Thursday, November 29, 2007

Long May We Paint

We're often asked, as we paint, "Who are you? Is this a class?" Here is the beginning of an answer.

By tradition and design, the PAPC has been a free, voluntary, informal association of artists who paint together on Saturday mornings in the Chicago area. Whoever shows up to paint is by virtue of that amazing fact a member of our group and is entitled to all of the privileges, benefits and emoluments of such membership.

The privileges and benefits, and the accompanying responsibilities, which accrue to a member of the PAPC include the following:

1. he is entitled to freeze his butt off in the winter on Milwaukee Avenue while the snow makes his brushes soggy and ruins his "snowscape";

2. she is entitled to be bitten by flies at the Montrose bird sanctuary because she forgot her bug spray and wore shorts instead of long pants;

3. he is entitled, but not required, to submit his painting to a loosely structured, often rambling and self-contradictory, critique by other painters at the end of the morning, bearing in mind to take what he needs and leave the rest;

4. she is entitled to participate as much as she wants in the critique of others' paintings, politely keeping in mind that every painting, however buggered it may appear, is "salvagable";

5. he is not required to pay any dues, swear any oaths, or adhere to any persons, foreign or domestic;

6. she is entitled to exhibit plein air paintings, in whatever medium, in our group shows, keeping in mind not to spend all of her earnings in one place;

7. he is not required, but freely may, assist in any joint undertakings of the group, most notably in hanging our shows and getting the word out in the manner of a carnival barker;

8. she is entitled to, and by all rights will, grouse about going to Montrose or Humboldt Park "again," as long as she herself puts forward the occasional suggestion about where to paint;

9. he is not required to join the Palette and Chisel, or as it is also known, Peyton-on-Dearborn;

10. if she paints with us one time only, on only the balmiest summer morning in June, and never paints with us again, she may forever call herself a member--since she is going to do so anyway, and how would we stop her?;

11. he is not subjected to committees or elections or drafting of by-laws, since all such things make his head hurt worse than looking at a "Kinkade;"

12. she is expected, always, to share her method of gluing linen to board or her method of mixing a tricky shade of green;

13. he is not expected to go out of pocket on behalf of the group, but if he does so in connection with a show or some other incidental expense, he must have the good grace to either frankly seek reimbursement from others or not to complain about it--we do not keep books.

Long may we paint.

(Click on the drawing above to enlarge it. The drawing was done in pen and ink by JLS Williams, former member of the P&C; it is found within the Palette and Chisel logbook accompanying an entry about the painting expedition made to Oswego in September, 1903.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

December 1 Wicker Park

This Saturday the group will return to Wicker Park, the scene of several earlier outings. This is a high-energy place where many good paintings are yet to be had.


December 1, 8:30 a.m.


Starbucks, North and Damen
(Mapquest directions here.)


Painting to your heart's content!

(Photo from 1929. Note the streetcars on North and Milwaukee.)

December 2, Marci's Studio Sketch Sale

Marci wrote to us recently:

"Hello everyone,
Just wanted to invite you to my Studio Sketch Sale

Sunday December 2nd. Noon to 2pm.

In my studio at the Palette and Chisel.

Parking is free on Sundays, enter through the side gate and follow the signs to Studio 6.

See you there."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November 24 Lincoln Square

This Saturday we will meet in Lincoln Square, at Lincoln, Western and Lawrence, another one of the great Chicago neighborhoods. There's lots of street life there, small shops, cafes, restaurants--and we will meet at Cafe Selmarie, an excellent bakery and coffee shop.


Cafe Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln


8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 24
Critique at noon


Mapquest directions are here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

November 17 Old Town

This Saturday people will be meeting in Old Town, specifically at Nookies on Wells Street, 1746 N. Wells. In addition to being a great neighborhood for painting, there is a possibility that we might have a show in old town next year. So let's get in a seasonal painting of the neighborhood before it gets too cold and we just want to stay in bed on a Saturday morning.

Nancy Albrecht, who suggested Nookies as a place to meet, reports: "There is street parking on Clark (one block east) and other parking as one finds it. It is on the 22 Clark bus line as well as North Ave. bus line 1 1/2 blocks south."

The map here shows the Old Town Triangle District.


1746 N. Wells


8:30 a.m., Saturday, November 17


Do you really have to ask?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

November 10 Crystal Lake

We will return to the city to paint in Old Town next weekend, but this weekend, while some of the leaves are still on the trees, Bill Schneider has graciously agreed to host us out in the Crystal Lake area. The group has been out to Bill's house several times over the years, and it has always been a great experience.

We will meet at Bill's house and proceed from there.


November 10, 8:30 a.m.


9915 Scots Circle
Village of Lakewood, IL 60014


Mapquest is here.

Get off I-90 at Randall Road, north to Algonquin Road, west on Algonquin to Lakewood, north on Lakewood to Turnberry Trail, around to Scots Circle.