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The archive is a rich resource of art information and advice for artists and creative people looking for meaningful content. You can access every one of the Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letters since the year 2000, including shared responses from the worldwide creative art community. This is a timeless collection of material formed by the brotherhood and sisterhood of artists, where all flags fly.

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2015 Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letters

  • Marvellous Confabulation
      January 27th, 2015
  • Art is a confabulation. Perhaps only with the addition of confabulation can art deliver its wizardry and magic. Scientifically defined, confabulation is the confusion of imagination with memory, and/or the confusion of true memories with false memories. In the art of art, falsehood gets to a deeper truth... Read On

  • The limitations game
      January 23rd, 2015
  • "I am good at only two things," said Claude Monet, "and those are gardening and painting." The son of a grocer, Monet knew he wanted to be an artist at age five. At forty-three he relocated to Giverny to build his garden. The cataracts Monet developed as he aged limited his colour vision at the warm end of the spectrum. In 1923 he underwent surgery... Read On

  • Blue Moose
      January 20th, 2015
  • Ted Harrison is well known for his colourful and childlike paintings of the Yukon. Coming from a background in teaching and academic painting, he started painting afresh in mid life. Purple skies, red dogs, yellow snow and blue moose inhabit his unique world. Ted likes to tell the story of a customer who complained that... Read On

  • Room with a view
      January 16th, 2015
  • Iím laptopping you from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, at the top of a snowy track descending 4,380 feet to the Colorado River. Papery flakes float down from an infinite, domed sky into a bottomless pink bowl -- all visible through the picture window of a small wood-framed studio jutting out from the rock-edge... Read On

  • Holiday
      January 13th, 2015
  • Did you ever have a feeling that today was an "extra day," one that you could pretty well lay back in and do what you felt like? Today's one of those. We're hanging at anchor in a sunny cove in one of the Mackenzie tributaries. I'm in the forward painting station while Sara sits in the stern passing her sketches from knee to knee, putting her brush here and there... Read On

  • Seven ways to start
      January 9th, 2015
  • American abstractionist Richard Diebenkorn said, "I don't go into the studio with the idea of 'saying' something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue." He's talking about the give and take between you and the thing you're creating... Read On

  • Character formation
      January 6th, 2015
  • I'm writing this letter from the location of the old railway station at Lake O'Hara in Canada's Rocky Mountains. This is where John Singer Sargent got off the train in 1916. There is a lot of curiosity about this artist. Sara and I are looking around to find a couple of the locations he painted. We've been talking about Sargent all weekend. Here are a few of Sargent's early influences... Read On

  • Getting it out there
      January 2nd, 2015
  • With each painting I remembered why I'd fallen in love -- each work an amorous dream in colour, each stroke laying bare the grit required to communicate the contents of a human heart. When shared with the world, these paintings find life nudging others in the direction of their own insides. That's what art does... Read On

TWL Letters

Be witness to Robert Genn's abiding faith in the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Artists and you will be informed, inspired, and motivated. On first publication of this book November 27, 2009, Robert wrote: "It's my sincere wish that you get real and lasting value from it. It's your book, really, and I'd like to thank everyone in our Painter's Keys Community for the inspiration that makes these Twice-Weekly Letters happen."


"Thank-you for your friendship." (Robert Genn)

The Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letters, 960 pages--ten years of over a thousand unabridged letters including an 82 page index. Six by nine inches and more than two inches thick, this beautiful book is hardbound Red Cayenne with a separate dust-jacket, a red ribbon, and shipped in a custom protective book-box.

Last modified: Jan 29, 2015