Saturday, May 18, 2013


20x20" oil on canvas
Spirit Gallery, Burlingame, CA

I just finished hanging the show at the Spirit Gallery in Burlingame, the reception is this Sunday. It's been a busy couple of weeks! There's also another show coming up in a few weeks at the Studio Gallery. It's an urban plein air event called "94109". All paintings must be done in one week and the subject matter must be within the 94109 zip code. I'll post more details closer to the event.

I've had some emails asking about my painting process when doing larger pieces so I figured I'd post a few photos below.

First I toned the canvas with a thin wash of burnt sienna and sketched out the buildings.

Next I scrubbed in some approximate colors.

Here I started applying thicker paint with more accurate colors. I continued making adjustments until I arrived at the finished painting seen at the top of this post.


carol morgan carmichael said...

Great work Michael. It has been a while since I have been able to visit your blog and what a treat it is. Your street scenes and the perspective you add to the home scenes are wonderful. Great light, color , simplicity, brushwork....
Good luck with the shows!

JacMac said...

Wonderful light on the houses. Thanks for sharing your painting process.

Michael Chamberlain said...

Thanks so much Carol, I'm so glad you enjoyed visiting again. These street scenes have been a real challenge but as you know it's good to work outside your comfort zone. Good to hear from you!

Thanks JacMac, glad you got something out of my process pictures!

Virginia Floyd said...

Very nice. I enjoyed seeing the painting in progress. I like the light on the buildings.