Friday, April 8, 2016

Daily Sketch: Art Is Something Else

Today's daily sketch of Robert Genn
Today's sketch was inspired by the Painters Keys weekly email that arrived in my inbox this morning entitled, "Signature Moves". 

The Painters Keys twice-weekly letter began in the winter of 1998 by artist Robert Genn, while on a family sojourn in Southern Spain.
"Robert Genn started with five recipients on his email list – artists he knew might accept an epistolary studio friend. Soon, requests trickled in to be added to the list, and he came to understand the idea of a Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Artists – a worldwide community of creative people with a lot of the same concerns. "
Robert Genn continued to write a letter to artists twice-weekly, non-stop for 15 years.
"In the Fall of 2013, Robert Genn was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given perhaps a year to live. Along with painting, writing and organizing his archive, he asked his daughter Sara Genn if she would continue the letters for as long as they might be useful. Sara is a full-time, professional painter. who was born and grew up near Vancouver, Canada, but has lived in New York City for the past 12 years."
She agreed. Sara wrote,
"Since then, I have written every other letter, and republished weekly one of Dad’s. He calculated that if we ran all his previous letters once a week, they would last for almost 3 decades. You can read more about this in his letter, “The Bomb,” written on October 25, 2013"

I love receiving these emails in my inbox. I subscribed many years ago when Robert Genn was writing them and I continue to subscribe and enjoy rereading Robert;s republished letters as ell as Sara's like today's "Signature Moves".

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 About My Daily Sketch

It was based on a photo of Robert Genn plein air painting at "Shale-splitters" on the Opabin Pass, Yoho National Park (Page 75/116). Photo by Stan Munn.

"Shale-splitters" on the Opabin Pass, Yoho National Park (Page 75/116). Photo by Stan Munn.

This quick sketch was done in pencil and then Daniel Smith's blue apatite genuine watercolour. It's a lovely colour to put down in layered washes and it worked well on the 100% cotton paper that is in my sketchbook.

Source: Website Daniel Smith's blue apatite genuine

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