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


This is an ever changing list of OPS Events and Paint Outs. Here we add and update the new locations, dates and details of each event. If you would like to be a host of a casual Paint Out at your favorite spot, contact one of the Paint Out Directors, Marchita Priest or Myrrh Haslam.


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

    • February 24, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • February 26, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • 0


    Plein Air:

    Inside-Out or Outside-In,

    because who knows what the weather will do in


    February 24-26, 2022

    (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)



    Students will experience a fun-filled, guided, hands-on learning experience with me in Spring, just north of Houston, Texas. Students receive instruction on principles of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory, and SO MUCH MORE. Every day, you will apply what is being taught by getting to your easel. In addition, you will see demos and receive one-on-one instruction throughout the workshop.

    As we learned with 2021's “snowmageddon,” weatherwise, February can be a crapshoot.

    Typically, I’m cutting back my roses in February. Still, we will take full advantage of our

    Texas winter and prepare ourselves for the plein air month by learning new tools to put in our painter’s toolbox.

    Weather permitting, we will step outside and explore how to use outdoor still life setups

    to make us better observers of natural light. Weather not permitting?! Never fear; you

    are in good hands to learn some new and applicable skills.

    click here to view Supply List

    click here for more information about Suzie



    • May 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • May 12, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • 1


    "Approaching Twilight" -20x20 Oil - Mitch Baird

    Plein Air Southwest 2022, is excited to announce the event's awards juror, MITCH BAIRD will teach a workshop May 10, 11, & 12,2022 in  GALVESTON, Texas!

    The format is a 3-day "Plein Air" intensive workshop in and around Galveston island.  


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

    Open to intermediate and advanced artists. 

    Class description: Successful ‘Seeing’ in Outdoor Painting  

    What does the act of seeing mean for an artist?  It is the most important part of the creative process for plein air painting.  Discover the keys to understanding and breaking down an outdoor scene.  We will explore the specifics of observing a subject, interpreting the visual elements, and executing it all onto canvas.  We will discuss the way the optics of the eye work as well as seeing light, form, atmosphere and space.  The fundamental principles of painting - composition, drawing, value, color, and edges will also be stressed.  Students will sharpen their focus by pushing for simplification of form, shape, and the larger masses.  There will be daily demos each morning covering the principles mentioned above, followed by plenty of  painting and personal instruction.   Individual attention will be a high priority as well as laughs and lots of enthusiasm!

    Demonstrations will be in oil.

    Oil & Acrylic are welcome.

    Beginner to advanced students.

    9am - 12pm  •  morning demo

    12pm - 1pm  •  lunch break

    1pm - 4pm  •  painting/personal instruction

    CLICK HERE to view supply list.

    The total fee is $425.00 due upon registration.

    Refunds: $100 cancellation fee on or before April 15, 2021.  No refunds after April 15, 2021.