Friday, May 1, 2009

Plein Air 2009

Well fellow PASSO Members, it's been a long recovery (8 months) but I'm back and ready to fire the starting gun. We had a small start a week ago at Edenvale Winery but winter just doesn't want to let go. There will be updates on our activities calender. If you have found a spot that we might all enjoy, please send in you ideas and if it fits the criteria for an available restroom, then it may get on the list. Lets get some pictures of our paintouts this year and get them posted. The best photo of us on our paintouts will be used on the PAS-SO front page. Yes friends & family may apply.
Send it to me @ send it as a jpeg file.
We have new members and a new energy, a very fun year ahead, jump in and enjoy.
Happy Painting

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Plein Air take-along - make it yourself ...

Love to do plein air watercolors, but don't have a WC box?

Make yourself a WC paint box from an Altoid's tin ...


Friday, January 23, 2009

MIA popping back in!

Ok, I know I've been missing in action, but have newly vowed to take a more active part in PASSO. I miss all
you guys and the plein air painting. So guess, I have no one to motivate but me! So here I am!

Wanted to share with you all a great potential plein air possibility (actually a big project I've been working on that has consummed alot of my time)! I've created a "Women's Mexico Retreat" for journaling and watercolor sketching, April 12-17, 2009! It will encompass more than just painting, like yoga, writing exercises, Buddist meditation etc. but will be an experiential adventure. Right now air fares are WAY low (I spent $600 for my fare in June and now it is $378!) - great time to book. Anyway, ladies, if you are interested OR know of anyone interested, please pass on this blogsite (for updates, pricing, events etc.):

Can't wait for our next outdoor paintout - where you WILL see me! Keep hibernating but, keep creating!


Friday, December 5, 2008

Just in case you missed this by Robert Genn.

Recently Linda Menke of Sarasota, Florida, asked, "Is it expected or appropriate to send a thank-you note to the person who buys your painting? A local artist did this for us when we bought one of his. It felt nice. On the other hand, I have never sent one to a buyer of my own work. Is there an artists' etiquette in this matter?"

Thanks, Linda. This may seem a bit smug, but while collectors have been very kind to appreciate my art and keep me in bread, I've always thought I was the one doing them a favour. I don't think I've ever written and thanked a person for a purchase, even when it was the Queen. Maybe it's an artists' etiquette I'm not aware of.

On the other hand, something of genuine and permanent interest tucked in the back of the painting when it leaves the studio is often treasured by the buyer. Further, it gives the gallery a talking point and adds long-term value. All works of art don't lend themselves to this, but when there is something to say, it's an artist's way of thanking the Universe. Sharing that with a buyer is thanks enough.

I know it's a bit limp-brained and sentimental, but it's even fun to include "stuff." I've been known to tack a small zip-lock bag to the stretcher with a few pebbles from the stream in the painting, a feather from a passing grouse or a spare limpet (complete with the sniff-factor) from the beach. We've illustrated some examples that might be of value to you at the top of the current clickback.

One of the best items to find tucked into the back of a painting is a map. A photocopy, with an "X" where the work was painted, adds a treasure hunt to the art-buying event. Not a few buyers have tracked down the source of their paintings, even travelling to foreign countries.

Your works of art are an ever-changing record of your personal interests and growth. You don't want to trivialize or monetize the progress of that growth. Sensitive collectors know this. A genuinely-felt thought or observation--without going overboard--tucked away with the art, cements you to your vision and shares with others your hours of joy and struggle.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Trip to Europe

A few photos...40 out of 550! I have a LOT MORE!!!


Kay Driver

Sunday, November 2, 2008

PAS-SO Calendar

Did you know that when you click on an activity of the calendar, that activity will open with more details. Then there is a button you can click on that reminds you of that event? Fill in the blanks, set the reminder day (1-2-3 or more) and click on set. It will send you an email with a validation link. When you click on it, the system will set the timer for you and then you're all set.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


HELLO GOOD FRIENDS. I just returned from Paris and Collioure in France, Cadaques, Grenada, Barcelona and Seville in Spain and even Tangier, Morocco. It was an incredible trip and our first time visiting these countries. Looking forward to chatting with all of you very soon. Take care. Kay