Friday, May 25, 2007

forest spirit

UPDATE ~ access to the video clip is now restricted. To view it go here.

This is the master painter, Robert Genn, at work in the forest near his home. He lives about 20 minutes south of me. Check out more here.

What I found most interesting about the video was how assured he is with his brushstroke. His unmistakable style emerges almost immediately. As for his technique, I liked seeing how he added the light blue glaze about halfway through. Often he paints on pink canvas to get the same effect. I've never used a maulstick, but really should. Or a Bentley. I really should use that, too. I'm sure it would improve my painting dramatically.

8 Comments:

Blogger homo escapeons said...

Very relaxing and I loved his ubiquitous Airedale, but let's face it...
Bob Ross he ain't!

This video needs some quiet banter and cheerleading reassurance like
"Let's put a nice little tree right here..OK..it's your painting so use your imagination..there that's a happy little tree..let's add a bit of cyan and put some sunset moss on the trunk..there.."

How can a Canadian Artist afford a fancy schmancy car like that?
Genn must have borrowed that from Robert Bateman.

Although wait a minute..that Lawren Harris piece sold for $2.85M yesterday. If Harris were alive today I'll bet that he could buy a fancy schmancy car just like Bateman.

25/5/07 8:25 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

HE: Thay're all Bobs aren't they? Bob Ross, Bob Bateman, Bob Genn. I'm changing my name. And Bob Genn has several fancy schmancy vehicles, for both land and sea. I'm DEFINITELY changing my name to Bob now.

The Airedale is named Dorothy. I've never met her but her predecessor, Emily ("Emily Carr"), was a charmer.

25/5/07 11:02 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Bobs yer uncle!

25/5/07 12:09 PM  
Blogger daisies said...

oh ... the video is no longer available, how sad for me ... it sounded wonderful to watch, i really enjoyed your description ...

25/5/07 9:15 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I had to click on over to your "here" link to view the video.

I'm changing my name to Bob too!

It's nice to see an artist driving a Bentley. I've never used a maul stick too, but maybe I should.

26/5/07 5:52 AM  
Blogger carla said...

That was pretty darn cool to watch! I am always so awed by such assurance with the brush. It looks so "easy" when he does it, but of course, it isn't. I too liked seeing how he added the glaze after putting down the basic shapes. It really gave form to the negative space, and then... the rest seemed like magic. Fun!

26/5/07 7:45 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Daisies: Click on "here" to watch it.

Cynthia: Thanks for the head's up. I'll change my post. I think he restricted it so that people will go to the page and see what the Painter's Keys is all about.

Carla: When you've been doing it daily, same genre, for as long as he has, I guess your brush is just an extension of your brain and your brain knows EXACTLY what you want to do.

26/5/07 8:39 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Damn! He makes it look so easy. Did he actually complete that little gem in as little as 5 or 10 minutes?!

As for the Bentley, let's see if we can get a deal if we each order one from the dealer at the same time.

30/5/07 12:09 PM  

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