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Plein Air Washington

We have members in both Eastern and Western Washington and Oregon. Check out website for paintouts and painting opportunities.

Location: Greater Puget Sound Region and beyond
Members: 40
Latest Activity: Jun 10

Discussion Forum

Tilbury Tableaux

Started by Dianne Gardner Mar 14, 2010.

Guidelines for 'invitational' paint-outs 2 Replies

Started by Donna Gwinn Davidson. Last reply by Gregg Caudell Oct 6, 2009.

Plein Air Show Commissions 22 Replies

Started by Ned Mueller. Last reply by Alfred Currier Sep 14, 2009.

Comment Wall

Comment by Denise Champion on July 8, 2009 at 9:47pm
I have two wonderful plein air painters friends visiting this Aug. from Georgia, and one of them, Marsha Savage (see website: will be doing a demo for interested artists, Aug.29, 10-12, if interested in more info leave comment.
Comment by Denise Champion on July 8, 2009 at 9:49pm
Marsha is on this site too, so is Carly Hardy, both will be visiting me in Washington and Marsha will do a demo.
Comment by Joy S. Olney on July 26, 2009 at 12:05pm
Hi ,I've been a member of this group for 3 years. I will see you on Aug. 1st, Gallery by the Bay.
Comment by Marilyn Timms on August 14, 2009 at 6:29pm
Hi, my husband will retire soon and I am hoping to hook up with other painters and since you are not far from here, can I join you all when possible? You are welcome here on Vancouver Island too if you need a plein air painting friend
Comment by Joy S. Olney on August 14, 2009 at 6:43pm
Hi Marilyn,
That would be great. There are a couple of us here in Bellingham.
If you drive to here. One of us can drive south to the paint outs, so you won't have so much driving.
I would love to paint on Vancouver Island .
Thanks. Joy
Comment by Marilyn Timms on August 17, 2009 at 10:52pm
Super. I will keep in touch Joy and you are welcome here anytime
Comment by Rich Davis on September 5, 2009 at 2:11pm
Hello--My goats and I paint here in the Methow Valley and am always looking for folks to paint with. Plein air painters are few and far between around this area. This is my painting partner Freeby, who is sure he can do as well as I can. Rich
Comment by Dianne Gardner on September 5, 2009 at 2:16pm
There will be a whole slew of PAWa painters in Methow Valley come October. We rent the lodge in Mazama every year. Send Sylvia a letter and look us up. I personally won't be going, but they'll be there.
Comment by Matt Dollahite on September 18, 2009 at 4:46pm
Would like to here from any of you who made it to the US OPEN on Whidbey Island. Good or bad.
Comment by Michele Cooper on September 19, 2009 at 12:41pm
I have participated in all the US Open Plein Air events on Whidbey, so this was number 4. It has always been well organized. Each time, it is obvious that efforts are made to improve. This year, I felt quite a few new changes were made to enhance the experience for the participating artists. Having hospitality each evening was such a generous thing to do. I am sure that those who traveled far were made to feel welcome and more at home. Experienced and beginning painters alike were deeply appreciative of the extra time and effort that the jurist spent in presenting a free demonstration after judging the show.

Although both my entries were chosen, I appreciated being able to pick up rejected work right away instead of an additional trip, or on the next day. Likewise, being able to pick up unsold work right after the sale.

Two things continue from the beginning to facilitate involvement: having the check-in center open each day (in case you need more surfaces stamped, restroom, email, etc.) and having beautiful, affordable frames available on submitting your work, with proper fitting hardware.

One has to read the prospectus diligently, however, to keep up with annual changes to the basics, like number of entries allowed, pricing rules, auction changes. It may have been the economy this year, but it seemed a lot fewer paintings sold. I wonder if the live auction was a distraction during the time allowed for patrons to browse the panels for the silent auction. I saw most people seated and gathered around the stage to enjoy the drama and empty aisles of artwork during the live auction. Human nature, I know. Not a lot of time afterwards to regenerate the impulse to purchase from the panels, though.

All in all, however, I always enjoy my experience painting en plein air, and particularly during this event. Kudos to the staff and volunteers for a spectacular effort!


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