Devoted to promoting the Boston School of Painting and the art of those studying and attempting to paint in this style--the longest continuing tradition of painting in American art. Its roots go back to R. H. Gammell, Edmund Tarbell, William McGregor Paxton, Jean-Leon Gerome, Paul Delaroche, and Jacques Louis David.
from the high school atelier I taught this past school year:
All the images below were created by 9th and 10th graders, one student was an 11th grader.
I was very impressed with the student work and their efforts at learning
to see and use the strategies of the training to capture the visual
image. It was hard to squeeze down the excellent Atelier training I
enjoyed for approx. 6 years at Ingbretson Studios with Paul Ingbretson....but the kids did get a taste of the
training. The last shot is of me in one of the rooms.
Now that school is out, I hope to work more on some of my works in process!
In my high school Atelier I devised a warm up exercise to engage the students in an exercise that seems to be driving home the value of value spotting. Before they can begin painting their still lifes each session, they must take turns on their timed ongoing drawing, on which they are translating from a masterwork in full color oil, a value sketch. It is refining their recognition of the distribution of value, helping them to distill out of the full color image the value relationships present. I am hoping this exercise will carry over to how they explain values in their own full color painting when they look at their still life, "..four times for every one time," that they put the brush to canvas!
Great show coming up for Boston School painting fans, Friday, March 4 through Friday, June 3 at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH.
The show features Boston School artist Edmund C. Tarbell (1862-1938) who was a pioneer of the
“Boston School” of painting at the Museum of Fine Arts. His work,
evocative of 17th-century Dutch artists, is known for its rich hues and
an emphasis on light and tone and delicate brushwork. Unlike previous
exhibitions of Tarbell’s work, Discover Portsmouth’s show will
emphasize, not just his paintings, but engravings, drawings, and oil
studies. When shown in conjunction with a careful selection of the
finished oil paintings, these will demonstrate Tarbell’s process from
conception to completion. Below is the poster image found on the Discover Portsmouth site, from which I found information about the show.
Read a little about the artist here. His work hangs locally at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston MA, (an all over the world in other museums!). Here below is one of my favorites at the MFA Boston:
"Marion Hiller Frenno at Nine as Mandolinata," Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1887-88.
Tarbell painted this portrait when he was young, soon after returning from studying in France. Later he became one of the leading Boston School painters and a teacher at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Below are two later paintings that embody his developed Boston School characteristic.
"Reverie (Katharine Finn)," by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1913.
"Girl with the Violin, (also known as the Violinist)," by Edmund Tarbell, 1890.
Tarbell's "Girl with the Violin" above is particularly interesting to me because my teacher, Paul Ingbretson, a current Boston School master painter and teacher, produced a beautiful painting based on the image a couple years ago in the studio. He had a time lapse video created to record his process. This video has been available to the public to view on YouTube, see it here. This wonderful version by Mr. Ingbretson of Tarbell's painting will be in the "Illuminating Tarbell: Legacy in Action" companion show upstairs on the same dates.
"The Bach Bouree in E Minor," by Paul Inbgretson, 2014.
Illuminating Tarbell: Legacy in Action, the companion
show, is located upstairs in the Academy balcony gallery. Curator
Alastair Dacey makes the case for Tarbell’s ongoing influence as a
painter and teacher. Tarbell’s impact and artistic principles are
revealed in close to 50 works by six contemporary painters: Don Demers,
Paul Ingbretson, Jean Lightman, Mary Minifie, Colin Page, and Alastair
The show: Friday, March 4 through Friday, June 3 at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. The nonprofit Portsmouth
Historical Society, which also operates the John Paul Jones House
Museum, is open daily from 9:30-5pm. For further information on exhibitions, publications, gift
shop, lectures, rentals, and tours, please call 603-436-8433.