James Chisholm
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James Chisholm

I paint and draw every day – most of the time outdoors, whenever and wherever. I also continue to carve wood, based on natural themes. I enjoy the experiences that nature provides during the various seasons of the year, and in recent years have exhibits of my paintings with that in mind.

My artwork is evolving experientially; working outside so much, in all kinds of weather, has slowly instilled in me an interest in what the weather conditions cause to happen; particularly in weather extremes. For instance, if it is very cold or rainy, how conditions will affect the compositional outcome of the picture. For instance, if it’s very cold outside, I am interested in what effects will occur on the watercolor sheet if the watercolor freezes, or the colors run If its rainy.

I welcome the accidents that nature often provides. The natural world is a never-ending source of inspiration and artistic variety; essentially, and changing weather conditions allow me to enter into a 'dialogue' with the view, that contributes significantly to the compositional moment.

Although my technical approaches follow a traditional under painting foundation, I have recently been laying in brighter stronger, primary colors at the underpainting stage, and later modulate the colors with wet into wet painting to establish a more luminous effect, and a greater depth of field.

By working in this manner, I feel the images seems to emerge from the canvas or paper, in a sense evolve from nature; not so much as an attempt to replicate what I see, but to transform and intensify what I see in nature, into a moment of poetic intuition.



James Chisholm - Dawn on the Marsh Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Dawn on the Marsh, 2020
Oil on Canvas
38" x 46"
$4650


Dawn on the Marsh, 2020
Oil on Canvas
38" x 46"
$4650
James Chisholm - Breezing up at Dusk Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Breezing up at Dusk, 2019
Oil on Canvas
38" x 46"
$4650


Breezing up at Dusk, 2019
Oil on Canvas
38" x 46"
$4650
James Chisholm - Topsfield Meadow Early Afternoon Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Topsfield Meadow Early Afternoon, 2020
Oil on Canvas
46" x 38"
$4650


Topsfield Meadow Early Afternoon, 2020
Oil on Canvas
46" x 38"
$4650
James Chisholm - Rocky Neck, East Gloucester Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Rocky Neck, East Gloucester, 2020
Watercolor on Paper
10" x 34"
$1150


Rocky Neck, East Gloucester, 2020
Watercolor on Paper
10" x 34"
$1150
James Chisholm - Lockwood Lane. Millbrook Sluice. Boxford Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Lockwood Lane. Millbrook Sluice. Boxford, 2019
Watercolor on Paper
28" x 21"
$1300


Lockwood Lane. Millbrook Sluice. Boxford, 2019
Watercolor on Paper
28" x 21"
$1300
James Chisholm - Eastview, Ipswich River: The Milk Snake's Lair Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Eastview, Ipswich River: The Milk Snake's Lair, 2017
Oil on Canvas
50" x 39.5"
$5000


Eastview, Ipswich River: The Milk Snake's Lair, 2017
Oil on Canvas
50" x 39.5"
$5000
James Chisholm - Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2017
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000


Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2017
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000
James Chisholm - Millbrook South Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook South, 2011
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$5000


Millbrook South, 2011
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$5000
James Chisholm - Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford, 2013
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300


Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford, 2013
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300
James Chisholm - Summer Heat Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Summer Heat, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300


Summer Heat, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300
James Chisholm - Salem St Bridge Over Ipswich, 7-2 Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Salem St Bridge Over Ipswich, 7-2, 2013
Oil on Canvas
36" x 52"
$4000


Salem St Bridge Over Ipswich, 7-2, 2013
Oil on Canvas
36" x 52"
$4000
James Chisholm - Millbrook Sluice Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Sluice, 2012
Oil on Linen
50" x 30"
$4450


Millbrook Sluice, 2012
Oil on Linen
50" x 30"
$4450
James Chisholm - Ipswich River Bend Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River Bend, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000


Ipswich River Bend, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000
James Chisholm - Millbrook in Boxford Watercolor on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook in Boxford, 2016
Watercolor on Canvas
28" x 21"
$1300


Millbrook in Boxford, 2016
Watercolor on Canvas
28" x 21"
$1300
James Chisholm - Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000


Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$5000
James Chisholm - Summer Cool Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Summer Cool, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300


Summer Cool, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1300

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