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“Creating Art”

By Fred Appell

Most of my life I’ve been interested in creating art, not as a profession but a serious hobby. I also wrote art reviews for the local Minneapolis paper, had a period when I was casting bronze sculptures, had work used to illustrate books. Now in my retirement, it has been a challenge to grow in my work. Fortunately I have had a lot of encouragement from friends, a regular following on Facebook, (and an occasional sale as I have improved).

A little bit about the images I chose for this article. I have painted many of the houses of Great Cranberry Island, Maine and will be publishing a book.

My group of Urban Sketchers in San Miguel de Allende has, during Covid, issued challenges. The cartoon is my answer to “paint your pet” when I have none. The black and white silhouettes are torn paper “cutouts,” an art form which is unusual and distinct to me. Of course there are sailboats and the sea. And I draw from the model every Tuesday night.

My email is and FaceBook: Frederick Appell photos.

Tip: Hover your mouse over any image on which you’d like to linger, and click the left or right arrow below the artwork to restart the slideshow.

We welcome your comments below.

15 comments to Appell Artwork

  • Beautiful artwork. Congratulations and thanks fir sharing!!

  • Wyllys Terry

    Nice work Fred. Love the Maine scenes.

  • Tin Adams

    Great work, and from Minnesota you bet ‘cha!

  • Fred Appell

    the slide show is great but much reduced so the cartoon “Ants as Pets “ got dropped

    • Jean

      Oops! Fred, I apologize for the omission. I’ve now added your whimsical sketch, “Ants as Pets,” to the mix. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful works with us.
      Kind regards,


    Very nice work, with vivid colors. I especially liked the house on Great Cranberry Island and the Starbucks in San Miguel de Allende. Many thanks for sharing!

  • Bill McGlashan

    Haven’t had the pleasure of knowing you, Fred, but your wonderful art speaks volumes about your heart and soul. Thanks for sharing with us classmates.

    • Cory Christopher T.

      Fred— this is gorgeous stuff , it’s force beautifully controlled. Is it all watercolor? Have you exhibited?
      Reegsrds chris

  • Norm Jackson

    Good stuff, Fred! Wonderful technique in a medium I couldn’t even dare to try! (I was sure anything I did try would end up like a 4-year-old’s finger painting. I stuck to photography…!) Lovely colour, light, & composition!

  • John Hatch

    Fred, Glad to see you are persuing your passion. I especially like the one of you sketching. Jay

  • Steve Rose

    Very nice, Fred. I well remember the little bronzes you submitted to the 2002 Reunion show and enjoy the light hearted touch here. Is the tardy Christmas angel a drawing on paper?

  • burgert

    Beautiful work, Fred!
    light-sensitive and lyrical

  • Fred

    If this is Burgert Robert’s from Si Africa -Welcome
    I thought I’d lost you to the bush forever.
    Let’s be in touch. My contact information is on the Y62 directory
    Or gmail Spanish Federico with the initials SMA first
    My instagram is under Frederickappell or appel006

  • Bill Shields

    Hi Fred:
    Perusing Buckley alumni mag, Came across your Maine flower garden, and , hey, right up my alley. I’m struggling too with losing the littles for the big shapes, and love watercolor plus pen at the end.
    I was Buckley 56; Hotchkiss 60; Yale 64. then Law School, Navy, life. We live in Hamilton MA, north of Boston. You must know my brother in law John Walsh.
    I’ll keep in touch on line
    Bill Shields
    p.s. there can only be one Wylls Terry; grew up with his brother Jimmy in Long Island