Tuesday, June 29, 2010
6 x 6, oil on canvas panel
available through The Dutch Art Gallery
I mention my sister quite often in my posts. This
is one. This print is not a tea towel. It's a pair of her
Capri pants! They are fabulous...just like her. This
fabric sums up her personality pretty well; unique,
beautiful and definitely a crowd-pleaser. It also really
exemplifies the differences in our styles. When I looked
through my closet I discovered I had nothing with any sort
of pattern whatsoever. And mostly blues. The closest I came
to a pattern was small stripes. However, there is a method
to my boring wardrobe. Seems everything I own is destined
to become "paint clothes" sooner or later so, really, what's
the point of having nice things?
Posted by Gwen Bell at 8:11 PM
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas
My last 3 paintings have been of ceramics on very busy
patterns. In the beginning I was infatuated by the cup
handles. I still am. But something else happened. I
noticed that the concentration it took to follow the
pattern around was very enjoyable. Almost relaxing.
One of those efforts that makes hours seem like minutes.
I enjoyed it so much that I made a little shopping trip to
the Fabric Store and bought several new busy drapes.
I think I've found my new muse...at least for now.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 7:27 AM
Sunday, June 20, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD
This was another gift from my sister. She gives
me the coolest stuff! It is part of a cream, sugar
and serving bowl set. I love that dark navy and
cream striped handle. Come to think of it, she gave
me the tea towel as well. What a great sister!
This is the same tea towel that I used in "Green Mug".
I thought the colors and design went well with the
pitcher. What I wasn't expecting was the busy
reflection it made it the spoon...a happy challenge.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 9:51 AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas SOLD
I have a feeling ceramics are going to be my new "thing".
Every time I paint them I fall in love with the way the light
hits so strongly on the handles. Just the handles.
I guess it's been coming on for a while because when I
opened the cabinet where I keep still life props, I noticed
it was chocked full of cups! Why haven't I noticed that before?
Evidently, I have been picking up a cup here and a cup there
whenever I see them and then stick them away with the
thought of painting them one day. Now, as if by magic, I find
I have a ton of cups! It's funny how we do things subconsciously
and then for whatever reason one day we see the accumulation
of the little things our mind cooks up.
This green one is painted on my favorite tea towel. It is sure
to turn up again and again as I bring out the cups.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 12:04 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010
6 x 6 oil on canvas panel $125.
available through at Farmers & Merchants Gallery
This is one of my favorite souvenirs. My sister brought
it back to me from one of her trips to Hawaii. It must
truly be Paradise to able to find these little jewels right
on the beach! I have had it for years and have always
wanted to paint it.
However, it is tiny...a little over an inch...so that always
seemed to be too challenging. And it was! I still don't feel
like I really captured it's beauty. In life, the pearl areas
gleam with purples, pinks, yellows, greens and blues.
Just gorgeous! Tried as I might, I could not replicate it.
My style used to be very tight and realistic and I have
worked hard over the past year and a half to loosen up,
but this subject seemed to call for a tighter technique.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 10:26 AM
Monday, June 7, 2010
Quite a few of us have been lamenting over how hard it
is to gain membership into DailyPainters.com and wishing
there was an alternative. Now there is!
I am proud to announce that Carolyn Finnell heard the call
and stepped up in a huge way by launching
Daily Painter Originals.
Carolyn has done such a fantastic job of setting up the site!
It is in a thumbnail gallery format on a crisp white background
that showcases the artwork beautifully. Having all of the posts
on a single page makes it so convenient for buyers to view all
of the art at a glance. This format set Daily Painters.com apart
from the rest and it is sure to do the same for Daily Painter Originals.
I was so honored that she asked me to recommend a few
of my favorite Artists. I passed that instruction on to a few
and asked them to do the same. All of the decisions
were passed on to Carolyn who had recommendations of
her own. A process that we imaged would take weeks was
accomplished in 24 hours!
One of the goals of the site is to have enough members to
make a nice showing and good support for advertising, but
still small enough to be manageable and maintain high quality
control standards. For now, the membership has been limited
to 30. There are currently 21 members which means only 9 spots
are left. If you are interested in applying, please visit the
submissions page for instructions.
I hope you will take the time to visit Daily Painter Originals
and Subscribe so you won't miss a thing!
Posted by Gwen Bell at 3:12 PM
Thursday, June 3, 2010
6 x 6 oil on masonite
Today I'm re-posting an older painting in tribute to Bono.
This sweet little guy belonged to my dear friend, Clara.
She rescued him from a shelter about 6 years ago and was
the most loving owner a puppy could ask for. On the other
hand, he was the best dog an owner could ask for...super
smart, loyal, feisty and an amazing guard dog. All dogs are
special but Bono was a Super Nova.
He was diagnosed a few weeks ago with inoperable Cancer.
The past two weeks of his life were spent with daily trips to
the Dog Park and car rides to give his little nose a treat.
We said our last goodbyes this morning and took him to the Vet
where he died in his Momma's arms. He was only 7 years old.
Sleep peacefully, Sweet Bono. We will miss you.
Posted by Gwen Bell at 1:47 PM