(2B mechanical pencil in A4 sketchbook)
Friday, 3 June 2022
(2B mechanical pencil in A4 sketchbook)
Thursday, 2 June 2022
Friday, 27 May 2022
A little more progress on this oil painting yesterday, mainly making changes to the foreground and developing the tree and foliage, but it feels slow.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Rooting around in my paint box, I uncovered a tube of Mars Red and have now remembered how pervasive the colour can be. I'll have to remember to exclude it when I return to work on this.
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
A pencil sketch, with some digital tone added, for a potential still life painting to follow on from the Flowers in a Green Vase. This is at least less busy than a previously discarded sketch. I might go with this one and see how it looks when the paint's applied, changing it as it progresses.
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Thursday, 21 April 2022
Sunday, 17 April 2022
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Nice to finally get back to the studio at North of England Art Club after a break of over two years and get some oil painting done. Of course, after a lay-off of over two years, it was a struggle to get the caps off the tubes of paint and I’d forgotten how messy my hands get with oil paint. Still, I enjoyed getting to grips with the old medium again, an experience made even better by amiable chat with members I haven't seen for a long time.
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Yesterday at Gateshead Art Society, while everyone else was doing an exercise in alla prima, I began work on this new one. It's based on a photograph I took in Crete and I think it’s going well, but there’s a figure to be added which might give me bother. Watch this space.
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Like many, I wondered how I can help the people of Ukraine. GiveWith.Art is an initiative started by Mark David Haywood of @theharbourgallery.co.uk and British Contemporary Art to help charities deal with the awful humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Artists and galleries pledge to give at least 50% of a sale to support Ukrainian relief. So I am adding this painting. 100% of the sale price of £65 will go to one of the charities listed on the website https://givewith.art/donation-charities/
Item now SOLD and £65 donated to DEC British Red Cross Humanitarian Ukraine Appeal
Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Monday, 7 February 2022
My first solo exhibition in eight years opened at the Alnwick Playhouse Gallery on 25th January. When I was approached to put on a show, I thought it might be only a small affair as, when I was last there, the gallery space was not large. However, I found that the gallery space has now moved upstairs and there are two long walls, each six metres long. This meant a complete rethink of what I might show: I'm not keen on simply putting up a set of unconnected work, but would always prefer a theme. Eventually, I came up with this as a working idea and indeed, this is the text used in the publicity:
In his poem, Home Thoughts From Abroad, Robert Browning put himself in the position of one who has been away from home and is missing it dearly. Harry Bell has cheekily turned the concept around and named his exhibition Home Thoughts of Abroad. After two years of enforced isolation in the north east of England, this lover of European travel keenly feels the loss of strolling in the sun-filled streets of Greece, Italy and Spain, and even the chillier streets encountered on a visit to the Czech Republic. To ease that heartfelt need, he’s put together a collection of his favourite paintings of those places in the hope they’ll cheer us through the winter months and hint at what we might regain.
There are eighteen pictures in the exhibition which continues until 6th March.
Sunday, 26 December 2021
Saturday, 25 December 2021
The painting is the one I chose for my Xmas card and shows the view from our bay window.
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Thursday, 4 November 2021
Monday, 1 November 2021
Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Saturday, 11 September 2021