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

Events

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 16, 2017
    • October 21, 2017
    • Eureka Springs, AR
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    PAINT OUT - OCTOBER 2017


    Location:  Eureka Spring, Arkansas

    October 16-21, 2017  (Paint outs are generally 3 days – but this location needs more than 3 days!  Come for 2, 3 or all 6 days…no matter…. just get there!

     

    For the first time, OPS is venturing northeast to Arkansas.  Extraordinary Eureka Springs is one of the most celebrated resort towns in America.  Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, it is surrounded by pristine lakes and rivers.  Eureka Springs is especially beautiful in the autumn with bright fall colors; it provides the perfect setting for plein air painting.

     

    Eureka Springs, with a population of approximately 2,500, is located in northwest Arkansas in the heart of the Ozark Mountains near Beaver Lake. Branson, Missouri is only 45 miles northwest. Also, Bentonville, AR, home of Crystal Bridges Museum of Art is to the west within an hours drive.  Eureka Springs' central location makes transportation convenient by use of U.S. Hwy 62 East and West and State Hwy 23 North and South.

     

    Sign up today!



    • November 09, 2017
    • (CST)
    • November 11, 2017
    • (CST)
    • Waxahachie, TX
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    Registration is now open for painting in historic Waxahachie, TX.




    “The Downtown Square in Waxahachie, with its charming turn-of-the-century architecture and friendly people, is truly a time capsule of an era long since past. One can easily take a step back, for just a little while, to a place and time when values were a little clearer and life a little simpler. Waxahachie offers the visitor this opportunity to use their imagination to go back to another era such as turn of the century 1905, or perhaps the roaring 1920's by just walking the downtown square. Your imagination is your only limitation!” (from the City of Waxahachie website)


    Join other OPS members for a paint out in this unique town. Painters have a range of subject to paint from the rolling hills with barns and farm implements to the variety of historic homes that are everywhere in town...so much to choose from.  We hope to see you there.




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

     



    • May 27, 2018
    • May 30, 2018
    • ROCKPORT, TEXAS
    • 11
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    ANNOUNCING!

     

    MARK YOUR CALENDARS - In conjunction with Plein Air Southwest Salon 2018, we're excited to announce 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


    http://www.joshuabeen.com/ 

    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.  

     

    BIOGRAPHY

    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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