Although I am not a subrurbanite by preference, I loved the life they crafted and would love to live in Hingham area.
The main reason for the trip was to relax and attempt plein aire painting (not so successful) and to attend a painting workshop given by Robert Liberace at the North River Art Society in Marshfield MA. Rob taught a three-day class at the North River Art Society which was attended (for the most part) by professional artists who lived in the area.
The artists who belong to the North River Art Society and attended this workshop were the friendliest and warmest group of people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting! They provided a pot luck lunch each day and closed the class with a party on Friday evening at one of the student’s home in Marshfield, MA. They were warm and welcoming and it was amazing seeing their artwork (many of the student’ s work was awaiting hanging for a society show later this month.
I went plein aire painting on Sunday at Scituate, MA with my friends. We hit the Museum of Fine Art in Boston on Monday and the Elizabeth Stewart Gardner Museum on Tuesday. Both museums had beautiful works by Zorn, Sargent, Beaux, Paxton and others. The murals by Sargent at the Boston MFA were amazing. The Gardner had an wide range of works and architectural elements on display.
I loved the Gardner but was confused a bit while there. The museum was built as a private residence there is art EVERYWHERE and it’s difficult to find works. It’s kind of like visiting a favorite auntie whose home is stuffed with fun things to look at and explore.
The works at the Gardner were amazing it’s just that you overlooked many treasures simply because you couldn’t see them. When you walk in the main entrance your attention is immediately arrested by Sargent’s El Jaleo, which was wonderful. I spent most of my time in Blue Room and the Yellow Room but roamed throughout other rooms as well.
I still need to move the pictures over to my computer, once they are all downloaded I will write a new post and include the pictures from the workshop.
I loved this Sargent painting titled, the Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. Sargent painting it in 1882. Gazing at the children I wondered how much of each child’s personality was reflected in this painting. Here are some close ups of the children, sadly, could not seem to get a good photo of the child in the foreground.