Friday, March 2, 2012

"Green & White"

6x6" oil on gessobord

This is a painting from a series I just completed focusing on paint tubes. It was a fun experience to really explore this one subject. There are four others currently in my DPW gallery.

I just picked up "Paintings in The Musee d'Orsay" at the library and I'm really enjoying it. I've been told the d'Orsay is a beautiful museum, it's set in an old train station. Unfortunately the one time I was in Paris it was closed "due to the tempest". Apparently it had flooded, thankfully none of the work was damaged. 

I went to the recent show at the De Young Museum in San Francisco featuring work from the d'Orsay so I recognize a lot of what I'm seeing in the book. It dawned on me that it sometimes takes a while for me to fully appreciate a painting. Seeing these paintings again in the book has me wishing I could visit them again.

I don't believe you can really experience a painting from a small photo in a book or an image on the web. I keep reminding myself to get out and stand in front of as many great paintings as I can. Whenever I do, I can't wait to get back to the studio and pick up a brush.


Haidee-Jo Summers said...

Lovely painting and lovely post! Just wondering, after your recent musings on painting 'en plein air', when you paint a still life like this- do you paint it from life? Or a photo?

JacMac said...

One of the best museums I have ever been in, the best place to see so many wonderful Impressionist works. Like your series of paint tubes!

Michael Chamberlain said...

Thanks Haidee-Jo and JacMac!

The majority of my still lifes are painted from life. "Martinis" and "Blue Hawaiian" were painted from photographs, but I can't think of any others. I used the camera to experiment with unusual viewpoints on those two paintings.