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The archive is a rich resource of art information and advice for artists and creative people looking for meaningful content. You can access every one of the Robert Genn Twice-Weekly letters since the year 2000 and Sara Genn letters since 2014, including shared responses from the worldwide creative art community. This is a timeless collection of material formed by the brotherhood and sisterhood of artists, where all flags fly.

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2011 Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letters

  • Occupy art studio
      December 30th, 2011
  • Robert shows how your studio or workplace, no matter how humble or elegant, is the very focus of your growth and improvement. Read On

  • Talk to me
      December 27th, 2011
  • Robert talks about talking to your paintings and the art of letting your paintings talk to you. Read On

  • Fast and slow
      November 8th, 2011
  • Robert looks at Daniel Kahneman's book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" and how it applies to slow and fast painting. Read On

  • The co-op spirit
      October 21st, 2011
  • Co-op galleries may be the new kid on the block. Here are the pitfalls and a useful ploy to keeping your gallery open. Read On

  • Net profits
      October 18th, 2011
  • A letter about current trends in Internet art sales. Shows how to spot trouble and how to get results. Read On

  • Intelligent design
      October 11th, 2011
  • Steve Jobs was a remarkable combination of artist and entrepreneur. He was a clear thinker about the value of life as well. Read On

  • Lifestyle
      October 4th, 2011
  • Self-managing artists can achieve a unique lifestyle that has a freedom and satisfaction like no other. Read On

  • Painting big
      September 30th, 2011
  • Making the transition from small paintings to larger ones is filled with pitfalls. Here's how to avoid some of them. Read On

  • Fluidity
      September 23rd, 2011
  • There is something to be said for an elegant stroke. Check out the value of fluidity. Read On

  • The blind spot
      September 13th, 2011
  • Do you have dark fuzzy areas you can't resolve? Do you have nasty spots on the painting you can't shoot down? Here are a few arrows for your quiver. Read On

  • The job of art
      September 6th, 2011
  • Robert looks at recent research into job satisfaction and just how much of what we have to offer we might be born with. Read On

  • Gratefulness
      August 16th, 2011
  • Robert introduces us to a Benedictine monk with some ideas about gratefulness that apply to artists. Read On

  • Getting a leg up
      July 29th, 2011
  • Robert discusses the value of credentials, the business of juried shows, "studying under" and getting a leg up in the art game. Read On

  • Immortality
      July 26th, 2011
  • Robert looks at the contribution of art dealer Joseph Duveen and reconstructs his concepts of immortality. Read On

  • A most amazing toy
      June 10th, 2011
  • Robert describes a recent experiment with children and how it relates to the development of creative ideas and valuable skills for grown artists. Read On

  • Guido Reni
      May 13th, 2011
  • Robert examines a recent study where ordinary folks had extraordinary reactions to certain pieces of art. Read On

  • At Mabel's house
      March 18th, 2011
  • Robert is in Taos, New Mexico in the beautiful old home of Mabel Dodge Luhan, who entertained some of the luminaries of her day. Read On

  • Maker's blinders
      March 15th, 2011
  • Robert is in Santa Fe, New Mexico and receives an email from a subscriber with a major problem. "What's going on here?" Read On

  • The sublime gift
      February 25th, 2011
  • There is a sublime gift that some artists have and others do not. Robert describes it and gives a few ideas how to get it. Read On

  • Art about art
      February 22nd, 2011
  • Art about art looks at looking at historical art as a source for new art. The work of Cesar Santos is given as example. Read On

  • Two artists
      February 12th, 2011
  • "Jack" got a BFA and then an MFA from a Midwestern University. He's visited many of the major contemporary art museums and follows the work of several "important" contemporary painters. He's written articles on Philip Guston and others... "Jill" took two years of art school and then quit. She pays little attention to other artists... She's painted "approximately two thousand paintings" since leaving school..." Read On

  • Two artists
      February 12th, 2011
  • "Jack" got a BFA and then an MFA from a Midwestern University. He's visited many of the major contemporary art museums and follows the work of several "important" contemporary painters. He's written articles on Philip Guston and others... "Jill" took two years of art school and then quit. She pays little attention to other artists... She's painted "approximately two thousand paintings" since leaving school..." Read On




TWL Letters

Be witness to Robert Genn's abiding faith in the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Artists and you will be informed, inspired, and motivated. On first publication of this book November 27, 2009, Robert wrote: "It's my sincere wish that you get real and lasting value from it. It's your book, really, and I'd like to thank everyone in our Painter's Keys Community for the inspiration that makes these Twice-Weekly Letters happen."

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The Robert Genn Twice-Weekly Letters, 960 pages--ten years of over a thousand unabridged letters including an 82 page index. Six by nine inches and more than two inches thick, this beautiful book is hardbound Red Cayenne with a separate dust-jacket, a red ribbon, and shipped in a custom protective book-box.

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