|The beauty of Cortes Island|
|My wife , Cathy, enjoying the beautiful Hollyhock gardens|
I have often looked at Genn's paintings and wondered just what path he took to arrive at the final complex product. Now I know - at least much more - about his process. It is very much a long series of layering, glazing, scumbling and then doing it all over again as needed. The reference is only the start point - where the painting ends is a mix of serendipity, patience, years of experience and good craftsmanship.
|Robt in his "throne"|
|Its a long and winding road to get to the end of a Genn painting|
|Sara doing an abstract demo - great paint mixing demo|
For me, the help was in watching his complex back and forth dance. You know that has put in a lot of miles to know in advance the outcome of the approaches he takes.
I painted long and fast, making 18 starts over the few days. None was over an hour. One thing I am very much convinced of was the benefit of the initial plan using the Montana Acrylic Markers that I described before. It gave a strong and fast sketch on the support once the plan was decided using a couple of thumbnails.
|Initial sketch on neutral value primed linen using acrylic markers|
|Into the painting - working acrylic on my Art Box system.|
|Result of a 20 min fast painting drill - he loves timed drills|
What were his comments for me: my work tends to be too dark and I need to allow more for the brightness factor in the outdoor light and over lighten my work in the field - such that it is OK when moved indoors. I often begin on a dark to black support - he got me working on a neutral to light background and I think it helped. He also wanted to see me lay in more solid areas with less fussy work - a quiet restful often grayed area. So good stuff to work on.
The Genns worked tirelessly for the four days. I was very impressed by their energy and generosity of time and information. They gave excellent critiques at the end of the day . And he tells it as he sees it - which is refreshing.
|Sara and Bob enjoying a quiet moment at low tide|
I enjoyed the week. I was very impressed with these two instructors and appreciated the chance to see him at work. I enjoyed getting to meet Bob - a fascinating man.
So now its back to work.