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    I do know, for most of us, the very best of times are when you're in your own space sweating, trying to squeeze quality out of imperfect capabilities.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: time  space  quality 
     
    Starving artist' is acceptable at age 20, suspect at age 40, and problematical at age 60.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: age  artist 
     
    When you serve your passions, proficiency gradually takes over and becomes habitual.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: passion 
     
    Inspiration comes from doing.
    — Robert Genn
    Artists with serious aspirations need to be left alone to follow the course of their own imagination.
    — Robert Genn
    The problem with University degrees, particularly the more spectacular ones, is that people who possess them can fall into the trap of thinking people who don't have them don't know anything.
    — Robert Genn
    Art is a path on which we honour our world. Art may not be the only path, but it is a good path, even though at times a difficult one. As bearers of this honour, we artists do not need to simply render our world as we see it but as we might ourselves redesign it. As artists, one of our privileges is to invent.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: time  world  path  artist  invent 
     
    A curiosity prompt heightens the senses and hones compositional ability.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: curiosity 
     
    While this may seem peculiar, the combo of work and distraction leads to levels of innovation not often generated by structured, focused thinking alone.
    — Robert Genn
    Passion is the force that springs an artist from the needling cushion of depression.
    — Robert Genn
    Drawing is still the bottom line.
    — Robert Genn
    Keep busy while you are waiting for something to happen.
    — Robert Genn
    The only bad studio is the unused one.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: bad 
     
    Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: gift 
     
    There is a wonderful feeling when you walk into your own exhibition. You see the work as a true extension of yourself. Win or lose, your interests have led you to an accumulation of your personal expression, signed lower right, mounted to best advantage.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: work  personal  true  right  advantage 
     
    The job of art is to turn time into things.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: time  job 
     
    We have been mysteriously gifted this amazing life. Let us not complain.
    — Robert Genn
    A drawing a day keeps the cobwebs away.
    — Robert Genn
    Never forget that the nurturing and preservation of your own muse is job one. Lose it and you may be losing a great deal.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: job 
     
    Know that to begin is often better than to think.
    — Robert Genn
    The brilliance of art as a collectible is that it has a way of reaching out on an emotional level. It touches on mystery, even spirituality.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: mystery  emotional 
     
    Pushing yourself to extremes blows out the cobwebs of trusted habit. It shakes up what you know to be reliably safe and substitutes the miracle of insecurity.
    — Robert Genn
    Our bodies, apart from their brilliant role as drawing exercises, are the temples of our being. Like the bodies of all fauna, they deserve both our study and our appreciation.
    — Robert Genn
    In acrylic, happiness comes a bit faster.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: happiness 
     
    Art is a Great Goddess of infinite intrigue and illusion, and even a lifetime of worship may not find her fickle soul.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: soul  illusion  worship 
     
    As we grow older, we realize just how limiting were our earlier conceptions. Art is something else. Art is fluid, transmutable, open-ended, never complete, and never perfect. Art is an event.
    — Robert Genn
    An opening and a receptiveness to design and pattern for its own sake seems to free the painting hand.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: painting 
     
    We know the human mind is programmed to glaze over when bored. Conversely, the mind is more alert in the presence of novelty. Our muse needs to stay seductive to keep our hands doing the right things.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: human  right  mind 
     
    Take your brush here and there like a bee in an alpine meadow. In other words, don't laboriously work on or try to finish off one particular part. Paint promiscuously.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: work 
     
    Curiosity allows your unique "owned processes" to draw you toward creative conclusions.
    — Robert Genn
    Artists cannot be micro-managed. We can take heart that everything we do is different from the last thing we did - or indeed everything that's ever been done. That knowledge is the key to sound mentoring.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: heart  key  artist 
     
    Flat, uninteresting parts of paintings are, in fact, a ruse to get the viewer to see what needs to be seen.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: facts  painting 
     
    Dealer goodwill and friendship are keys to thrival.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: friendship  key 
     
    By stealthily teaching dependence, photography can turn out to be dangerous.
    — Robert Genn
    True muses stay dreams forever unless artists connect them to exploratory work.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: work  forever  true  dreams  artist 
     
    Contrary to popular belief, all evolving artists are in a full time battle with mediocrity.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: belief  time  battle  artist 
     
    Canned reference is practically always loaded with problems. Photos, for example, contrive to kill imagination and stifle the natural development of creative patterns. While "ready-mades" do show up from time to time, they are rare. Art need not be what is seen-but what is to be seen. "Nature," said James McNeill Whistler, "is usually wrong."
    — Robert Genn
    One of the ways to learn is to know when you're making failures.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: failure  learn 
     
    Life is a passage through a museum of beauty.
    — Robert Genn
    tags: beauty 
     
    Sometimes you can be lucky enough to establish a working relationship with another artist who takes away the loneliness, particularly in travel and outdoor work.
    — Robert Genn
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