James Chisholm

James Chisholm

I paint and draw every day – most of the time outdoors, whenever and wherever. I continue to wood carve, also based on natural themes. I enjoy the experiences that nature provides during the various seasons of the year, and during springtime last year installed a show of paintings of mine with that in mind, “Painting experiences in Nature”, at North Shore Community College.

My artwork is evolving experientially; working outside so much, in all kinds of weather, has slowly instilled in me an interest in what the particular weather conditions might cause to happen. If it’s really cold outside, I am interested in what effects will occur on the watercolor sheet. Or if it’s raining, what kind of textures will result. 

The natural world is a never-ending source of inspiration and artistic variety for me; essentially, the weather conditions in play allow me to enter into 'dialogue' with what I am experiencing, and sometimes contribute significantly to the compositional moment. Although my technical approaches follow a traditional under painting foundation, I have recently been experimenting with laying in brighter stronger, primary colors at the underpainting stage,  then modulating the colors with wet into wet over painting in order to create a more luminous effect which also helps to create a greater depth of field.

Another development of late is to not totally finish the painting to its edges. That way, I feel the image seems to emerge from the canvas or paper,in a sense from nature; not as an attempt to replicate what I see, but to to evolve or transform what I see in nature.

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James Chisholm - East View, Ipswich River, Topsfield Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall East View, Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2017
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1700
James Chisholm


East View, Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2017
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1700
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
52" x 42"
$7500
James Chisholm


Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
52" x 42"
$7500
James Chisholm - Ipswich River, Topsfield Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2017
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm


Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2017
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm - Still Life with Roses Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Still Life with Roses, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm


Still Life with Roses, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm - Millbrook Summer, Boxford Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Summer, Boxford, 2007
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm


Millbrook Summer, Boxford, 2007
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm - Ipswich Marsh, Crane Estate, Ipswich Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich Marsh, Crane Estate, Ipswich, 2006
Watercolor on Paper
32" x 36"
$1750
James Chisholm


Ipswich Marsh, Crane Estate, Ipswich, 2006
Watercolor on Paper
32" x 36"
$1750
James Chisholm - Ipswich R Topsfield Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich R Topsfield, 2005
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm


Ipswich R Topsfield, 2005
Watercolor on Paper
39" x 31"
$1750
James Chisholm - Salem Power Plant Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Salem Power Plant, 2016
Oil on Canvas
40" x 50"
$7550
James Chisholm


Salem Power Plant, 2016
Oil on Canvas
40" x 50"
$7550
James Chisholm - Millbrook in Boxford Watercolor on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook in Boxford, 2016
Watercolor on Canvas
39" x 31"
$2400
James Chisholm


Millbrook in Boxford, 2016
Watercolor on Canvas
39" x 31"
$2400
James Chisholm - Ipswich River Bend Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River Bend, 2016
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm


Ipswich River Bend, 2016
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm - Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2014
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm


Ipswich River at River Road, Topsfield, 2014
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm - Garden St Topsfield, 7-9 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Garden St Topsfield, 7-9, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 29"
$1700
James Chisholm


Garden St Topsfield, 7-9, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 29"
$1700
James Chisholm - Summer Cool Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Summer Cool, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm


Summer Cool, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm - River Road Bend Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall River Road Bend, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm


River Road Bend, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm - Millbrook Winter/Spring Watercolor, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Winter/Spring, 2014
Watercolor
28" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm


Millbrook Winter/Spring, 2014
Watercolor
28" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm - Garden Street, Topsfield Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Garden Street, Topsfield, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm


Garden Street, Topsfield, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm - Garden Street 3-9-10 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Garden Street 3-9-10, 2010
Watercolor on Paper
29" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm


Garden Street 3-9-10, 2010
Watercolor on Paper
29" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm - Millbrook Algae Boxford Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Algae Boxford, 2014
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm


Millbrook Algae Boxford, 2014
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm - Millbrook South Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook South, 2011
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm


Millbrook South, 2011
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm - Ipswich Rd 5-26 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich Rd 5-26, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
29" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm


Ipswich Rd 5-26, 2012
Watercolor on Paper
29" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm - Ipswich Right Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Ipswich Right, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2100
James Chisholm


Ipswich Right, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2100
James Chisholm - Millbrook 2 Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook 2, 2008
Oil on Linen
34.5" x 30"
$4500
James Chisholm


Millbrook 2, 2008
Oil on Linen
34.5" x 30"
$4500
James Chisholm - Trees Within the Ipswich River, Topsfield Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Trees Within the Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm


Trees Within the Ipswich River, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
50" x 40"
$7550
James Chisholm - Edison Plant, Everett, Summer Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Edison Plant, Everett, Summer, 1989
Oil on Linen
48" x 60"
$9500
James Chisholm


Edison Plant, Everett, Summer, 1989
Oil on Linen
48" x 60"
$9500
James Chisholm - Newman Rd Newburyport Marsh, August Watercolor on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Newman Rd Newburyport Marsh, August, 2008
Watercolor on Canvas
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm


Newman Rd Newburyport Marsh, August, 2008
Watercolor on Canvas
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm - Trees in Cornfield, Topsfield Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Trees in Cornfield, Topsfield
Oil on Linen
18" x 24"
$3500
James Chisholm


Trees in Cornfield, Topsfield
Oil on Linen
18" x 24"
$3500
James Chisholm - Garden Street, Topsfield Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Garden Street, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
48" x 60"
$9500
James Chisholm


Garden Street, Topsfield, 2015
Oil on Canvas
48" x 60"
$9500
James Chisholm - Summer Heat Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Summer Heat, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm


Summer Heat, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm - Still Life with Classical Bust, 3rd State, 6-14 Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Still Life with Classical Bust, 3rd State, 6-14, 2010
Oil on Canvas
34" x 28"
$6500
James Chisholm


Still Life with Classical Bust, 3rd State, 6-14, 2010
Oil on Canvas
34" x 28"
$6500
James Chisholm - Salem Rd, Topsfield, Ipswich, Right, 3-29 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Salem Rd, Topsfield, Ipswich, Right, 3-29, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm


Salem Rd, Topsfield, Ipswich, Right, 3-29, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm - Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
James Chisholm


Leaning Trees beside Millbrook, Boxford
Watercolor on Paper
21" x 28"
$1700
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"
$7500
James Chisholm


Salem St Bridge Over Ipswich, 7-2, 2013
Oil on Canvas
36" x 52"
$7500
James Chisholm - Newman Rd After Ice Melted, 3-3 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Newman Rd After Ice Melted, 3-3, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm


Newman Rd After Ice Melted, 3-3, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm - Millbrook Pond Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Pond, 2010
Oil on Linen
34" x 30"
$4500
James Chisholm


Millbrook Pond, 2010
Oil on Linen
34" x 30"
$4500
James Chisholm - Cross Street Cornfield Watercolor, Paintings View on a wall Cross Street Cornfield, 2005
Watercolor
21" x 55"
$2300
James Chisholm


Cross Street Cornfield, 2005
Watercolor
21" x 55"
$2300
James Chisholm - Millbrook Oil on Canvas, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook, 2006
Oil on Canvas
34" x 28"
$4500
James Chisholm


Millbrook, 2006
Oil on Canvas
34" x 28"
$4500
James Chisholm - First Millbrook Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall First Millbrook, 2013
Watercolor on Paper
28" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm


First Millbrook, 2013
Watercolor on Paper
28" x 21"
$1700
James Chisholm - Tobin Bridge Chelsea Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Tobin Bridge Chelsea
Oil on Linen
72" x 108"
$9750
James Chisholm


Tobin Bridge Chelsea
Oil on Linen
72" x 108"
$9750
James Chisholm - Millbrook Sluice Oil on Linen, Paintings View on a wall Millbrook Sluice, 2012
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm


Millbrook Sluice, 2012
Oil on Linen
50" x 40"
$7500
James Chisholm - Salem Rd Topsfield, Left 5, 3-19 Watercolor on Paper, Paintings View on a wall Salem Rd Topsfield, Left 5, 3-19, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400
James Chisholm


Salem Rd Topsfield, Left 5, 3-19, 2011
Watercolor on Paper
40" x 30"
$2400

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