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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

Fun with image editors

One of the cool things that an image editor app like GIMP or Photoshop does is to give me a chance to view a painting in process with new changes, new lighting, new effects, and a ton of other crazy stuff. In some cases -- in the best of cases…
Mike Chambers
October 30, 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

Alley bike

This is the third painting in the bike alley series. I'm having a ton of fun working out this composition. The series started this past spring with a painting for my Coming into View show at the Carol Robinson gallery. I followed up a few weeks ago with Bike Alley…
Mike Chambers
October 18, 2013
Fantabike, oil on board, Michael ChambersBicyclesBlogPainting


Yep, it's named after the orange soda. This was painted to help raise funds for Idaho Parents Unlimited, an organization that assists families of children with disabilities. Fantabike, oil on board, 12 x 12 inches
Mike Chambers
September 8, 2013
Musical ChairBlogChairsPainting

Musical Chair

Study for Bike Alley in the Fall, watercolor This is a watercolor study to help me figure out the chair in Bike Alley . If you take apart a treble clef and re-compose it into a chair, it might look like this.
Mike Chambers
September 7, 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