- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Educational Enterprises; 1st edition (Sept. 1 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155056479X
- ISBN-13: 978-1550564792
- Parcel Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The painter's keys: A seminar with Robert Genn Paperback – Sep 1 1997
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From the Author
This book, a transcript of one of my seminars, sums up the essence of my ideas and systems. A painter all of my life, I have always been curious about the basis of creativity and motivation for what we artists do. I had become aware that there was a useful middle way, where an artist might hang on to his or her integrity, and with the addition of a few systems and applications, become highly successful. This without extraordinary ballyhoo, lucky breaks, or grants. I've also noticed that many successful artists, often the people I'm competing against, keep their own counsel and rather guard their secrets. I guess that, in the past, I too could be accused of this. In this book we talk about the systems that have worked for me, and the winning ways of many other professionals that I have come to know and admire. It's not a book that tells anyone how to draw or paint. I start with the proposition that the reader already knows how to do that, or at least has a good learning curve underway. What I do is to make suggestions of what may often be new ways of looking at the daily life and strategy of the creative person. I discuss a wide range of topics, some have said in a somewhat disorganized way, such as concerns of quality, motivation, work habits, the joy mode, value adding, insider secrets, professional attitudes and methodology, dealer relations, and problems particular to women artists. Members of the seminar keep pulling me back to their practical concerns, or trying to lead me off track. There are a few laughs and you can read between the lines. The result is that readers come away newly inspired to tackle their interests. Many, even those who thought they knew it all, tell me they have found a new and clearer passion and have gone on to even higher levels of personal satisfaction and success. From the letters that I get I know this book is having a profound effect on not a few in the creative field. Robert Genn
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