Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Some of the things people say to a Plein Air Watercolor Artist


#1. Wow that’s cool, what is it?

#2. You paint? My (fill in blank here… with) brother, father, mother cousin etc.. paints too, but they're really good.

#3 So, how much do you charge for a painting of this size? That much?

#4 How long does it usually take you to paint a painting? (I’m thinking, not as long as when people don’t bother me).

#5 You know what would be good in that painting, (pick one) A deer, a house, a hunter, seashells, fishing pole…Etc.. You get the idea. You can’t believe the suggestions!

#6 I’d love to have a painting like this, but could you change (insert any of these) :color, size, format, subject matter, or all of the above.

#7 What in the world are you doing out here?

#8 I paint once in awhile, but I do real paintings, u know, oil?

#9 So, what is this called? Water-color, yeah we learned to do that in grade school.

#10 Man you’re great, you should have your stuff on QVC. (my favorite)

#11 The name for this painting should be …___________________ The answer can be anything they dream up, then they act affronted when I don’t readily agree.

#12 Are you an Artist or do you just paint? ( I would hope the work speaks for itself)

I put these comments on this blog just for fun; don’t ever let people influence you not to paint. If you have any of your own silly statements you've heard...send them in as comments.

7 comments:

Jeff Surace said...

so true, my favorite comment from someone was "did you make a portrait?" i said "yeah, of that mountain"

Anonymous said...

so true, one of my favorites i've heard,"did you just make a portrait?" i said "yeah, of that mountain"

pfranklin said...

wonderful painting.

Comment from on looker from my painting experience: I've always wanted to paint outside but was afraid that folks would stop to talk with me and break my concentration.

:)

Lori said...

Oooo I love these! I have gotten them all. Hubby always wants me to put a monkey in my paintings. He is great at pointing out flaws, he has no depth perception so he will touch the wet paint!

Another I have been getting lately,"I tried painting just like you but I can't. Why not?"

Lori said...

I forgot to say, I love the painting too! Its a great design.

bj said...

I get a lot of the "how long does it take you to do a picture" (I usually use the word 'painting' in my response.)

There is also "how long you been drawing)?".

I usually get the "I can't draw a straight line" comment. I used to point out that there are no actual straight lines in nature, but I would get the blank stare. So now I just tell them to keep practicing.

This painting is wonderful. It has the feel of open air, but with maybe a storm coming. Beautiful freedom.

C. Ousley said...

Some lady once told me watercolor is not art because you are just coloring drawings. Stupid minger!

The most I get (ad nauseum) is the "how long does it take you to do a painting."

Another person said all snooty like, Why don't you just take a photo of it!" I told that person to go f-ing take a hike....Well I left out the F word but I felt like throwing a few F-bombs.

Headphones help.

For all the twits there are plenty of fine folks that I met that are interesting to talk with and I am glad to.