Friday, October 19, 2012

"Cape Cod Summer 1975"

8x10" oil on canvas panel

This is a painting of my younger brother James standing in front of our cottage at Cook's in South Wellfleet. It was painted indirectly from a slide. I projected the slide onto a door and then photographed the projection. I uploaded it to my computer so I was then able to crop the image and adjust the color.

I don't have many family slides, I wish I had more. Slides are different from photos in that they usually don't get seen as often. The few I have rarely get viewed due to the hassle of getting out the projector and dealing with the cartridges. Yes cartridges, my slide projector is an aqua colored Argus 300 from the mid sixties.

The other thing about slides is their projected size and illumination. They recreate the past so vividly. Viewing these images made me realize I have hit the age where I can easily be swept up in nostalgia. I decided to fully embrace the experience by listening to "Afternoon Delight" radio on Pandora while I painted this image.


Lavon said...

so wonderful! My first car looked a lot like the one you painted. It was an old army green Chevy 1966 Biscayne. This painting is very evocative of the memories of those days of our innocence.

Marla said...

This is awesome.

I guess we all had that car - mine was a 1968 Chevy Impala that my husband's parents gave us. Very similar style. Solid steel and terrifying to itty-bitty expensive sports cars.

Michael Chamberlain said...

Thanks so much for the comments! The car in the painting was my dad's 1969 Ford XL. I remember it had black vinyl seats, which of course were HOT in the summer. My brother Kevin and I were impressed because it had pin stripes on the sides, we called them "racing stripes".

Anonymous said...

Do they still sell slide projectors? And, what about the film to make the transparencies?

Robert Taylor

Michael Chamberlain said...

Good question Robert, I don't know. I'm using an old one that's been in the family for years.