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

    • October 18, 2018
    • October 20, 2018
    • San Antonio, TX

    Destination: San Antonio, TX

    Dates:  October 18-20 2018


    Remembering the Alamo

    (and other Missions)


    This October we travel to a favorite place of plein air painters in south-central Texas. The San Antonio Mission Trail, a World Heritage Site, is our painting destination for October 2018.  The missions within the National Park include 1) Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purísma Concepción de Acuña, 2) Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, 3) Mission San Juan Capistrano, and 4) Mission San Francisco de la Espada.  In downtown SAT we find the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission).

    Getting to San Antonio: 

    Driving from Dallas/Ft. Worth south on I35—approximately 270 miles (4 hours).

    From Houston, TX, west on I10—200 miles (3 hours);

    From Austin, TX, south on I35—80 miles (1.5 hours);

    From Shreveport, LA, I49 to I35 south– 415 miles (6+hours)


    There are many, many hotels, motels, B&Bs in the San Antonio area.  You may want to stay somewhere along the Riverwalk (expect higher prices and crowds), or share a rental in the historic district through AirB&B.com, for example.  The choices are many.

    Suggestions for painting locations each day.

    We start our adventure on Thursday at 7:30am with a breakfast meet and greet at the historic Guenther House, 205 E. Guenther.  First one there, ask for a table for 6 and we will grow as needed from there.  After breakfast, we will start the painting “mission” at Mission Espada, 10040 Espada Rd. (site 101 on the online map).


    With only three days to paint, we suggest you focus on the Mission Trail; however, there are many other historic buildings in the area that may interest you.  Visit the website  https://qagis.sanantonio.gov/ohp/MissionTrails/  and plan your painting locations in advance.  This website provides an excellent online map with photos of all the best spots on the Mission Trail and the historic districts.  Alternatively,  the official itinerary will provide more specific plans and information about evening get-togethers.

    Register today! 


    • November 09, 2018
    • November 10, 2018
    • Corsicana, TX


    Corsicana, Texas

    November 9-10, 2018

    Join us for a few days of painting in the quaint town of Corsicana TX.  

    Corsicana is located on Interstate 45, about 58 miles south of Dallas TX, or 183 miles north of Houston TX.  Our paint out is hosted by the Navarro Council of the Arts at the Warehouse Living Arts Center and the Palace Theater. 

    Downtown also features the historic State National Bank building (built in 1926), several coffee shops, eateries, an art gallery, and several bric-à-brac outlets, and many brick-faced storefronts of historical interest.

    A green park, a short walk from the county courthouse downtown, has meandering creeks and walking, jogging and bike trails. Other amenities include lighted tennis courts, a children's play area with a retired fire truck, spray park, and designated skate area. 

    The town has several museums: Civil War museum, Western Art gallery featuring a number of renowned western artists, and the Pioneer Village, located by Jester Park offering reconstructed buildings and artifacts from the early historical period of the area. The planetarium is among the largest in Texas, featuring a 60-foot (18 m) dome and 200 seats.

    Upon registration you will receive more information about this two-day event, including where to pick up more information about painting locations, free-bees, and information about a reception and sale of our work.

    Don't miss out.  Register today!

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