Robert Genn (May 15, 1936 - May 27, 2014)
Thousands of artists lost a dear friend and teacher this week with the passing of the great Robert Genn. Most of them never met Mr. Genn face to face but were inspired by his numerous weekly posts about what it means to be an artist.
I had the great good fortune to have a long chat with him before an opening of one of his exhibitions at the Hollander York Gallery. He almost immediately realized I was a painter and chatted with me as if he had know me all my life. Sweet guy.
Another great T.C.A.F. this year. The highlight for me was meeting Rachel Richey and Hope Nicholson and picking up a beautiful hardcover copy of their "Nelvana of the Northern Lights." I watched the book's gestation with great interest and am so pleased it exceeded all of my expectations. An amazing feat of scholarship, computer skills and good taste.
My friend Shelly Burke sent my these plein air photos from a 2009 excursion in Uxbridge. A special day as it was the first time I felt I had a handle on outdoor painting after numerous years of struggling with it. It was also the day her puppy Kallie and I fell in love. Kallie was my shadow every time we went out thereafter.
When she was alive my sweet mum was always asking me to paint her some flowers. To my eternal regret, I was a "hip and edgy" artist and never did so. Since her passing I have painted dozens of florals and every one is for her. If you're an artist and your mother is alive, go paint her some damn flowers!(