Sunday, February 12, 2012

"Monhegan Lobsterman"

6x6" oil on Gessobord

This is my 200th post. I posted almost every day for five or six months and then I slowed down a bit. All the things in my life that I'd been neglecting started to demand attention. Taking a break from daily painting was actually a healthy thing creatively as well. It was nice to slow down, re-energize, look around and contemplate where I wanted to go in the future.

I'm back to painting every day but with a different approach. One thing I'm focusing on is content. I think it's a natural progression to want to make your paintings more personal once you've achieved a certain level of comfort with the painting process. I'm now committed to painting anything that inspires me so my subject matter may be all over the map.

This painting was done from a photograph by Merci Gilbert. It was taken on trap day out on Monhegan Island. Trap day is when all the lobster boats are loaded with traps for the start of the new season.


Fay Terry said...

Very, very, good painting, Mike. I think the Maine lobstermen ( and women) are pretty amazing anyway, but this guy looks so powerful.
Congratulations on your 200th post!

Michael Chamberlain said...

Thanks so much Fay!