In a Green Shade is a 24x12 oil on linen by Shirley Fachilla.
Artists love to paint painters. They paint portraits of themselves painting, their friends painting; heck, they paint acquaintances and perfect strangers painting. It’s usually the activity that’s the real subject, not the person.
As far back as the 17th century, Rembrandt and Vermeer were painting themselves in the act. Of course, they had a reason. Each of their “painting self portraits” was a demonstration of technique and skill. Both paintings probably hung in the studio and were intended to impress potential clients.
The Impressionists were also continually painting one another with brushes in hand. In their case, I think it was mainly that they were all out together working “en plein air” and injecting a figure in the landscape added more of a challenge.
We’re still at it today. But now, sometimes the painter and his feelings are the true subject, rather than the activity. In the above painting, it was the art effort I wanted to capture. The painter is an acquaintance, a fellow member of the Chestnut Group, and is totally engrossed in applying that next important brushstroke.