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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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Time for something different...

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anaïs Nin

Today is the first day of spring here in Minnesota. Last year at this time we still had several snow storms ahead and temperatures that would have you convinced that it was only early January. This year, things are different. Winter went out with a whimper a couple weeks back. The snow has been replaced with puddles and the bare trees are now flush with buds.

Perhaps it is the early arrival of spring that has got me itching to start fresh in my artwork? I dabbled for a moment at the thought of going back to more representational work but quickly remembered how I found it stressful to come up with new subject matter and even more stressful to actually execute my ideas! I go to art as a means of meditation and putting too much thought into it defeats the purpose. Instead, I pulled out a couple of previously painted panels and thought I'd paint without any plan (nothing new) but also without brushes (new). OMG - THAT was FUN!!!

New painting in progress - March 2015
It's always a risk to branch away from the familiar into uncharted territory, but to not take the risk means staying stagnant. How boring! Like the turn of seasons, change in art, as it is in life, is a chance for rebirth and an opportunity to say or be something new.

So, maybe a new series is born? If nothing else, I'm having fun figuring it out.

Please join me tomorrow (March 21st | 12-4) for my Spring Sale at the Megan Bell Studio. All original work will be discounted 20% through April including my Mini Original Collection.

Happy Spring Equinox 2015!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Sale at the Megan Bell Studio!

Art-A-Whirl is right around the corner so I figure what better way to get ready than by having a studio preview sale! Until April 30th, save 20% on any one of my original paintings when you mention this coupon at the Megan Bell Studio.

I will have the studio open this Saturday, March 21st from 12-4 and also Saturday, April 11th (12-4). Please feel free to browse my online gallery prior to your visit or just come on by to nab the perfect new addition to your collection!

"Spring" | 24x60" | oil on canvas | Reg. $2000 - just $1600 with coupon!
Ring in spring with a lovely painting titled "Spring"? Or pick up a couple of Mini Originals - framed and ready to go (starting at just $50 each)! I have also recently finished several new medium-sized paintings including one of my new favorites, "Satisfied Mind" (below).

"Satisfied Mind" | 12x12" | oil on canvas | framed | Reg. $250 - just $200 with coupon!
Happy Spring and I look forward to seeing you soon!


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