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Scituate Arts Association presents Robert Beaulieu for lighthouse painting demo

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 13, 2011 02:34 PM

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Scituate resident Robert G. Beaulieu will be conducting the Scituate Arts Association’s October Meet the Artist with a demonstration focused on a famous Scituate landmark – the lighthouse.

The association president emeritus and November’s Front Street invitational artist, Beaulieu will discuss the complications of painting the lighthouse, including proper perspectives, light values, and subtle details that will make the painting a recognizable and believable rendition.

It’s a mix of mathematical, artistic, and visual skill to get the proportions and perspective of such a well-known landmark right. After all, “the Scituate lighthouse is not the leaning
Tower of Pisa…’’ he said.

Although Beaulieu has a commitment to photographic realism, his painterly style invokes mood and emotion, vivid colors popping off the page in a palette reminiscent of a sunset.

According to a release, Beaulieu most often works in oil, and paints in the style of Edward Hooper.

Overall, “his works portray a very realistic dimension, yet retain a very "painterly" approach. His subjects include cityscapes and buildings throughout Boston, Hingham and Cohasset or plein-air paintings of marshes of the South Shore,” a release said.

He has participated in shows with the Arts Association, the North River and the South Shore Art Center, and numerous individual shows, including one at the South Street Gallery in Hingham.

Beaulieu also won first place in oil at the Quincy Arts Affaire and the Cohasset “Festival on the Green”.

Although his list of local accomplishments is long, Beaulieu was painting long before he started showing in the South Shore.

The artist graduated from the Paier School of Art in Hamden, Conn., and continued his education at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.

His involvement in this month’s Meet the Artist is an event that truly comes full circle for the local, who helped create the program (in addition to high school scholarships and the historic preservation of the Ellis House) when he became president of the association in 2005.

His demonstration will held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 9 pm in the Scituate Town Library’s Meeting Room. For details on Beaulieu’s and the Arts Association’s other classes, visit the association’s website, or email current SAA President Janet Cornacchio at jcornacch@aol.com or phone her at 781-545-7613.

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