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

    • January 26, 2018
    • January 27, 2018
    • Glen Rose, Texas

    Registration is Now Open

    OPS Paint Out - January 26-27, 2018

    Glen Rose, Texas

    We’re going back to paint large boulders, petrified wood buildings, a town square, an old gristmill turned hospital turned art museum, a heritage park with historic buildings, and dinosaur tracks; overall, a charming community.  Of course, we’re talking about painting again in Glen Rose, TX.  And, we will paint along the beautiful Paluxy river from several vantage points. Glen Rose is the perfect place for a two-day winter’s paint out (absent snow).


    • February 16, 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • February 17, 2018
    • Plano, TX

    February 2018

    A Paint Out Joint Venture

    Location:  Plano, Texas

    Dates:  February 16-17, 2018

    Demonstration, Prizes, Exhibit

    The Outdoor Painters Society will link palettes with members of the Plano Art Association, Southwest Watercolor Society, and the ArtCentre of Plano for a two day paint out in the Plano, TX historic district.


    Registration is open to members of OPS, PAA, and SWS.  After the day of painting on Friday meet for social gatherings that include a painting demonstration by Michael Holter.  On Saturday evening, compete for prizes in the peer judging event; the “Wet Painting Show”, and for consideration for an extended show at the ArtCenter of Plano.  Details are included in the itinerary that will be sent upon registration.


    Register today!

    The City of Plano is located twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas and is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.   Plano, once a small farm community, has now become a force in the DFW area. Plano is an affluent hub for many corporate headquarters, such as Cinemark Theatres, Dell Services, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Ericsson, Frito-Lay, HP Enterprise Services, Huawei, J. C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Siemens PLM Software, and Toyota Motor North America, Inc, to name a few.


    The downtown area (15th street—east of  Highway 75) has many interesting buildings including a renovated train station and rail car.  A farmer’s market and an old-time barber shop dot the downtown streets.  And there are several Victorian homes for those who are up to a challenge.  Nearby is the Heritage Farmstead museum and grounds complete with a blacksmith shop, animals, and a barn housing vintage equipment and vehicles; subjects that appeal to many.  Come one, come all, for a winter’s painting treat.










    • May 27, 2018
    • May 30, 2018
    • 7


     Plein Air Southwest Salon 2018, is excited  that JOSHUA BEEN the awards juror.... will conduct a OPS sponsored workshop May 27 - 30, 2018.

    The format is 3-day Plein Air instruction, followed by 1/2 day indoor demonstration in classroom.


    This workshop is limited to 15 participants and will fill up fast. The total cost is $495.00.  A $200 deposit is required at time of registration.  $50 cancellation fee.  No refunds after April 15, 2018. Balance due by April 16, 2018.


    3-1/2 day workshop

    Open to intermediate and advanced artists. 

    Joshua Been - on location in Colorado


    Artist’s Statement


    The style I paint in is known as Impressionistic Realism. It’s a versatile yet challenging mode of expression through which the poetry of a subject is preserved and paramount. To find eternal balance in the elegant dance of light and form is my highest inspiration. Through the congruence of our visual vocabulary and shared human experience, I am able to imply detail without overstating it. Brushwork and palette knife together create a textural Impressionism and paint quality which entice a closer look, while it is through a little distance that my paintings become Realistic portals into a time and place.  Painted like memories of the “here and now,” they depict the variety of life in the 21st Century and often include man-made objects, figures, or animals. Through my work, I sincerely hope to remind and inspire others to take time to see just how amazing this existence is.  



    Joshua Been, born in 1974, had no shortage of outdoor adventures that cultivated his appreciation for the natural world. Drawing since he could manage a pencil, he was captivated by animation and cartooning. This interest remained with him throughout high school and an active duty enlistment in the US Army. Been then went on to pursue his BA in Fine Art at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. As a Magna Cum Laude graduate from this small liberal arts college, Been found interest in more than just art classes. He was active in theatre and performing arts, while studying Earth Sciences as well. This interdisciplinary foundation is evident in the intricacies and truthful fascination of his landscape as well as his figurative work.

    After graduation, Been relocated to the Los Angeles area where he worked for several years in the entertainment industry as a Character Animator and Visual Development Artist. Cartoon Network, and Disney TV were some of the studios where he found work. It wasn’t long, however, before Been craved a more liberating artform, and enrolled in some figure painting classes at the California Art Institute. While simplifying his life in order to pursue the more nomadic life of a painter, Been moved back to his native land in Colorado. For a short time in order to get his feet on the ground in CO, Been taught art and design to inmates at the Buena Vista Correctional Facility. He now lives and paints in Salida, a place known as the “Heart of the Rockies”.



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