Sunday, November 23, 2014
This is a recent portrait of Meret Oppenheim.
Méret Elisabeth Oppenheim (6 October 1913 – 15 November 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist andphotographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealistmovement of the 1920s along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel,Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.
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Saturday, November 01, 2014
|"Three Past Seven" by Fred Bell|
This is a new painting, 12x16" oil on panel, entitled,
"Three Past Seven."
It is, really, a self portrait showing three versions of myself.
I am using painting as a way of trying to understand myself and
in doing so I hope the viewer draws some
insight into their own inner workings.
The painting shows three people sitting on a couch. They are all dressed the same and in
approximately the same pose. There are windows behind
them with blinds allowing daylight to enter.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Today I went to Collectivo to get some coffee.
I had just checked out "The Collected Stories Of Carson McCullers"
from the library. She is probably my favorite writer ever.
I haven't read her in a long time and as soon as I read the first paragraph of the story "Sucker" I felt happy. She speaks to me.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
|Fred Bell Self Portrait 2|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
This is a painting I am working on with Skully Skyrocket, a friend of mine. We have traded it back and forth a few times and I am excited about the way it is working out. This collaboration was suggested by Debra Brehmer at Portrait Society Gallery and I am really happy about it. Skully is 24, and I am much older. We have just started and plan to do a group of them. I recommend collaboration like this to anybody who wants to grow.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
This is a painting of Janeice and Isabelle, her black cat. Janeice invited me to her apartment to see Isabelle and that is when I took the photo for it. I took photos for about ten minutes, as long as Isabelle wanted to cooperate.
I've been working on this portrait painting for a few weeks. Working from photos can be distracting as was this one. When the photo begins to get in the way of creating an interesting painting one must put the photo away.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
This small, 6x8" portrait painting was commissioned as a gift by a friend of the painted fellow, Nic. I went over to Nic's and took photos in a number of spots around his apartment. We looked them over and chose one mutually.
That is how it usually works. I take a number of photos and there is one that jumps out. This pose is very unlike Nic. He does not usually sit on the couch like and odalisque, so I am really glad he agreed to this one. If you know him, the painting is kind of funny.
Monday, January 06, 2014
|Annie the Spaniel Dog|
There was some discussion about this because of the tongue and the color. I made a mistake with the color and made the dog black instead of what she really is, brown. Ooops! I wasn't paying attention.
Then there was the tongue. I sell these through a local pet supply store. The owner told me that when men order such things they do not pay attention to details. She thought the tongue was too dominant. This was a present for the man's wife and the store owner thought his wife should be the last word on it. The tongue stays, says she.
Portrait commissions are really commercial art. The client can say it doesn't look right and you have to change it, just like an illustration. However, I am happy to do them. They are fun, usually there is no discussion, and the money is nice, of course.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I have been thinking about changing to acrylics from oils.
So, I was thinking, thinking, thinking, and today was the day.
I wanted to have a vehicle for practicing with acrylics
and I have this big canvas, 36x48" and I thought,
"I'll paint a new cat each day on this big canvas.
Here is my first one.
|Cat 01, Mr. Biggles|
|Cat 2, Annie|
Monday, December 02, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|"Jack", 24x24" oil on panel|
This is a new painting with a slightly changed style.
I'm not sure if I like it yet. Is the cat too cute?
Of course he is too cute.
Mmmmmmm you cute cat.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
|Self Portrait, Fred Bell, 2013, 10x10" oil|
This is a painting I am donating to Aids Resource Center Of Wisconsin who helps AIDS patients. Although I do not believe that artists should be asked for donations, I am doing this because I believe in the cause.
The idea behind art donations is that artists are hard up and are thrilled to even give their work away. It devalues your work. Young artists are often persuaded that their will be lots of wealthy people there and you might later sell something to them. I have never had this happen and have never heard of it happening to anybody. If you donate to a cause do it because you believe in the cause and not because you expect anything in return.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Man And Woman Painting, oil on panel.
|Man And Woman Painting, oil on panel.|
These two paintings were done about a year ago.
The people are strangers to me, the photo found on the web.
I was just fooling around with portraiture and chose this subject.
Painting is such a relief when the likeness isn't critical.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
|"Stiff Neck" 16x16" oil, Price on request.|
When I don't know how to do something I procrastinate on getting started painting. It is like going on a trip, but you don't know where, so you don't know what to pack. To get in gear I sometimes go to the Saatchi site or Artstack to look at the work of others. There is so much available on the web, try it out.
Friday, August 30, 2013
|"Chrissy, The Girl From Up The Block." |
12x14" oil on canvas.
It's really hard to see ourselves clearly. That goes for seeing our style of painting clearly too. I've often felt like I had no style. To me I felt like the way I do it is the way to paint something in the most basic way, how else would anyone do it, and other people, they have a style? I've wasted tons of time trying to develop something that I already have, a style of my own.
Yesterday I got some brilliant advice, "Stop looking for a great style, you already have one." Others have said this to me but the way my friend said it to me, I guess I was ready to hear it and it has made all the difference to me.
That is my advice to others. No matter where your development is you already have a style. You just need to recognize it and accept it and yourself.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
These portrait paintings of great authors were painted for a school teacher in New Jersey. He will hang them in his class room in hopes of inspiring his students interest. He said he wanted to give the students the feeling that these writers where real people just like them.
Each of these paintings is 6x7" oil on panel. They have a cradle on the back allowing them to be hung without a frame. You can commission a painting of your favorite author by sending me an
William Carlos Williams
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
This painting is entitled
It is a self portrait that will be in a show,
"In Your Face"
at the Art Bar in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
It is a show of self portraits put together by my friends
The painting is 16x16" oil on cradled panel.
It is for sale, $500. plus shipping.
Monday, May 20, 2013
I am thrilled to present this recent series of still life paintings. It started with a beautiful grey dinner plate I bought at Good Will. I thought about paintings of just the plate, quiet and serene. Then, as I worked on them and developed the idea things started to move around, patterns with silverware appeared and I was off to the races.
These paintings are about eating and dinner and the kind of drama that happens at dinner. The objects are metaphors for the players.
These paintings will be sold at Portrait Society Gallery, 207 E. Buffalo St., Milwaukee Wisconsin, 53202, 414-870-9930 starting June 12, 2013. Stop by for a glass of wine! Portrait Society Gallery donates proceeds for this to Artists Working In Education. They are a great group who help art teachers.
Art ideas develop through working on them. Sometimes ideas come when away from the canvas but mostly not, for me.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
|Fred Bell working in his studio painting.|
I've let this blog go dormant for a long time.
Anyway, I am still alive and still working on
this series of plates with forks, spoons and knives.
I had to paint a few before
I figured out the possibilities.
Now I am cooking.