Rebecca Bangs
San Carlos, California

Rebecca Bangs starts each painting with a photo of something that inspires her, usually an image of nature, a flower or a landscape taken while on a hike. She then decides the scale of the piece and the color of the underpainting (usually black). Using liquid acrylics and small bright brushes, she begins layering the many dots that make up her compositions. Most of her finished paintings include about 7 layers of paint. This process takes time, concentration and precision. Pointillism relies on the mind of the viewer to blend the dots of color into a fuller range of tones. As Rebecca places each spot of color next to another, it affects the way the colors appear. In the end, she creates something that up close looks much different than when viewed from far away. The realization that the painting is made up of hundreds of small dots is a wonderful surprise. Rebecca is inspired by the quiet, joyful moments of life facilitated by aesthetic beauty, a hilltop view or a sunset. It is clear that she finds great pleasure and solace is this meticulous artistic process.

Artist and Customer Comments

Rebecca Bangs 4/13/2017 | 2:46 PM

An upcoming open studio event I will be participating in along with another U-Gallery artist, Fleur Spolidor. Last year we had about 400 visitors to the studios. Hope to see you there! "Eighteen Artists from The Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos welcome the public on May 6-7 for Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) Eighteen artists at The Art Center of Redwood City and San Carlos will open their studios to the public during the 31st annual Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) on May 6-7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibiting artists work in a wide variety of styles and media including painting, mixed media, collage, calligraphy, murals, photography, film, book art, and jewelry design. Visitors will be able to view hundreds of artworks, talk to the artists about process and inspiration, and acquire new artworks for their collections. The Art Center (SVOS Site #18; is located on the second floor of 1700 Industrial Road in San Carlos; everyone is welcome and parking is free. The Art Center is one site participating in the larger annual SVOS event held the first three weekends of May. To plan a studio tour, the public can find all participating studios at and in free catalogs located at The Art Center and other local businesses and libraries. Participating artists at The Art Center include Lynne Auld, Rebecca Bangs, Teresa Beyer, Zdenka Bleile, Shirley Bunger, Laurie Johnson Lepkowska, Kerith Lisi, Dan Lythcott-Haims, Pinar Matles-Montalvo, Chris Montalvo, Amy Rattner, Fleur Spolidor, Robin Stearns, Cindy Stokes, Donna Wocher, Wendy Wood, Yucali, and Kari Zinser."

Rebecca Bangs 11/21/2016 | 3:04 PM

I will be holding an open studio, along with 27 other artists at The Art Center of Redwood City & San Carlos, Sunday December 4th from noon - 5pm. 1700 Industrial Road, San Carlos, CA. If you would enjoy seeing all of the lovely pointillism textures in person, feel free to stop by. There is always a good time to be had during open studios! All the best... Rebecca

Rebecca Bangs 8/8/2016 | 11:45 PM

Karen, You are most welcome. And, thank you for your kind words. It was such a welcome pleasure to come back into the world of wifi after vacation and find your note in my email. I'm so happy "The Softening" has found a happy home with you! :-) Best regards, Rebecca

commentsThe Softening
K Burke 8/7/2016 | 8:58 AM

I purchased this lovely painting. From a distance, it appears as a fresh, soft bloom; but closeup you can see the thousands of dots making up the greater picture. I can only imagine the amount of time it took to paint this beautiful piece! Thank you so much!

Happy to be Here

Acrylic painting on wood
Signed on back

6" h x 6" w x 2" d
0 lbs. 8 oz.


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Comments About This Piece

This dahlia was one we found at a botanical garden on a family road trip. I loved how the pink from below faded into the yellowish white up above. Dahlias are so intriguing to me in general because they are just "out there". They explode in all directions... in a friendly way. I'm here. I'm full of life. Let's enjoy this moment.

This piece is on a cradled wood panel and the sides are finished with a clear gesso. A thin line of the orange underpainting surrounds the painting edge. It is signed on the side. It comes wired to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.


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