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Fred Bell: Small Daily Paintings from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As an artist and teacher, Fred Bell knows the power of daily painting. He started doing a painting a day last summer, mostly around 6″ x 6″ in size, and has since completed hundreds of small still lifes, landscapes, florals, and figure studies.

Take a look at a few of his gorgeous oil and acrylic paintings below. . .

Rural Road Respie is one of my favorite landscapes by Fred, painted in his loose, impressionistic style. I especially love the way his brushstrokes so clearly sit atop one another, building a quick snapshot of a particular time and place.


Fred started with more neutral, pastel colors (for the background hills, fields and sky) and then added increasingly pure hues to emphasize the closeness of the foreground.

And did you catch those wonderful hints of pink and blue found in the shadows spanning the old dirt road? In my opinion, there’s simply no better way to paint a crisp blue sky overhead than with a colorful shadow on the ground!

Next up, the entire composition of Backyard Flowers reminds me oh-so-clearly of Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging. It’s so simple, and at the same time, simply gorgeous!


(Not to mention that Fred captured the movement and contrast of these flowers in a round blue vase perfectly—no easy feat on a canvas just 5 inches tall.)

And to finish things off, here’s Wauwatosa Farm House, Fred’s painterly study of a 150+ year old farm house located just west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


With its white sun-lit walls, tall red-peaked roof, and classic covered porch, this house is a beauty from another era, a memory of the farmhouses and fields that dotted this country over a century ago.

To see more of Fred Bell’s wonderful daily paintings, make sure to visit his website today—there are plenty more to explore!

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