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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, April 29, 2016

I thought I killed Prince and other ramblings...

It was cool and rainy last Thusday here in Minneapolis. I had gotten an early start at the studio and was boldly experimenting with a color I don't normally use. Ever. Like REALLY experimenting. As in, the whole painting was variations of the color I am so uncomfortable using, I've avoided it for all of my 24 year painting career.

I was hard at work on a new 24x24" panel when I received a text from a good friend in Rhode Island. It read "Wow - i just heard prince died - do u think its true?"

A little aside... Like many of my peers, I grew up listening to Prince. I have my older brother to thank for introducing me to his music early on. My first memory of Prince was listening to cassette tapes of Controversy and 1999 on a loop in the car and in the house. These albums had songs chock full of lyrics no middle school girl should be singing at the school playground, yet I did and I wasn't alone. They were a fantastic soundtrack to my otherwise mundane, middle school experience.

So, purple. The color I never use. I've never known how to use it because it doesn't seem to play well with others. Feeling bold, I thought I'd step out of my comfort zone last Thursday morning and see what happened if I experimented with different shades of purple.

Apparently, it kills your all time, greatest musical hero.

"That's the last time I'll experiment with purple", I texted my husband along with this picture.

I couldn't leave it like that. This week I worked on the painting some more. It's been a dreary, cold week here in Minneapolis and I needed to bring some sunshine to the studio. Quite frankly, I needed a little cheer too. The finished result - "Ethel Thayer Bids Her Final Farewell" another lake inspired piece that is a little bit happy, a little bit sad. A little bit like this last week being thankful for what is and what was.

"Ethel Thayer Bids Her Final Farewell" |  24x24"  | oil on panel
In related news, my laptop also died last week. Though there were no all night dance parties or bridge lightings in her honor, she will be missed nonetheless. As a result, I currently have no photo editing software available so pictures from my camera will have to suffice for now. You'll just have to believe me that it's so much prettier in person.

Fortunately, you CAN check it out for yourself in just a few weeks! The 21st annual Art-A-Whirl is happening May 20th-22nd and I will have this painting and many others available and on view at my studio in the Northrup King Building.

Art-A-Whirl hours:
Friday, May 20th | 5-10 pm
Saturday, May 21st | 12-8 pm
Sunday, May 22nd | 12-5 pm

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Megan Bell Studio Winter Sale - Save 10-50% on all original paintings!

It's well below zero here in Minneapolis and that means I'm spending a lot of time at the studio. A lot of time at the studio has got me wanting to make room for all of the new paintings I'm working on so I am having a sale!

I've got a few pieces that I love but that no longer play well with my current work. As a result, they are stored away at the studio and are no longer getting the attention they deserve! The good news is that I am deeply discounting prices on select paintings (more than 50% off!) which means it's a super good time to buy if you're in the market! Additionally, all other work not shown below is 10-20% off through February!

I will have the studio open for First Thursdays in the Arts District (February 4th | 5-9  pm) and also by appointment. Please feel free to contact me with questions or to set up an appointment.

"After That Day" | 66x84" | oil on canvas | Reg. $6,800 | Sale: $3,200

"Late Night at the Studio" | 30x30" | oil on canvas | Reg. $1,100 | Sale: $450

"The Good Life" | 50x38" | oil on canvas | Reg. $2,300 | Sale: $1,100

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