Monday, December 26, 2016

Daily Paintings by Fred Bell, fredswall.com

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168 Two Cuties
Here they were, together again. They had ripened and changed with time. It just happens. You can't relive the past and so they wondered if they could be in a bowl again. It wasn't the same bowl and so the goal was to get comfortable again. Wriggle a bit, for comfort. See how it felt. The future is not predictable and comfort doesn't always come easily.  
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169 On The Couch.
This is a friend of mine whom I have not seen in 30 years. She had a small cat who had lived with me for a while. The cat's name was Irene and I liked her a lot. One day I came to visit and sat down on the couch. When Irene heard my voice she shrieked and charged out of the bedroom and leap into my lap. She was happy to see me and I was happy to see her. It was thrilling.  


167 Roaring Fire
There is a well worn path to the wood pile. Rushing out into the cold I was looking down and suddenly a mouse came from around the corner and was crossing my path. We were both rushing but I stopped to let him pass. He stopped as well and turned around and looked up into my eyes. Here we were, two beings living in the same universe, but in different worlds, looking each other straight in the eyes. It was a little like seeing a Martian. Then he continued on his way, and I, on mine.  www.fredswall.com

Thursday, December 22, 2016

167 Roaring Fire Place, Painting by Fred Bell, fredswall.com



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There is a well worn path to the wood pile. Rushing out into the cold I was looking down and suddenly a mouse came from around the corner and was crossing my path. We were both rushing but I stopped to let him pass. He stopped as well and turned around and looked up into my eyes. Here we were, two beings living in the same universe, but in different worlds, looking each other straight in the eyes. It was a little like seeing a Martian. Then he continued on his way, and I, on mine.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

161 Meeting Of The Citrus, still life painting, Mandarin orange, lemon stilllifepainting, fredswall.com


"161 Meeting Of The Citrus" 
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In my refrigerator were these two items of citrus, a lemon and a Mandarin orange. They were chilly so I let them sit on the counter and warm up before I painted them. They came all the way from some hot, sunny climate to this freezing one, and then, as if that wasn't enough, into my refrigerator. I'm going to let them sit and snooze in my still life set up and then keep them on the counter where it is relatively warm. They both look like they've got goose bumps!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

160 intelligent dog, brown doodle dog painting

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Isn't this a cute dog?! "He's very bright, too" says his owner. I walked along with them for awhile even though they were complete strangers to me. I wanted to stay with them not for the dog owner but for his dog, Vibe. The dog kept looking at me and I felt a connection with him. When we got to their house the owner let Vibe off his leash. The dog ran up to the porch and ran back with something in his mouth. He had a dog cookie which he dropped at my feet.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

158 Susan Smokes A Cigarette, figure painting, woman in chair


"158 Susan Smokes A Cigarette". 6x6 in. To buy this painting click on this http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/158-susan-smokes-a-cigarette/539275
This painting shows Susan, sitting in a chair smoking.  Susan was a pretty, intelligent woman who liked attention.  Entertaining at parties, she could drink a shot of whiskey without using her hands and entertain men with her kazoo.  She lived with her mother and worked for the city as a secretary.  One day she left work early. Susan met her boyfriend and they got married.  They left town and no one has seen them since.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

156 Mandarin Oranges, Still Life Painting,


"156 Mandarin Oranges", 6x6 in Mandarin is the Chinese language spoken by over 730 million people.I'll bet they don't all eat Mandarine oranges.Most of these paintings are done on my little pochade box.This paintbox easel is actually a cigar box fitted with a hinge that makes it stay upright and a palette with room for my paints and brushes in the bottom.It's very portable and sometimes I take it to coffee shops and work there. To buy this painting click this link.


Monday, October 31, 2016

132 The Road Home, landscape painting Fred bell,


132 The Road Home, I've lived in places where the road home actually looked like this. This painting is a dream of living a life of simplicity. Going to your warm little cabin in the woods where there is love and plenty of health food and wholesome aspirations, the way tv shows used to be. It is still a worthy goal but the setting has to be a little different.

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132 The Road Home, landscape painting Fred bell,


132 The Road Home, I've lived in places where the road home actually looked like this. This painting is a dream of living a life of simplicity. Going to your warm little cabin in the woods where there is love and plenty of health food and wholesome aspirations, the way tv shows used to be. It is still a worthy goal but the setting has to be a little different.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Painting A Day, Daily Paintworks, by #fredbellpaintings

"131 Tea Pot With Orange",  6x6 in
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This tea pot was given to me by a friend who was an actor while I was living in New York City.It has a special meaning to me. Although I didn't paint it in, the lid is broken and put together with glue but I still use it in the winter. Orange and blue are complementary colors.That's part of the reason why they look so brilliant.

"130 Bartlett Pears",   6x6 in
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Bartlett Pears on a plate.I spent a lot of time on this painting and tried different things.It's sometimes best to put work aside and then reassess in a few days.

"129 Peonies flower painting",  6x6 in
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My favorite Flowers are Peonies. They are a big, meaty flower.When you hold one you know you are holding something substantial. They are so big that their stems can not keep them up. They attract red ants, that's kind of a bummer.The ants look like they are having a good time though.We won't be seeing any Peonies for awhile. Too bad.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

125 Milwaukee County Grounds Landscape painting

125 Milwaukee County Grounds, Sold
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The Milwaukee County Grounds is a plot of land with a storied past. It was the site of an orphanage,a hospital for people with tuberculosis, and a hospital for the "insane!" There is a wooded area that has the remains of the hospitals. You can walk down a dirt path that suddenly turns into a side walk with a large grand stone stairway to no where in the middle of the woods.

Friday, October 21, 2016

124 The Bare Pears Still Life Painting


"124 The Bare Pears",  ...6x6 in
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Pears are one of the funnier fruits.It's because they resemble us in shape. They roll around with their big bottoms like a rolly Polly toy.Like a funny us. They are also very thin skinned and bruis easily like many others, not you and I. Let a couple of naked pears entertain you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

122 Sailboat, seascape painting, a painting a day


"122 Sailboat",  6x6 in
These are the last days of comfortable weather around Wisconsin. Pretty soon this Sailboat will be taken out of the water and put away until next summer.Today it is an amazing 70f and very precious to us. This painting reminds me of last summer and next.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

"120 Friday Morning" Daily Painting Still Life Painting

"120 Friday Morning" 
6x6 in
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120 Friday Morning Cups, On Friday mornings I invite a bunch of students over to paint with me. That's when I did this painting. My last two paintings where boats and I wanted to do something different this time. Changing subject matter and approach helps me stay alive.At first this painting looked kind of blan. So I put the objects away and paid attention to the painting instead of the objects.

Friday, October 14, 2016

119 Boat With No Name, seascape painting, Fred Bell



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Sailboats seem to be the stuff that dreams are made of. I went to Milwaukee's lakefront today and decided to paint a boat. It was a sunny warm (for October) day. Sitting in my beach chair by the side of the dock I painted this bobbing boat. I wasn't on the boat, but for me, the day was the stuff that dreams are made of.

119 Boat With No Name, seascape painting, Fred Bell


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Sailboats seem to be the stuff that dreams are made of. I went to Milwaukee's lakefront today and decided to paint a boat. It was a sunny warm (for October) day. Sitting in my beach chair by the side of the dock I painted this bobbing boat. I wasn't on the boat, but for me, the day was the stuff that dreams are made of.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

117 Conversation, garden painting

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All of us have been here, two people talking. They are trying to figure something out. There are lots of guesses that I have about this conversation but the guess I come up with says more about my experiences than reality. When I see things like this, the only thing I know is, what I think is wrong.

Monday, October 10, 2016

116 Rosy Radishes still life painting


"116 Rosy Radishes ", 6x6 in
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On Sundays we went to my grandmothers for dinner.She and my grandfather had a garden each year and she always served radishes on the side.They are really nice looking, radishes, but I never understood their appeal.Their taste has a bite that was similar to my grandfather's personality.

115 Rural Road Respite Landscape Painting

115 Rural Road Respite
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Friday, October 07, 2016

114 Lake Front Lagoon painting


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Walking along the lakefront I am thinking about nothing. The birds are singing, it is warm and all feels right with the world. That was summer but I relive it for a moment today.



Thursday, October 06, 2016

113 Broccoli Flowers

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"​Broccoli, broccoli, how I love thee!" That's from King Lear. Shakespeare really had a way with words. He must have liked his vegetables too. I know that many of the great intellectuals were crazy about broccoli. Jean Paul Sartre used to talk about it all the time. It got tedious, really!

I wish I had thought of calling them string beans. I got this idea from still life paintings from long ago. It's a bundle o beans. Green beans are one of my favorite vegetable. In fact, I'm going to have some tonight!


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Monday, October 03, 2016

111 Lake Michigan Wave Seascape Painting


Lake Michigan looks like the ocean but the waves are less powerful usually. I've been going to the lake front since I was young. It seems like a place that invites existential thinking. Whether it's the ocean or a tiny lake it invites the same kind of ruminating. I wonder why.
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Sunday, October 02, 2016

067 Grapes, 6x6 still life painting


I bought the cup at Goodwill and the grapes at Sendiks.  "What do grapes coming out of a coffee cup mean?" you might ask.  And I would say that it is a concept I've been working on for a few years after reading Kierkegaard who said, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

Saturday, October 01, 2016

110 Rowboat at Shore Painting



Sold....  110 Rowboat at Shore Painting, This cool gray day I awake and walk outside. The weather man says the day will warm and that makes the cool air easier to accept. The lake is still except for the gentle waves bouncing against the back of the boat. I think about going out for a row but decide the warmth of the cabin is too inviting. A cup of coffee and some toast.