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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.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

And the Winner of the March Facebook drawing is...

Another month, another Facebook drawing!

March's Facebook drawing is for this matted reproduction titled "He Had A Mousy Side..."

Drum roll please............................

The winner of this month's drawing is: Beth S.N.!

Congratulations Beth! I will be in touch with you to make arrangements to get the piece to you.

April's giveaway will be 30% off coupons to be used on any one painting or reproduction at the Megan Bell Studio during May 2015. I will give away FIVE coupons this time around so your chances are better than ever!!! If you've already "liked" the Megan Bell Studio on Facebook, you're automatically entered! Good luck!

In the meantime, the 20% off sale ends at the end of April. I'll have the studio open Saturday, April 11th from 12-4 and by appointment for the rest of the month. Next month is Art-A-Whirl (May 15th-17th). It's a fantastic art crawl with hundreds of NE Minneapolis artists, musicians, and businesses participating. More information at www.nemaa.org.

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!


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