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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September at the Megan Bell Studio

If you've been to Target recently, you might think we've done skipped right over September as you're busy picking out your Halloween candy and buying stocking stuffers. Fortunately, Mother Nature knows we still have almost two months before we will even consider an unseasonable blizzard and thankfully (unlike Target) she isn't shoving pumpkin-spice-everything at us ... yet.

That said, summer did go by awfully quick. My 2nd grade gym teacher used to always tell us that "time flies when you're having fun" (something that I never understood as I HATED gym) so I guess that is a good indicator of the fun factor. It WAS a fun summer!

We enjoyed a number of road trips as a family. Kansas City to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law who reside in southern California. A trip to Chicago followed and included a stop at our favorite farm stay b&b, Luckydog Farms outside of New Glarus, WI. We first stayed there last fall and the landscape inspired many new paintings last year including this one:
"Weekend at the Farm" | 12x12" | Oil on panel | Sold
I highly recommend a visit! Plus, they've got GOATS!!!! We've gone with kids and without and both stays were fabulous. Seriously, you should go too. Maybe we'll run into you there!

Later this summer, we headed up to Woman Lake for our annual family trip up north. It's really one of the highlights of the year for our family and it too has been a place that has provided inspiration for new work over the years. This piece, titled "Return to Woman Lake" was completed after last year's trip and just went home with a new collector this week. The magic of Woman Lake is contagious!
"Return to Woman Lake" | 30x30"| oil on panel | Sold
Mark your calendars... there are a few events coming up including Art Attack! If you aren't familiar, this is a fabulous and free open studio event. It will take place November 4th (5-10 pm), 5th (12-8 pm), and 6th (12-5 pm) at the Northrup King Building and is a great opportunity to talk to artists, view a huge variety of work (by 200+ artists), and purchase new art for your collection. The event takes place under one roof with FREE parking. Visit the Northrup King Building's website (www.northrupkingbuilding.com) for more information. Also be sure to 'like' the NKB page on Facebook to get regular updates and photos of new works by artists in the building. If you haven't already, please 'like' the Megan Bell Studio page on Facebook to get updates specifically from me.

Now that the kids are back in school, I've had full days at the studio and recently started a new round of Mini Originals (original framed oil paintings on reclaimed wood) that should be ready for Art Attack and holiday hours in November and December. They range in price from $50-125 and make great gifts for that hard to shop for person - or yourself!

New Minis in progress - frames coming soon!
Hope you all are doing well. Enjoy the season and I hope to see you soon!


Thursday, July 7, 2016

First Thursdays July 2016

Hey all! Hope you are doing well and enjoying these long hot summer days! Heads up -  tonight is First Thursdays in the Arts District at the Northrup King Building from 5-9 pm! There will be FREE watermelon (while supplies last) served at the main entrance on Jackson Street. After your yummy treat, head up the stairs to the 2nd floor and to my studio (#274) which is the first door on the left.

I've been hard at work completing several new pieces since Art-A-Whirl, including these two below!

"Summer Solstice" | 24x36" | oil on panel | framed

"Only to Trip at the Sound of Goodbye" | 18x36" | oil on canvas | framed

Additionally, I do not currently have any further studio hours scheduled until September though am open by appointment. If you wish to come by before then, please feel free to contact me at megan@meganbell.net to set up a meeting.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you soon!


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