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A tradition at our house is to make Christmas gifts by hand. I came across this composite image of nine tiny little door paintings I painted a couple years ago.  Good inspiration for this year's gifts. Christmas Doors, oil on canvas, each painting is 2 x 2 inches a little…
Mike Chambers
November 10, 2013

Vintage bike with a short tale

Just found this  photo of the actual street in New Orleans that inspired the Bike Alley series.  The owner of the house was a pirate married to a princess and the bike itself was said to be ridden only at night by a ghost. The picture's dated 1898 but some…
Mike Chambers
October 20, 2013
Romey's Doors, phase 2BlogDoorsInteriorsPainting

No more curlicues

Romey phase 1 Romey phase 2 Romey's Chair, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches Same canvas, different painting.  This painting was originally included in my solo show in Boise called Thresholds. After the show came down it hung on Lina and Ian's wall for a while, then it went back into…
Mike Chambers
April 27, 2013
Gipsy Doors, 16 x 12 inches, oil on canvasBlogDoorsInteriorsPainting

Gipsy Doors

Okay, here's the thing. I've been workin' on these paintings for Carol Robinson. And I mean All. The live-long. Day. So, when I rediscovered the Gipsy Kings on Spotify, and when everything came together and the painting was going great and all the stars were aligned and it all became…
Mike Chambers
April 15, 2013
Boise Blue DoorsBlogBoiseExteriorsPainting

Hail, Hail, Boise Blue!

Here's my painting for the Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance's Local Color show in celebration of Boise's 150th birthday. This is based on Boise Blue -- an art supply store that I used to love to visit. It closed about three years ago. I have fond memories of all the great…
Mike Chambers
March 28, 2013

Little Gem

This is a little gem. That's an Idaho word. Or a Napoleon Dynamite word, if you catch my meaning. Anyhoo, here's a gem I happened to have in my pocket. Muse's Doors III, oil on canvas, 6 x 8 inches
Mike Chambers
September 29, 2011
Bench House Door, collage, Michael ChambersBlogCollage


It's not really much of a story.  I was just sitting in the studio getting my butt kicked by an insanely tough collage and the Genie came a-knockin'.  Coming out of the bottle in a big puff is no longer the scene for these guys.  So, anyhoo, I asked for a little help.  Here's…
Mike Chambers
May 28, 2011