To Quote Robert Genn as I do so many times…."You need to ask yourself what extraordinary thing could be made to happen in your picture. It could be, among many things, a burst of light or an unlikely inclusion. You need to think of something just a bit magical. An engagement of imagination brings a shot of emotion, drama or surprise. This visual epiphany, devised or not, is key to entering the sensibilities of others. Artists who merely rest on their drawing or other facility are forever condemned to the back room".
A valuable blah-reducing ploy is to do inventive things with your surfaces. This might include adding crusty impasto (a la Lucien Freud), flinty fidges of gradation and zip, (a la Paul Cezanne) or smears and smudges (a la Francis Bacon). But it’s the nuances you invent and make yourself—embedded in your processes—that neutralize creative boredom and give energy to carry on. “This is mine” chisels out your claim. Your embellishment may not even be very good, but it will be yours. “A poor thing, but my own,” is a line attributed to Shakespeare. A unique design, mannerism, or touch of your own is worth more than any rich thing that belongs to someone else".
To help you get rid of the blahs and add magic to your work, I have created a new book…more comprehensive than An Artist’s Vision, in addition to the paintings, it also contains my secret recipes, for adding that " shot of emotion, drama, or surprise to your work"..
“Recipes For Textured Surfaces” contains some of my best secrets for creating that “crusty impasto, flinty fidges of gradation and zip, smears and smudges” that Genn mentions and more, but instead of the masters mentioned above this time it’s (a la Janis Zroback)"
Cover painting "Homage to Cezanne"
Below are some quotes from the text..
“I prefer to use my own mixtures of glues for this techniques, as the premade mediums available on the market don’t always suit the effect I want, often do not allow for full creative expression, and can sometimes be quite costly"..
“The idea here is that they will pull against each other and will crack"…
“I call this finish the Reptile Effect"….
“Dip the sponge in the vodka, squeeze the excess out"..
I wish I could show you the entire book, but because it is an instruction book I am unable to show the recipes as they are laid out…so I can only show a very few sample pages…the recipe pages show a full painting on one side and instructions on the other…later on in the book I provide a myriad of examples of the various techniques from my popular paintings here and some you might never have seen before…