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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Our 18th Art Attack!

It started out as an idea for a small group show in 1999 and has since blossomed into one of the biggest open studio events in the state! 18 years in, we've now got 250+ artists with studio on all four floors of the historic Northrup King Building.

Did I mention it's all under ONE ROOF and there's FREE PARKING? Seriously, it doesn't get better than that. No wait, it does. It is a THREE DAY LONG EVENT! Well, actually FOUR DAYS if you include First Thursdays in the Arts District this week. It's a FOUR DAY LONG EVENT with FREE PARKING, it's FAMILY FRIENDLY, and also GREAT FOR DATES,  DOESN'T COST ANYTHING TO GET IN, and IT'S THE MOST AWESOME OPEN STUDIO EVENT UNDER ONE ROOF! I think my Caps Lock is STUCK. Hopefully, you get the idea.

Art Attack is a wonderful opportunity to buy unique, locally made gifts while supporting small, independent businesses or just a great excuse to window shop and take in all of the beauty and creativity the artists of Northrup King have to offer. There's truly something for EVERYONE!

I am excited to announce a grand reopening of sorts at the Megan Bell Studio.  I have been working hard on a new nature-inspired series of paintings and can't wait to show them off! This is the first year I've been on my own in many years so excited to see how that goes as well. Hoping to have lots of visitors to keep me company (and offer the occasional bathroom break!). Here's one of my new paintings inspired by a recent trip to Luckydog Farms in New Glarus, Wisconsin.

"Weekend at the Farm" | 12x12" | oil on cradled panel | $300
Hours for this week's Art Attack and First Thursdays in the Arts District are:
Thursday, November 5th | 5-9 pm
Friday, November 6th | 5-10 pm
Saturday, November 7th | 12-8 pm
Sunday, November 8th | 12-5 pm

 Looking forward to seeing you there!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday night ramblings.

The daylight hours are getting shorter and the autumnal equinox is days away. I LOVE this time of year when the air gets crisp, visits to apple orchards and pumpkin patches are obligatory, and the leaves of trees in these parts magically change from green to red, gold, and orange before falling from their branches.

Out in the garden, butternut squash and pumpkins are curing on slowly shriveling vines and the tomatoes are coming in at a much more manageable pace than a few weeks ago. Mother nature is winding down making way for a long rest before the world reawakens next spring.

My nature series continues at the studio and the changing of seasons is once again influencing my work. This week I finished a new 18x18" oil on panel titled "September Morning". There's nothing like the sunrises this time of year! With school back in session, and early morning starts, I am getting plenty of opportunities to witness them! I love the contrast of oranges and blues and am really enjoying being able to explore these combinations in nature settings.

"September Sunrise" | 18x18" | oil on panel | 2015 | $500
Today I also framed a couple new little paintings on reclaimed wood in preparation for tomorrow's open studio hours (Saturday 9/19 from 11-2 pm).

"Under the Surface" | 6.5x9" | oil on reclaimed wood | $125

"View From the Bridge" | 6.5x8.5" | oil on reclaimed wood | $125
Coming up... First Thursdays in the Arts District (October 1st | 5-9 pm). I will also have open studio hours for a couple of Saturdays next month (10/10 and 10/24 | 12-4 pm) and Art Attack! November 6th - 8th! In the meantime, I've got a few new panels primed and ready for paint. New work coming soon!


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