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.

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/fred-bell-6644/artwork

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Painting A Day, Daily Paintworks, by #fredbellpaintings

"131 Tea Pot With Orange",  6x6 in
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/131-tea-pot-with-orange/521034
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
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/130-bartlett-pears/520917
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
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/129-peonies-flower-painting/520681
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
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/124-the-bare-pears/519440
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
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/…/…/120-friday-morning/518211
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
http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/116-rosy-radishes-/517264
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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

109 Rowboat seascape painting



Sold......As a kid I was always afraid of the water because I didn't know how to swim and didn't have the courage to learn. Now, in a boat, I can still feel that fear. The rocking of the boat makes me feel like I am out of control. I can swim a little but mostly avoid the water.

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109 Rowboat seascape painting



Sold......As a kid I was always afraid of the water because I didn't know how to swim and didn't have the courage to learn. Now, in a boat, I can still feel that fear. The rocking of the boat makes me feel like I am out of control. I can swim a little but mostly avoid the water.

To buy this painting and see others click here:  Daily Paintworks

109 Rowboat seascape painting



As a kid I was always afraid of the water because I didn't know how to swim and didn't have the courage to learn. Now, in a boat, I can still feel that fear. The rocking of the boat makes me feel like I am out of control. I can swim a little but mostly avoid the water.

To buy this painting and see others click here:  Daily Paintworks

Thursday, September 29, 2016

108 Lake Landscape Painting



108 Lake Landscape
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I imagine Monet out here with me in his canopy covered boat painting the shore line. The soft warm breeze blows across the water creating gentle waves. My row boat rocks only slightly as I row out. It's days like this that I try to memorize for those months when I will be reluctant to go out in the snow and cold.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

086 Two Plums, Two Cups, still life painting


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"86 Two Plums, Two Cups" 6x6 in http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/fred-bell/86-two-plums-two-cups/515040

When I walked into the room it was dark and I was hoping against hope. As the light went on they burst into my vision on the table, two cups, a yellow one and a blue. It fired my imagination because I knew what it meant. Trying not to think too much, I did the only thing I could think of. With a gentle thud the first plum dropped in the cup. The other one was on the table and I tried to collect my thoughts.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

090 Watermelon Chunks still life painting



Cool clean water melon chunks in a white bowl with a blue stripe eaten by me. Hear the crunch as I bite down on the crisp pieces.  Feel the coolness of the bowl. This is a health fantasy.

Monday, September 26, 2016

107 Red Tomato



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Sunday, September 25, 2016

107 Parked Fiat Painting



This beautiful painting of a small car, a Fiat, was painted on location from a beach chair placed on the sidewalk. The beach chair gave me a low perspective, a low point of view. I love these small cars but do not own one. I like that the car shows up well against the background. To buy, click the link,
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