Category Archives: original


Horse in sunset

Sunset Horse_sm

My oil painting, “Horse in Sunset,” sold recently, but I managed to get a giclee made at a great shop here in town. They do excellent work. If you need a special gift for the horse-lover, I can now provide a reproduction on stretched canvas or paper.

New still life painting of three candles

Three candles
Originally uploaded by Gayle Bell

I think I’m finished with this still life painting, although the picture turned out darker than the original.  I’ve been looking around at still life paintings on the internet for inspiration and found a really great artist here.  I have quite a ways to go before I’ll ever be that good!

New Painting of Foster Cat, Mutter

Mutter at home, 11″ x 14″ acrylic painting on gallery wrap canvas

This is a painting I did of a young shelter cat named Mutter. He currently resides at Kindness for Cats, a local foster home working with Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) which provides shelter and a nurturing environment for the countless unwanted kitties in need of homes. I fell in love with this little guy while doing his portrait. He seemed so serious, so I put him in a colorful environment that any cat would love, with nice fringy carpets to play with, fish bowls to gaze at and colorful trees to admire. Your home may not be as colorful, but Mutter would love it because it has the most important ingredient–you! His foster mother, Cindy, tells me that he’s not as serious as he looks and is a very confident and outgoing little fellow with a wonderful and humorous personality. The adoption fee is only $40 and includes spay/neuter, initial vaccinations including rabies, de-worming, de-fleaing, testing for feline leukemia, and an AVID chip (ID for lost pets). What a bargain for unconditional love. And there are lots of bargains just like him waiting for your love at this foster home.

Giclee print on canvas available.  Will be shipped rolled and ready to be mounted on stretcher bars or cardboard/masonite.

Precarious Penguin Perch ©, 9″ x 12″, acrylic on canvas board
Didn’t get to post yesterday. It was very traumatic. We went over to the house at Suntree and tried to get into the garage to fix the sprinklers before the whole lawn died and have the yard crew work on trimming the shrubs. Surprise! The idiots living there wouldn’t let us in–even with a Deputy present. Our lawyer told us we have every right to go in to maintain our property and had notified them several days ago that we would be there at 11:00. She, of course, lied to the Deputy and told them Jerry had “threatened” them and she was just trying to protect her children. These people are criminally insane. I shudder to think what they must be hiding in that house. I can only hope that they do leave by the end of the month, but I’m not counting on it. It was white-knuckle driving on the way home as it rained buckets and by the time we got back I had to take a two hour nap. I felt lucky to be able to pull myself together and go for a walk with Jerry and Marley. Anyway, today was a little better and we went to the Y and worked out for a couple of hours. I felt so much better after the yoga class–totally relaxed. I wish I could paint some of the colors and abstract thoughts that come into my mind when I meditate, but somehow when I go into my art room it isn’t quite the same. I haven’t had much luck with these photo transfers, but this painting is a feeble attempt with a photo that caught my eye of penguins (hundreds of them) on a ledge. It didn’t quite work so I tried to compensate with some paint in a Klee-type fashion. May try a little wash to unify parts of it–but then again, maybe not.