It’s time to kick off your shoes, grab a fishing pole, take a walk past the old Horse Ranch, and venture down to the water’s edge to watch the Sailboats pass by. We’re traveling from the shores of New England and across America to the beaches on the west coast – all through the art of Robert, a.k.a. “Bob”, Kennedy. Bob is this month’s featured artist and we had him answer some questions to rekindle a time that was simple, peaceful, and serene. Here’s what he had to say:
GreenBox: How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Robert “Bob” Kennedy: Color – pattern – strength
GB: How long does it typically take you to create a piece, or does it usually vary?
BOB: It does vary and it usually depends on the size of the piece. I have some pieces that have taking up to a year to finish. I work on them a little bit, put them away, and then come back when I’m ready.
GB: Do you generally use the same color pallet or do you vary your choices?
BOB: I do. I start with earth colors and then add cadmium red, crimson, red, yellow, and blue. Most times I end up sculpting the colors because I use a lot of paint.
GB: Your “Road Through Town” piece is very warm and captures a small town feel. Is this a place you grew up in?
BOB: I paint everything from memory and a sketch book. A lot of these are real places. Also, my studio faces a nice landscape that I use for inspiration.
GB: Name one emotion you would like people to feel from viewing your art.
BOB: Peaceful – I don’t want to challenge the viewer.
BOB: When I was a young boy I used to work as a commercial fisherman and some of them are places that I used to work like “Sunday Morning at the Dock”. Others are a combination of east and west coast locations.
GB: If you weren’t an artist, what profession would you chose?
BOB: I would be helping people somehow or I would be a writer. I’d like to work on short stories or a play but painting is more pleasing to do than writing.
GB: How has your style changed over time or has it not changed at all?
BOB: I started with oil paints but was allergic to them so I switched to acrylic. My style hasn’t changed too much but I do use softer edges now.
GB: Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for us about art?
BOB: I’m a big fan of art and how it can help people. I think it’s a great outlet for people. They’re able to sit down and work out emotions and life experiences. I think art benefits people in a lot of ways.