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

Monday, October 27, 2008

Accepting the Blog Invitation

Dear PAS-SO's, As it turns out we do need to make an email address using a Gmail address so we can post to this web. It's FREE and simple to do. Just pick a simple user name to use & simple pass word. Example . Our site is getting better all the time. As I learn more things I can do I will pass them along. I will try to develop a personel page for each of us soon. There you will be able to put in your bio, link's to your own selling page (if you so choose), paintings you would like to show etc.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A retro-guy takes a tentative step

OK. This is my #1 blog entry. I'll just follow along for a while, as my main interest is in painting. Thanx to Norm for pushing me into the blog-age. I was having a block-age!


Pastel Paintings from Outings

These were created at Table Rock venue & at the entrance to Talent City Hall this summer. ENJOY!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Linda's On the Blog!

That was only a little bit painful, but worth the time to join in.  My photo, if you click on my name in the column listing us bloggers on the left,  is me and fellow artist Virginia Govedare at Apr. '08 Quick Draw for Taste of Ashland.  It was a blast, with only 60 min. to paint and frame.  I did a pastel, 9"x12", of Cape Sebastian on the Oregon coast (after doing 4 practice runs in my studio to get it under an hour.)  Would do it again!  It's really frazzling fun.  If it's good weather for Lithia Pk. paint-out, I'll see you there.

Wispy Memory of Plein Air

It's Elaine (Frenett) - Ok, I'm here, I'm in!!! And you know, once I start something I gotta really get into it!

Dreaming back to my last plein air paintout with everyone was
w - a- a- a- a- a - y back in September, the 4th to be exact! It WAS monumental cuz we'd been trying to go to Summer Joe's for year's (right, Norm?). And we actually made it - the glitch - Norm had just broken his leg in phenomenal acrobatic leap. But he mustered it together and got to the site in wheelchair, painted and of course, dined! It was jolly for us all.

I perused the grounds with my camera as usual. I enjoyed the gardens but found the giant sunflowers there, the most intriguing. Kind of like big people gazing down into the garden.

But when I settled, I chose the orchard scene. I was attracted to the long shadows tossed across the path and the very white fence. Here's my attempt for the day in my journal - not my finest - but it captures ALL the feelings and warmth of the day. As always, a very fond memory of painting out with great people in wonder-filled territory here in Oregon!

Sunriver Heaven

Last year (thanks to Kay Driver) a bunch of us painted En Plein Air for 7 glorious days. I managed to end up with 5 good paintings. In the evening we would go out for local fare the return home to work on the paintings we didn't finish, watch art How To's or just enjoy each other's company. Attached is a WIP (work in progress).
I'll post more later. Norm

Monday, October 20, 2008

Greetings everyone,
Thanks Norm for the invite
This is my first "blog post", so hopefully I'm doing this correctly.
Feel free to share any pointers.
Happy painting.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Plein Air with "Smudge" @ Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

This was about 3 years ago. Late in Fall.
I went and painted plein air in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. This was the fountain in the Rose Garden.
I love to use pastels for ease of use, colors, etc.
BUT ... as I found out when I made a trip to the restroom - just call me "Smudge" ... my face was COVERED in all kinds of pastel colors!
Fortunately not TOO MANY people had stopped to speak to me. :)
Oh ... now I know why they didn't stop to speak to me! HA!

Hope you enjoy this, and I (and others, I'm sure) are looking forward to YOUR stories and photos of Plein Air painting.
Click on the photo for a larger view.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Welcome Plein Air Society of Southern Oregon

This is OUR blog, members can request to become editors.

Once approved you can post photos, artwork, and talk about all things art!

WELCOME to this part of our own cyber world.