Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just Three Openings Left! Maine Painting Workshop September 3-10, 2017

18 magnificent ocean-front acres at Wooster Farm

If you love the work of Boston School painter Frank Benson, imagine that you could stay for a week at his home and studio on North Haven Island in Maine. Then picture yourself studying with artist Tom Dunlay, creator of some of the most iconic Boston area paintings in the last half century. Tom explains, “We will be focusing on how the Boston Painters approached their work out of doors, concentrating on figure and landscape. I want to share some of the insights that were passed down to me by Mr. R.H. Ives Gammell, who, in turn, was a student of Benson and William McGregor Paxton.”

You can make it happen – now! Tom has just announced three openings left in his September 3-10 workshop this year, and this opportunity should be snapped up quickly.

Tom's workshops are enthusiastically recommended by those who have attended them:
I had a great week painting in the Berkshires last week with a great group of painters via Tom Dunlay's workshop. We learned so much from Tom and each other, and we all get totally consumed in painting, art talk and art history along with a LOL!!! It is pure art heaven for anyone who wants to really dig in for a week to help make themselves much more knowledgeable about painting.” D.D.  

I can attest that this was one of the most valuable and instructive workshops I've attended. Under Tom's patient, kind, knowledgeable, and positive instruction, I was able to leave with a much better sense of who I was as an artist, what I needed to focus on in order to grow, and a much broader understanding of art history and its importance and relevance in the modern world.” L.H.

I found the instruction I received during his Nantucket workshop to be incredibly helpful at many levels - from materials, to techniques, to how to see, think about and capture a scene. One of the fun aspects of the week was being together with a great group of other artists sharing stories and ideas over dinner after a long day painting.” J.R.

Tom made it seem natural if not effortless to be out there, with easel and brush, attempting to capture the character of a place. His evidential love of teaching and passing along of his knowledge quickly became comforting and contagious and I was eager to learn and absorb its rich history. Tom's generous and gracious technical instruction was handed out in much the same manner as his painting style - with gentle yet decisive words and demonstrations that came at just the right time and place. Color, light, shape all appeared more evident to me under his tutelage and grew throughout the week.” C.S.

In addition to the instruction and historic residence, the island scenery, wonderful food and comraderie with fellow artists will make this a most enjoyable and memorable week.

To find out more or to sign up, visit Tom's blog at and click on the “Maine Workshops” and the “Sign Up” tabs.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wet and Wild in Williamstown

Tom Dunlay likes a challenge - and likes to challenge his students. What could be more inspiring to those who love the Boston approach than having a workshop and residency in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and staying in the summer home and studios of R.H. Ives Gammell?

Not only that, but Tom is taking them to paint where he and other students did under Mr. Gammell's tutelage - in the middle of a river! An elderly but determined Mr. Gammell would climb down the river bank and wade over to where they were painting to critique their work. That experience is what Tom is giving to his students in Williamstown.

Touring the Clark Museum of Art collection
"A fabulous workshop with the most amazing people!" Tom Dunlay

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Artist as Collector: Thomas Dunlay and Staying on Track

An April 2017 article in "Outdoor Painter" magazine by Bob Bahr
“In the Dell” by R.H. Ives Gammell

 “I’ve always collected, since the mid-’70s, having the good pleasure and fortune to own some really good pictures,” say Dunlay. “These three all relate to my training and my goals as a painter. “These three all relate to my training and my goals as a painter. I come completely out of the Boston school. I studied with R.H. Ives Gammell, and people out of that tradition … well, we tend to learn what we do, and we stick with it. Rather than a painting having a different meaning today than it did when I acquired it, the painting reemphasizes what we learned about value and color, putting it down and leaving it. These paintings are reminders about staying on track more than anything else.”

Read the complete article here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Three-Day Workshop in New Hampshire

"Sailing the Sound" by Tom Dunlay
NEWS FLASH! Tom Dunlay is holding a 3-day workshop at Ceres Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 26-28th, 2017.

As the warmer days of spring melt the last patches of snow in the woods of New Hampshire, thoughts of summer come to mind. Ceres Gallery has the most sought after, internationally recognized, master painter coming to present a workshop with our local students in July!
We are beyond excited to have this artistic descendant of Tarbell and Benson share the knowledge that he gained from R.H. Ives Gammell, who was an actual student of Frank Benson. Tom continues to pass on the techniques that were handed down to him from the Impressionist masters of the last century, the founders of the Museum of Fine Art and the Boston School of Painters. 

Tom says, “This workshop will focus on the approach to out-of-door painting practiced by the Boston Painters from 1880 to 1930. Important aspects of outdoor painting will be covered in this intensive 3 day workshop.”

Tom Dunlay is an Impressionist, a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and a past president of the Guild. He approaches painting in a “workmanlike manner” with a goal of getting to the “truth of the scene,” which is not necessarily “accuracy.” He paints the “truth in all of its simplicity and humbleness.” Tom says that being exposed to the early Boston masters had a profound impact on his painting career. We are so fortunate that he is willing to spend three days with us, sharing his wealth of knowledge.

If you are interested in attending this workshop with Tom Dunlay in July, please email me, Elaine Miller, owner of the Ceres Gallery, at with "Tom Dunlay Workshop" in the subject line.

The cost for all three days is only $375.

This quote comes to mind whenever I hesitate….
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity.
We have only this moment,  sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.”
Francis Bacon, Sr.

Click here for directions to the Ceres Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Acclaimed Snowscape Painter Depicts Winchester’s Wright Locke Farm

Tom Dunlay is well known in art circles for his images of Nantucket streets and snow-covered cityscapes. He has had one-man shows at the Boston Atheneum, the Guild of Boston Artists and the St. Botolph Club, Boston, and has exhibited at Cocker Gallery and Hammer Galleries in New York City. His paintings are included in numerous public, corporate and private collections worldwide.
He turned his eye to Winchester at the invitation of his friend Tim Daley, a graphic designer and supporter of Wright Locke Farm.

Read the whole story from the "Winchester Star" by Melissa Russell here:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Announcing Three Great Workshops for 2017

There are three wonderful opportunities to study with Tom Dunlay in 2017.
If you would like more info or to register, click on the above workshop links. If you'd like more info or to sign-up, click here or contact Tom: or phone 617-838-9181.