Kevin Bell

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I always wondered if I could paint in  watercolour after having had no formal training.  In 1994 I decided to attend a local authority night class.  I came home with my first attempts at drawing and we all laughed. In 1996 I joined Cartmel Art Society, mainly because they wanted a Secretary. When the Exhibition was due one of the older members encouraged me to put a painting in for sale. When I went to show him what I had put in I nearly went through the roof - it had a red dot (sold!) To think someone parted with their hard earned money to buy something I had painted was elating.  I have since been on many courses with Judith Milne, Helen Schofield, Eric Gleave, Louis Morton, Ann Blockley, Kate Bentley, and latterly Janette Phillips to mention but a few.  I love our Art Society, we have many workshops and I have made so many friends of like minds.

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I started painting seriously four years ago. I was not too bad at drawing but when it came to adding paint I was unsure and lacking in confidence. Since retiring I have been working on improving that. Thankfully in this area we are blessed with excellent artists who run courses, several of which I have attended. I regularly go to Peter Threlfell’s watercolour “experiences” and also have been to several of Kate Bentley’s workshops. Both are very different in style and approach but I have learnt so much from both of them. .

I am presently trying to find a style that I am comfortable with and that produces work that others and myself appreciate. A big thanks to all the members of Cartmel Art Society who offer me lots of advice and have made me feel very welcome.