Monday, February 28, 2011

Class 7— Mar. 3 – Abstract Landscape Painting: Robert Genn

"Late Light on Wiwaxy from Larch Grove, Yoho Park, B.C.," by Robert Genn
In this first class of its kind for us, we’ll be inspired by the paintings of well-known Canadian painter Robert Genn, who has a knack for distilling the landscape. Many of you may recognize Genn from the twice-weekly letters he has written since 1999, but he is a fine artist with a strong personal voice. He paints in acrylics and most often portrays landscapes.

Robert Genn is one of Canada’s most accomplished painters, having gained international recognition for his genre subjects on Canada’s West Coast. 

He has painted in most parts of Canada, and in the United States, Central America, Europe and Asia. His technique includes a tradition of strong design using patterns of color and form, with a pervasive sense of personal style. 

Born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1936, he attended Victoria College, The University of British Columbia and The Art Centre School in Los Angeles, California. Genn carries on the tradition of the Canadian Landscape with fresh, painterly techniques and strong design, often and especially exhibiting his devotion to painting by reducing grand themes to small panels – painted in the wilderness he loves.

(Taken from “About The Painter’s Keys”

I'll take us on a tour of his artwork, looking at the elements of art he uses so successfully, as well as analyzing his palette of colors, his philosophy of painting, and flair for design.

Come prepared to paint after this presentation and discussion.Although you're free to continue work on anything you've already begun, since our final critique is next week, you're also welcome to be inspired by Genn's work and emulate it in a painting, if you so desire. 

Please bring your White Without White paintings for us to see, too. 


We will begin a new eight-week session on Thursday, March 17. There will be no class on April 21. The final critique is on May 12. 

Please make suggestions for the classes you would like to have in this session now. I'll have a final class schedule on hand next week. 

If you plan to continue classes, or would like to join us, please let me know by next Thursday. Payment is due at class one.

See you on Thursday!