The Painter's Keys

Back in February of this year I was searching on the internet for some information on selling artwork online, and came across a link that continues to inspire me in many ways every week.

Robert Genn, a Canadian artist publishes a newsletter twice a week on a wide variety of subjects related to the art of the painter. The newsletter is called
The Painters Keys
and subscription is free. Each newsletter discusses a new topic, and they range from broad subjects such as creativity, to specific ones such as reading light’s temperature.

Being locked away in the studio can seem to be lonely at times, and the newsletter is a welcome ray of light coming through the airwaves that makes me feel more connected to a vibrant community of artists in a number of countries that are all striving, having their ups and downs, and are all fascinated with this personal journey of artistic expression.

An added enjoyment of this publication is that Robert invites newsletter members to comment on his writings, and each week a selected number of comments are published along with an image of the artist’s work (if supplied) in a portion of the website called a “clickback”. It is interesting and invaluable to read the reactions of newsletter members to each of the topics discussed.

A new addition which I also enjoy very much is that Robert has created some videos which demonstrate his style of painting en plein aire, which are shortened into 3-6 minute bytes showing his painting process from start to finish. I find these fascinating. They provide a short insight into the painting process he has developed, and serve as a valuable tutorial particularly for those (like me) who are seeking new and vibrant ways of improving their painting techniques. I am not saying that I want to paint like Robert does, I have never enjoyed painting outdoors myself, but I am inspired to try the acrylics medium once again if not just for a change of pace.

I hope you take the opportunity to check out Robert’s newsletter, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of his work, and the vibrancy of his writings.


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