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Sepia Ink Drawing

Posted in drawing, still life with tags , , on October 13, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
sweetgum

Sweetgum

This is a Sepia Ink drawing I did many years ago of some Sweetgum ball seed pods.  I used to pick them up when we went on family visits to East Texas to visit my aunt.  She had a lot of different kinds of trees on her land and I would go exploring through the Pine thickets of East Texas and collect specimens.   These sweetgum seed pods are prickly and spiny, with seeds rattling on the inside.  They remind me of the artwork of Bosch or Bruegel or Durer…very medieval looking.

 

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Irises

Posted in still life with tags , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Purple Irises

Purple Irises

Here’s another flower painting I finished recently.  These Irises are descendants of flowers my late aunt had grown.  She gave us some bulbs many years ago, and these are all that have survived over the years.  Irises are my favorite flower as they remind me of my Grandmother.

This painting was done on an 8″ x 10″ panel.  It took me a while to paint it, as I used many layers of glazes to give the petals a look of translucency.  The wood grain of the table too was painted using many glazes.  Each layer has to dry before going on to the next step of the painting.  I’ve heard it said that the Great Master Titian would use up to forty glazes while painting a picture, and Titian has been called the greatest colorist of all the Old Masters.

It hasn’t been easy lately for me trying to paint while I’m in so much pain.  But it seems that this is the state of things for now, and I don’t want to sacrifice my art unless I’m absolutely forced to do so.  I’ve seen a photograph of Monet in his old age painting outside in his beautiful water lily garden, where he had brushes tied to his hands so he could still paint despite a crippling arthritic type condition (a condition perhaps due to years of exposure to toxins in his paints).

“Create something beautiful every day.”

This has become my motto.  Even in the dark loneliness of suffering, create something beautiful.  It gives hope to what can sometime seem to be a hopeless situation.

Is Vermeer in here?

Posted in painting, still life on September 22, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Still Life Interior

Still Life Interior

This painting is an “homage” to Vermeer, of a sort.  It isn’t very big… 11″ x 14″ inches to be exact.  Copying Vermeer’s “The Art of Painting” in the picture was a fun challenge… its about the size of a large postage stamp. My photo of my own painting isn’t the greatest, though.

Still Life Pair

Posted in still life on September 17, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Still Life with Peaches

Still Life with Peaches

Still Life with Pomegranites

Still Life with Pomegranites

Here are two paintings I created to hang together.  The tapestry tablecloth in the paintings are the same pattern.  In these paintings I wanted to evoke a strong chiaroscuro effect.  I think the dramatic lighting was inspired by the Dutch still life paintings of the seventeenth century. Both are 8″ x 10″ inches.

Still life

Posted in still life on September 12, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Madonna with roses

Madonna and Child with Roses

Today’s post won’t be very lengthy…bad Fibro flare-up today.  I’ve been wondering what picture I might post, and decided on this still life with roses and a medieval statue of the Madonna and Child.  I painted this about a year ago.  I like the coral color of the roses contrasted with the green colors in the painting.  Flowers can be quite time consuming to paint, as anyone who has done so can tell you.

Its hot and humid here in Texas.  I’m ready for cooler weather.

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