Wednesday, February 19, 2014

High Hopes...

As a painter I am always surprised by what happens when I put paint to canvas. I know many artists that know exactly what a painting will look like long before a brush ever touches the canvas. Not me.

I love not knowing in advance the potential a blank canvas holds. Although most of my paintings "feel" done after working on them for a few weeks, there are some that need coddling much longer and go through several phases before I feel they are exactly what they should be.

You can see an example of this below. The work originally titled "In These Lines From Time to Time" went through 3 revisions before becoming an entirely different painting with a new title, "High Hopes For Low Tide" finished (at last) in January.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Saturday hours!

"Falling" | 36x24"| Oil on canvas
I haven't been able to participate in the Open Studio Saturdays for awhile due to a scheduling conflict but at last I have freed up time on Saturdays to open the studio once again!

I will now be open each of the following Saturdays from 12-4 along with quite a few other artists on each of the four floors of the Northrup King Building. Because not all artists are able to participate each Saturday, you can check here to see who will be available on the Saturday you choose to visit!

It's a great time to visit the Northrup King Building as parking is plentiful and there is ample opportunity to talk to the artists and learn more about their work!

Hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Saturday Open Studio Hours @ The Megan Bell Studio
February 15th | 12-4
March 1st | 12-4
March 8th | 12-4
March 15th | 12-4
March 22nd | 12-4
March 29th | 12-4
April 5th | 12-4
April 19th | 12-4
April 26th | 12-4
May 10th | 12-4
May 17th (Art A Whirl Weekend) | 12-8
May 24th | 12-4
May 31st | 12-4

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

First Thursdays is Here!

Tomorrow is the first Thursday of the month. Does that mean anything to you? The FIRST THURSDAY of the MONTH??? Why, it's First Thursdays in the Arts District! Tomorrow night from 5-9 pm, a whole lot of studios in the Northrup King Building (mine included!) will be open to the public for this free event.

I'm excited to have several new paintings making their public debut tomorrow. In Minnesota where the winter days are cloaked in various shades of white and grey, the bright and colorful studios of Northrup King will no doubt have you feeling like Dorothy entering the Land of Oz! Really, who couldn't use that right about now?

Below is a sneak peek of our studio ready for the show. Hope to see you there!

Come for the art - stay for the Foosball!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hello 2014!

"Fresh Start" | 60x66" | Oil on canvas | 2014

I remember thinking about the year 2014 as a child and thinking, "Geez, I'll be 40 in 2014!". I imagined I'd be flying around in my space car like the Jetsons and eating my food in the form of freeze dried pills. Alas, the year has finally arrived and like most of you, I still drive a car with four wheels and eat regular food. No robot maids for us (unfortunately!).

I have been working on my latest painting for the last two months and just finished up last week. It is titled "Fresh Start" which seemed fitting on a number of levels. This marks my first completed work of the new year and the beginning of many new and wonderful things (I hope!).

It was a lot of fun working on this one, albeit nerve wracking. The idea of keeping a painting "loose" is foreign and ultimately uncomfortable for me. I'm not really a perfectionist except when it comes to a couple of things and for better or worse, my art happens to be one of those things.

I've also created a short time lapse documenting the work on this painting from start to finish which I have posted below.

Thanks for reading and a happy new year to you!