Linda Bell  
Mixed Media and Collage


(posted on 10 Nov 2020)

My first blog in 2020 was about six months ago and this is my second for this strange and challenging year. It has been a rollercoaster ride with a world wide pandemic, more disturbing evidence of climate change  and the dark cloud that continues to hover over all of us as we watch and listen to the political battles being played out south of our border. It is hard not to be affected by all of this at times and my guess is that most of us will be glad to see 2020 in our rear view mirror and to look forward to a more positive new year. 

When I wrote my blog last May I was struggling with finding the inspiration and motivation to paint. It has not been a straight forward path ahead but this fall I finally broke through feeling "stuck" and started to enjoy painting again -- as I told a friend the key seemed to be actually acting on the notion of painting for myself and not for shows or for others and to let go and just enjoy the process of creating. Getting "stuck" may be part of the creative journey but currently things are good. 

So what has been happening. Well I have had a number of unexpected sales, I have submitted and had paintings accepted into art exhibitions in October and November. I even won a first place award for my painting in the Concept 2020 show currently on at the Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Granville Island. I was also delighted to be asked by a friend of mine who has written a book to paint the cover for her book. Once published I will post an image and information about the book in one of my future blogs.

Right now if you would like to see some of my work go to the FCA website at Click on Federation Gallery on the menu at the top and once there you can check out my paintings first in the Current Show (Concept 2020 on till November 15th), second click on The Small Artwork Collection and then third in The Curated Collection.  In addition I have submitted several paintings to the FCA show called Ten Squared.  This is a fund raising Show for the FCA which runs from December 14 to 23rd. It is open to Canadian Artists and is a great option for those of you looking for some good small paintings for Christmas Gifts -- so check it out mid December. 

Images of some of my paintings

The Big Coverup (Concept Show 2020) 30"x40"

Everything is Coming Up Roses (The Small Artwork Collection) 12" x 12" 

Just Breathe (The Curated Collection) 30" x 24"

Alice's Sweater ( one of the paintings submitted to Ten Squared)


Well thats all for now. I know it is only November and is a bit premature but I would like to wish you all a  Happy and Positive 2021.