Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spanish Rose

Spanish Rose, 16x12", oil, available

I took fourth place for my entry of "Spanish Rose" last Friday's opening at the University Club. I was very surprised as the competition was stiff. So many great pieces! So, if you have the chance, come out and see the show. It runs through April 22nd.

The University Club of Phoenix
39 Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Exhibition hours:
Monday – Friday 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Black Magic Woman

Black Magic Woman, 16x12", oil, available on Etsy

"Black Magic Woman", is from a live painting session with our lovely model, Mia. She sat the entire session (morning and afternoon) with her beautiful 'bewitching' smile. I am so happy with the light and color on this piece, it practically glows in the dark!

If you are in Phoenix this Friday, come to the opening of the Portrait Artists Of Arizona show at the University Club. I have three pieces in the show.

The University Club of Phoenix
39 Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 11, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Awards Presentation:
6:30 PM

Exhibition hours:
Monday – Friday 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Red Teapot with Mug & Apple

Red Teapot with Mug & Apple, 8x10" oil, Available

This is the third time that I have painted this scenario. Each time I think it improves.


Alluring, 6x12" oil, Available

This little sweetie, Marcel, belongs to my good friend. Like her mom, she is very curious, smart and adorable! The painting is for sale at my Etsy shop and comes framed and ships for free within the continental USA.

I haven't posted lately because I have been painting up a storm and also back in July of last year I became one of the exhibiting artists at the Village Gallery in the Village of Oak Creek, AZ. I have made a line of affordable prints and greeting cards that I sell there, along with my original paintings, which I will be getting up on my Etsy site, as well. I have also been doing a little teaching, exhibiting in shows and doing commission pieces. I have been busier than ever...now, if I could just be pampered like this kitty, I'd have it made!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Autumn Kitty

Autumn Kitty, 10x8", oil, Available

I was feeling pretty low and thought a colorful friend would brighten my day.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Shooting Star

Shooting Star, 12x16", oil, Available

This is a piece that I have entered into the Sedona Visual Artists' Coalition Show "Blue". The concept began to formulate with a former blog entry of mine of almost three years ago. This one is actually a study for a piece that is 38x52" that I hope to have finished sometime next year. I am honored that my art was chosen for the front page of the show flyer. If you are in the area, please come out to see the exhibit.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pensacola Portrait Workshop

Hope, oil, 14x11", Available

I could not of asked for a better group of students at my workshop hosted by Blue Morning Gallery of Pensacola, FL. Hope was an excellent model and sat for us the first two days and then the students worked from a photo that I provided on the third day. The time just flew by so quickly!

I have found for myself, that I rarely have time to finish a portrait from life in a couple of hours. I usually will finish from reference photos that I take during the session. That is why I like to incorporate both working from life and photos in my workshops.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Portrait of Eleanor

Eleanor, 16x20", oil, SOLD

Well, I am off to Pensacola, FL to teach my portrait workshop. I look forward to working with a new group of students and having fun interacting with them!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Maine Coon Cat Buddies

Maine Coon Cat Buddies, 8x10", oil, SOLD

I love all animals (and people), but I really have a connection to cats. We got our first from my uncle when I was a toddler. Most of my adult life I've had cats and dogs and an occasional bird, rabbit and squirrel (rescue). I became an artist because of my love of horses. I am available to do commission pet portraits, contact me if you are interested.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Atop Schnebly Hill

Atop Schnebly Hill, 6x8, oil SOLD

I love going up Schnebly Hill and enjoying the many gorgeous views, but it is about the worst road in the country! I guess it's to keep tourists away unless they are taking one of the many jeep tours that go up there.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Path to Higher Ground

Path to Higher Ground, 9x12, oil, Available

 I liked how the cool shadows played off of the warm light on the parched grass.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pastel Green Pepper

Green Pepper, 6x6", pastel, $99

I am offering this piece complete with frame on Etsy. It will look great in the kitchen hanging on a wall or displayed on a small easel.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

School Daze

School Daze, 12x16", oil, SOLD

I had to bribe this little guy with lots of goodies at the breaks to get him to keep still.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Red Pepper On Plate

Red Pepper On Plate, 5x7, oil, Available

I used a photo of my previously sold painting, 'Red Pepper Salute', to make a new and improved version.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

His Love

His Love, 7x5", oil SOLD

My portrait workshop is just a few weeks away in Pensacola, FL. I thought I'd switch gears and do some portraits. I am getting excited about teaching a class, again. I have been doing some private teaching since I have been in Arizona, but I miss all of my many students back in Michigan.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Backyard Rock Art

Backyard Rock Art, 6x4, oil, Available

My husband stacked some rocks in the yard a couple of years ago. It reminds me of a torso with a head and hat. I think it's cute and I absolutely love the evening lighting. This painting was done 'plein air' over two evenings as the light was changing so quickly.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

White Cup, Blue Plate

White Cup, Blue Plate, oil, 6.25 x 4.25", Available

This little study was done in my studio on a sample from SourceTek of their Claessens #13 Oil Primed Linen Fine Weave Panel mounted to Baltic Birch. It's an interesting surface and quite different than I usually work on. You can find them at https://www.canvaspanels.com.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Clouds Over Sedona

Clouds Over Sedona, oil, 6x8", Available

Afternoon clouds building up for a rain. It's monsoon season and we have been getting plenty of rain.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Art of Portraiture Workshop

Oregon Fog

Oregon Fog, oil, 7x5", Available

Driving up to Oregon a few years ago, we hit rain and fog and I started to snap photos as my husband drove. I have been wanting to paint this scene ever since I took the photo.

I am going to try "the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge" and this is my first entry. I have a lot going on this month, including leaving at the end of the month to teach a portrait workshop in Pensacola, FL. I will do my best!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show - Marjorie West

Marjorie West, 24x30" Oil, On Loan from Collection of Mr. and Mrs.Dennis West 

Margie West
World Traveler - Volunteer

Margie West and I share common roots, as we were both born and raised in Michigan. When Margie moved to Scottsdale, she became a buyer for Paddock Pools and then worked as vice president of procurement for Southwest Ambulance. Upon moving to Sedona, she spent 17 years at the Sedona Fire Department before retiring. When my husband and I decided to find a winter home in the Sedona area, we bought the house next door to Margie and her husband, 'Cap', in Oak Creek Valley. Margie is the chair person for the Welcoming Committee and the first neighbor we officially met. She is one of the reasons why we decided to go back to MI and sell our home and become full time residents of Arizona. Margie also works as a volunteer for the Care Committee. She exemplifies a person with a caring heart but she is much, much more. She is witty, smart, sharp as a tack, a world traveler, having been to Russia, the Baltic Sea, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Monte Carlo in just the three years that I have known her! She is vivacious, always on the go, a wonderful hostess and full of life! She is someone that I love, and aspire to be like. She is eternally youthful because to her, age is only a number.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show - Rabbi Alicia Magal

Rabbi Alicia Magal, 36 x 24" Oil, On Loan from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Magal

Rabbi Alicia Magal
Religious Leader – Author - Philanthropist

Rabbi Alicia Magal’s outstanding communication skills are invaluable to a diverse congregation. She leads the congregation with love, creativity, sensitivity and on-going interfaith community outreach. It is her mission to "bring sparks of holiness and joy to the study of Torah”. This year's Philanthropist of the Year award recipient is Rabbi Alicia Magal of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley. The Philanthropist of the Year Award recognizes individuals who consistently commit time and financial assistance to worthy community causes and nonprofits. Rabbi Magal offers opportunities to explore cultural traditions and connect with people of diverse faiths in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show - Holly Underwood M.D.

Hollis Underwood M.D, 16 x 20" Oil, On Loan from the Collection of Dr. Underwood

Hollis Underwood M.D.
Honor Health Scottsdale

Hollis (Holly) Underwood M.D., is currently on staff as an Internal Medicine provider at Honor Health Scottsdale. She came to Arizona in May 1994. After a 6 yr appointment in the department of Community Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, she became President of Sonoran Health Specialists, Inc., in February 2000 where she developed and crafted her expertise in Integrative Wellness and Anti-Aging medicine. Dr Underwood served on several boards and organizations including the Center for Women’s Health, Vibetree Foundation and Planned Parenthood. She is a contributing author for The African American Woman's Guide to Heart Health and is also active in several organizations including The Links, Inc.,The National Association of Professional Women and The American Association of Anti Aging Medicine.
My lifelong interest in the medical field has lent itself to paying careful attention to anatomy in my portraits. I met Holly when she became my husband’s doctor at Verde Valley Medical Center. We were deeply impressed with her knowledge and caring. She makes a person feel valued as an individual as well as cared for as a patient.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show - Kimberly McWaters

Kimberly McWaters, oil, 36x24", On Loan from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. McWaters

Kim McWaters
Technical Institute – Chairman & CEO

Kim McWaters is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Technical Institute Inc., the nation’s leading provider of training for students seeking careers as automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine and collision repair technicians. 
McWaters was named Chief Executive Officer in 2003 and led UTI to a successful public offering. McWaters has been a member of the UTI Board for ten years and was named Chairman in 2013. She sits on the Penske Automotive Group Board, the nation’s second largest automotive retailer. In 2014, McWaters was appointed to the Mini Mobile Board, the leading storage company in the nation. She is an active member of the community with a passion for supporting women and children. McWaters has served on the Boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Fresh Start Women’s Foundation for more than a decade.   
McWaters holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She has been featured in Forbes, Business Week and Automotive News. In 2009, the Phoenix Business Journal ranked her among “Arizona’s Most Admired CEOs and Top Level Executives.” In 2012, Arizona Business Magazine rated her as one of the “Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.” 
She has three children and lives with her husband in Scottsdale, Arizona

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show - Beverly Butler Damore

Portrait Of Beverly Damore, oil, 20 x 16"On Loan from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Damore

Beverly Butler Damore
St. Mary's Food Bank - President & CEO

Beverly Butler Damore is active in the community, serving as a member of the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance Board of Directors for six years before joining the staff as Director of Community Relations and Marketing, later serving as Chief Operations Officer and now serving in her fourth year as President & CEO. She is a founding partner of the Phoenix-based corporate communications company Option II Advisors, which specializes in public relations, Web site orchestration, management consulting, community relations, fundraising, and event coordination. Previously, Ms. Damore worked for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and while there, was named co-Interim Chief Executive Officer while also serving as the organization's Chief Operating Officer. Beverly's community involvement began as a reporter for the Tribune Newspapers, where she was responsible for covering Scottsdale and Mesa City Halls; growth and development; and urban affairs. She holds a Masters of Mass Communication degree from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. In addition to her board involvement with St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, she is also a founding member of the ASU Craig and Barbara Barrett Honors College Dean's Advisory Board and a former member of the NOAH Board of Directors, a nonprofit focused on providing community access to health care.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Women Making Faces Portrait Show

It has been over a year that I have been working on this show and finally this Friday is the opening. I will have five portraits of my chosen subjects and my self portrait, making a total of six from me. It's been quite a journey and I hope that any of you who are in the area will check it out. There will be approximately 55 portraits exhibited from a variety of artists, all original paintings.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Holding Onto The Dogs

Hay Rolls, oil, 5x7" $109

Sometimes, I don't realize how badly I have painted a piece until later. This is usually not only a piece that does not sell, but also one that starts to make me cringe whenever I look at it. I rarely destroy them, because I believe in trying to learn from my mistakes, and believe it or not, sometimes it takes me a while before I figure out what went wrong! Holding on to the dogs, at least for a while, keeps me humble, too.

Eventually, the day comes when as a warm up, I decide to paint over the piece. Sometimes, I sand it down and do something totally different. Other times, I repaint and make the needed improvements to the original painting. Then, this time, I kept the theme, and even the location, but changed the view to something I like better. Here is the original painting:

Both images are from an afternoon as the clouds were building in the heat. The first was as a storm was coming in and has more edge to it. The end result is a calmer, more laid back scene. Now, there is nothing wrong with either in that regard, but the silhouette of the tree in the foreground bothers me and the clouds seem way too harsh. I probably will attempt one day to do another dramatic cloud scene, as I do love them. For me, they are very difficult to do, but I like the challenge.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My bad boyfriend

Thank you, Sara, for your permission to share this on my blog!

Robert & Sara Genn Twice-Weekly Letter -- Insight and inspiration for your artistic career.

My bad boyfriend

Dear Artist,
On last night's flight from New York, I read Amy Poehler's memoir, "Yes Please." An actress, writer, director and producer, Amy describes the distinction between that thing you do as an artist and your career as one. "Creativity is connected to passion -- that light inside that drives you." On the other hand your career, writes Amy, is simply a series of opportunities and jobs, and should be treated with some ambivalence. "Learn to let go of wanting it. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend."

I'm pleased to report that I am the top earner of rejection letters amongst my peers. My early twenties were spent painting, writing impassioned cover letters and compiling slide packs for galleries of international repute. In theatre, this is called a "cold audition." I had misinterpreted what it meant to take responsibility for how my brilliant ideas would be shared with the world. On top of this, somewhere along the line I'd taken on board the idea I had some control over the design of it all.

Instead, something else happened. I call it, "Organic Plodding with Joy." I learned that the healthiest relationships are mutual, and the best galleries are as equally invested in finding you as you are in being with them. Amy writes that people don't want to hear about the fifteen years of doing small shows while you work hard to improve your craft. Add to this that there are better ways to stick your neck out than dropping your script on a famous person's lap while on the train, or building a vision board to hang above your workless desk. Cold auditions of any kind most often amount to not very much. "Almost every job I have ever gotten was due to someone knowing my work and seeing me in something else," writes Amy. Better just to keep busy while waiting for something to happen.

I filed my rejections and went to my easel for real. When I emerged some years later I found I truly had something to love, something to do, and somewhere to be. Amy was teaching improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and bringing her comedy sketches to the table readings at her new job at Saturday Night Live. I was delivering my paintings to a new neighbourhood, the Park Avenue moon smiling down on another grateful hustler. Some days I even had a little walking around money -- slipped through the hole in my pocket to jangle around in the hem of my coat.



PS: "It likes it when you don't depend on it. It will reward you every time you don't act needy. It will chase you when you act like other things (passion, friendship, family, longevity) are more important to you. If your career is a bad boyfriend, it is healthy to remember you can always leave and go sleep with somebody else." (Amy Poehler)

"Ambivalence is the key to success." (Amy Poehler)

Esoterica: Letting go and caring less about that thing you want so badly is a tricky feat. Amy sums it up like this: Care about the work you do but not about the result. Care about how good you are, but not how good people think you are. It's a hard one, but organic plodding with joy might just get you where you really want to go. "Mix in public opinion and past regrets. Add a dash of future panic and a whole lot of financial uncertainty. Career is something that fools you into thinking you are in control and then takes pleasure in reminding you that you aren't. Career is the thing that will not fill you up and will never make you truly whole." Creativity, however -- and that light inside that drives you -- is the love of your life.

If you would like to read more information related to the above, please visit the letter My bad boyfriend and informative responses by readers.