Linda Bell  
Mixed Media and Collage


(posted on 8 Apr 2019)


Wonderful Cherry Blossom tree outside my townhouse.  


A couple of announcements for the coming week.

First I was very pleased to hear that I was awarded Second Place in the FCA Bloom Show for my painting titled "Orchid and Pears". The show continues at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island until April 14th. 

The second thing that is happening this week is one of my paintings is going up for auction on a new site I have joined. The online gallery is called ARTBOMB. It is a Canadian Company and art from across the country is displayed on the site. My painting "What a Hoot" is going up for auction on Saturday April 13th -- you will be able to find it at at   

When you are on the site also check out the other artists and paintings by clicking on Available work. There are several filters you can use to find what you are interested in including seeing what artists from the Westcoast currently have art on this site. 



(posted on 24 Mar 2019)

I have always liked the idea of doing a series but never got around to planning for this but as I completed this last painting I realized that even though the subject matters have been different the themes that run through the last several paintings are geometric shapes and colour. I love wonky shapes and right now teal, Indian yellow and a touch of red are dominating. Along with white/cream and black make wonderful mixes of grey. So perhaps my repeated use of these shapes and colours constitute a series. 

My latest painting below is called Bounce (36"x 48")

Others in this Series




(posted on 15 Mar 2019)

I love playing with Shapes, Colours and Line - in fact one of my recent paintings is called Playing with Shapes and Colours. The 2 paintings below have all 3 of these elements in common. 


(posted on 3 Feb 2019)

I finally finished this painting of a Cougar done in the same style as other recent paintings. This one was a bit of a struggle for some reason and it took me a while to get it to this point. There is something more intense about this cat and I am hoping a more descriptive name than cougar springs to mind.

This painting is part of the ISEA (International Society of Experimental Artists) on line show.

(posted on 28 Jan 2019)

I am very pleased that I have had paintings accepted into 3 FCA shows. (see show dates in the Events section)

Mellow Fellow was accepted into the Artists' Choice Show

Back to the 50's was accepted into the Retro Online Show 

What a Hoot was accepted into the Canvas Unbound Show



(posted on 29 Dec 2018)

Wishing You a Healthy Peaceful New Year filled with Joy. 

A little Whimsy - this guy is called "Mellow Fellow"

Just received a notice that my painting "What a Hoot" was accepted for a online show with the International Society of Acrylic Painters. I will include a link once the show is posted. 

Woo hoo - I had just posted this when I received another notification that I received an Honourable Mention for this painting. 

Notice from ISAP -71 paintings were accepted out of 188. 12 paintings were selected for awards.  You can view the show here.



(posted on 23 Nov 2018)

I have painted very little over the last several months for a variety of reasons and have found it difficult to get going again.  How do you motivate yourself overcome the inertia that develops? One of the ways that I have tried and found helpful is to take a painting that is "done" that I am not completely satisfied with paint over it - retaining some of the parts of the "old" painting but making it new. For some reasons I find this freeing likely because I feel I have nothing to lose. Below are a couple of paintings that have undergone this transition. 

The first painting has undergone three transitions


Just 2 transitions for the painting below (so far) - you just never know



(posted on 7 Nov 2018)

This painting is in the current show at the FCA Gallery on Granville Island. 

(posted on 12 Sep 2018)

Sometimes I find after looking at a painting, some older and some newer I get the urge to make some revisions. The beauty of painting with acrylics it that it is often possible to make changes to existing paintings. I liked some of the design and the colours in the painting called " The shape of things to Come"  (see below) but felt it called for a bit of a change. In the second photo I have turned the painting around and added a still life that I have tried to integrate into the abstraction. 



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