OPS was formed to create opportunities and incentives for artists of like mind to come together and paint ...........En Plein Air


Up coming Paint Outs and Events. 


This is an ever-changing list  as we add new locations and dates to it. If you would like to be a host of a casual Paint Out at your favorite spot, contact Paint Out Director, Irma Ward


Please note:  We ask you to register if you plan to attend a paint out or event. Please remember to "check" the box at the bottom of the registration form so members will see your name on the list of attendees!


(Except for workshop registrations), advance registration for a paint out  is NOT a firm commitment!  We understand how last minute situations can arise.  As a courtesy, if your plans change, please contact the event coordinator.  Thanks...and see you out there!



Upcoming events

    • April 16, 2020
    • April 18, 2020
    • Palo Duro State Park, TX

    April 2020

    Where:  Palo Duro State Park, Texas  

    When:   April 16-18, 2020


    The April paint out location is the one you’ve been waiting for!  It’s time to revisit the popular Palo Duro State Park, located in the Texas panhandle 27 miles southeast of Amarillo.  The landscape is dramatic; canyon walls, red rocks, low water crossings and Junipers.  Load up your gear and head out to the “Texas version” of the Grand Canyon - our own Palo Duro Canyon.  Palo Duro is the 2nd largest canyon in the United States.


    This terracotta badland attracts plein air painters for hundreds of miles from all directions.  Formed by the Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River, the Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. 


    If you still have a couple of 10x20 panorama canvases lying around, there’s no excuse now!  


    Getting to Palo Duro State Park via Amarillo.  The park is 27 miles southeast of Amarillo (I-27 S to TX 217 E, then look for sign to the park entrance).

    From Santa Fe NM:  take I-40 East to Amarillo (300 miles—4 1/2 hours).

    From San Antonio:  Take I-10 North to I27 N (500 miles—8 hours)

    From Houston:  Take I-45 North to TX 287 Northwest to I-40 West 613 miles—9 hours)

    From Dallas:  Take I-30 West to TX 287 Northwest to I-40 West (365 miles—5 hours)


    • May 11, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • May 13, 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 6



    Roger Dale Brown, OPAM, AISM

    Plein Air Southwest 2020, is excited that the awards juror, ROGER DALE BROWN of Franklin, Tennessee will teach a workshop May 11, 12, & 13, 2020 in Waxahachie, Texas!

    The format is a 3-day "Plein Air" intensive workshop which will include indoor classroom study as well as outdoor on location in and near Waxahachie's historic court house square.  Waxahachie is 35 miles South of downtown Dallas.  Easy 35 minutes from Dallas' Love Field, and 45 minutes from DFW International airport.


    This workshop is limited to 15 participants and will fill up fast.

    Open to intermediate and advanced artists. 

    The total fee is $550.00.  $275 due upon registration, balance of $275 due April 15, 2020.

    Refunds: $100 cancellation fee on or before April 15, 2020.  No refunds after April 15, 2020. 

    Rolling Pastures  50x50 Oil on Linen

    Waiting in the Shadows  24 x 30 Oil on Linen


    Roger Dale Brown grew up in Tennessee, exploring the woods, creeks and fields around his Nashville home, a passionate observer of every aspect of nature since early childhood.  He has made it his life’s work to connect deeply to places around the world, incorporating knowledge of their nature, history, architecture and culture in his creative process, and reflecting that knowledge in his painting and writing.

    Not having the advantage of a formal art education, Roger educated himself. He spent countless hours studying historical artists such as John Carlson, Arthur Streeton, Isaac Levitan and John Singer Sargent and concentrated his study with master teachers over the years.  Roger has developed his own style, which draws deeply from the Impressionist view that painting from life is essential.

    Roger has a deep commitment to passing on his knowledge of the artistic process to his students. His self-directed education has given Roger a unique ability to recognize a student’s struggles and an ability to guide the learning process in clear and understandable ways. A celebrated teacher, he has led close to 100 workshops from Maine to Montana in the United States, and abroad in Ecuador, Italy and Scotland. His teaching includes live demonstrations as well as on-location, figurative, studio and still-life classes.  

    Roger has been honored to serve as juror for art and plein air competitions for Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society and others across the country. When not traveling to paint or teach, he lives with his artist wife and two dogs in Franklin, Tennessee, and teaches in his home studio. 

    “To capture the essence of a scene and make viewers feel they can step

    into a different day and understand its mood and beauty is my goal.”  

    Awards and Honors

    Among his many awards, Roger has received Best of Show in the Barnes

    and Farms National Juried Art Show, Museum Purchase Award at the Easton Plein Air Competition, Award of Excellence in the Master Category at the American Impressionist National Show, as well as the Gold Medal Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association.

    His work has also been accepted in national juried exhibitions with both Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society where he received Artist Choice Award. He was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center Salon.  In addition, Roger has been published by International Artist Magazine, American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Plein-Air Magazine and the Artist Magazine. 

    Roger's oil paintings hang in the permanent collections of Tennessee State Museum and other museums throughout the United States and are held in several prominent galleries. He was given Living Master Status with the Art Renewal Center in 2015, and was awarded Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists in 2017. In 2018 Roger was awarded Master Status with Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society in 2018.

    “Art is a privilege, gift and journey.”

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