So What Does Your Spouse Do For a Living?
And other things people say to plein air artists
When it comes to things people say to plein air artists, there is no limit to the humor or audacity. When we reached out to Lori Putnam and asked her about some of the off-the-wall things she has encountered and heard, we laughed, we cringed, and we knew we had to share this with you!
In addition to the wild comments (below), Lori said the general public is sometimes shocked to see people painting outdoors, not to mention the standard tricks of the trade: “When they see me, like a magician, pulling stuff out of my small daypack and setting up to paint (or packing it all back into a remote spot), they are amazed at just how compact everything can be.”
Lori Putnam on Things People Say…
Non-painters who walk by when I only have big masses blocked in just look confused. It takes guts, of course, to do that in front of people. It doesn’t look like any “thing.” Even when I have finished, people who know very little about art will tell me I have a “good start.” They want to know if I will finish it when I get home. That’s just part of painting in a looser style. It takes all I have sometimes to just smile and move on.
Sometimes when someone asks what I do, they are shocked that people actually still do that for a living. They think:
1. All great artists are dead
2. You cannot possibly make money being an artist, and
3. They want to know what my husband does for a living.
It is at this point that I (sometimes) patiently explain as best I can what it means to be a professional, living artist. Then I show them my website, complete with prices, and they get a clearer picture. It’s the same when an average non-art-follower walks into the studio. To them, I am an alien speaking in a totally different language.
On another note, we’ve all heard the guy who walks by and says, “Need me to pose for you?” My reply is, “Yes, that would be great! We’re studying the human form today. Do you mind posing nude?” ~ L.P.
Plein Air Artists Unite
Lori is joining us in Santa Fe soon for the Plein Air Convention & Expo, where hundreds of us will be gathered for several days of painting and sharing similar stories, I’m sure! Visit PleinAirConvention.com now to register. And if you’re one of the many fans, followers, customers, and guests who really wanted to meet up with us but don’t feel you can travel, you can now choose the PACE Online option! [LEARN MORE]
What comments have you heard from passersby? Share them with us in the comments below!