Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Painting Ourselves

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.  
The canvas is in the Corse Gallery in the inaugural WPSE exhibit. If you’re around Jacksonville, Florida during the month of May, you might drop by to see.   


  1. I am a fan of this one too... :)

  2. Shirley!
    Love this painting! Love the idea. It is a great motivation for me to finish a similar piece I started a very long time ago.
    Great art piece.
    Again, Bravo.

  3. J'adore cette peinture avec ses nuances de couleurs, des verts musiciens qui jouent une mélodie particulièrement douce accompagnés de bleus somptueux...
    L'atmosphère est reposante et votre peintre(sse) complètement appliquée.
    gros bisous

  4. You say things so well, Shirley! A true gift! I liked your statement about the intent of the painting (the effort and gesture of the artist.) Your stated purpose makes the painting all the more meaningful.

  5. What a wonderful painting, love that flurry background and the intensity of the subject. Well caught Shirley !

  6. Cool. I like paintings of painters. They are active and colourful and the easels and supplies make great shapes.


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