First blog post: "... if it but praises but small things they become noble."

This is our introductory blog.  Hoping to bring the modern representational artist and wannabe some of the insights provided by a true Boston School style education. Promise to try to post once a week. Look forward to hearing from you.

Being a great fan of axiomatic expressions, apothegms, artists quotes sometimes called 'shoptalk', sayings or what have you actually from any and all disciplines, this will inevitably be a resource for beginning conversations.  This month I had been having a discussion with students about the "false" in painting and how problematic it is. Subsequently I found a fantastic quote I hadn't noticed before from Leonardo Da Vinci which is appropriate since he is nominally one of the earliest artists who, Boston School style, values first hand observation as a key resource in the artist's development. Here it is:

"To lie is so vile that even if it were in speaking well of godly things it would take off something from God's grace; and truth is so excellent, that if it but praises but small things they become noble."

Doesn't Chardin come to mind? Not a bad addition to an education based on mastering the still life. Just for fun (and some of these are off the top of my head) Sir Joshua Reynolds, President of the Royal Academy in London, said, "Anyone who can paint a still life can paint anything."  But I digress.

- Paul Ingbretson

"Two Rabbits, a Pheasant and a Seville Orange on a Stone Ledge" Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, 1755