several different media.

EVOCATIVE SERIES – Unedited Film Photography

"Evocative Series" Bellanda  ®

EVOCATIVE… it’s time. After many years of keeping Evocative a personal experience, limiting its exposure, I have decided to allow this series to enter people’s homes and hearts. Evocative was created in 2002, and was born from a mix of emotions that words could not convey. When I entered France, I could barely speak a word of French. Frustrations, extreme changes and tremendous life experiences were mixed together in such a turmoil that they apparently became evident in my photographic work. It was then that my photographs took an unintentional inward turn, and became one of self-expression, filled with color… instead of my former black and white representation of stolen candid moments of people from around the world.

I was offered a delicate purple orchid by the man I treasured most just before he left for Africa. He was part of a very dangerous documentary film crew, and promised to return to me in one piece before the flower had begun to fade and die. While he was gone, I decided to immortalize his gesture for eternity by creating Evocative N°1. In his absence, this project made him forever present. Over the next several weeks, I ended up creating an entire series of work. I arranged the photographs preciously around my apartment. Seeing these images helped comfort me in those frightening moments as I wondered if he was in danger… if he was hurt. The absence of news was deafening, but as promised he returned to me safely before the flower had faded and we enjoyed these photographs and all they stood for together.

Evocative N°1 – Unedited Film Photography – Bellanda ®

Not long after, a friend of a friend stopped by my apartment in Nice. Immediately, he asked me to enter my work into a selection process for a one man exposition overlooking the beautiful beach and sea of Monaco. At first, I refused… they were simple flower photographs, yet somehow these photos were part of me and showing them gave me an uncomfortable feeling. It was as if I was naked… as if everyone would know more about me than I wanted them to know. I know that it is probably rare that someone would need to be convinced to show their work in an Art Exposition, but the idea terrified me. After refusing several times, I eventually agreed to show, but not sell my work. I couldn’t get over the concept of selling my soul, as silly as that sounds.

The show featured all 15 of my unedited film photographs from the Evocative Series and was dedicated to others like myself:

Evocative Series – Dedication – Bellanda ®

It was overwhelming to see people react to my work at the Red Carpet Opening. Many were indeed able to see inside of me, and yes, their comments made me blush more than once. I accepted exposing the Evocative Series several times in France, while my Photographic Artwork took on a more and more abstract nature.  This newer work is about capturing a moment, one of emotion and of a state of mind. Although my newer work is far more abstract and can have many interpretations from one person to the next, Evocative remains precious in my heart. It was the first step that led me to develop my current abstract photographic art and painting creations.

It’s true that I had no desire to sell Evocative, but when I saw the pleasure that it gave to others, it felt almost selfish not to allow them to have this in their own homes. I have been selling many of my more recent paintings and photographic art, and have since changed my thinking of seeing my artwork inside the homes of others. Unfortunately, just as I had come to terms with letting the Evocative Series go, transportation from its most recent exposition caused some slight damage to several of the photographs/frames that I had designed especially for the Evocative Series. When I say damaged, I mean little scratches or indents on the frame, etc. I was devastated. Everyone keeps telling me that they don’t notice them or can hardly see them, but with my eye and heart… I see them.

After talking it over with several people, including the dear sweet man who inspired this work, I decided to sell them at a reduced rate. The idea of leaving them in storage breaks my heart. They have traveled long and hard and it is time for them to find a home with someone who will appreciate their history… someone who will appreciate the value of true, unedited film photographs, printed on traditional photo paper versus that of digital on inkjet… someone who will fall in love with their story of love.

Evocative Series Choices:

The Evocative Series is the only artwork that is sold on a limited basis. All of my more recent works are sold on a one-of-a-kind basis. As with all of my work, each Evocative photograph and/or series, framed or not, will come with a signed and stamped Certificate of Authenticity. It was designed to protect the security and genuineness of your limited edition. It will assure authenticity, and include the title, size, and number in the series.

There have only been a total of FIVE sets of the 13 photographs ever made. No further prints will be printed in the future.

  • FOUR sets of the Evocative Series are sized at 30 x 20 cm *Each individual photo will sell at a sale price of 50€ + shipping. *For the purchase of more than one photograph or the entire series, please contact me directly for a special package price.
  • Only ONE set of the Evocative Series is sized at 60 x 40 cm  For pricing details, please see the framing selections below:

Photographs mounted on a floating aluminum structure and built into a black wooden frame designed by Bellanda – Size: 80 x 60 x 5 cm may be purchased for 450€ + shipping   *There are a limited number of black wooden frames, which will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

Evocative Frames - Unique design by Bellanda
Evocative Frame choice: Signed & Dated Floating Unedited Film Photograph on aluminum, mounted on a Unique Black Wooden Frame designed by Bellanda – Size: 80 x 60 x 5 cm

Photographs mounted on a floating aluminum structure – Size: 60 x 40 x 3 cm (without wooden black frame) may be purchased for 300€ + shipping

Evocative Frame choice: Floating Photograph on aluminum 60x43x3cm
Evocative Frame choice: Floating Unedited Film Photograph mounted on aluminum by Bellanda  – Size: 60 x 40 x 3 cm

Please contact me if you would like to know further details about the Evocative Series, as well as any of my newer work. I would be happy to discuss this with you personally.

To purchase or ask for more information concerning one of these photos, please fill out the confidential form below. We will be happy to provide further information about a particular work and/or give you a price quote for your particular region. Please note: all work will be delivered free of charge in the Paris, France region, and special discount rates will apply to purchases of more than one photograph.

*All rights to these images are fully retained by the artist, Bellanda. Any unauthorized reproduction or use is a violation of copyright law.

Bellanda at International Women’s Day Party


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MAGMA: Oil on Canvas By Bellanda ®

Turmoil of Light and Darkness,

of Spirit and of Soul…

A battle of Wills and Hope.

Magma by Bellanda ® Oil On 100% Linen Canvas 73 x 100 cm
Magma by Bellanda ®
Oil On 100% Linen Canvas
73 x 100 cm

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85


Making of MAGMA… Oil on Canvas By Bellanda ®

Everything began on Monday…

and your music suggestions played throughout the Atelier.


The mixing of colors…


Inspiration guided movement of each stroke…

Making of MAGMA  By BELLANDA ®

The movement of brushes…


First attempt at Time Lapse:

Unfortunately the video color representation was not as accurate as I had hoped, but this quick clip will give you a little look inside my painting creation.  I have convinced my dear partner to do a movie clip for our NEXT Painting Atelier, using our Canon Mark III. This will enable me to give you better image quality next time.

Bellanda Time Lapse: Making of MAGMA

MAGMA will be published tomorrow.

Please Stay Tuned!

A Glimpse Into My Painting Atelier… A Glimpse of Me At Work.

“The light shines through… the music flows… and with each and every stroke of the brush

I am guided into a journey

of mind, body and spirit.”

Bellanda ® 

Latest Painting Atelier with Bellanda ®
Latest Painting Atelier with Bellanda ®

Latest Painting Atelier with Bellanda ®
Latest Painting Atelier with Bellanda ®

Oil Painting Atelier Scheduled for Next Week!

As promised, here is the announcement for our next painting atelier.  Thank you for such wonderful musical suggestions. It has been difficult to make a selection, as your suggestions were fabulous.  For this reason, I have chosen several and have left myself open to adding others as I paint.  Your participation is greatly appreciated, as is your patience.  I’m thrilled to be well enough to express myself again through movement and color, and to be able to share the painting process with you via photos and time-lapse.

Painting Atelier Announcement

I look forward to seeing where my inspiration from your music suggestions will take this next painting… Thank you for being here with me.  Believe in dreams… for they can come true.
Bellanda ®

Believe in dreams... for they can come true. Bellanda ®

It’s Almost Time For Our Next Online Atelier!

Call for Music:

The time has come...

As promised, the time has come for you to take part in the making of my next painting.  Many of you may already know that music is imperative to my creation process… and the choice of music is equally important.  It can influence the stroke of the brush… the choice of color and the actual painting itself.

Although he may not know it, Ludovico Einaudi has taken me on many a glorious journey during my painting process.  His musical genius is inspiring… and I adored allowing his work take me where it did.

Today, I am going to ask you to take part in helping select the music for our next Online Atelier… I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the music you’d like me to listen to while I create.  I will listen to all music in the days to come, allowing my instincts to select which musical artist I will select for our Online Atelier.  I will reveal the name of the music as I am about to begin so that you can listen and see where it takes you, while I allow it to take my paintbrush in a direction of its own.

Your participation in this process will make this a lot more interesting and perhaps add an unexpected dimension to my work.  I hope you will play along by adding the name of a song and musical artist.  I can’t wait to see where this new discovery will take us!

Coming Soon… Atelier Bellanda GoesPro!

Watch my next painting come to life via time-lapse and GoPro.

I’m getting ready to open the doors to my Online Painting Atelier again.  Our next painting session will take place in September.  The date will be announced ahead of time so you can join in on the music selection.  Feel free to add music suggestions here or at a later date on the announcement page.

I look forward to seeing you at our next Online Atelier!

Atelier Bellanda GoesPro!
Photo Credits: Bellanda ®

One of Kind Film Photography – Series – Espoir N°2

Hope is what we cling to when life brings us in a direction we hadn’t expected,

It’s what allows us to see beyond despair, fear and tragedy.

Hope is what makes surviving possible.


N°2 of 7 different images that make up the series entitled: Espoir Unedited Film Photography – Espoir Series – Espoir N°2 All rights reserved BELLANDA ®
N°2 of 7 different images that make up the series entitled: Espoir
Unedited Film Photography – Espoir Series – Espoir N°2
All rights reserved

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Oil Painting: ENVELOP

Here is the painting that started in one direction and color scheme,

and finished in a totally new way.

The beauty is that one never knows where a painting will lead

when we allow ourselves to let our cerebral self go

in order to let our inner soul speak.

Bellanda ®
Oil Painting on Linen Canvas
Bellanda ®

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Sometimes a painting takes on a new life… even before it is born.

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First Life – Bellanda ®

Sometimes the unexpected happens on the very same canvas…

and the painting takes on a new life all by itself.

Bellanda ®
Second Life – Bellanda ®

Stay turned to see the end result…

Film Photography – One of Kind – Illusion N°1

Everything is far from what it seems,

So stop asking yourself what the object might be,

And allow yourself to truly see.


All rights reserved BELLANDA ®
One-of-a-Kind Unedited Film Photography – Illusion N°1 of 21 different photographs in the Illusion Series. 
All rights reserved

 For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Oil Painting: Naissance du Papillon

Bellanda ®
Bellanda ®

As the sounds of Ludovico Einaudi’s music resonated throughout my atelier, Naissance du Papillon was created…

With it shines the soft light of something new and positive.

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Making of Oil Painting… turning green into something more

With Atelier doors open and music from Ludovico Einaudi playing, I once again let go and allowed the music to inspire me. Let’s see where it leads…

Bellanda  ®
Bellanda ®

One of Kind Film Photography – Series – Espoir N°1

Hope is what we cling to when life brings us in a direction we hadn’t expected,

Hope is what allows us to see beyond despair, fear and tragedy,

Hope is what makes surviving possible.


1 of 7  different images that make up the series entitled:  Espoir
Unedited Film Photography – Espoir Series – Espoir N°1
All rights reserved

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85 

Torsade Dorée

Let there be light... and let it dance to the rhythm of our dreams. Que la lumière soit... et laissons là danser au rythme de nos rêves.
Let there be light… and let it dance to the rhythm of our dreams.
Que la lumière soit… et laissons là danser au rythme de nos rêves.
Bellanda ®

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Le Grand Bleu

This oil painting is dedicated to all surfers and lovers of the ocean and sea around the world. I hope it takes you on a journey in mind and in spirit...
This oil painting is dedicated to all surfers and lovers of the ocean and sea around the world. I hope it takes you on a journey in mind and in spirit…
Bellanda ®

For availability/price catalog: http://wp.me/P3hMku-85

Evocative Series

Evocative SeriesBellanda  ®
Evocative Series
Bellanda ®

“Although we can’t always choose who our hearts fall in love with, 

We can decide how to express these inner emotions.

This work is dedicated to those who long to express their love,

Yet must find another outlet for their passion.”

Bellanda ®