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The Painter's Keys is not an instruction manual on how to paint - you already know how to do that. This is a book which lets you take control and run yourself and the business side of your profession. Artist Robert Genn guides you with the methodology of living contemporary artists who make thirty and fifty thousand dollars a month - and more. This is a transcript of a seminar which literally takes you out of a lay-by and onto the main highway of the arts.
These are simple systems of distribution, attainable attitudes, new motivation, dealer attraction and management, distribution, timing, publication, reproduction; in short, all the nuts and bolts you need to put your work in the hands of the collecting public.
The 160 page volume contains every word of one of Robert Genn's brilliant seminars. In this seminar professional and semi-professional artists interact with one another. It draws on the wisdom of the great and the highly successful.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study with a mentor, to learn the secrets of the professionals, to have someone answer all the questions that were never tackled in art school?
The ten transcribed hours of The Painters Keys lay out, topic by topic, the essentials to making it, to tapping into your powers of creativity and finding the keys to thriving as a prospering artist. An index leads you to areas of your particular interest. Keywords allow you to take your own personal direction. Artists and art students have said that reading The Painter's Keys has been invaluable to their future as professionals. It will surprise you - and it's so simple. You already know a lot of what's contained in the book - now the professional information and attitude is confirmed. If you are already doing well - you will now begin to do better still.
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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 GennFrom the Back Cover:
The Painter's Keys is an entertaining and informative romp through a two-day art seminar with one of Canada's most popular and collected painters. Robert Genn keeps the repartee moving forward with hundreds of ideas -- many of the highly original -- ideas which propel professionalism.
He guides us through a repertoire rich in quotations, methods, techniques, insider information, and sets the creative juices flowing. These are the sorts of things an artist needs to know, without corrupting his or her own principles, in order to become more creatively effective.
Anyone who is now, or aspires to be, proficient and successful in the arts should not be without a copy of this valuable book.
"Brilliant, informed, and at times exasperating."
"Every reader will take away an enriched understanding of where he or she is going with new and regenerated confidence with which to make it happen."
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