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SWS Paintouts

SWS Paintouts were important to the beginning of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and continue to be an important part of SWS today. The first SWS paintout was held in 1964 and have continued yearly.

Some SWS paintout locations around Texas have included Winnsboro, Marble Falls, Port Isabel, Archer City, Granbury, Jefferson, Comfort, Whitesboro, Mt. Vernon, Denison, Denton, Lake White Rock, and Nacogdoches.

Join in on the fellowship and fun.

2017 Fall Paint Out in Marshall, Jefferson and Lake Caddo Area

2017 Fall Paint Out will be October 6-7 in Marshall, Texas, Jefferson, Texas and Lake Caddo Area. More details are coming soon. Please email Ron Bigony to sign up for this event.

SWS Paint Outs

The summer of 2016, several board members and plein air enthusiasts met to talk about the future of our increasingly popular paint outs.  We wanted to clarify the purpose of the activity and to consider a number of suggestions for improvement made by members.

The goals, we decided are to provide members the opportunity to paint out of doors, to learn from the experience, and to enjoy fellowship with other painters.  To that end we decided to de-emphasize competition, sales, and gallery shows of our work.  We will no longer award prizes, but instead will encourage painters to talk about their plein air experience and discuss their paintings at our traditional Saturday night gathering.

Because our group has grown so large, we have made some adjustments to evening events.  This is to simplify the planning process now that the paint-out group has increased in size to the point that finding venues for common meals is more difficult.  Even when we find an appropriate location it turns out that visiting at a large table means talking to only three or four of the closest people due to the noise and crowding.

Friday evening of the paint out weekend we will gather at the hotel around 5 p.m. to talk about painting locations, restaurant recommendations, etc.  Maps and location information will be shared. After the meeting, rather than having a common meal, we will disperse in smaller groups to eat at restaurants of choice.  Afterwards, we can meet back at the hotel for more visiting and parlor games for those so inclined.

Saturday we will gather again at the hotel to show our paintings, and for BYOB happy hour.  We will order in pizza and stay to visit as long as we like.

Plein Air Painting Buddies:

We will also use the Buddy System again. If you are a more experienced member who would like to be a buddy, or a newer member or your first time paint out, please contact me. Contact info above.

 


Paintout FAQ

Q: Who is the current SWS paintout chair?
A: Gaylord O’Con – Gaylord@gaylordocon.com

Q: When & Where is the next SWS 2015 paintout?
A: April 21, 22, 2017 in Palenstine, Texas

Q: Who can attend a paintout?
A: SWS artists and guest.

Q: Is there a charge for attending paintouts?
A: No, the artist or guest are responsible for all their travel and food cost.

Q: What experience level is required?
A: Beginners to advanced artists are invited to attend. All experience levels are invited.

Q: Where are paintouts held and who selects the locations?
A: Paintouts are held in cities, parks, ranches, lakes and other areas of interest. The paintout chair selects the location, but the artist can make recommendations.

Q: How can I find out the paintout schedule?
A: Watch the Scene News Letter, the SWS website, SWS Facebook, SWS membership meetings or contact the paintout chair.

Q: What materials and equipment are required?
A: Materials and equipment are the option and choice of the artist. There is no standard. Contact the paintout chair for suggestions.

Q: Do some artists sketch instead of painting?
A: Yes

Q: Do some artist take photos instead of painting?
A: Yes

Q: Who selects the motel for overnight?
A: The paintout chair selects the hotel convenient to the paintout location. Normally there are a block of rooms reserved at a discount. Contact to paintout chair for details.

Q: How long are paintouts?
A: Normally paintouts are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are also one day paintouts on Saturday or Sun-day.

Q: Is there a reception or party during the paint-out?
A: Because our group has grown so large, we have made some adjustments to evening events.  This is to simplify the planning process now that the paint-out group has increased in size to the point that finding venues for common meals is more difficult.  Even when we find an appropriate location it turns out that visiting at a large table means talking to only three or four of the closest people due to the noise and crowding.   Friday evening of the paint out weekend we will gather at the hotel around 5 p.m. to talk about painting locations, restaurant recommendations, etc.  Maps and location information will be shared. After the meeting, rather than having a common meal, we will disperse in smaller groups to eat at restaurants of choice.  Afterwards, we can meet back at the hotel for more visiting and parlor games for those so inclined.

Q: Is there a judging and awards?
A: No, We will no longer award prizes, but instead will encourage painters to talk about their plein air experience and discuss their paintings at our traditional Saturday night gathering.

Saturday we will gather again at the hotel to show our paintings, and for BYOB happy hour.  We will order in pizza and stay to visit as long as we like.

Q: Do artist paint together at paintouts?
A: Yes and no. How the artist paints is up to the artist. Contact the paintout chairman if you would like to organize a paintout buddy.

Q: Is the paintout art exhibited?
A: The paintout art produced at the paintout is normally exhibited at the following membership meeting. Local galleries to the paintout location may exhibit the art. The paintout chair will contact the artist about details.

Q: How many paintouts are held each year?
A: Normally 2, a spring and fall paintout. There can be other paintouts organized.

Q: Are there out of state paintouts?
A: Yes, sometimes paintouts are held in other states.