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August 2023

The Outdoor Painter's Society and the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center Presents

PAINT KERRVILLE!


A Plein Air Competition Event

September 18 - 23,  2023

$5000 Cash Awards

Patrick Saunders, Awards Juror


Fifty OPS Members from Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, and Oklahoma will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area, including several private property locations.  200 paintings are expected to be completed by the 50 competition artists in the 4-day event. Visit the events page on the OPS website for more information. You are invited to come Saturday, Sept. 23rd at the Kerr Arts Center at 5pm for the Reception and AwardsPresentation.


Mark your calendars! The date for the 2024 has been confirmed: September 16-21, 2024.



 

Cyber Security for Artists


A Free 1/2 Hour Zoom Seminar for OPS Members Only

September 26, 6:00-6:30 CST

The internet, especially social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook, has become an easy yet critical way artists can build their brand and find new patrons.  But as their online footprint increases, artists have become targets for cyber criminals.  In this half hour webinar, learn how cyber criminals are targeting you and your art business along with methods for protecting yourself and your work.

To register, go to www.stubblefieldstudios.com/register or email austin@stubblefieldstudios.com

Austin Stubblefield has worked in cyber security for over 20 years serving some of the world's largest businesses.  He is also a fellow artist and member of the Outdoor Painters Society.

OPS Signature Membership: Signature Membership status applications deadline is September 15th.  View requirements and the times to apply in the Members Only section of the OPS website.

OPS Calendar
of Events 2023-24

Paint Kerrville! Sept 18 -23, 2023  Competition, Show & Sale 

Pagosa Springs: Oct 10-14, 2023
Pagosa Springs, CO Paint Out

Llano, TX: Nov 10-11, 2023
Paint Out, Llano, TX

Holiday Bash! Coming in December

Plein Air Southwest: May, 2024

Paint Kerrville! Sept 16-21, 2024

 Competition, Show & Sale

Pagosa Springs, CO

Oct. 10-14, 2023
Registration Open

Start packing up your gear and panoramic canvases for our first trip of the fall season. OPS is heading to Pagosa Springs, Colorado,Oct. 10-14. Nestled in southwest Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is known for its amazing hot springs, abundant sunshine and small town feel. The San Juan River flows through the heart of the town and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. It is 30 minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area. 

Don't miss painting this awesome part of the country with your OPS friends, or bring along guests to join in the fun!! Go to https://www.outdoorpainterssociety.com/ and sign in. Look under the "event" tab.

 

Llano, TX

November 10-11

Registration Opens soon!

Sitting along the Llano and home to one of the most beautiful courthouses in Texas, this countryside makes for a fantastic hill country paint out.  Located an hour and a half from Austin, it is surrounded by charming towns, full of Texas quaint, historical buildings. The low water crossing at Kingsland gives you multiple views of the lovely Llano River. Only a two day paint out, but you might want to come early or stay an extra day!

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Upcoming 2024 Paint Outs

We are in the process of exploring all the exciting options for 2024 paint outs. If you haven’t been there (or even if you have been) join us for  Medicine Park and the Wichita Mountains & Wildlife Refuge outside Lawton, OK in April. A trip to colorful Rockport, TX might be on the books, as well as a wildflower paint out in March to beautiful Fredericksburg  and Johnson City. And come fall '24, make plans for the stunning Palo Duro and Cap Rock Canyon. Wimberly, TX is very picturesque area we might venture to paint.

Medicine Park, Oklahoma

Congratulations!

Cecy Sutherland: Cecy Turner won Best Master Award for her oil painting, “Reaching Beyond,” in the Women Artists of the West 53rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas. The judge was Kim Casebeer and the show will hang through September 15th. This was a piece she painted from her trip to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, on a little road you can see down into the canyon--Cecy and her husband found out how to get to it, and went down the road in their jeep!!

Val Sandell: My painting titled "Mares in Motion" has been accepted in the Oil Painters of America Western Regional, to be held at Brushworks Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT.

Robert Simone: My painting "Joined At The Hip" received the award for Best Landscape at NOAPS Best of America National Exhibition in Boulder, Co.With the inclusion of "Joined At The Hip" in that exhibition I was elevated to the distinction of Signature Member in NOAPS.
The same painting, "Joined At The Hip" was selected for inclusion in the OPA Eastern Regional in Birmingham, Al.

    Jing Zhao: Pleased to know that my painting "Village Girls" has been juried into the Western Oil Painters of America’s exhibition. Thank you to OPA and the OPA jurors! Also, I am so honored to get this email: “Your painting, “Big Sister,” has been selected for our exhibition in C√≥rdoba, Spain. The Almenara Art Prize Exhibition will show only 50 selected works for our physical exhibition in Spain, less than 2% of all the accepted works.

    Richie Vios: I received a letter yesterday from the Director of Western Art Museum, Kerrville for the submittal for the 40th Annual Roundup exhibit. They accept all 3 of my entries. So proud of myself that I'm with the two big Western Art Exhibitions in Texas. The 38th Annual Western Classic in Bosque Art Center, Cliffton, Texas, and the 40th Roundup Exhibition in the Western Art Museum, Kerrville, Texas. 

    Hai-Ou: Honored to Won 2nd place at Adirondack Plein Air competition. I am very thankful and honored to given 2nd place by juror Mick McAndrews who is an awesome painter. 

     

    Workshops

    For 2024 Thomas Jefferson Kitts will join us in Galveston to judge our annual competition and teach one or two workshop. The first Thomas Jefferson Kitts workshop is on May 6-9, 2024. Registration opens on October 15th. Go to events page on the website for more information.

    Robert Simone:  I am teaching a 3-day, Plein Air Painting Workshop entitled "Plein Air Essentials", sponsored by the Ontario County Arts Council in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.  The workshop will be held at a winery in Naples, NY.  Details are on my website, robertjsimone.com.

    The Outdoor Painters Society is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers and supported by membership. We are always looking for ways to pay the bills. An easy way to help OPS is by purchasing a hat or tee shirt with our logo on it. Thanks for looking!

    https://www.outdoorpainterssociety.com/page-1804432


    Editor’s note: Send any member news, photos of yourself or your friends painting, award notices, and/or workshop notices by the 25th of the month to myrrhsart@gmail.com.  Occasionally I will copy a post from the OPS Facebook page to list, but I'm not reliable lol. Happy painting!



    July 2023





    July 2023

    "PLEIN VISIONS IN MINIATURE"

    Show dates: July 25 – August 14, 2023


    Congratulations to the Winners!

    Sponsored by The Outdoor Painters SocietyThe Associate Members Show & Sale 2023 was hosted by The Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana, Texas, and presented in their beautiful, light filled Warehouse Living Arts Gallery. 

    Our very own Bruce Peil, OPS Master Signature artist, judged the show. He had his work cut out for him! We are proud of the quality of work that was submitted by OPS Associate members.

    Start preparing now for the 2024 show. We are moving it to the late fall/early winter, together with a fun paint out of historic Corsicana. 

    Best in Show
    "Home Stretch" John Caggiano

    First Place
    "Jack Pot Docked" Elaine Haake

    2nd Place
    "Saturday Morning" Jingsheng Liu

    Third Place
    "Field of Cactus" Frank Gabriel

     

    Merit Award
    "Abandoned" Richard Szkutnik

    Merit Award
    "Turned Out to Be a Nice Day"
    Dena Davis

    Merit Award
    "Hey There" Helen Wilson

    Mark your calendars

    PAINT KERRVILLE!
    September 18-23, 2023

    Even though registration was closed 24 hours after it was posted, there is still room on the waiting list. 

     The "wet paint" competition, show & sale is hosted by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas.  Artists will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area including several private property locations.  About 200 paintings are expected to be completed by the 50 competition artists in the 4-day event. Visit the events page on the OPS website for more information.

    Artist Organizational Tip: Keep a short Artist Biography and a good photo of yourself (headshot) in your phone or computer files.  You’ll be ready to produce your profile on art show entry sites, art competition promos, and new social media sites.

    Show Entry Tip: Always Remember to label your artwork with artist name, title, and price.  It’s just added insurance that your painting will be sold for the right price, matched up with the proper placard for the show, and returned to you at the end of the show.

    OPS Signature Membership: Signature Membership status applications deadline is September 15th.  View requirements and the times to apply in the Members Only section of the OPS website.

    OPS Calendar
    of Events 2023

    Plein Vision in Miniature: July 25-August 14, the annual OPS Associates Show & Sale, Corsicana, TX

    Paint Kerrville! Sept 18 -23
    Competition, Show & Sale
    Kerrville, TX

    Pagosa Springs: Oct 10-14
    Pagosa Springs, CO Paint Out

    Llano River: Nov 10-11
    Paint Out, Llano, TX

    Holiday Bash! Coming in December

    OPS Paint Outs

    Above & Below: Pagosa Spring, CO

    Pagosa Springs, CO
    Registration Opening next week!

    Start packing up your gear and panoramic canvases for our first trip of the fall season. OPS is heading to Pagosa Springs, Colorado,Oct. 10-14. Nestled in southwest Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is known for its amazing hot springs, abundant sunshine and small town feel. The San Juan River flows through the heart of the town and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. It is 30 minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area. 

    Don't miss painting this awesome part of the country with your OPS friends, or bring along guests to join in the fun!!

     

    Llano Courthouse

    Llano River: Sitting along the Llano and home to one of the most beautiful courthouses in Texas, this countryside makes for a fantastic hill country paint out, November 10-11. Located an hour and a half from Austin, it is surrounded by charming towns, full of Texas history. The low water crossing at Kingslands gives you multiple views of the lovely Llano River. Only a two day paint out, but you might want to come early or stay an extra day!

    Upcoming 2024 Paint Outs: We are in the process of exploring all the exciting options for 2024 paint outs. If you haven’t been there (or even if you have been) join us for  Medicine Park and the Wichita Wildlife Preserve outside Lawton, OK in April. A trip to colorful Rockport, TX might be on the books, as well as a wildflower paint out in March to beautiful  Fredericksburg and Johnson City.  And come fall '24, make plans for the stunning Palo Duro and Cap Rock Canyon. Wimberly, TX is very picturesque area we might venture to paint.

     A big thank you to Laura Lee Drumwright for her help in planning the Pagosa Springs paint out! She only regrets she can't be there. We do too Laura!

    Congratulations

    Kurt Ritterpusch: On the last day of the Evanston Paint Out, Kurt Ritterpusch won Best Painting for the area of Main Dempster Mile, for  "The Fishbowl." He also won Third Place for Temple's Annual Temple Treasures Painting Contest. 

    Hai-Ou Hou won an Honorable Mention for her painting of “Tractors,” at the Paint Grand Traverse competition in July. She also received notice that her painting, ”In Love,” has been accepted into the show NOAPS 2023 Best of America International Juried Exhibition in Alexandria, VA.

    Jing Zhao: Happy to know my painting “Street singer in Cusco” has been accepted into NOAPS 2023 Best of America International Juried Exhibition which will be hosted by the Principle Gallery, 208 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. The show will open on August 11, 2023. Congratulations to other accepted artists!

    Cecy Sutherland Turner: I'm beyond thrilled to have won the Masters Award at the Women Artists of the West 53rd National Exhibition for my painting, "Spanning Time."  Thank you to Women Artists of the West and to judge, Kim Casebeer for this honor! The show will be up until September 15th at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas .

    Stuart Roper: I was truly honored and delighted to have received the 4th Place Award in the juried “7th Annual Impressions: Small Works Exhibition” in April by the American Impressionist Society, hosted by The District Art Gallery in Knoxville, TN. 

    Member News

    OPS member Cindy Nowotny and several other artists participated in the Paint Out at the Downtown Bryan Street & Art Fair, April 15,2023. We are looking forward to the next one set for Saturday, April 13, 2024. Information will be available at www.visualartsociety.org, or contact Mindy Austin : publicity@visualartsociety.org

     

    Workshops

    Rusty Jones: Come join the fun! If you want to improve your landscape paintings,  "In Celebration of Nature" is the place. 92 online lessons available 24/7 on any device. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook group, monthly critiques, monthly demo challenges with prizes, a community of like minded artists. Join at https://rustyjonesart.com/

    https://www.outdoorpainterssociety.com/page-1804432

    The Outdoor Painters Society is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers and supported by membership. We are always looking for ways to pay the bills. An easy way to help OPS is by purchasing a hat or tee shirt with our logo on it. Thanks for looking!

    Editor’s note: Send any member news, photos of yourself or your friends painting, award notices, and/or workshop notices to myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month so I can include them in the newsletter. 

    Thank you to all those of you who sent me photos for the newsletter!








    June 2023

    "PLEIN VISIONS IN MINIATURE"

    Call for Entry!

    Entry deadline: July 10, 2023
    Acceptance notice: July 13, 2023

    Show dates: July 25 – August 14, 2023

    Opening Reception: July 27, 5:30-7pm

    Sponsored by The Outdoor Painters SocietyThe Associate Members Show & Sale 2023 will be hosted by The Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana, Texas, and presented in their beautiful, light filled Warehouse Living Arts Gallery. This will be a salon-style show and sale for Associate Members only with the theme, “Plein Visions in Miniature.” There’s just a few short days left to enter: July 10 is the very last day, so get your entries in earlier, please. We want to see your work! The Warehouse Theater also opens a new production on July 25, so the public will be able to see the show as they gather in the lobby.

    We are excited to announce our judge this year will be Bruce Peil, OPS Master Signature artist.

    Maybe you have doubts about submitting your plein air work, but the procedure of entering a juried show is quite the learning experience with benefits. First read the Prospectus that lays out the specifics and rules of the entry process. Pick out one to three plein air paintings/examples of your work. Next take some good photos of your work in indirect light with your phone or your digital camera.  Name your photo files. Example: title.medium.size.price.jpg (TreeOnHill.pastel.14X11.350.jpg)

    Entry is through onlinejuriedshows.Organize your thoughts and jot down a few keynotes about your artistic self and what you love about painting plein air to use in your profile. OnlineJuriedShows.com make it super easy to create your profile on-line, download your images and pay your entry fee.   

    One entry is guaranteed but the second or third image might also be selected.  Be prepared to frame-up your accepted paintings; label each piece on the back with your name, title of work, and price.  Deliver or ship the framed and labeled paintings to arrive on the specified dates listed in the prospectus. 

    For more information go to OPS website, 2023 Associate Members Show and Sale.

     

    Mark your calendars

    PAINT KERRVILLE!
    September 18-23, 2023

    The 3rd Annual OPS Membership Paint Out Competition & Exhibition is September 18 through 23, 2023.  The "wet paint" show & sale is hosted by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas.  Artists will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area including several private property locations.  About 200 paintings are expected to be completed by the 50 competition artists in the 4-day event. Entry into this event is “first come, first serve.” Last year it filled up in less than 24 hours. Registration opens near the middle of July; keep an eye out for the email! Visit the events page on the OPS website for more information.

    On the Edge, Grand Canyon
    Thomas Jefferson Kitts

    Great Things on the OPS Horizon

    We’re giving you incentive to keep painting, keep improving and growing in your art journey and learn from the very best.  Our judges and workshop presenters for the next two years of Plein Air Southwest have been lined up and we are excited to give our members the opportunity to work with these prestigious plein air artists. 

    For 2024 Thomas Jefferson Kitts will join us in Galveston to judge our annual competition and teach one or two workshop. The first Thomas Jefferson Kitts workshop is on May 6-9, 2024. Registration opens on October 15th. Go to events page on the website for more information.

    Then fast forward to May of 2025 and we will be welcoming Tennessee Plein Air Painter, Kathie Odom, to judge Plein Air Southwest and present workshops.

    OPS Calendar
    of Events 2023

    Plein Vision in Miniature: July 25-August 14, the annual OPS Associates Show & Sale, Corsicana, TX

    Paint Kerrville! Sept 18 -23
    Competition, Show & Sale
    Kerrville, TX

    Pagosa Springs: Oct 10-14
    Pagosa Springs, CO Paint Out

    Llano River: Nov 10-11
    Paint Out, Llano, TX

    Holiday Bash! Coming in December

    OPS Paint Outs

    Above & Below: Pagosa Spring, CO

    Pagosa Springs: Start packing up your gear and panoramic canvases for our first trip of the fall season. OPS is heading to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Oct. 10-14! Nestled in southwest Colorado at the base of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is known for its amazing hot springs, abundant sunshine and small town feel. The San Juan River flows through the heart of the town and is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. It is 30 minutes west of the Continental Divide and Wolf Creek Pass Ski Area. Registration will be open this month so that you can plan your trip in advance. More details will be in the itinerary once you register.

    Llano River: Sitting along the Llano and home to one of the most beautiful courthouses in Texas, this countryside makes for a fantastic hill country paint out, November 10-11. Located an hour and a half from Austin, it is surrounded by charming towns, full of Texas history. The low water crossing at Kingslands gives you multiple views of the lovely Llano River. Only a two day paint out, but you might want to come early or stay an extra day!

    Above & Below: Llano, TX

     

    Upcoming 2024 Paint Outs: We are in the process of exploring all the exciting options for 2024 paint outs. If you haven’t been there (or even if you have been) join us for  Medicine Park and the Wichita Wildlife Preserve outside Lawton, OK in April. A trip to colorful Rockport, TX might be on the books, as is a wildflower paint out in March to beautiful  Fredericksburg and Johnson City.  And come fall, make plans for the stunning Palo Duro and Cap Rock Canyon. If you happen to live in or near one of those areas and would like to help us plan the adventure, please email myrrhsart@gmail.com.

    Stay cool and keep painting! Look forward to painting with you soon.

          Myrrh Haslam & Marchita Priest

    OPS Signature Membership

    Signature Membership status applications deadline is September 15th.  View requirements and the times to apply in the Members Only section of the OPS website.

    The Outdoor Painters Society is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers and supported by membership. We are always looking for ways to pay the bills. An easy way to help OPS is by purchasing a hat or tee shirt with our logo on it. Thanks for looking!

    https://www.outdoorpainterssociety.com/page-1804432

    Congratulations

    Bob O’Brien: My painting “Ethereal” won an honorable mention in the nationwide Bold Brush art competition. It’s a monthly art competition open to all artists across the country; there were around 2400 entries. Big congrats!!

    Dina Gregory's pastel painting,  "Sunshine on Cedron Creek" was awarded 1st place at the Austin Pastel Society's, " Pastel Fest Exhibition.” The exhibition will be showing at Artworks Gallery in Austin through June 19th. Very nice!

    Kurt Ritterpusch: I want to let OPS friends know I was juried into the Evanston Plein Air Festival 9-16 July in Evanston, IL. Good news, Kurt!

    Workshops

    Rusty Jones: Come join the fun! If you want to improve your landscape paintings,  "In Celebration of Nature" is the place. 92 online lessons available 24/7 on any device. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook group, monthly critiques, monthly demo challenges with prizes, a community of like minded artists. Join at https://rustyjonesart.com/

     

    Editor’s note: Send any member news, photos of yourself or your friends painting, award notices, and/or workshop notices to myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month so I can include them in the newsletter. Thank you!










    May 2023




    PASW 23 Best in Show

    Durre Waseem for “Middle of the Day”


    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023


    Plein Air Southwest 2023 was a huge success. The light-filled Garten Verein was the perfect venue for hundreds of beautiful plein air paintings displayed by the competition artists. The Galveston Historical Society provided homes, the venue, and marketing that created an outstanding and rewarding plein air competition.

    Several new award categories were created this year. The judge, Patrick Saunders, worked hard to select the paintings suited for each award. He did a great job of explaining his choices to the group.


    Click Here to go to the OPS website to see a complete list of the winners, along with photos of the paintings.


    Thank you to OPS Board members who worked hard to create and administrate this event. And to the artists themselves for their hard work to help set up and break down, and assist us with logistics. 

    One of the visitors remarked upon leaving the Exhibition, "You did Galveston proud!" We think so.


    Have a great summer and we hope to see you in the fall. Happy painting!



    PASW 23 First in Excellence

    Kaye Franklin for “East Beach”




    PASW 23 Second in Excellence

    Farley Lewis for “Grand Entrance"

    He was also awarded by participating

    artists, Best Body of Work



     

    PASW 2023 AWARDS 


    Quintessential Galveston

    Richie Vios, “Texas Heroes”


    Best Use of Perspective

    Allen Brockbank, “Behind the Facade”


    Best Seashore or Seascape

    Beverly Boren, "Porretto Beach"


    Best Nocturne

    Jingsheng Lui, “Back Alley”


    Best Interior

    Robert Simone, “Tagged”


    Best Sunrise or Sunset

    V. Vaughan, “Day is Done”


    Best Working Waterfront

    Richard Sneary, “Alice”


    Best in Architecture

    Randall Cogburn, “Fisherman’s Wharf”


    Best Garden Scene

    Will Maller, "Galveston Garden”


    Award of Distinction

    Paul Rosiak, “Pier 21”


    Award of Distinction

    Lizette McClung, “The Star of 23rd”


    Award of Distinction

    Fran Ellisor, “Island Sunrise”


    Award of Distinction

    Mary McIntosh, "Out of Service"


    OPS Calendar
    of Events

    Sept. 18-23: Paint Kerrville! Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO Paint Out

    November: TBD

    December: Holiday Bash! TBD


    Sept. 19-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    November: TBA

    December Holiday Bash! TBA

    Pagosa Springs

     



    Congratulations


    Roy Smith: Happy to hear my painting “Texas Blues” was awarded 2nd place in the Brownwood Arts, “Texas” themed competition this April. 


    Susan Sterle participated in the 16th Annual Paint Historic Waxahachie Plein Air Event. She received first place in the quick draw competition and received a ribbon, honorable mention, for my street scene. 


    Tina Bolhman: After returning home from 8 days competing in Plein Air Southwest in Galveston, I had two days left to paint for the 16th Annual Paint Historic Waxahachie event. Excited that “Sign of the Star” won 1st place! Thanks to judge, Bruce Peil. 


    Cece Turner: I'm so honored that my oil, "Monumental Experience" from my Canyonlands trip was selected as one of the 200 paintings out of nearly 1,500 entries for the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society International online exhibition! Thank you, NOAPS! The exhibit may be viewed on their website, www.noaps.org Cece Turner


     



    Member News


    From Sherry Wooly and Myrna Knapp: Sign up is open for the Plein Air Event, Two Rivers Plein Air, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, Oct. 9 - 14, 2023    To access an application go to: TheNewBrunfelsartleague.com and look for Special Shows.

    Editor’s note: please send any member news, award notices, or workshops to myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month.





    April 2023

    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023

    Exhibition Preview Invitational
    VIP Reception
    7:00 pm, May 12, 2023

    Wet Painting Exhibition
    Open to public all day, May 13, 2023

    40 + juried artists will complete in the event Plein Air Southwest 2023 for prizes over $31,000. Hosted again by the Galveston Historical Foundationartists paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. For more details, see Plein Air Southwest 2023.

     

    River Bend Breeze
    by Patrick Saunders

    We are grateful to have Patrick Saunders judging PASW this year. He has his work cut out for him with the great line up of artists painting the Island.


    There are still spaces left in Patrick's workshops! Two in the first, and two in the second. For more information and to sign up,click here to go to the event section on the website and sign up. The dates & details are different, but just click on "join wait list" and the admin will register you and bill you the deposit amount.


    1880 Garten Verein, Galveston

    OPS Ennis & Old City Park Paint Out Dinner

    OPS Calendar
    of Events 2023

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 19-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    November: TBA

    December Holiday Bash! TBA

    Ennis and Old City Park, Dallas

    Our latest paint out started off great. Two pretty days of painting out in the hill country around Ennis, TX. The first day we painted at the Davis Hill Ranch. Shawn & Ronnie spoiled us with homemade BBQ sandwiches, what a treat! Storms threatened our afternoon painting, but didn't arrive until later that evening. Davis Hill was literally covered in Bluebonnets and other wildflowers! It was spectacular.

    Friday brought us an invitation to paint on one of the top ten most photographed places in the world--Sugar Ridge Ranch on the North Bluebonnet Trail, outside Ennis. Owner Jim Anderson gave us the royal treatment, and the views did not disappoint!

    Saturday we gathered at Old City Park in Dallas, where we enjoyed painting Texas historical buildings. It never ceases to amaze me how many paintings folks can do in three days! We ended with a fun dinner at the Heritage Restaurant--great food and company.

     

    Upcoming OPS Paint Outs

    Mark your calendars!

    Pagosa Springs, Oct. 10-14, 2023

    Cap Rock Canyon: If some of you were wondering, we have postponed this paint out until next year. Because it is in such a remote location, more planning and logistics are required for our group. But something amazing is sure to take its place this coming November, so keep an eye out!

    Important Notice
    Keep Your Membership
    Info Up to Date!

    Just log on to the OPS website at www.outdoorpainterssociety.com

    At the top of the page will be your name. Under your name click on "view profile," and a page will come up with all your member information. Click on "edit profile" and if anything has changed, you can make changes and bring your membership up to date. This is important so that you get communications, the newsletter, and any other important announcements you might be interested in.

    Please make sure your information is in the right slot, ie. Put the City in the City slot, The Street Address only in the Street Address or Address slot, etc. You can also add a photo to your member file, see events you have registered for, and any invoices and payments you have made for workshops, dinners, competition entries, etc. This area is very helpful if you are applying for Signature or Master Signature Status or if you are needing to update your very own CV for your website. And if your membership has lapsed, you will be able to renew it! 

    Hit Save when you are finished. Thank you for your support, and for being a member of the Outdoor Painters Society.


    Congratulations

    Editor’s note: please send any award notices to myrrhsart@gmail.com. I do occasionally pick out random award notices from the Outdoor Painters Society Facebook page, but if your name is not mentioned and you have an award, please send me a note with the particulars and I will be so happy to post it next time. Thank you!

    Cecy Turner’s oil, “Hill Country Sunset,” was accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s Small Works Exhibition to be held at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, Colorado, from May 18th through June 17th with Opening Reception on May 18th. Also, Cecy was chosen for the Plein Air Magazine’s March 22nd online Artist Spotlight and her painting, “The Splendor of Texas,” was chosen by Plein Air Magazine for their April 11th online feature of “Eight Inspiring Skyscapes.” Her oil, “Monumental Experience” was selected by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine for their Studio Landscapes Portfolio for their May/June issue.

    Diane Ditzler Fossard: Extremely honored to receive the Seascape Honorable Mention at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. The show will be up until April 30th at Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC. 

    Shannon Hill: I was happy to win second place and artist of the month by the Ellis County Art Association with my plein air painting, “Boats at Bolivar.” I painted this a couple months ago while on a paint out with Outdoor Painters Society. It will be on display and for sale; check out all the beautiful artwork at Art on the Square in Waxahachie, TX. 

    En Plein Air Frisco 2023Nancy Tylertook second place for her painting, “Number 19.” Lui Jinsheng’s painting “Go Frisco” got awarded Best of the Day. And “Dappled Morning Light” by Pernie Fallon was awarded an Honorable Mention.

    Shaun Frankfurt: So humbled and blessed to receive the 1st Place Award at the 2023 First Brush of Spring plein air event, New Harmony, IN. Everyone there was gracious and welcoming to us. To IPAPA, the Rapp Family, the people of New Harmony, thank you all for your kindness.

    Congratulations to all those members who won awards at Paint the Town 2023. The total line up of award winners hasn’t been posted yet, but we did hear that Richie Viostook the Best Quick-Draw award, 2nd Place went to Kathy Hammond and 3rd Place to Lisette McLung.

    Tina Bohlman: Excited that “Gone Undercover” 12x16 watercolor was accepted into the Women Artists of the West (WAOW) 53rd National exhibition! The show will be open July 22 - Sept. 15 at the Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, KS. 

     

    Workshops

    Cecy Turner is teaching a watercolor workshop for the Lake Granbury Art Association on May 9-10, with a watercolor demonstration at the LGAA meeting May 8th at 6:00 p.m. The workshop will cover designing for impact with large shapes and how to move the eye through the painting and how to achieve light in your paintings. Cost is $160 for LGAA members and $180 for non-members. Contact Sue Bagwell phone: 432-213-0860 email: sue_bagwell@gmail.com

    Member News

    From Sherry Wooly and Myrna Knapp: Time's a wasting! If you want to sign up for the Plein Air Event, Two Rivers Plein Air, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, Oct. 9 - 14, 2023, do it now. Sign up begins on May 1st for the first 42 artists. To access an application go to: TheNewBrunfelsartleague.com and look for Special Shows.

    Margie Taylor wrote to us about the Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana, sponsored by the Navarro Council of the Arts, June 8-July 31, 2023. For more information, visit https://www.corsicana175years.com/

    The folks at Old City Park Dallas let us know they are doing a monthly outdoor art market. They are hoping to fill the park along the outer loop with artists who are interested in setting up and displaying and selling their art. An added bonus, of course, would be actually doing some art in the park for folks to see and interact with you about.  The registration for a spot is only $5 so they can manage and track who will be in attendance. They are hoping this becomes a large outdoor market and can bring in food trucks and music to attract people to come to the park and check us out

    Link: https://form.jotform.com/230876068105053 

    March 2023

    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023

    Exhibition Preview VIP Reception
    7:00 pm, May 12, 2023

    Wet Painting Exhibition
    Open to public all day, May 13, 2023

    40 + juried artists will complete in the event Plein Air Southwest 2023 for prizes over $25,000. Hosted again by the Galveston Historical Foundationartists paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. For more details, see Plein Air Southwest 2023.

     

    Morning After the Holiday
    by Patrick Saunders


    We are grateful to have Patrick Saunders judging PASW this year. He has his work cut out for him with the great line up of artists painting the Island.


    There are still spaces left in Patrick's workshops--two in the first, and one in the second. For more information and to sign up,click here to go to the event section on the website and sign up. The dates & details are different, but just click on "join waitlist" and the admin will register you and bill you the deposit amount.


    1880 Garten Verein, Galveston

    OPS Paint Out Show and Share at the

    Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, Bay City

    OPS Calendar
    of Events 2023


    April 20-23: Ennis/Dallas, TX

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    December: Holiday Bash!

    Having breakfast at Cassidy's

    Matagorda and Bay City Paint Out
    March 10-11, 2023

    We began the paint out with the group meeting that first beautiful, sunny morning at very charming Cassidy's Coffee Bar and Cafe. Our host, Gay Joines, created very handy welcome packets, complete with a granola bar and canvas!

    Equipped with maps of the area, we began our paint out in beautiful Matagorda. Some headed to the beach to paint the aqua colored water, while others painted at the Marina nearby. The fishing town was complete with colorful cottages, pretty white churches, and a variety of interesting bait shops.

    The second day was scheduled for the nearby Matagorda Birding and Nature Center. We were treated as royalty by the staff, as they pulled artists around in their covered wagon. For lunch, the historic Blessing Hotel Restaurant served the best American buffet you could wish for! 

    In the afternoon we returned to the Birding Center, and later had show and share at their Indoor Event Center. So amazing to see such an inspirational collection of work painted in  over just two days. Good food, good fun and lots of painting!

     

    This is why we love our paint outs. One painter blocks the sun so another can finish!

    Upcoming OPS Paint Outs

    Mark your calendars!


    Ennis and Old City Dallas
    April 20-23, 2023


    Rolling hills, winding roads, barns and wildflowers are the perfect combination for a spring paint out. We will find dozens of scenic views and painting locations on every back road. Brilliant flowers blanket fields and pastures and decorate the countryside along the famous Ennis Bluebonnet trails. This iconic venue is one that you don’t want to miss capturing on canvas. Or if you’ve been there, come back and catch the beauty again with the outdoor painters.


    This year we spend two days in Ennis, and then on Saturday journey to beautiful Old City Park in Dallas, rich with ancient trees and 22 historic buildings on 13 acres. The park is advertising that we will be there, and you can sell your paintings off the easel all day. We will have Show and Share there in the late afternoon between 3-4:00 at the big pavilion.


    While you are visiting the area, you could think about creating paintings for the upcoming Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana. (For more information, see below under member news)


    Kerr Arts Center has invited us back in September this year for the competition event, Paint Kerrville, Sept. 17th-23rd.

    Then on to exciting Pagosa Springs, CO,  October 10-14, to paint this very picturesque mountain town.

     And of course, plan to end the year with the popular and fun Holiday Bash!

    Dallas Old City Park

    Pagosa Springs

    Congratulations

    Paint Texas! Plein Air Event in Columbus, Tx., 1st place in main event and Quick Draw went to Julie Sanderson; 2nd place in main event and Quick Draw went to Kathy HammondOlivette Huber received 3rd place in Quick Draw.

    Gary Frisk won first place for his painting, "Once There Was Power," at the Texas Invitational at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana. And Karla Massingill got an Honorable Mention for her painting, "Artist Point."

    Tina Bohlman was the "Spotlight Artist" in the Plein Air Today newsletter on Wednesday, March 29th. To read her interview and see her work, click HERE.

    Member News

    Sherry Wooley and Myra Knapp are reinstating the show, Two Rivers Plein Air, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, Oct. 9 - 14, 2023. Sign up begins on May 1st for the first 40 artists. They are giving OPS a heads up! To access an application go to: TheNewBrunfelsartleague.com and look for Special Shows.

    Margie Taylor wrote to us about the Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana, sponsored by the Navarro Council of the Arts, June 8-July 31, 2023. For more information, visit https://www.corsicana175years.com/

    Mindy Austin let us know about the brand new Bryan Street & Art Fair Paint OutSat. April 15, 10am-4pm. Register by April 10, go to their website HERE.

    The Independence Historical Society is having its open house March 25-26 & April 1-2 & 8, complete with artisans in period dress. They are inviting Plein Air Artists to paint (maybe even in costume!). Visit their website for more information.

     

    Workshops

    Deborah Paris, the Landscape Atelier, has a new online home. Check out her on- demand classes as well. Click HERE

    From the editor:  Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, Myrrh, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month, and I will include include them in the next newsletter. 


    Thank you to all those sending photos: Helen Siksek, Marchita Priest, Gay Joines, Arthur Deatley, Kent Bohls,  Jessie Sun and anyone else I might have missed!

    March 2023

    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023

    Exhibition Preview VIP Reception
    7:00 pm, May 12, 2023

    Wet Painting Exhibition
    Open to public all day, May 13, 2023

    40 + juried artists will complete in the event Plein Air Southwest 2023 for prizes over $25,000. Hosted again by the Galveston Historical Foundationartists paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. For more details, see Plein Air Southwest 2023.

     

    Morning After the Holiday
    by Patrick Saunders


    We are grateful to have Patrick Saunders judging PASW this year. He has his work cut out for him with the great line up of artists painting the Island.


    There are still spaces left in Patrick's workshops--two in the first, and one in the second. For more information and to sign up, click here to go to the event section on the website and sign up. The dates & details are different, but just click on "join waitlist" and the admin will register you and bill you the deposit amount.


    1880 Garten Verein, Galveston

    OPS Paint Out Show and Share at the

    Matagorda County Nature & Birding Center, Bay City

    OPS Calendar
    of Events 2023


    April 20-23: Ennis/Dallas, TX

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    December: Holiday Bash!

    Having breakfast at Cassidy's

    Matagorda and Bay City Paint Out
    March 10-11, 2023

    We began the paint out with the group meeting that first beautiful, sunny morning at very charming Cassidy's Coffee Bar and Cafe. Our host, Gay Joines, created very handy welcome packets, complete with a granola bar and canvas!

    Equipped with maps of the area, we began our paint out in beautiful Matagorda. Some headed to the beach to paint the aqua colored water, while others painted at the Marina nearby. The fishing town was complete with colorful cottages, pretty white churches, and a variety of interesting bait shops.

    The second day was scheduled for the nearby Matagorda Birding and Nature Center. We were treated as royalty by the staff, as they pulled artists around in their covered wagon. For lunch, the historic Blessing Hotel Restaurant served the best American buffet you could wish for!

    In the afternoon we returned to the Birding Center, and later had show and share at their Indoor Event Center. So amazing to see such an inspirational collection of work painted in  over just two days. Good food, good fun and lots of painting!

     

    This is why we love our paint outs. One painter blocks the sun so another can finish!

    Upcoming OPS Paint Outs

    Mark your calendars!


    Ennis and Old City Dallas
    April 20-23, 2023


    Rolling hills, winding roads, barns and wildflowers are the perfect combination for a spring paint out. We will find dozens of scenic views and painting locations on every back road. Brilliant flowers blanket fields and pastures and decorate the countryside along the famous Ennis Bluebonnet trails. This iconic venue is one that you don’t want to miss capturing on canvas. Or if you’ve been there, come back and catch the beauty again with the outdoor painters.


    This year we spend two days in Ennis, and then on Saturday journey to beautiful Old City Park in Dallas, rich with ancient trees and 22 historic buildings on 13 acres. The park is advertising that we will be there, and you can sell your paintings off the easel all day. We will have Show and Share there in the late afternoon between 3-4:00 at the big pavilion.


    While you are visiting the area, you could think about creating paintings for the upcoming Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana. (For more information, see below under member news)


    Kerr Arts Center has invited us back in September this year for the competition event, Paint Kerrville, Sept. 17th-23rd.

    Then on to exciting Pagosa Springs, CO,  October 10-14, to paint this very picturesque mountain town.

     And of course, plan to end the year with the popular and fun Holiday Bash!

    Dallas Old City Park

    Pagosa Springs

    Congratulations

    Paint Texas! Plein Air Event in Columbus, Tx., 1st place in main event and Quick Draw went to Julie Sanderson; 2nd place in main event and Quick Draw went to Kathy HammondOlivette Huber received 3rd place in Quick Draw.

    Gary Frisk won first place for his painting, "Once There Was Power," at the Texas Invitational at the Pearce Museum in Corsicana. And Karla Massingill got an Honorable Mention for her painting, "Artist Point."

    Tina Bohlman was the "Spotlight Artist" in the Plein Air Today newsletter on Wednesday, March 29th. To read her interview and see her work, click HERE.

    Member News

    Sherry Wooley and Myra Knapp are reinstating the show, Two Rivers Plein Air, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, Oct. 9 - 14, 2023. Sign up begins on May 1st for the first 40 artists. They are giving OPS a heads up! To access an application go to: TheNewBrunfelsartleague.com and look for Special Shows.

    Margie Taylor wrote to us about the Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana, sponsored by the Navarro Council of the Arts, June 8-July 31, 2023. For more information, visit https://www.corsicana175years.com/

    Mindy Austin let us know about the brand new Bryan Street & Art Fair Paint OutSat. April 15, 10am-4pm. Register by April 10, go to their website HERE.

    The Independence Historical Society is having its open house March 25-26 & April 1-2 & 8, complete with artisans in period dress. They are inviting Plein Air Artists to paint (maybe even in costume!). Visit their website for more information.

     

    Workshops

    Deborah Paris, the Landscape Atelier, has a new online home. Check out her on- demand classes as well. Click HERE

    From the editor:  Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, Myrrh, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month, and I will include include them in the next newsletter. 


    Thank you to all those sending photos: Helen Siksek, Marchita Priest, Gay Joines, Arthur Deatley, Kent Bohls,  Jessie Sun and anyone else I might have missed!


    February 2023


    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023

    Exhibition Preview VIP Reception
    7:00 pm, May 12, 2023

    Wet Painting Exhibition
    Open to public all day, May 13, 2023

    Plein Air Southwest is a juried membership paint out competition presented by the Outdoor Painters Society. The 2023 event is hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas. Juried artists compete for $25,000+ in cash and merchandise. Artists will paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston.


    For more details, see Plein Air Southwest 2023 on the Outdoor Painters Society website.

     

    Morning After the Holiday
    by Patrick Saunders


    We are grateful to have Patrick Saunders judging PASW this year. He has his work cut out for him with the great line up of artists painting the Island.


    PASW 2023 is excited to announce that we are adding a second workshop for Patrick Sanders, May 15, 16 & 17, 2023.There is still a few spaces left. For more information and to sign up, click here to go to the event section on the website and sign up. The dates & details are different, but just click on "join waitlist" and the admin will register you and bill you the deposit amount. 

    Don't miss this opportunity!

    Jungle Sharp by Patrick Saunders

    1880 Garten Verein, Galveston

    Show and Share at Riverbend on the Frio, Concan, TX

    OPS Calendar of Events

    2023

    March 10 & 11: Bay City & Matagorda Bay Paint Out

    April 20-23: Ennis/Dallas, TX

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    November: Caprock Canyons  Paint Out

    2023 Paint Outs

    All along the river’s edge, outdoor painters huddled over their easels to capture the pristine beauty of the Frio River outsideConcan, TX. In the crisp winter air, the excitement was apparent as we worked to catch the sunlight on the tall, old cypress trees and the beautiful blue water of the Frio.

    We began the paint out with the group meeting that first morning at the Mill Creek Cafe. Jeffery Neel McDaniel, our local host, shared with us a few details about the itinerary, and other places of interest to paint. Talking to over 44+ animated artists was no mean feat! After breakfast, we met at the banks of the Frio River at the  Riverbend on the Frio Cabin & RV Park. 

    Saturday morning was a chilly and cloudy 35 degrees. But the beautiful Garner State Park, a few miles outside of Concan, was an excellent venue to paint. Saturday afternoon we met back at Riverbend for Show and Share. The huge number of plein air paintings produced by members in those few days was awe inspiring! 

    A huge shout out goes to Riverbend on the Frio, who not only hosted us at their campground, but also bought quite a few paintings from the artists who attended. And a big thank you to all who attended. Jeffrey suggested we come back in the fall when the colors are turning. An excellent idea!

     


    Mark your calendars!

     Historic Bay City, TX

    Palicious, TX Boats

    Registration is open! March 10 & 11 we venture farther south to historic Bay City and Matagorda Bay, to paint history and coastlines. Our local hostess, Gay Joines, is arranging a number of great painting spots for us, including a beautiful birding center and local marina. There is character everywhere here in these historic cities. 


    Ennis and Old City Dallas opens in just a few days—watch for the invite. Rolling hills, winding roads, barns and wildflowers are the perfect combination for a spring paint out! We will find dozens of scenic views and painting locations on every back road. Brilliant blue flowers blanket fields and pastures and decorate the countryside along the famous Ennis Bluebonnet trails. This icon venue is one that you don’t want to miss capturing on canvas. Or if you’ve been there, come back and catch the beauty again with the outdoor painters.


    This year we spend two days in Ennis, and then on Saturday journey to beautiful Old City Park in Dallas, rich with ancient trees and 22 historic buildings on 13 acres. The park is advertising that we will be there, and you can sell your paintings off the easel all day. We will have Show and Share there in the late afternoon at the big pavilion.

    Kerr Arts Center has invited us back in September this year for the competition event, Paint Kerrville!  

    Then on to exciting Pagosa Springs, CO,  October 10-14, to paint this very picturesque mountain town. 

    To end the year, gorgeous Caprock Canyon calls, complete with invitations to paint on private ranches.

    Dallas Old City Park

    Pagosa Springs

    Caprock Canyon

    Congratulations

    Gary Frisk was notified that his painting Marine Loading is appear in the March/April Collectors issue of Fine Art Connoisseur. He was also accepted as a juried artist for Paint Annapolis 2023! 

    Jeffrey Neel McDaniel is on a roll! His painting, Laguna Light Show #3 won the 2023 Earth Day — Bay Day Art Contest in Corpus Christi. He also won 2nd Place, Works on Canvas at the 2023 Tri-Group Show at the Galvan House in Corpus Christi. And at the Kerrville Art Group 2023l All-Member show, he took first place in Landscapes.

    Signature member Val Sandell's painting Illuminated was juried into OPA's 32nd National Exhibition, hosted by Reinert Fine Art in Charleston, SC.

    Member News

    En Plein Air Frisco is happening April 13-15, 2023. The deadline is extended to March 16. Paint in the city parks in Fr1sco, TX. For more information, go to https://www.vagf.org/events/ Thank you Nancy Tyler.

    Sherry Wooley and Myra Knapp are reinstating the show, Two Rivers Plein Air, sponsored by the New Braunfels Art League, Oct. 9 - 14, 2023. Sign up begins on May 1st for the first 40 artists. They are giving OPS a heads up! To access an application go to: www.thenewbraunfelsartleague.com and look for Special Shows.

    Margie Taylor wrote to us about the Exhibition, Celebrating 175 Years of Corsicana, sponsored by the Navarro Council of the Arts, June 8-July 31, 2023. For more information, visit https://www.corsicana175years.com/

    Mindy Austin let us know about the brand new Bryan Street & Art Fair Paint Out, Sat. April 15, 10am-4pm. Register by April 10, go to their website HERE.

    The Independence Historical Society is having it's open house March 25-26 & April 1-2 & 8, complete with artisans in period dress. They are inviting Plein Air Artists to paint (maybe even in costume!). Visit their website for more information.

    Workshops

    Deborah Paris, the Landscape Atelier, Practical Color Mixing for Landscape Painters starts Feb. 3rd:

    https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/courses/color-mixing-landscape-painters

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX March 16-18, 2023. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

     

    OPS Board members, (L to R) Myrrh Haslam, Nancy Tyler, Tina Bohlman, Marchita Priest.

    From the editor:  Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, Myrrh, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month, and I will include include them in the next newsletter. 


    Thank you to all those sending photos: Helen Siksek, Marchita Priest. Jefrey Neel McDaniel, Gay Joines, Jessie Sun and anyone else I might have missed!

    January 2023

    PLEIN AIR SOUTHWEST 2023

    May 7-13, 2023

    Exhibition Preview VIP Reception
    7:00 pm, May 12, 2023

    Wet Painting Exhibition
    Open to public all day, May 13, 2023

    Plein Air Southwest is a juried membership paint out competition presented by the Outdoor Painters Society. The 2023 event is hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas. Juried artists compete for $25,000+ in cash and merchandise. Artists will paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. 


    PASW Competition artists interpret this historic city as only a plein air painter can.  Our event takes place during the Annual Galveston Homes Tour  that attracts thousands of visitors to the city.  For 6 days, artists have access to paint on the grounds of the homes on tour as well as special permission to other private locations, including the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.  


    The wet painting exhibition is in the Ballroom of the historic 1880 Garten Verein, 2704 Avenue O. The building's most unique octagonal design and panoramic windows allow spectacular views from every angle. 


    We are grateful to have Patrick Saunders judging PASW this year. He has his work cut out for him with the great line up of artists painting the Island. 


     

    Congratulations to all those artists juried into this years competition! We had a tremendous turn out this year, over 90 artists submitted applications. 


    2023 COMPETITION ARTISTS

    BEVERLY BOREN-TEXAS

    TINA BOHLMAN-TEXAS

    JIM BRAGG-TEXAS

    KENT BREWER-TEXAS

    ALLEN BROCKBANK-UTAH

    JON BURLESON-OREGON

    RANDALL COGBURN-TEXAS

    SHAWN DAVIS-TEXAS

    AUTHUR DEATLY-TEXAS

    VLAD DUCHEV-MARYLAND

    FRAN ELLISOR- TEXAS

    ERIC FASKING-TEXAS

    KAYE FRANKLIN-TEXAS

    GARY FRISK-TEXAS

    DIANE FOSSARD-TEXAS

    FRANK GABRIEL-TEXAS

    ELAINE HAAKE-KANSAS

    KATHY HAMMOND-TEXAS

    STEVEN HARRIS-TEXAS

    MYRRH HASLAM-TEXAS

    FRANCIS HUANG-TEXAS

    OLIVETTE HUBLER-TEXAS

    MICHAEL JAP-TEXAS

    JANET LAY-TEXAS

    FARLEY LEWIS-MISSOURI

    JINGSHENG LIU-TEXAS

    WILL MALLER-CALIFORNIA

    LISETTE McCLUNG-TEXAS

    MARY McINTOSH-TEXAS

    SPENCER MEAGHER-ILLINOIS

    MARK MONSARRAT-CALIFORNIA

    JEFFREY NEEL McDANIEL-TEXAS

    MARCHITA PRIEST-TEXAS

    CHUCH RAWLE-TEXAS

    TTATYANA ROBBERTS-ILLINOIS

    ROBERT ROHM-TEXAS

    PAUL ROSIAK-WASHINGTON

    ROBERT SIMONE-FLORIDA

    RICHARD SNEARY-MISSOURI

    RICHARD SZKUTNIK-COLORADO

    NANCY TYLER-TEXAS

    RICHIE VIOS-TEXAS

    DURRE WASEEM-CALIFORNIA

    BARON WILSON-TEXAS

                                                                          

    1880 Garten Verein, Galveston

    OPS Calendar of Events

    2023

    February 17 & 18:  Frio River andConcan, TX. Paint Out

    March 11 & 12: Bay City & Matagorda Bay Paint Out

    April 20-23: Ennis/Dallas, TX

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    November: Caprock Canyons  Paint Out

    2023 Paint Outs

    Plein air painters are a sturdy lot. Despite weather that would have deterred the strongest, we had a great group show up for the first Paint Out of 2023, Bolivar Peninsula.

    Our members know how to combat the rain and wind, not to mention the mosquitos! As one artist put it, we ran the gamut of adverse conditions. On the last day, we met for Show and Share at Myrrh's family home on Crystal Beach, where an amazing amount of paintings were displayed. Afterwards, everyone had a great time bopping to the music at a local restaurant. 

     


    Mark your calendars!

    The Frio River outside Leaky, TX


    February 17 & 18, 2023 take a trip deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby. Lots of great cabins rentals in the area with off season rates. Registration is open! Hope to see you there!

     Historic Bay City, TX

    Registration is open! March 11 & 12 we adventure farther south to historic Bay City and Matagorda Bay, to paint history and coastlines. Our local hostess is arranging a number of great painting spots for us, including a beautiful birding center and local marina. There is character everywhere here in these historic cities. 

    Dallas Old City Park

    April brings wildflowers & bluebonnets in Ennis, TX and you won't want to miss it! A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush. April 20-23.
    Exciting news! Dallas Old City Park 
    has invited us to paint all day on their lovely grounds, and make our paintings for sale to the general public. More details coming soon.

    Kerr Arts Center, our host, has invited us back in September this year for the competition event, Paint Kerrville!  Then on to exciting Pagosa Springs, CO October 10-14 to paint this very picturesque mountain town. To end the year, gorgeous Caprock Canyon calls, complete with invitations to paint on private ranches.

    Pagosa Springs

    Caprock Canyon

    Want to Know if 
    Your Dues are Paid up?

    Well you don’t want to drop your membership to Outdoor Painters Society.  How to find out if you are up to date or overdue?  Just log on to the OPS website at www.outdoorpainterssociety.com and Go to JOIN US on the Menu Topic choices.  

    About halfway down there will be a yellow box.  If you are paid up it will read “ You are already a member.  Edit your member profile.”  If you are needing to pay your dues it will give you options or instructions for renewing.

    Click on the underlined words to bring up your profile.  At the top are Membership details, giving you your current membership level and status plus when you joined OPS, and when your dues are up.  (and here’s another tip:  If you have let your membership lapse, the Member date will register the last time you started a continuous membership, not your initial sign-up)  When you choose “Edit Profile” button in the upper left directly under My Profile you have the opportunity to update your profile in case you’ve moved, changed your cell phone or email address.  Please make sure your information is in the right slot, ie. Put the City in the City slot, The Street Address only in the Street Address or Address slot, etc. etc. You can also add a photo to your member file, see events you have registered for, and any invoices and payments you have made for workshops, dinners, competition entries, etc.  This area is very helpful if you are applying for Signature or Master Signature Status or if you are needing to update your very own CV for your website. 

    Hit Save when you are finished.

    Thank you for keeping your OPS membership dues and data current.

    Help Us Purchase
    Exhibit Panels

    Thank you for your donations for display panels, but we are still needing more for our Plein Air Southwest Competition, Show & Sale. 25 panels, $3,500 total.  

    Go to the DONATE HERE button on the front page of the website, or send a check to PO Box 8483, Ennis, TX 75120. Thank you!!!

     

    Dallas Old City Park

    Opportunities

    The Old City Park in Downtown Dallasis open for plein air painters Thursday- Sunday when there is no afternoon wedding booked.  The Event Director, Stacey Doyle, is more than happy to have painters on the grounds painting, drawing, and engaging with visitors.  This historic village setting is free admission and has many painting opportunities including big old trees, architecture, farm animals, gazebo, a working blacksmith on Sat-Sun, wildflowers in the spring and lighted decorations before the holidays.   Nice restrooms are located on both north and south sides.  Snacks & drinks are sold at the Ticket office/Souvenir Shop, General Store or Saloon.  Painters/Sketchers are also welcome to sell their work off the easel or New Orleans/Paris style display around the easel on the grounds. 

    Old City Park would also like to have art instructors for school and children’s programs.  Discuss with Event Director Stacey Doyle at 865-363-6239, amdoyle413@gmail.com .  For additional info and a map find  oldcityparkdallas.org

    Winter Tip


    Want to avoid the cold weather? Head inside for education until the temps reach comfortable levels for painting outside.  Your OPS membership entitles you to a large DVD library.  Just go to the Members Only section of the website and peruse the classic and recent titles to help you improve your work.  Members only pay postage to/from in order to enjoy 14 days of viewing pleasure. 

    Workshops

    Cecy Turner is teaching an intermediate watercolor workshop for the Ellis County Art Association in Waxahachie on February 6-7th . Hours are 9:30-4:00 both days and the cost is $175. We will be exploring the landscape through light and large shapes and demonstrations will be given each morning with plenty of time to paint in the afternoon. For more information see Workshops at  www.cecyturner.com/workshops or contact Barbara Woods at  or email her: babz1954@gmail.com


    Deborah Paris, the Landscape Atelier, has a new online home! Check out our new site and teaching platform. 

    https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/ 

    Practical Color Mixing for Landscape Painters starts Feb. 3rd!!

    https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/courses/color-mixing-landscape-painters

    Full Curriculum of On Demand Classes! https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/collections/on-demand

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX several times a year. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

     

     John Misner plein air painting at Santa Fe on All Saints' Day 2022. Very cool! Thanks for sending us your photo.

    From the editor:  I know there are several more members out there receiving awards we don't know about! Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. 

    Thank you to all those sending photos: Martha Watson,  Arthur Deatly, Nancy Tyler, Marchita Priest, John Misner.




    December 2022

    Thoughts for a 
    New Year’s Resolution

    Attitude is Everything!   

    Hobbyists have a perfect attitude ... Don’t care if they make a dime. It’s a good attitude to have. Hobbyists do things they have a deep interest in ... no pressure to sell, win an award, to gain “recognition." It’s just for the fun of it.  For whatever reason the “art” may not be quite as good as they would like it to be, it doesn’t stop them from trying and enjoying. How fortunate for all who might engage in ANY art form, without fear of appearing to be less than they might wish, simply for the fun (or love) of it. 

    There are different pressures at work for professionals.  They must put effort into other areas whether they are of interest or not. Most professionals must be their own office manager, publicist, bookkeeper, agent.  A full-time painter has to be able to switch from “left brain” to “right brain” and get into the right “attitude” to do what must be done.  It’s not easy.  Not everyone is “geared” to run a business/career and be creative too.

    For many professionals, getting oneself into the “hobby attitude” can be the difference between a good work of art and a masterpiece. Hobby painters can concentrate completely on what their interests are. This focus can lead to steady improvement toward a genuine skill. Some professional artists lose their ability to play and to enjoy their work like they did when it was just a fun hobby. Renoir was once criticized as a student by his instructor. "We are not just doing this for fun,” the instructor fumed. Renoir responded, “If it wasn't fun I wouldn't be doing it!"

    Painting or creating is always about loving what you do.  So ... attitude is everything ... Begin the New Year with a new attitude & resolve--to have fun with your art! 

    Tina Bohlman
    President, OPS

    Now sign up for the fun

    You have until
    Midnight to enter!!
     


    Plein Air Southwest

    May 7-13, 2023

    1880 Garden Verein
    Galveston, TX

     

    The Exhibition is in the Ballroom of the historic  1880 GARTEN VEREIN. The building's most unique octagonal design and panoramic windows allow spectacular views from every angle.  It resembles a grand glassed-in gazebo!  A percentage of sales from the exhibition benefits the Galveston Historic Foundation.

    Entries Accepted at ONLINE JURIED SHOWS.COM

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS  - 

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER

    We are excited to announce
    our juror will be 
    PATRICK SAUNDERS.

    Patrick will also be giving a workshop May 9-11, running concurrent to the PASW. At present it is full; you can use the link below to join the wait list. 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP.


    U-Tiki Beach
    by Patrick Saunders

    OPS Calendar of Events

    2023

    January 19, 20 & 21: Boliver Peninsula, TX Paint Out

    February 17 & 18:  Frio River andConcan, TX. Paint Out

    March 11 & 12: Bay City & Matagorda Bay Paint Out

    April 20-23: Ennis, TX Paint Out

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    Oct. 10-14: Pagosa Springs, CO    Paint Out

    November: Caprock Canyons  Paint Out

    Holiday Bash

    Despite a forecast of rain and cold weather, the OPS Holiday Bash was a great way to end the year. We started with a half day paint out at the Davis Ranch, afterwards sharing a delicious BBQ lunch, courtesy of  Shawn and Ronnie Davis. They collected over $200 in donations towards our new exhibit panels, woohoo! After that, we shared paintings. A fun time had by all.

     

    Boliver Point Lighthouse 
    (photo by Russell Autrey)

    2023 Paint Outs

    Registration is open! To start off the new year right, we travel to to the Boliver Peninsula, TXJanuary 19, 20 & 21, 2023.  Here in the milder climate along the coast we find a myriad of painting subjects--marshlands, lighthouse, beaches, sand dunes, and all manner of boats--big shrimp boats, boat repair yards, small fishing vessels. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land on the Texas Gulf Coast in the easternmost part of Galveston County. The peninsula is separated by less than three miles from Galveston Island by the channel of Bolivar Roads, the entrance from the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Bay. Free public ferries, which run 24/7, link the Bolivar Peninsula with Galveston Island.
    Hope to see you there! 

    Frio River, Concan, TX

    Mark your calendars


    February 17 & 18, 2023 take a trip deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby. We are looking into reserving several cabins at one of the local lodging spots.  

    March 11 & 12 we adventure farther south to historic Bay City and Matagorda Bay, to paint history and coastlines. Our local hostess is arranging a number of great painting spots for us! 

    April brings wildflowers & bluebonnets in Ennis, TX and you won't want to miss it! A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush. April 20-23.

    Also, the Old City Park in Dallas has invited us to come and do a paint out/show/sale sometime in the spring. Watch for more details.

    Kerr Arts Center, our host, has invited us back for the competition event, Paint Kerrville!  Then on to exciting Pagosa Springs, CO October 10-14 to paint this very picturesque mountain town. To end the year, gorgeous Caprock Canyon calls, complete with invitations to paint on private ranches.

     Historic Bay City, TX

    Pagosa Springs

    Caprock Canyon

    Help Us Purchase
    Exhibit Panels

    Thank you for your donations for display panels, but we are still needing more for our Plein Air Southwest Competition, Show & Sale. 25 panels, $3,500 total.  

    Go to the DONATE HERE button on the front page of the website, or send a check to OP Box 8483, Ennis, TX 75120. Thank you!!!

    Congratulations!

    Cecy Turner’s oil painting, “Wintry Creek,” won First Place in Two-Dimensional Work at the Women Artists of the West 52nd Annual National Exhibition, “When East Meets West.”  The judge for the show was Hiu Lai Chong and it was held at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD.

    Workshops

    Cecy Turner is teaching an intermediate watercolor workshop for the Ellis County Art Association in Waxahachie on February 6-7th . Hours are 9:30-4:00 both days and the cost is $175. We will be exploring the landscape through light and large shapes and demonstrations will be given each morning with plenty of time to paint in the afternoon. For more information see Workshops at  www.cecyturner.com/workshops or contact Barbara Woods at  or email her: babz1954@gmail.com


     

    Deborah Paris, the Landscape Atelier, has a new online home! Check out our new site and teaching platform.

    https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/ 

    Understanding Values in the Landscape (Full Access) starts January 6th 

    https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/courses/values-in-the-landscape-full-access

    Full Curriculum of On Demand Classes! https://learn.thelandscapeatelier.com/collections/on-demand

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX several times a year. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I know there are several more members out there receiving awards we don't know about! Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. 



    November 2022

    Plein Air Southwest

    May 7-13, 2023

    1880 Garden Verein
    Galveston, TX

    Plein Air Southwest is juried membership paint out competition presented by the Outdoor Painters Society.  The 2023 event is hosted by Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas.  Juried artists compete for $25,000+ in cash and merchandise.  Artists will paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. 

    PASW Competition artists interpret this historic city as only a plein air painter can.  Our event takes place during the  Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour that attracts thousands of visitors to the city.  For 6 days, artists have access to paint on the grounds of the homes on tour,  as well as special permission to other private locations including the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA..

     

    The Exhibition is in the Ballroom of the historic  1880 GARTEN VEREIN. The building's most unique octagonal design and panoramic windows allow spectacular views from every angle.  It resembles a grand glassed-in gazebo!  A percentage of sales from the exhibition benefits the Galveston Historic Foundation.

    Entires Accepted at ONLINE JURIED SHOWS.COM

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS  - 

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER

    We are excited to announce
    our juror will be 
    PATRICK SAUNDERS.


    Patrick will also be giving a workshop May 9-11, running concurrent to the PASW. At present it is full; you can use the link below to join the wait list. 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP.


    Dates, Deadlines and

    Events Schedule:


    Entry deadline: January 2, 2023 

    Acceptance notice: January 15, 2023

    Orientation and Welcome: May 7, 2023

    Official Paint Out: May 7 – May 13, 2023

    Turn in Paintings: 9AM – 12 Noon May 12

    VIP Reception:  May 12, 2023

    Exhibition open to public:  May 13. 2023

    Exhibition ends – pick up unsold work: 8:00 pm: May 13, 2023

    Here Comes the Sun
    by Patrick Saunders

    OPS Calendar of Events


    2022


    December 4: Holiday Bash!
    Ennis, TX Paint Out, BBQ and Party

    2023

    January 19, 20 & 21: Boliver Peninsula, TX Paint Out

    February 17 & 18:  Frio River andConcan, TX. Paint Out

    March 11 & 12: Bay City & Matagorda Bay Paint Out

    April : Ennis, TX Paint Out

    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!  Competition, Show

    November: Caprock Canyons Paint Out

    Holiday Bash!

    Registration is open, let the fun begin!Sunday, Dec. 4th is the annual Holiday Paint Out, Party, and Gift Exchange. 

    9am-1pm: Paint Out
    1pm-2pm: Lunch
    2PM-3:30: Gift Exchange & Party!

    We’ll start with a morning paint out onShawn and Ronnie Davis's ranchin Ennis, TX. Coffee and tea at 9am on the porch. We will convene back at the ranch for Bunch at 1pm, and enjoy some great BBQ, cooked up especially for us! Following lunch around 2pm, we have one heck-of-a-good-time swapping our plein air work.

    More details on the website under events.

    Painting Big Bend

    November brought one of the most fun paint outs ever! Every 18 months OPS members (and friends) travel to the far Southwest of Texas to paint the majesty of Big Bend National Park, braving the wind and cold to do what we all love to do: Plein Air paint! And  to enjoy a bit of food, laughter, and sharing stories of the day's episodes. The photos tell it all.

     

    Boliver Point Lighthouse 
    (photo by Russell Autrey)

    2023 Paint Outs

    Registration opens next week! Make plans now to join us in the first paint out of 2023. We travel to to the Boliver Peninsula, TXJanuary 19, 20 & 21, 2023.  Here in the milder climate along the coast we find a myriad of painting subjects--marshlands, lighthouse, beaches, sand dunes, and all manner of boats--big shrimp boats, boat repair yards, small fishing vessels. The Peninsula is a narrow strip of land on the Texas Gulf Coast in the easternmost part of Galveston County. The peninsula is separated by less than three miles from Galveston Island by the channel of Bolivar Roads, the entrance from the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Bay. Free public ferries, which run 24/7, link the Bolivar Peninsula with Galveston Island. 

    Garner State Park

    February 17 & 18, 2023 Take a trip deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby. We are looking into reserving several cabins at one of the local lodging spots. More information coming up soon. 

    March 11 & 12, 2023 we adventure farther south to historic Bay City and Matagorda Bay, to paint history and coastlines. Our local hostess is arranging a number of great painting spots for us! 

    April brings wildflowers & bluebonnets in Ennis, TX, and you won't want to miss it! A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush.

    More Big Bend Photos . . .

    One of our Big Bend group wrote this poem while we there. Thanks for sharing Pete.


    Terlingua Ghost Town

    Near Big Bend National Park


    Mercury miners piled these rocks

    Into casitas where they lived

    Most hollowed out and falling down

    In hills of Terlingua Ghost Town


    Mountains in Mexico rise across

         the hidden Rio Grande

    Before it makes its slow Big Bend

    Now a giant National Park

    We join our friends for Plein Air art


    The towering volcanic spires 
    divide plains and draws 
    where panther hunt

    Remnants of the anglo ranches

    Along rare water courses stand

         the impact barely shows


    Chisos Mountains just either thousand feet

    Pinion pine in rocky glades

    Through the “Window" between two peaks

    Lodge shelters inspiration seekers


    Our Plein Air group goes sight to sight

    Across the varied rugged park

    to capture the magic color and space

    Merge with supernatural place.


                                            Pete Hudgins

     

    Member DVD Library

    There’s a new title in the DVD Members Library to interest our watercolor artists and just about any artist that has issues dealing with architecture. Stewart White reminds us to “Look at things as Shapes. Don’t get caught up in what you are painting” in this new video ”Painting Architecture in Watercolor."

    Your OPS membership entitles you to a large DVD library. Just go to the Members Only section of the website and peruse the classic and recent titles to help you improve your work. Members only pay postage to/from in order to enjoy 14 days of viewing pleasure.

    Help Us Purchase
    Exhibit Panels

    Thank you for your donations for display panels, but we are still needing more for our Plein Air Southwest Competition, Show & Sale. 25 panels, $3,500 total.  

    Go to the DONATE HERE button on the front page of the website, or send a check to OP Box 8483, Ennis, TX 75120. Thank you!!!

    Congratulations

    Congratulations Roy Smith! "My son Garret and I were awarded 1st and 2nd places, respectively, at the 8th Annual Burnet Art Fest, Nov 11 & 12 this year." 

    Signature member Val Sandell's paintings "A Rancher's Backyard" and "Illuminated" were chosen as Top 100 finalists in PleinAirmagazine's 12th Annual Plein Air Salon. "A Rancher's Backyard" was also selected as part of the FAV15% in the October 2022 BoldBrush Painting competition.

    Her painting "Canary Islander Descendant" is featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine Nov. - Dec. 2022 Today's Masters "Dressed to Impress" article. Kudos Val!

     

    Workshops


    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX several times a year. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I know there are several more members out there receiving awards we don't know about! Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. 

    Thank you Nancy Viola, Marchita Priest, Martha Watson, Jim Bragg and Kimberly Hudgins for sending photos!



    October 2022

    Plein Air Southwest

    May 7-13, 2023

    1880 Garten Verein
    Galveston, TX


    Dates, Deadlines and
    Events Schedule

    •  Entry deadline:
      January 2, 2023 

    •  Acceptance notice:
      January 15, 2023

    •  Orientation and Welcome: May 7, 2023

    •  Official Paint Out:
      May 7 – May 13, 2023

    •  Turn In Paintings:
      9 AM – 12 Noon
      May 12, 2023

    •  Exhibition Preview VIP Reception 7:00 pm
      May 12, 2023

    •  Exhibition open to public:  May 13. 2023

    •  Exhibition ends – pick up unsold work: 8:00 pm
      May 13, 2023

    Plein Air Southwest is juried membership paint out competition presented by the Outdoor Painters Society.  The 2023 event is hosted by Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas.  Juried artists compete for $25,000+ in cash and merchandise.  Artists will paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. 

    PASW Competition artists interpret this historic city as only a plein air painter can.  Our event takes place during the  Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour that attracts thousands of visitors to the city.  For 6 days, artists have access to paint on the grounds of the homes on tour,  as well as special permission to other private locations including the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.

     

    The Exhibition is in the Ballroom of the historic  1880 GARTEN VEREIN ; The building's most unique octagonal design and panoramic windows allow spectacular views from every angle.  It resembles a grand glassed-in gazebo!   A percentage of sales from the exhibition benefits the Galveston Historic Foundation.

    Entires Accepted at ONLINE JURIED SHOWS.COM

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS  - 

    CLICK HERE TO ENTER

    We are excited to announce
    our juror will be
     PATRICK SAUNDERS


    Here Comes the Sun
    by Patrick Saunders

    Patrick Saunders Workshop

    May 9-11, 2023

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP

    (
    Only five spaces left, so sign up quickly if you want to come. 
    Please note the workshop runs concurrent to PASW Event.)

    Patrick Saunders is an award-winning artist who travels the globe, creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging painting competitions. Patrick paints a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals.

    Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events, including Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Maui Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air, Sedona Plein Air, the Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, and Telluride Plein Air. He was featured in Plein Air Magazine in 2018.

    Patrick is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. He is a former Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society, and the Outdoor Painters Society.


    OPS Calendar of Events


    2022


    November 13-19:  Big Bend
    Paint Out


    December 4: Holiday Bash!
    Ennis, TX Paint Out, BBQ and Party


    2023


    January 19, 20 & 21: Port Boliver, TX
    Greater Houston Area Paint Out


    February 17 & 18:  Frio River andConcan, TX. Paint Out


    March 11 & 12: Bay City & Matagorda Bay Paint Out


    April : Ennis, TX Paint Out


    May 7-13: Plein Air Southwest

    Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23: Paint Kerrville!
    Paint Out, Competition, Show

    November: Caprock Canyons Paint Out

    December: Christmas Party

    Shadows Paint Out


    This wonderful venue had a wide variety of great painting subjects, something for everyone. Members showed over 70 paintings at the Shadows on the Teche Vistor's Center in New Iberia the last day. Over 20 folks joined our dinner outings each evening to share the day's adventures. The comaraderie was enjoyed by all. 

     

    Big Bend Paint Out

    November 13-19 we travel to Big Bend National Park, Terlinqua, and Big Bend State Park. The National Park gets its name from where the majestic Rio Grande takes a “big bend” on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend has mountains, desert, and river environments. An hour-long drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. In this vast park, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and sunsets! 

     

    To get the big picture of Big Bend: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnbMC-tcUI 

    Also, check out YouTube by member, Jim Rogers, from the 2012 OPS trip to Big Bend at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB_mtS9lJ04

    Visitbigbend.com is an excellent resource for park and lodging information.


    Boliver Point Lighthouse, 
    photo by Russell Autrey

    2023 Paint Outs

    Join us in the new year heading down to Port Boliver, TXJanuary 19, 20 & 21, 2023.  Here in the milder climate along the coast we find a myriad of painting subjects--marshlands, lighthouse, beaches, sand dunes, and all manner of boats--big shrimp boats, boat repair yards, small fishing vessels.

    Garner State Park

    February 17 & 18, 2023 we travel deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby.

    March 11 & 12, 2023 we adventure farther south to historic Bay City and Matagorda Bay, to paint history and coastlines. 

    April brings wildflowers & bluebonnets in Ennis, TX, and you won't want to miss it! A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush.

    Holiday Bash!

    Registration is open, let the fun begin!Sunday, Dec. 4th is the annual Holiday Paint Out, Party, and Gift Exchange. 

    9am-1pm: Paint Out
    1pm-2pm: Lunch
    2PM-3:30: Gift Exchange & Party!

    We’ll start with a morning paint out onShawn and Ronnie Davis's ranchin Ennis, TX. Coffee and tea at 9am on the porch. We will convene back at the ranch for Bunch at 1pm, and enjoy some great BBQ, cooked up especially for us! Following lunch around 2pm, we have one heck-of-a-good-time swapping our plein air work.

    More details on the website under events.

    Help Us Purchase
    Exhibit Panels

    Want to help OPS purchase exhibit panels for our annual premier Plein Air Southwest Competition, Show & Sale? We need 25 panels, $3,500 total.  In the past we have borrowed/rented panels for this show from two art groups and that opportunity has closed. Our goal is to have our own and the Galveston Historical Foundation will provide storage.

    Go to the DONATE HERE button on the front page of the website, or send a check to OP Box 8483, Ennis, TX 75120. Thank you!!!

    OPS Shadows
    Paint Out Fun!

     

    Katy ISD Student Plein Air

    In 2018 OPS members Jeanne Reavis, Marchita Priest and Chuck Rawle were invited to teach a plein air workshop to 16 Katy ISD art teachers.  The teachers introduced plein air techniques and tips to their students. Every year, a paint out competition for the students is held at a Katy park,  judged by Reavis, Priest, Rawle and former Katy art teacher Nancy Viola (now an OPS member). Sponsors Jerrysartarama and Wind River Arts donated prizes for the winners. 

    The Katy ISD student winners
     

    Rosemary Brushes

    Several members use beautiful Rosemary Brushes, made in England. But did you know that you can buy local!!  OPS Board member Chuck Rawle is a distributor of Rosemary Brushes here in Texas. They are one of our sponsors of PASW. www.windriverarts.com 

    Brushes on the Beach

    Several members are entering this fun Galveston online competition. Entries are accepted  until November 7. And the reception is at the G. Lee Gallery during Galveston Boardwalk. For more information: https://gleegallery.net/brushes-by-the-beach-pleinair

    Congratulations

    Kurt Ritterpusch's paintings were included in the Tom Lea Combat Warrior art Exhibit in Austin, TX on Oct. 22. Sherry Wooley attended the event and said it was awesome--very emotional. Congratulations and thank you Kurt for your service.

    We know that OPS member Jeffrey McDaniel has had an awesome October with sales. He was also juried into an international show and exhibit: https://www.artistsforconservation.org/virtual-exhibit/16754/artist/18583/artwork/rising-sun-falling-tide-copano-bay-19762

    Cecy Turner had a busy summer in Estes Park, Colorado, and hopes that OPS members will return to Estes Park in the near future! Besides painting aspens this past summer, she is happy to have had paintings accepted in the OPA Western Regional, NOAPS Best of America (same painting was also a Boldbrush 15% Favorite), Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Mountain Oyster Club shows.

    Julie Sanderson won the "Wet Paint Award of Excellence" at the Oil Painters of America National Convention in Santa Fe, NM, August 24-29, 2022.

    Kathy Hammond: I’m excited that my painting, Waiting to Launch, made the September cover of Galveston Monthly! I’m also excited the painting sold along with two other paintings during ArtWalk. I am blessed to be able to do what I love! 

    Donna McGee: My painting “A Little Light on the Crown” watercolor 21x15 inches received an Honorable Mention Award at the Hoover Watercolor Society’s Membership Show in Shreveport, LA 

     

    Workshops

    Let’s Jump Into the River! 

    Cecy Turner’s new online mini session in watercolor shows how to paint moving water and cascades in watercolor. A complete demonstration, reference photo, supply list and critique are all included in this one hour and twelve minute session. Watch it any time you want, over and over again, because the link is good  until September of 2023, all for $11.95 special price. For more information and to register on Cecy’s website: https://www.cecyturner.com/workshop/28542/lets-jump-into-the-river


    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX several times a year. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I know there are several more members out there receiving awards we don't know about! Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. 

    Thank you Nancy Viola, Peggy Kingsbury and Marchita Priest for sending photos!

    Happy Halloween!



    September 2022

    PAINT KERRVILLE!

    Our second annual Paint Out, Competition and Show, Paint Kerrville!, was quite a success. Sponsored in conjunction with the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in their beautiful facility downtown, next year they invited us to use their larger exhibition hall, and extended the event by two days! We think they like us. The enrollment was OPEN, without jury, and capped at 50 participating artists. Our artists were mostly from Texas, with a few from neighboring states. Artists enjoyed the camaraderie, the amazing dining Kerrville had to offer, the gorgeous hill country, including private ranches and venues opened up to the painters.

    Thank you to our judge, artist, teacher and author Bob Rohm. He had his hands full, and he did an excellent job.

    Next year the event runs Sept. 17th to Sept. 23, 2023. Mark your calendars, set your alarm clocks! This year's event filled up in just over 24 hours. Other interesting trivia about the event:

    • 10 artists had last names beginning with the letter ‘H’
    • 227 paintings in Gallery display on Friday night
    • 34 Quick draw paintings
    • 27 artists new to this event
    • 4 artists named Nancy
    • 48 artists from TX and 1 each from LA and OK
    • 12 Males and 38 Females competed
    • 1,000’s of laughs provided by Frank, Gary, Roy and Jeffrey
    • 13 awards presented for a total of $6,000
    • 18 paintings sold
    • 0 artists died from the Texas heat!

    Best in Show

     "Sunrise Cactus" by Olivette Hubler.

    Artists Choice
    Myra Knapp

    Quick Draw
    "Back Alley Fun" by Julie Sanderson

    Award of Excellence
    "Lunch Time" by Linghui Wang

     

    Award of Excellence
    Michael Jap

    Award of Excellence
    "Breakfast at Bridget's"
    Shaun Frankfurt

    Award of Excellence
    "Ranch Sunrise" Diane Duggan

    Award of Excellence
    "Texas Sun" Bruce Bingham

    Award of Excellence
    "River Dreams" Judy Beauford

    Award of Distinction
    "Sydney Baker & Water St.
    Kurt Ritterpusch

    Award of Distinction
    "Farm Barn" Jinsheng Liu

    Award of Distinction
    "Sweet Tea on the Porch
    @ Bridget's Basket"
    Julie Sanderson

    Award of Distinction
    "International RI60 Off Duty"
    Gary Frisk

    OPS Calendar of Events


    2022


    October 20-22: New Iberia, LA
    with t
    he Shadows-on-the-Teche
    Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale


    November 13-19:  Big Bend
    Paint Out


    December: TBD OPS Holiday Party
    Ennis, TX Paint Out and Party!


    2023


    January: George Historical Park,
    Greater Houston Area Paint Out


    February: Concan, TX Paint Out


    March: Matagorda Bay
    Texas Gulf Coast Paint Out


    April: Ennis, TX Paint Out


    May: Plein Air Southwest

    Galveston, TX Competition & Show

    Sept. 17-23, 2023: Paint Kerrville!
    Paint Out, Competition, Show

    November: Caprock Canyons Paint Out

    December: Christmas Party


    Shadows-on-the-Teche, a classic
    Revival-style plantation built in 1834

    Shadows Paint Out

    October 20-22 takes us to New Iberia, LAwhere the Shadows-on-the-Teche are hosting us for a Paintout and Wet Paint Sale. The countryside is chock full of a variety of interesting and unusual painting locations, with moss-laden cypress trees and charming historical buildings. The Atchafalaya River runs through the Bayou Basin for miles and miles in a maze of lakes, ponds, and cypress swamps. There is a series of colorful islands to paint, and a small town on the coast with shrimp boats. You will find an abundance of hotels, charming rentals and Airbnbs. IberiaTravel has lots of information about the area, lodging, and dining options. 

    Avery Island LA Historical Tabasco Shop

     

    Big Bend Paint Out

    November 13-19 we travel to Big Bend National Park, Terlinqua, and Big Bend State Park. The National Park gets its name from where the majestic Rio Grande takes a “big bend” on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend has mountains, desert, and river environments. An hour-long drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. In this vast park, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and sunsets! 

    For those of you who want to know more information ahead of time, you can always go to our website, sign in, and then click the tab for "members only." Select "paint out itineraries" from the pop up menu, and you can see the itinerary that Irma Ward put together from the paint out last year. It might change a bit this year, but you can definitely get the feeling of what each day will be about, including lodging options. We like to stay in the budget friendly hotel, Chisos Mining Company. It is open for fall registration and we recommend getting on the horn to them. The link also includes other options.

    Garner State Park

    Sneak Peek at 2023 Paint Outs

    We start the new year venturing to the Greater Houston area. January begins with a trip to the George Historical Park, known for historical buildings, a blacksmith shop and pretty countryside. Nearby Brazos Bend State Park is a popular destination of local Plein air painters in the area.

    In February, we travel deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby.

    In March, we will adventure down south to Matagorda Bay, to paint the sand, sea and beautiful marshes along the coast. 

    April finds painting bluebonnets and wildflowers in Ennis, TX. A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush.

    Paint Kerrville! FUN
    Thank you to all the members who sent in photos! 
    Look for a slide show of  photos on the website under the tab "Kerrville."

    Dinner at Mamacita's in Kerrville

     

    OPS Signature Membership
    Welcome New Members!

    Four applications were approved this year for OPS Signature Membership. Congratulations!

    Bruce Bingham
    Myrrh Haslam
    Jeffrey McDaniels
    Irma Ward

    The Board of Directors reviews applications for Signature Membership during the period August 15 through September 15 of each year. Look on the website for more information.

     

    Social Media is Our Friend


    Did you know that the Outdoor Painters Society has a Facebook page? Be sure to “Follow” and share experiences with fellow members. You may show and share your Plein Air paintings, clever tips, locations to paint, workshop and class info, etc. Just keep it Plein Air related, please, and include a short story related to your pic. When the administrators post something about you participating in an event, winning an award, or anything related to Plein Air, please feel free to “share” to your personal page.  

    Congratulations

    Congratulations Jing Zhao for your Award of Merit at the NOAPS 32 Best of American National Juried Exhibition, for her painting, "Girl at the Market." The exhibit will be on display at the Wilcox Gallery in Jackson, WY until October 8th.

    Jing also received the Artwork Archive Award of Excellence at the American Impressionist Society 23rd Annual National Exhibition for her painting, "The Face Painted Boy." The show will be on display at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, CO through October 22nd.

    To top it off, she was also awarded the Silver Medal in the Associate & Signature Division of the OPA American Western Regional Exhibit, which is on display at Southwest Gallery this month. Big Congrats, Jing!

     

    Workshops

    Dina Gregory has a pastel demo on Friday, Oct. 7th, 4-7 pm at Marta Stafford Fine Art Gallery in Marble Falls: "Piano, Pastel and Prosecco." If you are in the area, stop by and see our longtime OPS Signature member Dina demo her Pastel skills while her husband tickles the piano keys. They are an entertaining duo, for sure. 

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX several times a year. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I know there are several more members out there receiving awards we don't know about! Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. 

    August 2022

    Plein Visions in
    Miniature 2022

    Aug. 5-Sept. 12


    Congratulations to the
    Award Winners!


    The 2022 OPS Associate Members Show & Exhibition, “Plein Visions in Miniature" is a beautiful show in an excellent venue. Every painting is outstanding and for sale! Thank you to all the Associate members who participated! The show runs through Sept. 12th if you want to drop by and see it. Our host is the Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. 3rd St, Temple, TX., 254-773-9926. CAC Current Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm, unless otherwise posted. Tues. and Thurs. evenings until 7:30pm, Sat. 9am - 1 pm.


    Best in Show

    "Seeding Galveston" by Krystal Brown


    First Place
    "Up For Roping" by Durre Waseem


    Second Place
    "Meadow Pond" by Michael Japp


     

    Third Place
    "Loading Station Sunset" by Gary Frisk


    Honorable Mention
    "View Towards Johnson City"
    by Frank Gabriel


    Honorable Mention
    "Texas Underbrush" by Susan Sterle


    Honorable Mention
    "Winter Morning on Boliver"
    by Myrrh Haslam


    2022 OPS
    Calendar 
    of Events


    Associates Salon Show:
    August 5-September 12, 2022
    Show, Sale & Exhibition


    September 20-24:  Paint Kerrville!

    Competition, Show & Sale


    October 20-22: New Iberia, LA
    with t
    he Shadows-on-the-Teche
    Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale


    November 13-19:  Big Bend, TX
    Paint Out


    December: TBD OPS Holiday Party


    Cliffs alongside the Guadalupe, Kerrville, TX


    PAINT KERRVILLE! filled up in less than 48 hours! For those of you who missed the registration, you still have a good chance to be included if you put your name on the waiting list. You only pay the fee for entry when you are officially accepted.

    Taking place September 20-24, the variety and beauty of the Kerrville area is hard to beat! The 2nd Annual OPS Membership Competition, Show & Sale is hosted by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center. Artists will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area including several private property locations. Click HERE for the schedule.


    Shadows-on-the-Teche, a classic
    Revival-style plantation built in 1834


    Shadows Paint Out


    Registration is open! October 20-22 takes us to New Iberia, LA where the Shadows-on-the-Teche are hosting us for a Paintout and Wet Paint Sale. The countryside is chock full of a variety of interesting and unusual painting locations, with moss-laden cypress trees and charming historical buildings. The Atchafalaya River runs through the Bayou Basin for miles and miles in a maze of lakes, ponds, and cypress swamps. There is a series of colorful islands to paint, and a small town on the coast with shrimp boats.  There is an abundance of hotels, charming rentals and Airbnbs. IberiaTravel has lots of information about the area, lodging, and dining options. 


    Avery Island LA Historical Tabasco Shop

     

    Big Bend National Park


    Big Bend Paint Out Opens Soon!


    Registration is opening next week, so watch your email. November 13-19 we travel to Big Bend National Park, Terlinqua, and Big Bend State Park. The National Park gets its name from where the majestic Rio Grande takes a “big bend” on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes considered “three parks in one,” Big Bend has mountains, desert, and river environments. An hour-long drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. In this vast park, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and sunsets! 

    For those of you who want to know more information ahead of time, you can always go to our website and sign in, and then click the tab for "members only." Select "paint out itineraries" from the pop up menu, and you can see the itinerary that Irma Ward put together from the paint out last year. It might change a bit this year, but you can definitely get the feeling of what each day will be about, including lodging options. We like to stay in the budget friendly hotel, Chisos Mining Company. It is open for fall registration and we recommend getting on the horn to them. The link also includes other options.



    Garner State Park


    Sneak Peek at 2023 Paint Outs



    We start the new year venturing to the Greater Houston area. January begins with a trip to the George Historical Park, known for historical buildings, a blacksmith’s shop, and pretty countryside. Nearby Brazos Bend State Park is a popular destination of local Plein air painters in the area.

    In February, we travel deep into the Hill Country to paint along the Frio River, home of Garner State Park, Concan, TX. Several low water crossings dot the country roads, and Los Maples State Park is nearby.


    In March, we will adventure down south to Madagorda Bay, to paint the sand, sea and beautiful marshes along the coast. 


    April finds painting bluebonnets and wildflowers in Ennis, TX. A popular paint out designation, the beauty of the surrounding country is enhanced with bright patches of bluebonnets and indian paintbrush.

    Ennis, TX Bluebonnets

    OPS Signature Membership

    Deadline to apply: Sept. 15

    What is Signature Membership in OPS? It is a recognition or acknowledgement by your artist peers that you have grown in skill, education, technique, and willingness to share, while producing a consistent body of art. Achieving Signature Membership with Outdoor Painters Society shows that an artist is serious in producing a professional body of Plein Air work. 

    Your peer Signature and Master Signature artists review your body of outdoor work and other criteria to determine if the applicant is yet ready to add the OPS to their signature (example- mysignature, OPS). While the application process does not guarantee this merit badge, it does demonstrate that you are seriously striving to professionally improve your Plein Air painting and marketing. 

     

    Our Signature and Master Signature members willingly share helpful tips and resource ideas to all OPS Members who strive to earn the Signature Member achievement. We encourage you to apply, and we will do all we can to help you succeed.

    The Board of Directors reviews applications for Signature Membership during the period August 15 through September 15 of each year. An applicant must be an Active Associate or Supporter Member for 5 consecutive years, including current year, and meet at least 1 of the following eligibility criteria:  A) Participated as a juried artist in at least 2 OPS events within past 10 years.   B) Participated in 5 monthly OPS paint outs within past 5 years including current year. Below is the direct link to the application & guidelines for electronic submission:

    Application Instructions for Signature Membership

    Congratulations

    Big congratulations to Gary Frisk, for his 2022 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Merit Award for his painting, “Lhoist Revisited.” 

    Signature member Val Sandell's painting "Tall in the Fall"  (20" x 20") has been juried into Oil Painters of America Western Regional, to be held at Southwest Art Gallery in Dallas, TX from 9/10/22 to 10/1/22.

    Marjorie Shanks painted at the Estes Valley Plein Air event, and then will be a part of Plein Air @Altitude in Winter Park, CO from Sept 2 - Sept 10.  Upon returning home to Louisiana, she will host the 3rd Annual Plein Air Marksville (aka PAM) in Marksville, LA on September 17th, including a plein air pastel workshop in Marksville on September 16th taught by Mark Monk.

    Melanie Stokes has a solo show, “Glory Fills the Skies,” at the Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, TX,  Aug. 20 - Sept. 28, 2022. Opening reception, Aug. 25, 5pm-8pm.

     

    Workshops

    Deborah Paris. The Painted Sky. Online class. September 2- 30. Learn to paint big atmospheric skies and billowing clouds.
    With over 50 lessons and exercises and 16 videos, this course will give you the  tools to paint big, beautiful skies.

    https://thelandscapeatelier.com/product/the-painted-sky/

    John Lasater: The 2nd annual plein air retreat at Palo Duro State Park, hosted by my Views Community of Artists, is happening Oct. 19-23. Click here to read more about it. All are invited! 

    Rusty Jones online workshop, "In Celebration of Nature" is 92 online lessons,  three video lessons each month, private facebook group, and more. Join at https://rustyjonesart.com/

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop in Athens, TX, Sept. 15-17, 2022. Plein Air and/or Studio. Three day format, lodging available. For more information, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  Send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. We would love to include you!

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    July 2022

    Plein Visions in
    Miniature 2022

    Aug. 5-Sept. 12, 2022

    Opening Reception & Awards Aug. 5, 5-7pm

    2022 Associate Members Show & Sale “Plein Vision in Miniature” is sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society and hosted by  Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. 3rd St, Temple, TX.  254-773-9926.

    An awesome show that you won't want to miss! Please join us. All work submitted is created outdoors by the following OPS Associate Members and available for purchase. 

    Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX

     

    BRUCE BINGHAM - AUSTIN, TX; KENT BREWER, WAXAHACHIE, TX; KRYSTAL BROWN - SPRING, TX; JOHN CAGGIANO - ROCKPORT, MA; CARL CANGA - AUSTIN, TX; EMILY CHILES - THE WOODLANDS, TX; SHERYL CRAIG - LEEDY, OK; SHAWN DAVIS ENNIS, TX; JUDYELLIOTT - FRANKLIN, TX; STEPHEN GARY FRISK - RICHMOND, TX; FRANK GABRIEL - AUSTIN, TX; KATHY HAMMOND -FRIENDSWOOD, TX; MYRRH HASLAM - HOUSTON, TX; NANCY HODGES - WHITNEY, TX; HAI-OU HOU - STEVENSVILLE, MD; FRANCIS HUANG - SAN ANTONIO, TX; AMY CARTER ISHMAEL - MURPHY, TX; MICHAEL JAP - HOUSTON, TX; JANA JENNINGS - OVILLA, TX; LYNN LaROSE - WAXAHACHIE, TX; MYRL LUPER - WOODWAY, TX; JIM LYON - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK; KARLA BRADY MASSINGILL - HURST, TX; ANN McCANN - DALLAS, TX; LISETTE McCLUNG - LEAGUE CITY, TX; DONNA McGEE - WEST MONROE, LA; TERI McREYNOLDS - SAN ANTONIO, TX; JEFFREY NEAL McDANIEL - RIO FRIO, TX; ROBIN POPP - TRENTON, FL; KURT RITTERPUSCH - BELTON, TX; PHYLLIS RYSER - HONEY GROVE, TX; ROY SMITH - BURNET, TX; KAREN STORM - COPPELL, TX; SUSAN STERLE - TEMPLE, TX; MELANIE STOKES - MART, TX; AUSTIN STUBBLEFIELD - FORT WORTH, TX; MARGIE TAYLOR-CORSICANA, TX; IRENA TAYLOR - SAN ANTONIO, TX; NANCY VIOLA - KATY, TX; IRMA WARD, FORT WORTH, TX; DURRE WASEEM - CORONA, CA; HELEN WILSON - THE WOODLANDS.

    CAC Current Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30am - 4:00pm unless otherwise posted. Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:30pm Saturday mornings 9am - 1 pm.

    2022 OPS
    Calendar 
    of Events

    Associates Salon Show:
    August 5-September 12, 2022
    Award Ceremony and Exhibition


    September 20-24:  Paint Kerrville!

    Competition and Exhibition


    October 20-22: New Iberia, LA with the Shadows-on-the-Teche
    Paintout


    November 13-19:  Big Bend, TX
    Paintout


    December: TBD OPS Holiday Party

    Cliffs alongside the Guadalupe, Kerrville, TX

    Paint Kerrville! 
    Competition Event

    Entries open in August for our fall events, so mark your calendar and plan on joining us! September 20-24 we venture to one of our favorite hill country painting spots, Kerrville, TX. Complete with a competition and show, the variety and beauty of the Kerrville area is hard to beat! The 2nd Annual OPS Membership Competition & Exhibition, the "wet paint" show & sale is hosted by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas. Artists will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area including several private property locations. 

    This event does not have a juried entry—it is first come first serve. There is a limit of 50 folks, so watch for the notice that this event registration is open and enter immediately. 

    Shadows-on-the-Teche, a classic
    Revival-style plantation built in 1834.

    Shadows Paint Out

    October 20-22 takes us to New Iberia, LA where the Shadows-on-the-Teche are hosting us for a Paintout and Wet Paint Sale. The countryside is chock full of a variety of interesting and unusual painting locations, with moss-laden cypress trees and charming historical buildings. The Atchafalaya River runs through the Bayou Basin for miles and miles in a maze of lakes, ponds, and cypress swamps. 

    Registration opens for the Shadows in August. There is no limit to how many can come, and there is an abundance of hotels, charming rentals and Airbnbs. IberiaTravel has lots of information about the area, lodging, and dining options. 

     

    Jungle Gardens along the Bayou Basin

    Big Bend National Park

    Big Bend Paint Out

    OPS is going back to Big Bend National Park, November 13-19. A spectacular painting location, Big Bend summons painters from all over the US. Located way out in southwest Texas, the National Park gets its name from where the majestic Rio Grande takes a “big bend” on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes considered “three parks in one” Big Bend has mountains, desert, and river environments. An hour-long drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. In this vast park, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and sunsets! 

    For those of you who want to know more information ahead of time, you can always go to our website and sign in, and then click the tab for "members only." Select "paint out itineraries" from the pop up menu, and you can see the itinerary that Irma Ward put together from the paint out last year. It might change a bit this year, but you can definitely get the feeling of what each day will be about, including lodging options. We like to stay in the budget friendly hotel, Chisos Mining Company. It is older, but the rooms are spacious and comfortable. It opens for fall registration tomorrow, and there is another large event happening during the time we are there, so we recommend getting on the horn to them. The link also includes other options.

    Rio Grande River, Big Bend

    Now that's how to paint in July!

    Jeanne Reavis and Nancy Boren Paint Poppies in Crested Butte, CO

    Congratulations

    Kathy Hammond: I am the featured Artist for the month of August at the Galveston Art League. I will have 17 plein air pieces on display. Galveston Art Walk is on August 27, so don’t miss it.

    Debbie Carroll was juried into the Coors Western Art Sale & Exhibition in Denver for January 2023. Congrats!!

    Melanie Stokes has a solo show, “Glory Fills the Skies,” at the Warehouse Living Arts Center, Corsicana, TX,  Aug. 20 - Sept. 28, 2022. Opening reception, Aug. 25, 5pm-8pm.

    Stuart Roper: Happy that two of my paintings, “Prickly Pear Study” and “Autumn Along the Brazos” were juried into the 2022 National Juried Art Show at the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center in Breckenridge, TX, July 23 – Sept. 10. Another piece, “Early Snow At Caprock Canyon” was also accepted into the 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of The American Impressionist Society which will be held in Boulder, CO  Sept 15- Oct 22.

    Tina Bohlman: I am honored & excited that my painting "Fixer Upper" has been accepted into this prestigious exhibition!  Women Artists of the West, 2022 52nd National Exhibition East Meets West, Nov. 6, 2022 - Jan. 7, 2023, The McBride Gallery, 215 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401. 

    Jing Zhao: Glad to know that my painting, "Young Girl at the Market," has been accepted into NOPAS 2022 Best of America National Juried Exhibition, hosted by the Wilcox Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY, Sept 8. thru Oct. 8, 2022, opening reception on Sept. 16.

    Cecy Turner was notified that her painting, "Evening Silence," was also accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society "Best of America" show! (See dates above).

    Bruce Bingham: I was so excited to find out that my painting "Tea Thyme" made it into the 23rd AIS National Juried Exhibition! It will be held from Sept. 15- Oct. 22, 2022 at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder Colorado. 

    Linghui Wang: So excited to know that my painting, “Daydream," has been accepted into the 52nd National Women Artists of the West Exhibition! The show will be at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD, November 6-January 7. 

    Carol Devereaux: I was selected to participate in Texas Portrait Society Face Off.  The event took place June 26th. Community leaders were the models, the sales benefitting Chandor Gardens.  I was fortunate to have the fire chief sit for me. 

     

    Workshops

    Deborah Paris. The Painted Sky. Online class. September 2- 30. Learn to paint big atmospheric skies and billowing clouds!
    With over 50 lessons and exercises and 16 videos, this course will give you the  tools to paint big, beautiful skies. Class starts September 2nd.

    https://thelandscapeatelier.com/product/the-painted-sky/

    The Landscape in Oil, with Julie Sanderson. August 23, 30th and Sept. 6th, 13th. Tuesday, 1-3:30pm. Adults, teens, beginner to intermediate, join us as you learn the fundamentals of painting, as well as the techniques of Plein air painting.
    The Woodlands Art League
     http://www.woodlandsartleague.org

    John Pototschnik: Just published in Fine Art Today, I believe you'll find this helpful..."Color Mixing For Beginners."
    https://www.outdoorpainter.com/color-mixing-for-beginners/

    John Lasater: The 2nd annual plein air retreat at Palo Duro State Park, hosted by my Views Community of Artists, is happening October 19-23. Click here to read more about it. All are invited!

    Rusty Jones: Come join the fun! If you want to improve you landscape paintings,  "In Celebration of Nature" is the place. 92 online lessons available 24/7 on any device. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook group, monthly critiques, monthly demo challenges with prizes, a community of like minded artists. Join at https://rustyjonesart.com/

    Bruce Peil has Art Workshops in Athens, TX. Three day formats, lodging available. For more details, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I try to make a note of as many folks as possible who post awards on their social media page, or the Outdoor Painters Facebook page. But I know I miss members, so please send any good news, awards, etc., including photos of you  painting outdoors, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 28th of the month. We would love to include you!




    June 2022

    Plein Visions in
    Miniature 2022

    Entries are in, acceptance notices go out July 1st, the first step in putting this extra opportunity together for Associate Members to show their plein air work in a salon setting.  Associate Members must concentrate on getting their accepted entry(s) framed, labeled and delivered to the gallery on time.  If you missed the entry deadline start now getting ready for next year by accumulating an inventory of paintings in the required sizes.   

    Our new location for this show is centrally located in Texas at the Cultural Activities Center, 3011 N. 3rd Street, downtown Temple.  The four galleries at the Cultural Arts Center are beautiful and the entries will look spectacular whichever gallery is chosen for our exhibit.  

     

    Make plans now to stop by for a visit to see Plein Visions in Miniature 2022August 5-September 12. Opening reception and Awards Ceremony on August 5, 2022 with details TBA soon.

    CAC Current Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. unless otherwise posted. Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 7:30 p.m. Saturday mornings 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX

    2022 OPS
    Calendar 
    of Events

    Associates Salon Show:
    August 5-September 12, 2022
    Award Ceremony and Exhibition


    September 20-24:  Paint Kerrville!

    Competition and Exhibition


    October 20-22: New Iberia, LA with the Shadows-on-the-Teche
    Paintout


    November 13-19:  Big Bend, TX
    Paintout


    December: TBD OPS Holiday Party

    Cliffs alongside the Guadalupe, Kerrville, TX

    Paint Kerrville!

    Entries open soon for our fall events, so mark your calendar and plan on joining us!  September 20-24 we venture to one of our favorite hill country painting spots, Kerrville, TX. Complete with a competition and show, the variety and beauty of the Kerrville area is hard to beat! The 2nd Annual OPS Membership Competition & Exhibition, the "wet paint" show & sale is hosted by Kerr Arts & Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas. Artists will be painting  throughout Kerrville and the surrounding area including several private property locations. This event does not have a juried entry—it is first come first serve. So watch for the notice that this event registration is open and jump on it!

    Shadows-on-the-Teche, a classic
    Revival-style plantation built in 1834.

    Shadows Paint Out

    October 20-22 takes us to New Iberia, LA where the Shadows-on-the-Teche are hosting us for a Paintout and Wet Paint Sale. The countryside is chock full of a variety of interesting and unusual painting locations. Moss-laden cypress trees and charming, historical buildings. The Atchafalaya River runs through the Bayou Basin for miles and miles in a maze of lakes, ponds, and cypress swamps. 

     

    Jungle Gardens along the Bayou Basis

    Big Bend National Park

    Big Bend Paint Out

    OPS is going back to Big Bend National Park, November 13-19. A spectacular painting location, Big Bend summons painters from all over the US. Located way out in southwest Texas, the National Park gets its name from where the majestic Rio Grande takes a “big bend” on its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes considered “three parks in one” Big Bend has mountains, desert, and river environments. An hour-long drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. In this vast park, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and sunsets! 

    Richie Vios painting plein air in a truck on a very busy Telluride Street.

    Trish Butler, Richie Vios and Bruce Bingham at a paintout in Austin, TX

    Plein Air Southwest
    2022 Sales Trivia

    Plein Air Southwest 2022 Sales Results were slightly above the previous two years.  Olivette Hubler sold the most paintings, six to be exact.  Congratulations to Olivette for excellent sales results for first time competing in the PASW.  Richie Vios, a veteran in PASW competitions who also won Best of Show, sold a total of four paintings but excelled in the highest dollar amount for PASW 2022 sales.  Thirty artists sold at least one painting.

     

    (From L to R) Grace Tang, Joy Yao, Linghui at the Dallas Arborteum 

    Tools to Add to
    Your Artist Tool Kit Now

    (This article ran in the newsletter lat year, but is very useful information!)

    Feeling green to the whole Art Show entry process?  Set up a file on your computer with the following: (1) Headshot/Selfie; (2) Short Bio (like below); (3) Long Bio (chock full of workshop, formal instruction, and gallery representation info); and (4) Basic Artist Statement that can be quickly altered to fit each Show theme. 

    When entering a show and the organization is asking for a Brief Bio (50 words max) for Social Media promotion purposes here is what you want to focus on: 

    • Artist Name

    • Artist Location (where you live & paint)

    • Artist Media, Style, and Inspiration

    • Website and/or Social Media site

     

    Example: Betty Brushwork currently residing in Sandstone Texas is inspired by the Gulf Coast sunsets. Betty loves the strong color transitions attainable by layering soft pastels. Her impressionistic style with pastels creates an interesting balance to the almost abstract watercolors she also enjoys painting outdoors. See examples of her work at www.BettyBrushwork.com.

    OK, it’s 51 words but can be edited down easily to fit in a template. It’ll save you tons of time and boost your confidence when entering shows and competitions.  You’ll be prepared and ready. 

    Also, when entering a show or competition there are many magazine articles, blogs, internet sites and YouTube videos to give you a general idea of what to expect, but first and foremost, the most important thing to do is READ the Prospectus for the event and follow the instructions given exactly. 

    Congratulations

    Melanie Stokes in front of her art at the Professional Artist of Central Texas Show at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple TX. Show runs until July 22.

    Texas Artist Alice Leese and her husband, Rob, spent the month of March 2022 painting and documenting on Loggerhead Key, a pristine and remote island at Dry Tortugas National Park. In June, Alice gave an online presentation about her Plein air painting process and the 49 works created on the island. The works and studies created during this residency will be the basis of future work elaborated back home in her studio.  Three University Shows and one nature center show are being scheduled. For more of what Alice is doing, check out her website   www.aliceleese.com or Instagram @aliceleese.

    Jeffrey McDaniels is happy to report that his painting “Early Morning, Late Summer, Upper Laguna Madre” was juried into the 2022 Artists For Conservation Show.  It will be seen in the Virtual Show and Book. Congrats also for all the sales at his Rockport Artfest Poster Artist Show!

     

    Caroline Ratliff won an Honorable Mention in the G. Lee Gallery SWAN day in Galveston. She later sold her painting! Congrats Caroline!


    Lon Brauer: I was delighted to hear that I won 'Impressionist Honorable Mention' for my painting, "Saturday's Project," at the OPA 31st Annual National Exhibition in Steamboat Springs. It is always an honor just to get into an OPA National Exhibition...particularly with all my nonsensical scratchings. But to garner a nod with an award is a true honor!


    Durre Waseem recieved Best of Show and 2nd Place in the Quick Draw (pictured above) at the Parrsboro International Plein Air Festival. 

    Workshops

    Bruce Peil has an Art Workshop July 14-16, 2022, three days of painting both studio and plein air in Athens, TX. For more details, go to BrucePeilArt.com.

    From the editor:  I try to make a note of as many folks as possible who post awards on their social media page, or the Outdoor Painter's Facebook page. But I know I miss members, so please send any good news, awards, etc., including photos, to the newsletter editor, myrrhsart@gmail.com by the 25th of the month. We would love to include you!

    MAY 2022

    Plein Air Southwest 2022
    May 8-14, Galveston, TX

    Plein Air Southwest 2022 exceeded all expectations! The city of Galveston continued to welcome us with open arms. The Galveston Historical Society did an excellent job hosting us at the beautiful Ashton Villa. A big thank you to all the artists and volunteers who, once again, joined together to make this a premiere event. 
    Mitch Baird did an outstanding job as our judge. For more fun photos of the event, be sure to visit our facebook page.