Today is my and my twin brother James’ birthday and the second anniversary of the day we said goodbye to Dad. An old friend recently came to the door with an amazing gift. It was something my dad had given to his dad shortly after they met in Fuengirola, Spain in 1964. Bert, an Englishman, first noticed Dad standing at an easel near the beach. A hobbyist, Bert cruised up behind to take a look, and as he did, a little crowd grew around the painter. The story goes that after a long period of saying nothing, Bert suddenly exclaimed, “My, that’s a magnificent brush!”
Yesterday, Bert’s son David handed me a small, coiled notebook. Inside, in Dad’s handwriting, it read, “How To Be An Artist, by Robert Genn, for the private edification of Bert Wallis. Copyright 1965.” Dad was 29. Along with tips on perspective, diagrams, how to light an object, the difference between good and bad trees, tone, value and colour (the trickiest part,) the book explains the specifics of preparing a canvas for oil painting, toning a ground and the ins and outs of alla prima. It also covers glazing and mixing greys. Part personalized instruction manual for a friend and part first-draft of these letters, “How To Be An Artist” reads as the purest, greenest incarnation of what would emerge as a lifelong cathedral of themes. Here’s an excerpt:
“Paint in positive strokes, full brush, pressed right out, stroked, dragged or scumbled. (If you fiddle around too early we will have to let you go.)”
“Note: All of the activities of picture making (drawing, colouring, philosophizing) merge to make one whole solution in the end. Try to anticipate problems in your drawings. EG: Don’t stand a brown cow in a brown field. Make it a white horse.”
“Let your enthusiasms take you where they will. Conventions are to learn by, but don’t let them govern you. If you have a passion to paint on glass like Kennington, go to it. New things help you and sharpen your self-knowledge — you learn what you can and cannot do. Learning what you cannot do is just as important as learning what you can do.”
PS: “Because good paintings are ‘life enhancing’ (Berenson) — they should be positive, happy things. It follows that if the artist is unhappy, he gives it away with every little stroke of his brush. This is why they say, ‘Paint with gusto.’ Nobody likes niggly-fiddly persons, let alone paintings. So, put in the ‘work’ to give yourself the ‘courage’ to be ‘happy’ when you paint. A TALL ORDER.” (Robert Genn, from How To Be An Artist, 1965)
Esoterica: While both are gone now, the friendship of Bert and Bob lives on in the little book that Bob made for Bert, that Bert kept and passed on to David, who gave it to me at the end of May, 2016. “Addenda: There are no rules. Some axioms, conventions and methods that look like rules and sometimes pass for rules are of value. Because they save us the trouble of learning things the hard way (which often is the best way) they allow us sooner to be able to stand upon the shoulders of other men.” (Robert Genn, May 15, 1936 – May 27, 2014)
We plan to publish How To Be An Artist by Robert Genn in the very near future.
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“ ‘The poor reader is the seldom reader,’ ” said Franklin, I think. So it is with paintings: PAINT LOTS. The more you practice what you know, the more you know what to practice.” (Robert Genn)
OH MY!!!! What a treasure!!!!!! I can’t wait to see it!
Yes! This will be fabulous! Thank you!
What a gift to the art community and to you. Can’t wait to see it, and best birthday wishes. Ctreat yourself to a good glass or two and good company over a fine meal. KC
When this book is published I would love to buy a copy, not only for the wonderful advice but also because of the story of how it came to be, a little treasure
Please put my name down for “How to be an Artist”when the book is published
I’m eager too! Zena
Add my name to that list! What a gift!
A wonderful thing and it would be great to read and share with others :)
And many, many blessings on Bert’s son, David.
He is the unsung hero of this post. ❤️
a true gift!
I hope you will publish How to be An Artist exactly how it is…with the stains, the scribbles, etc. One of the books I treasure is a published journal of Frida Kahlo with her scribbles and her written thoughts as she went through the trials of Diego’s infidelity and her many surgeries to relieve her pain. I look forward to another book to treasure….
Yes, the original handwritten version conveys something more than a typewritten version could. Looking forward to its publication too!
Me too! I’m saving my money.
Please put me on your “advance order” list for this lovely book :)
Same here!Just as is. And saving my money. Looking for it asap. put me on your list of soon to be owners!
I cannot wait to see the little book – I could have used it years ago!
What a priceless gift…..and a very Happy Birthday to you and your brother. Bitter sweet no doubt. Thank you so much for these gifts of insight and experience you share with us all. Another priceless gift.
Oh Joy! Please please make sure we know when the book will come out, hopefully in it’s original form! Thank you Sara for continuing to publish these letters. Your dad was a jewel and you are too. And Happy Birthday to you and your brother!
What a wonderful Birthday present for you both….How kind your Dad was
Wow, what a blessing to receive this book back into your lives. My first thought was – I hope they publish it! Then I scrolled down and saw that was exactly your plan. Awesome is an over-used word, but this really is AWESOME!
Me too. Me too. All of the above. What a miracle – as though your dad’s hand reached through the clouds to bless you both and all of you volunteers. And in so doing, blessing all of the many artists he inspired and encouraged as we trudge the road of happy destiny. Yes please, advance list for this treasure.
What a gift to receive – a source of spirit and love. Thank you for sharing it with us. Like Beth, I also hoped you would publish it and then felt exhilirated when you wrote, that that was your plan. Happy birthday.
Very touching! Thank you for this piece! May God, the Original Artist & Great Creator..bless both your families!
Hope truly wonderful, I can’t wait to see it, and thank you for all these lovely quotes. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
What a love letter to art! Happy Birthday and also may remembering your dad be a good part of your day. Best Wishes, Jane
Happy Birthday to both of you — fancy that, real Gemini twins! It is also my birthday today, a day of celebration, but also a day of remembrance as my father-in-law passed away on this day in 2014, just like your father. I treated myself to a lovely petit gris paintbrush today but I’ll also consider your blog post a gift — the advice you share is inspiring and I look forward to the publication of your father’s little book of advice.
Happy Birthday, Lisa…sending you warmth on this special day. Thank you for your friendship — and thank you to everyone here for being a part of the Painter’s Keys. Sara
Just another reminder of just how much Robert is still with us and encouraging each of us along on our journey. Thank you for sharing–and best wishes for a Special Day to you and your brother. I share this birthday, too, and feel honored to do so.
Happy Birthday, Candace…I am so delighted and touched to share this day with you and so many artist friends. Sara
What a timeless treasure and tribute to your Dad! Thank you for sharing it with us. Cannot wait to se the book!
Loved this post…the seedlings of the generous, insightful and talented man we all came to know and treasure! Loved seeing who he was and what he was doing earlier in his art journey. It pays to pause to help the fellow traveller.
Thank you to the awesome son for sharing it back!!!
Happiest of birthdays for the twins …. wishing you chocolate and laughter and many beautiful memories of life with your Dad … like this amazing gift .
How lovely, Sara. Happy birthday to you and happy “little book buying” to us.
What a beautiful story, and how fortunate you are to have the book come back to you. I’m so glad you’ll publish it. I look forward to having a copy!
What a sweet gift. You have inherited quite a legacy.
Certainly will look forward to ‘The Book’….always love to see these newsletters…wonderful that you keep them coming..thank you Sara….
Your father gave you a birthday present and a project on your birthday. It shows what an Amazing man your father was.
Thank you for sharing such a wonderfully personal gift.
What a lovely surprise , Happy Birthday to you and your brother . Your dad still guides many from the beyond . Such a birthday gift . Looking forward to reading it . Hard work , and lots of , ” well ,. that doesn’t work ” to find yourself as an artist . What an inspiration your dad was, and still is . Happy day to you Sara
What a wonderful gift! Thank you for telling us about it. And happy birthday to you and your brother, Sara. Keep give US the gifts you so readily share.
I enjoy the poetry of your observed connections.
Happy Birthday to you!
What a lovely gift! Look forward to seeing it in print. And birthday congratulations as well
Sara…this is the best tribute ever to your Dad! It’s even by your Dad! Can’t wait to see the published copy.
Happy ,happy Birthday to you and James!
Oh My! Thank you SoMuch for sharing! Love transcends and has no boarders! I feel your love shared.
…..waiting for How To Be An Artist……
Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing this heart warming birthday gift. Look forward to seeing the book when you publish.
Happy Birthday Sara and James! What an extraordinary treasure you have and I would love to have a copy of this special book when you publish. Thank you so much for sharing!
How wonderful a gift! Twice over and now soon again for all of us who so cherish your dad’s insight -and now yours. Happy Birthday, indeed!
It’s such a joy to see the constant connection to your family and especially your dad’s passion for helping us make the best art one can. His painting/writing job, his love, and his ability to communicate is a treasure.
Your family’s genetic engineering is perfection!
Can’t wait to enjoy it, what a beautiful legacy!
What a treasure you have, and sharing with us all will be another wonderful gift. Thank you Sara.
Thank you for sharing this priceless gift with us!
I hate it when you bring me to tears.
A touching story, a miracle too Robert’s insight is so powerful!
I will look forward to this book -I enjoy The Painter’s Keys so much! It’s inspiring, surprising and encouraging. Thanks for this.
Please add me to the list of those who would like to buy the book. I would love to have a bit of your father’s advice to listen to when things don’t go right. Many Thanks for all the letters. Love them all.
What a wonderful story!Happy birthday to you!
Let’s hear it for handwriting! What a treasure your father left.
Isn’t it amazing to see your own parent’s handwriting appear ?
And what a story it tells…the mere fact that he wrote this wonderful little book at all!
Not to mention the information therein. A treasure you are so generous to share.
“Isn’t it amazing to see your parent’s handwriting appear?”
This touched something in me.
Robert Genn left so much for us to appreciate and enjoy.
He truly was a treasure and I feel grateful that I had
the privilege of meeting him.
I, too, would like very much to get a copy if this little
gem of a book.
Thank you, Sara, for giving us so much of your Dad.
Happy Birthday to you and your brother and thanks for sharing this wonderful gift.
Uplifting on this Memorial Day weekend. Happy Birth Day to you both.
Dear Sarah, happy birthday to you and thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful gift with us! Like many others I am looking forward to see the book and to order a copy as soon as it will be published. Regarding to that I would like to bring something to your attention (which you may have thought of yourself already). Though a lover of ‘facsimile editions” I would ask you to publish the text of the book in “proper printing” letters because many people who are – like me – not native speakers of the English language may have trouble recognising the words your Dad scribbled underneath his drawings and I would not like to miss one of them! A few pages in facsimile would be delightful, though!
Thank you and I wish you all the best!
I would immediately purchase several copies, to have available for hand-outs to artists whose interest is sincere and who are needful of a handful of tools to get their projects going. I have others of Mr. Genn’s books, but those are MINE!
Happy Birthday! Yes, a definite jewel of a treasure. How thoughtful that he gave it to you.
Thanks so much for continuing your Dad’s legacy! I too can’t wait to see the book!
I think you have a best seller on your hands.
What a treasure trove!
I’d love a copy when ready. What an absolutely perfect gift. Your Dad lives on in his work and I appreciate you’re carrying on. Thank you.
What a wonderful present. Happy Birthday to you and your brother. Put me on the list to purchase this wonderful book. My mother has been gone for almost 20 years now; but, she always surprises me by slipping a little drawing between the pages of a long forgotten book or magazine…..little sketches of animals, a ship, a child. I treasure these “found” treasures almost as much as her paintings on my wall.
Happy Birthday to you and your brother, and may God grant you many years!!
And may your father’s memory be eternal!
Plus what a wonderful surprise to receive back your father’s book. For a number of years I have been reading your father’s thoughts and then your thoughts and the reprise articles of his works. It would be fantastic to see the original source of his philosophy of art, which is what I love about your continuing blog. These musings are so pertinent to our art efforts, whether we work in charcoal, watercolor, pastel or oil. We all look forward to whichever way you publish the book, either as a copy of the original or as a typeset version. I’d love to get the copy of the original, just to get the flavor of Robert’s artistry. Looking forward to updates on the publishing details…. Thanks so much, bob.c
Happy birthday Sara and James! Thanks for this blog post. What a wonderful gift you have been given, and I look forward to seeing it in print! I have a poster on my wall of one of Bob’s letters entitled “How to be an Artist.” It is one of my favourite reads and reminders!
Many happy returns. O looks like you got one. I love the quote: ” My, what a magnificent brush”. It is just like your father to see the priceless humour in such a statement. I can’t believe it’s been two years already. Those painful days seem far away, but the joy and humour feel like yesterday. Thanks for helping us keep his legacy and memory alive.
Oh this is so exciting. I’m teary eyed at the thought of this friendship and his gift. To Bert, to you and to us all :)
What a precious treat this letter is for all of us, Sara. It stopped me in the middle of a busy day and elated me. Bob was such a unique person graced with the talent to give what was needed. His generosity, charm, and humor are memorable – there are so many stories that need to be told. Happy birthday Sara and James. Thank you for this beautiful present!
Happy birthday Sara!
My your Dad had exquisite handwriting!
Have a lovely day!
Lovely, thank you for sharing this.
Your dad was and continues to be a very generous, giving soul.
Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers. We all miss your Dad!
What a loving mark he has made on so many and this story just confirms it.
Keep inspiring us Sara, just as your Father did. Love your artwork.
Your newsletter is on my reading list every time I teach a workshop.
Happy Birthday! I LOVE the book. Your dad always did speak to my heart. Thank you so much for publishing it. Please let me know when I can get a copy. I enjoy your blog posts very much. Thank You.
I am tempted to change my name to Bert Wallis so that I too can benefit from Robert’s “private edification”! Yes, PLEASE do publish that wonderful note book. Julian (for now).
Happy Birthday Sara and James!.
What a magnificent gift!!
How wonderful you share the grace with the talent of your father ( and yours) with us in this newsletter.
Look forward to the little book in print to gift myself and others!
What a legacy of sharing and love that you are so ably continuing on. A real art indeed!
What an extraordinary surprise gift!! Lovely. You share my mother’s birthday as well. Just recently my daughters and I visited the spot she now enjoys, Botanical Beach on Vancouver Is. Her free spirit is truly free now. Many happy returns. And yes, I would love a copy of the book, please, please, please!!!
SARA . A MOST HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FROM ANOTHER MAY TWIN OF NINETY YEARS AGO, MOST OF THEM SPENT BEHIND AN EASEL….AN ADMIRER OF YOUR DAD WHO YOU CONTINUE TO KEEP ALIVE………WELL DONE………………………….GEORGE
Fabulous, touching letter. Happy birthday to you and your twin! I echo all the above letters…..can’t wait for the book. Bless you Sara and thanks.
Happy Birthday to you and your brother Sara. It was a year ago since my father passed away, he was a dynamic painter, thinker and inspiration as well. Thank you for continuing the spirit, love and inspiration – as an artist and a daughter and simply – a very generous soul.
What a wonderful gift indeed. Thank you for sharing, and I look forward to seeing it be available to all of us down the road.
What a gift! These letters are treasures; thank you for continuing.
Happy Birthday, Sara! Like others have written, I’m looking forward to seeing the book and more versions of the Genn inspiration. I’m not a religious zealot, but Gennism sure has a tantalizing appeal.
Happy Birthday Sara and James, the sadness of the second anniversary of your Dad’s death must be brightened by the wonderful legacy he has left you all. Our Love to your Mother three years ago we were in china with you all on your birthday
A most happy birthday to you and your brother! You are going into my Bible book of birthday dates along with the rest of my friends and family.
You’ve gone a great job of this, Sarah. And I am so sorry for OUR loss.
Another Gemini birthday here! I am in good company. I followed your Dad’s many gifts of knowledge, plus learning to live my final days as I have been diagnosed with the same disease. I paint every day and recently had an exhibit of 70 small paintings I did since that dark day. I focus on painting every day and look forward each morning to get to the easel. I thank him every day. So happy birthday to you and James ! How wonderful to feel the presence of your Dad through this exceptional gift.
Absolutely wonderful, your recounting of your dad’s encounter with Bert. I look forward to ordering the little book when it’s published. And happy birthday!!
Thank you Sara, for the latest heart warming piece. I am so grateful I stumbled on Painter’s Keys shortly before your wise and generous father died. Sorry to write that shocking word but his always directness and getting through to what matters was and is so striking: you continue this practical and actually loving guidance which is so reliably sent out to the community of ‘us’… like an unending letter from a dear and wise friend. I look forward to the postings which are so encouraging and again and again moving.Thank you, Ann
The story was, as usual, wonderful enough…but the news of the forthcoming sharing of the book is true to your Dad’s ongoing spirit of (Genn-erosity), which you have obviously inherited. Many Blessings and love to you and James on your special day and the year to come. Your letters always make my day and I can’t put into words how grateful I have been to be a part of this tribe for all these years. Namaste.
Ps, Please forgive the pun, couldn’t resist :)
This letter is such a treat! Best wishes and many happy memories to you both on your birthday and in the year to some.
Happy Birthday, Sara,
Your Dad lives on in our lives every day, whether working in the field of art, or traveling or enjoying the nature around us.
You are a gem that creates his never-ending legacy and your own contributions to art and beauty. Thanks so much.
How wonderful is that! Looking forward to seeing it published!
I can’t wait to order a copy! Happiest of birthdays to you and your brother
Would love to have a copy.
Happy Birthday Sara, to you and your twin. The book is a treasure and thank you for sharing, and I so agree that it should be reproduced as is. Thank you also for continuing the Letters, I look forward to every post and go back and reread my giant book of your Dad’s letters often.
Would love to purchase a copy.
Sara, some gifts are beyond price. Your father was himself one such gift and this tangible, timeless reminder of him, his living interest in others, and his lifelong craftsmanship is another. I am so happy for you.
All I can add to what has been said is ——Thank you for carrying on your father’s legacy Sara. He was an exceptional human being who shared his great gift with us and instilled it in you. As artists, we are blessed to have these insights. The book will be one more piece of the treasure to which we all look forward. Many happy returns of this day.
It will be a best seller, like “The Art Spirit” by Robert Henri! Looking forward to the release!
What a beautiful gift and a treasure of your dad’s life and work! I’m delighted to learn that you’ll be publishing it and look forward to reading and learning from a special artist. Hope you enjoyed a wonderful birthday.
As always, beautiful and inspiring thoughts; thank you! Love a copy of the book. Happy birthday to you and your brother. :-)
Happy Birthday Sara to you and your Brother,best wishes for the day and the year to come, and how wonderful to read about the especial present you received from your dad, Robert
He is still reaching out to you and all of us across time!, I can not wait to be able to hold and read such precious little book, and like previous comments, the original, handwritten, scribbled version is the best option !!
As for the tittle “How to be an Artist” I would also add “and How to live”….,as Robert’s observations have always struck me as an everyman’s philosophy of life
Thank you for sharing and keeping the Painter’s Key Community alive and thriving.
Maritza ,from Melbourne,Australia
Happy birthday, Sara. Thank you for continuing your Dad’s legacy these past years. The little book is truly a gem and I am eager to buy several. It would be lovely if you can include images of some of the more meaningful sketches in your Dad’s handwriting, along with the text – even more delightful!
Happy belated Birthday to you and your brother. Thank you for all you’ve done to remember your wonderful Dad and look forward to the book also. I have all his letters form the beginning and cherish them all. Much love
Thank you, Sara, for continuing your Father’s legacy. Truly a blessing for all who are lucky to have a connection to the,Painters Keys. And a belated birthday wish for you and your brother….Have a Wonderful and Happy Year. I, too, look forward to buying a copy of your new Treasure from your Dad.
I hope you had a lovely birthday. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about art, and your father’s legacy and wonderful advice. I look forward to buying the book when it comes out.
PS, I was out cycling the other day ( a rare event in itself) when I thought about your dad. I remember he made a small bike trailer (art dog) that he would pull behind his bike, and then set up and paint.
Happy birthday to you and your brother, and thank you for the posts that you take the time to write. I’m always excited to see yours and your dad’s.
Truly a gift from Heaven! Happy Birthday to you both, and Im sure your father is watching from afar with love!
You are very lucky. Both my grand-fathers were artists and I had to learn to paint many years after their passing, without their knowledge being passed on. I wish I had something like that from each each of them. Many Happy returns.
What a precious treasure!
Happy Birthday to you and your brother. Your Dad, it seems, found a way to contact you both on your birthday. What a wonderful present from the past. Thank you for carrying on The Painter’s Keys…. I would be lost some days without it. The subject of the posts still have a way of appearing just when I need a them. Thank you for sharing.
i just love this. Made me cry – so special. Thank you xxxxxxxxx
Oh, WOW!! What a wonderful gift to share with the world. I can’t wait for this to be published! Please, Please, Please, Publish it exactly as it is in the note book? I want to see the hand writing, lines and EVERYTHING! :-D
The handwritten notebook by Robert Genn is a GEM. Though I would love to see the printed version of it…It would be kinda cool to see the scan version of the handwritten notebook.
Mahalo, Sara…..peace and JOY! Create a good’un!
What a treasure to receive your dad’s handwritten book. I started reading your dad’s blog when I started painting 14 years ago. There were moments I did not know where I was going in my art and questioned myself so much. Then I would read your dad’s blog and thought he must have been eavesdropping on the conversations between me and myself. He was such a hope to inspire me to keep on keeping on and give me perspective for grounding.
sign me up for a copy of that book!
Oh I would just love a copy when it comes out! How will we know?
I listened to your Dads interview on the AHA show a long time ago and he was the most inspiring man! It’s the only episode I downloaded and I have listened to it at least ten times or more. What a wonderful man he was :0)
Isn’t Robert Genn dead? If so, pretty weird that everyone loves his work, but doesn’t seem to know he can’t read their comments. Or am I thinking of another painter?
You apparently are not amongst the troves of us who have followed Robert Genn’s letters for years, having come to love the man in ways indescribable. It is his daughter Sara who carries his message on. And by the way, I am quite sure Robert still follows all this – and guides his daughter – from somewhere in heaven above.
And Sara, yes, I too look forward to the book. How strange to say I miss your dad. But I do.
Sara, a belated happy birthday to you and your twin. Your letter on being an artist jogged a memory for me that I thought I would share. In 2013, a MacArthur Grant recipient, Teresita Fernandez spoke eloquently to the business of being an artist as her commencement address to graduates of the Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts. The piece is rather long so I have included the link for anyone interested: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/29/teresita-fernandez-commencement-address/
Her remarks are rich with insight. One I particularly favor was this:
” When people say your work is good do two things. First, don’t believe them. Second, ask them, “Why”? If they can convince you of why they think your work is good, accept the compliment. If they can’t convince you (and most people can’t) dismiss it as superficial and recognize that most bad consensus is made by people simply repeating that they “like” something.”
I have taken her point to heart and attempt to explain to an artist why I like a work they have produced when the piece is posted online. The process is absolutely valid. I find that I must really examine the piece to discover why it spun my fan then share that observation with the artist in a comment. Most of this activity has to do with FaceBook’s “En Plein Air” Paintings and Painters.
Thank you again for continuing this newsletter. Like so many of your subscribers, I look forward to it appearing early in the morning to be enjoyed with that first cup of coffee. A combination that seems to get a day started on the right track.
My husband at 84 is just starting his journey into the arts. He is hooked and works daily for many hours. I always have a problem when I want to give him a gift. You have solved my problem this year. Cannot wait for the book to be printed.
Please put me on the list for first printing. Thank you, Fredda
Sign me up for a copy when it comes out. I cannot wait.
While I’m not painting at this time of healing (well) from surgery, my spirit is lifted and inspired from the threat of boredom by the Painers’ Keys! Thank you!
If you are compiling a list of buyers of Roberts book, “How to be an Artist”, please add my name. !’ll treasure it.
When, oh When , my friend! I await this book with much anticipation. Sara, I have your father’s other book and enjoy it often. The thoughts and rhymes within its covers encourage me when the days are gloomy and enhance my thoughts even more in the light of a sunny day!
Until the day I hear it is available, I shall keep rereading my tattered copy! in rose petals and paint,
I have been a follower and admirer of Robert Genn’s creative inspiration and philosophy for many years. Painterskeys.com has long been a valuable resource to so many talented dreamers.
Thank you Sarah, you and your crew are doing an excellent job. Your wisdom and wit are so much like your dad’s.
Can’t wait until the book is published.
Has that wonderful book been published yet? That will be a gift fir the creative spirit and a gift from a friend I cherish but never have met.
Please put me on the list of where how and when I can order the book.
Thanks Geri Adam
I would love this too! Please do publish.
Helen Suzanne (UK)
I happened on this lovely letter while reading to days letter Playing with light,saw this at the bottom where several letters were highlighted. I am so glad to have read it. I read the letters sporadically,when I read one that leads to several more.
I have loved the letters and gleaned your father’s wisdom from them. You are one lucky person to be his daughter. I would like to purchase a copy of the book when published. I would like to see the copy of the original page on one side and the type set text on the opposite side, that would be great. What a wonderful gift that would be to the community.
I’m VERY late to the party. I have kept all of these letters going back a year (and I read diligently before you took over, Sara!) I just saw this one, and it is simply beautiful!
Where are you guys in the process of publishing this book? I would definitely buy a copy! What a beautiful idea!
Keep up the good work. These letters are gorgeous, and I find myself sharing them on my Facebook page a lot. So inspiring!
just saw this come up again. I realize that I already wrote more than a year ago, , but, maybe it is a sign that I saw it today again. I have read Robert Genns letters since 2002, and enjoyed them all. I will treasure a little book. How it is coming along? Diane
Its great treasure for entire art communiy..
hatsoff to artist.
Where’s the book?
Happy birthday x 2! Looking forward to the publication of your precious father’s book.
Is this ever going to really be published? It’s been two years.
Any word on when the Artist’s Book by Robert Genn is going to be published? ?
I would also love a copy. Especially if you copy it just as it is with old looking paper and hand writing. I’ve been a fan and inspired by the letters for a long time.
I have just discovered this website in total gratification of all you have allowed this humble artist to share. From all these letters from the beginning that you have been kind enough to publish, it is an astonishing true treasure. If only simply for the ones like me who needed it so much in trying to get started again painting I accolade all your efforts! I will definitely look forward to reading everything I can find on this miraculous artist’s site. It’s full of past and future beauty and how to achieve it and stay in touch with all of my new friends in the doing. What a generous heart your father had! I would have loved to known him personally. This will be my way to do that, and to make the best of my little fleeting future. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Juliet Gauthier
Please put me down for one copy as well.
21-1781 Ord Road,
Sarah, I enjoyed the piece today “Delsatory Painting” . I happened onto your father’s online pieces when I first retired as a school counselor and determined to spend more time painting. I will have to try this approach someday. Bi then I happened onto an older post of How to be an Artist, here you talked about a book you would be publishing. Did you do it? I’m interested.
I have been devoted to PaintersKeys for several years.. “We sing the same song” invariably bubbles up in me as I read.
Now I am wild for a copy of the published How to be An Artist. I often treasure things in their unvarnished, Minerva-just-emerged -from-her-Father’s -Head state, like the scraps on which I have scribbled ideas so hastily they are often maddeningly illegible. Anyway you see the book’s appeal to me. Is it available yet?????
What a wonderful story and a Gem of a man Bert is. Would love to see the original made up in print!! Saving up for it. p