Here's a great article by Robert Genn. If you want to receive the Twice Weekly publication from Robert Genn go to: The Painter's Keys website
"Jack" got a BFA and then an MFA from a Midwestern University. He's visited many of the major contemporary art museums and follows the work of several "important" contemporary painters. He's written articles on Philip Guston and others. He subscribes to several art magazines and is "the most knowledgeable art-guy in any discussion." After university he worked for a while in a commercial art gallery. He sometimes writes me long, well-informed letters. He's painted eleven large paintings (two unfinished) since leaving school. He's not represented by any gallery. He thinks you need to move to New York and "get lucky" with a dealer who "really represents you."
"Jill" took two years of art school and then quit. She pays little attention to other artists. She subscribes to no art magazines but has taken several workshops. Her hobbies include bowling and travelling. At one time she also worked in a commercial art gallery. On two or three occasions she's written to me. She's painted "approximately two thousand paintings" since leaving school. She's represented by four commercial galleries in four, well-separated mid-sized cities.
There's a great story in David Bayles and Ted Orland's Art and Fear. Here it is:
"The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of the work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: On the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work in the "quantity" group: fifty pounds of pots rated an "A", forty pounds a "B" and so on. Those being graded on "quality," however, needed to produce only one pot--albeit a perfect one--to get an "A". Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busy turning out piles of work--and learning from their mistakes--the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay."
PS: "Artists get better by sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work." (David Bayles and Ted Orland)
Esoterica: Both subscribers Jack and Jill are thoughtful and enthusiastic artists. Art is central to their lives. And while success and "being able to function as a full time artist" may not be important to some of us, their current situations are quite different. Jack rents an apartment and makes $2150 per month (plus tips and benefits) as an airport porter. Jill works daily in her converted garage in a home she now owns. These days she's averaging $18,000 per month. She has "no benefits."(c) Copyright 2012 Robert Genn.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
|The long shadows and sunlight playing on the tall grasses attracted my attention to this peaceful scene. The light reflecting onto the trunks of the trees was particularly interesting to me.|
Friday, October 12, 2012
|An autumn field is warmed by the setting sun’s rays playing against the blues of the distant hills. The colors of the clouds seem to speak of the colder days ahead.|
Friday, September 14, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
This piece was completed on a lovely May day at Monches Farm near Colgate, WI, painted during a workshop with James Hempel. It was a privelege to paint with James and I learned a lot from him that day. I see color differently now and I learned a new color - bluorange - a nice blue/orange used in certain shadow areas.
James Hempel is an outstanding Wisconsin artist and instructor. See the recent article about James in Outdoor Painter Magazine
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wisconsin provides endless subject matter, but this was a beautiful water fall in North Carolina, painted for my son and his wife from a reference photo. The location is a special place to them. I concentrated on the light patterns on the boulders which provided nice abstract shapes.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Deep snow covers the stream banks allowing very little vegetation to peak through. This painting depicts a cold, calm winter day; it seems the only thing moving is the stream.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
At Twilight 9 x 12Each January I clean out the studio and take inventory. It is always refreshing to start the new year with a clean and organized studio, and a list of goals for the new year. As part of my January studio clean-up and to make room for new art I have added a new and temporary page to my website - WINTER SALE - Currently there are nine images of paintings in the WINTER SALE. This would be a great time to add an original pastel painting of the Wisconsin landscape to the walls of your home or office. To view the other eight images in the WINTER SALE please go to my website.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Distance views have always attracted my attention. I was particularly attracted by the almost smoky haze on the distant hills and the soft sunlight on the distant fields. The fore-ground presented interesting patterns of light and shadow on the foliage and the grasses. This one was especially fun to paint.