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December 2019

A Letter From the President

Dear Outdoor Painters Society Members:

As we bid farewell to 2019, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for your membership.  You’ve been an integral part of our continued growth and success and everyone on the Board of Directors appreciates your support and participation within our organization through monthly paint outs and annual exhibition events.  Your candid feedback gives us courage and vision and motivates us to continually improve on the benefits of membership in Outdoor Painters Society.  It is comforting and reassuring that OPS is “a place” where people can come together to share similar interests and passions; to educate and support other members as well as the public. 

Additionally, OPS would not be going forward with continued growth and success without your board of directors: Kaye Franklin (Finance Officer), Irma Ward (Paint Out Director), Nancy Tyler (Publicity Director & DVD Librarian), Marchita Priest ( Event Awards Director), Jana Jennings (Advertising Director), and Chuck Rawle (Director).  

 

I extend my personal thanks and gratitude for their countless volunteer hours, tireless effort and dedication to OPS.  Also, my heartfelt thanks and appreciation is offered to Peggy Kingsbury, who recently “retired” as our Newsletter Editor. Her tenacity for gathering information every month was endless!  I’ve lost track of how many years Peggy faithfully produced the monthly publication for us, but I’d be safe in saying it’s over 10 years & counting.  Therefore, as we go forward into a new decade, let’s welcome the new Editor to the Team, Myrrh Haslam!

Finally, I want to wish everyone a healthy, happy and creative 2020.  May the coming year bring ever more opportunities to share your passion and art with associates, family, neighbors, and friends.

Tina Bohlman

 

Deadline: Jan. 5th

CLICK HERE for Entry Information & Prospectus


 

Plein Air Southwest is juried membership paint out competition presented by the Outdoor Painters Society.  The 2019 event is hosted by Galveston Historical Foundation, Galveston, Texas.  Juried artists compete for $25,000+ in cash and merchandise.  Artists paint for 6 days and nights at selected locations within the city of Galveston. 

Last year, PASW Competition artists interpreted this historic city as only a plein air painter can.  Our event took place during the 47th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour that attracted thousands of visitors to the city.  

For 6 days, artists had access to paint on the grounds of the homes on tour as well as special permission to other private locations including the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA.  The Exhibition was in the Grand Ballroom of the historic 1859 Ashton Villa estate.  A percentage of sales from the exhibition benefited the Galveston Historic Foundation.

2020 Plein Air
Southwest Judge:

 
www.rogerdalebrown.com

Roger Dale Brown
Workshop

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.

The Workshop is limited to 15 participants and will fill up fast. Intermediate and advanced artists welcome. 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. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

 

Roger Dale Brown
"Rolling Pastures"

Roger Dale Brown
"Waiting in the Shadows"

Paintouts for 2020

Get on your boots and Stetson…we have a great lineup for painting the “old west” during 2020 starting with the Ft. Worth Stockyards, January 24-25, 2020 and then Shiner, TX, February 20-22.  Hope you can join us for these two Texas treats!  Registration is open for these events.

Also, we are excited to announce the March  23-26 paint out in New Orleans, LA.  We have input from many localites who are helping to put together a spectacular itinerary that includes a morning demo by New Orleans artist, Phil Sandusky.  In March, the weather is usually wonderful.  That particular week is also the week of Spring Fiesta, with selected homes open four tours, a parade, and people around wearing antebellum costumes. We’re working on some other perks, so stay tuned; you won’t want to miss this opportunity to paint outside in New Orleans.

In April (16th-18th) we head west to Palo Duro Canyon, not far from Amarillo, TX.  Rocks, canyons, and a Mexican Hat are some of the features in this unique State Park.  In May, it’s time for Plein Air Southwest in Galveston, TX.  Be sure to submit your entry for this juried event.  Then, in June-August we encourage you to “peindre à l'intérieur du studio”, or paint “inside” during the hot months.  

Get back in the swing of outdoor painting we start the fall season with a trip to Taos and Santa Fe, NM, September 14-19 and special places in between.  Austin, TX is the place to be in October, 15th-17th, and we end the season in Grapevine, TX, November 13-14, 2020 with some new architectural features to paint, and the annual Holiday Party and painting exchange.  

We hope to see you in some, if not all, of these events.  Happy painting!

Irma Ward

 

Top: George Rhys  Above: Group dinner 
at Marble Falls

Frank Gabriel

Roger Dale Brown
"Quiet Time"

 

There’s a Life-Changing Experience Waiting for You!

Before Jan. 6th, be sure to get your entries into Plein Air Southwest! Yes, it is a BIG commitment of time, effort and funds, but it is beyond rewarding.  Here is just an inkling of the possible results just from entering:  Measuring your progress with others; Learning to enter national shows; Building your confidence.  Learn to take good photos of your artwork.  You cannot get juried in and accepted without completing that one important step of entering.  

If juried into PASW the rewards continue:  Painting on Galveston Island for six (6) days; Staying with a local host family and making lifetime friends; Pushing your work past your previous self-built boundaries.  You just don’t know what kind of “stuff” you are made of until you have entered, been accepted, and participated in an outdoor painting competition. 

Nancy Tyler

"Success is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm!
                                Winston Churchill

Workshops

Suzie Baker
The French Alps
September 8-15, 2020

Details and sign up here.

Bruce Peil is one of the founders of the Outdoor Painters Society and offers a three-day workshop at his studio each month. Students also have the option to stay at the Artist Retreat which he and his wife operate and is just a short walk from the studio.

These workshops are a combination of Studio and Plein Air, weather permitting, and covers all aspects of painting whether on location or in the studio. 55 acres of large trees, open pastures left natural, and big skies are the subject matter you see in many of his paintings, and are there for you to paint. Cost: $395 for the three days. Lodging if needed, is separate. These workshops include meals.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

brucepeil@mycvc.net  903-681-1542.

Margaret Fry at Wemoah's Ranch

 

Congratulations! 

To American Impressionists Society's new Signature members, Lon Brauer, Joe Anna Arnett, and Diane Frossard.

Also, OPS Signature member Val Sandell's painting "Hoisting the Flag" has been juried into the American Society of Marine Artists 18th National Exhibition.  The show will tour museums around the country from March, 2020 to September, 2021.

From Cecy Turner (Dallas, TX, Estes Park, CO)

I'm proud and excited that Art of the West Magazine has featured my work in the new January/February issue in the article on snow. I'm honored to be in this feature with five other very talented artists, Jay Moore, Kami Mendlik, Brent Cotton, Matt Smith and Jennifer Moses. Thank you, Andy Krane, the new editor, and all my friends at Art of the West. My part of the article is on pages 24-25, so check it out!


A special thank you to talented photo artist Jim Rogers  for the gorgeous photos.


November 2019

Get your paintings ready! Plein Air Southwest
Entry deadline approaching: 
Jan 5, 2019

May 3-9, 2020

Want the Ultimate Plein Air Experience?  Imagine six days of painting with like-minded artists on Galveston Island with a chance to show and sell your work in historic 1859 Ashton Villa, and reap fantastic awards. Plein Air Southwest 2020 is scheduled to return to the Texas Coast May 3-9.


To be considered for participation, members must be current on OPS 2020 dues, submit five images representative of their best plein air work (completed in the past three years), and pay a non-refundable $75 jury fee.  Read the entire PASW 2020 Prospectus & Rules on the OPS website. Submissions on:


Call for Entry


www.onlinejuriedshows.com

 


Important Dates


 Entry Deadline:  January 5

 Acceptance Notice:  January 25

 Orientation & Welcome:  May 3

 Exhibition Reception: May 8

 Exhibition ends: May 9

2020 Judge: www.rogerdalebrown.com 

Paint Outs

A trip the Wenmohs Ranch (near Marble Falls, TX) is always a delight.  This year the paint out there was especially so.  Twenty six artists painted in near-perfect weather.  Subjects ranged from the quaint “Bunkhouse”, interesting trees, ranch buildings and the nearby cypress creek.  Many thanks to Dena Wenmohs who opened her home and ranch to OPS painters.  We enjoyed Dena’s hospitality.  Also, thanks to Tina Bohlman who mixed up the game this year for the painting exchange.  We had a great time passing paintings back and forth.

Irma Ward

 

Top: Bonie Gibbons and Dena Wenmoh

Bottom: Fun time with a BBQ and Christmas painting gift giving!

 

Top: Dinner at Oli's Kitchen

Left: Marchita Priest 

Top: (L) New member Garret Smith with his Dad, Roy Smith. 

Right: Martha Wilson

Bottom (L) Ann Rogers

Bottom (R) Shannon Hill

 

 

2020 Paint Outs

Mark Your Calendars

January 24-25 at the  Ft. Worth Stockyards and vicinity with lots of people, animals, buildings, and trains.

February 20-22 in Shiner, TX – where the beer is made.

March 23-28 in New Orleans, LA – we are working on some great opportunities to show our work.

April 16-18 in Palo Duro Canyon – one of our old favorites.

May 4-9 is Plein Air Southwest juried paint out and exhibit in Galveston TX (please refer to the prospectus)

Sep 14-19 in Santa Fe, NM – always an enchanting place to paint

October 15-17 in Austin, TX

We end the year on November 12-14 in Grapevine, TX – lots of new going on since our last visit.
 
Please send your ideas for good paint out locations to Irma700@att.net

 

Top: David Schwindt

Above: Gary Frisk 

Nancy Tyler 

Suzie Baker 

"Painting, N.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic."

Ambrose Bierce

 

More about Wemoh's

Mother Nature was kind to OPS members that made the round up at Wenmohs Ranch for the November Paint-Out. We had mostly sunshine with cool temps and very little wind, pretty near perfect for painting landscapes, structures, and portraits in watercolor, oils, and pastels.  Member Suzie Baker watched another member sitting quietly absorbed in his own painting and captured a fine portrait of George Sorrels.   

Our host Dena Wenmohs and member Marchita Priest supplied big pots of hot soup for our lunch break both days. Members came in as they were ready to enjoy soup and sit around Dena’s big table where we shared ideas, tips, and stories.

We wrapped up the weekend by rolling the dice to mix up our painting swap way beyond confusion. After two rounds of participant instruction to pass 3 to the left, one to the right, steal one across the room, or keep what you have.  The brown paper wraps came off the small paintings and things got really serious with members wanting to hide with the treasured art they had in possession. But they weren’t safe yet. Another round of stealing, and passing right or left ensued before the game ended.  It was wild!

Nancy Tyler

Workshops

Suzie Baker

The French Alps

September 8-15, 2020

Details and sign up here.


Bruce Peil is one of the founders of the Outdoor Painters Society and offers a three-day workshop at his studio each month. Students also have the option to stay at the Artist Retreat which he and his wife operate and is just a short walk from the studio.

These workshops are a combination of Studio and Plein Air, weather permitting, and covers all aspects of painting whether on location or in the studio. 55 acres of large trees, open pastures left natural, and big skies are the subject matter you see in many of his paintings, and are there for you to paint. Cost: $395 for the three days. Lodging if needed, is separate. These workshops include meals.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

brucepeil@mycvc.net

903-681-1542.

 

Congratulations to American Impressionists Society's new Signature members, Lon Brauer, Joe Anna Arnett, and Diane Frossard.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we are so grateful for the support of our wonderful membership! 

Remember to renew your dues, enter the Plein Air Southwest, and sign up for next year's paint outs!

Send any notices of awards or articles of interest to be included in the December Issue of Plein Talk to Myrrhh@att.net before December 15.

A special thank you to talented photo artist Jim Rogers  for the gorgeous photos.



 October 2019


Welcome Your New OPS Editor

Myrrh Haslam has volunteered to edit the OPS Plein Talk Newsletter. She has edited newsletters for other groups and we welcome her experience.


Myrrh joined OPS in 2014 after becoming hooked on the impressionistic style of painting. Her website says... 

...Plein air painting has become her favorite pursuit the last few years. “I found nature to be an inspiring teacher--I load up my gear and head out to commune with the beauty of the countryside. One of my goals as an artist is to capture the spirit of the natural landscape.” Myrrh enjoys painting a variety of subjects, seeking in each their unique character and beauty.

You can read more about this creative artist at her website: 

MyrrhHaslam.com


Please send your member news to Myrrh at:

myrrhh@att.net


Peggy Kingsbury has been the editor for a number of years and says, I appreciate the opportunity and privilege to volunteer for this wonderful group of artists. The idea and the organization are first-rate and I have been happy to contribute my small part. I look forward to seeing Myrrh's new and creative ideas in future newsletters as she makes the job her own. Thank you to Myrrh for taking on this responsibility. Also, thanks to all who have contributed reports and images over the years. I know you will be just as helpful to Myrrh.



 

Myrrh Haslam

 
 
 
Member News

Julie Davis participated in the American Impressionist Society show at the Salmagundi Club and won Best in Show at the Southwest Art All Member Plein Air Paintout Wet Wall competition in Central Park.



Gary Frisk won the Purchase Award by the San Angelo Fine Art Museum during the recent En Plein Air Texas.



Sympathy


OPS President Tina Bohlman lost her husband, John Poulter, on October 11. We extend deepest sympathy to her and her family.


Tina reports that she is doing fine and looking forward to the paint out at Wenmoh’s Ranch in November. She says, I appreciate the prayers and thoughts from my OPS “family”.


 

In the Community


Marchita PriestChuck Rawle and Jeanne Reavis judged 23 students at the 2nd annual Katy High School advanced students painting classes Plein Air Competition event at Willowfork Park in Katy TX. As emissaries of Outdoor Painters Society, we thank their teachers who held outdoor workshops with all of their students! And, we appreciate our generous sponsors: Jerry’s Artarama, Plein Air Magazine, and the Willowfork Park team. A real joy to have this marvelous school district introducing outdoor painting to their students. A terrific morning!


Jeanne Reavis

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NOTE: This event took a lot of preparation/work/time for Chuck, Jeanne, and Marchita. Thanks to them for representing OPS!


Katy High School Plein Air Winners


Katy High School Advanced Art Students



Marchita Priest, Chuck Rawle, Jeanne Reavis




OPS Library


Lessons from the OPS Library

New in the Outdoor Painters Society Library this year are two wonderful selections to put excitement into your winter paintings. Vibrant City Scapes shows you how to use perspective and color harmony on your cityscapes as you set up the puzzle of your scene. Then POW!, set up the focal point with detail, color, and highlights to reward the eye. The second video, Brushwork & Backlight will help you to loosen up, manipulate hard and soft edges, and understand when to use warm or cool colors. Both videos use oils but principles are the same for most mediums. Learn something new, try something different tomorrow and the next day. Look for the library in the members only section of the OPS website.


Nancy Tyler


 
PASW 2020

Want the Ultimate Plein Air Experience?  Imagine six days of painting with like-minded artists on Galveston Island with a chance to show and sell your work in historic 1859 Ashton Villa, and reap fantastic awards. Plein Air Southwest 2020 is scheduled to return to the Texas Coast May 3-9.


To be considered for participation, members must be current on OPS 2020 dues, submit three images representative of their best plein air work (completed in the past three years), and pay a non-refundable $75 jury fee.  Read the entire PASW 2020 Prospectus & Rules on the OPS website. Submissions on:
www.onlinejuriedshows.com


Call for entry for PASW 2020 Galveston is open. 

PASW Call for Entry


 

 
 
 

Workshops


Cecy Turner

December 9-10--Intermediate Oil Painting Snow Workshop--Wylie Fine Art Gallery, 201 N. Ballard Ave., Suite 100, Wylie TX--$195 for two days.

Contact: Call the gallery 972-922-8425 or email Cheryl Mabry at mabrycheryl2@gmail.com


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Bruce Peil is one of the founders of the Outdoor Painters Society and offers a three-day workshop at his studio each month. Students also have the option to stay at the Artist Retreat which he and his wife operate and is just a short walk from the studio.


These workshops are a combination of Studio and Plein Air, weather permitting, and covers all aspects of painting whether on location or in the studio. 55 acres of large trees, open pastures left natural, and big skies are the subject matter you see in many of his paintings, and are there for you to paint. Cost: $395 for the three days. Lodging if needed, is separate. These workshops include meals.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

brucepeil@mycvc.net

903-681-1542.





              

Quotes

Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.

A.R. Ammons


Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.

Hans Christian Anderson


Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

St. Thomas Aquinas


In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Aristotle


People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.

Saint Augustine


Wonder is not a Pollyanna stance, not a denial of reality; wonder is an acknowledgment of the power of the mind to transform.

Christina Baldwin





       

Paint Out

The San Antonio paint out was a delight this year. The weather cooperated and we all got some good paintings. Most of the time was spent at the missions; especially Mission San Jose whose beautiful dome and archways provided interesting shapes to paint. LaVillita Arts Village and the Arneson Theater also provided a lot of interest. Also, many of us took advantage of the annual sale at Herwecks--who can pass up 70% off?! Overall, it was a great trip. Sorry if you missed it.


Irma Ward

Mission Trails paint out dinner at Landry’s, left to right:  Nancy Tyler, Irma Ward,  Sandy Lute, Frank Gabriel, Lynn LaRose, Bonnie Dunn, and Irena Taylor. 



Images

Mission Trail Paint Out Images


Frank Gabriel







Bonnie Dunn








Nancy Tyler at Mission Espada








 Al Kline at Arneson Theater







Lynn LaRose at Arneson Theater








At San Jose Mission







Upcoming Events


Next up is the paint out and holiday painting exchange party at Dena Wenmohs’ ranch in the Hill Country. Dena is a fantastic host who shares her ranch and painting studio in Cypress Mill TX. This is a charming property with interesting buildings, surrounding ranch land, and the Cypress Creek. Be sure to register and bring a small painting for the White Elephant exchange. It’s lots of fun!

 

Be sure to check your Email for itineraries and updates.

Irma Ward






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To submit your Member News or paint out images, email Myrrh Haslam, editor, at 

myrrhh@att.net


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 September 2019

Estes Park CO Paint Out

As you can see from some of Jim Rogers' beautiful photos, there was fall color for the fortunate painters who were in Colorado for the September paint out.

Cecy Turner hosted an evening at her home during the paint out. From left, back row: George Rhys, Cecy Turner, Christy Kidwell, Marchita Priest, Linda Snider-Ward, Bill Hatton, Myrrh Haslam; front row: Ann Rogers, Irena Taylor, Carol Devereaux, Donna McGee.


 
 
 
Member News

Nancy Paris Pruden participated in the American Women Artist Show at the Steamboat Art Museum; The California Art Club's Autumn Impressions Show in LA, August 17-October 13; and The Celebration of Art Arkansas in Fayetteville in September.


Michael Holder is included in the American Impressionist Society show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. The show will hang through October. Michael plans to present workshops for Watercolor Groups this fall in Amarillo TX, Las Vegas NV, Taos NM, Waco TX, Tucson AZ, and Corpus Christi TX.


Cecy Turner won the Second Place Award of Excellence in the Estes Valley Plein Air event in Estes Park CO for her watercolor, Lasting Glow. Also, she won the President’s Award for Master Signature Member and the Art of the West Magazine Award for her oil, Enjoying the View in the 49th Annual Women Artists of the West Exhibit held at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder CO. Art of the West Magazine has asked Cecy to be one of five featured artists in the Winter Wonderland Snow feature in the upcoming January/February issue.



 
Upcoming Events


Plan to attend the following paint outs. 

October 17-19--San Antonio TX Mission Trails


Andrea Almond Mission Painting


Coming soon--the announcement for November 15-16 at the Wenmohs Ranch in Cypress Mills TX (near Marble Falls). Also, we will combine this paint out with the annual Holiday Painting Exchange party. 

Be sure to check your Email for itineraries and updates.

Irma Ward



OPS Library

Lessons from the OPS Library

Going abroad? Want to try journaling? Pick up some watercolor tips, tricks, and techniques from expert artists. One of our newest Library additions is Andy Evansen’s Watercolour Plein Air, and it is chock full of demos and instruction. Compare Andy’s style and techniques with the very British artist David Curtis in A Personal ViewLandscapes in Watercolour. And, if you really want to loosen up your paintings learn from The Passionate Painter, Alvaro Castagnet. All three of these instructional videos and more are available for two weeks of private study. Found in the Members Only section of the website. Many other selections for the pastel and oil painter too.



In the News

Outdoor Painter has recognized OPS in a recent edition. The article features the recent Associates Show and lists the winners. Check it out at the following link:

Outdoor Painter




 
Save the Date

We go back to Galveston Texas for Plein Air Southwest 2020, our premier juried competition, show and sale. We will again be working with our gracious host The Galveston Historical Foundation the week of May 3-9.

Call for entry for PASW 2020 Galveston will open October 15, 2019.A special eblast with prospectus will be sent to members next week. 

https://www.outdoorpainterssociety.com/page-1860130   


 

 
 
 
Other Content

Workshops


Cecy Turner

December 9-10--Intermediate Oil Painting Snow Workshop--Wylie Fine Art Gallery, 201 N. Ballard Ave., Suite 100, Wylie TX--$195 for two days.

Contact: Call the gallery 972-922-8425 or email Cheryl Mabry at mabrycheryl2@gmail.com


***


Bruce Peil is one of the founders of the Outdoor Painters Society and offers a three-day workshop at his studio each month. Students also have the option to stay at the Artist Retreat which he and his wife operate and is just a short walk from the studio.


These workshops are a combination of Studio and Plein Air, weather permitting, and covers all aspects of painting whether on location or in the studio. 55 acres of large trees, open pastures left natural, and big skies are the subject matter you see in many of his paintings, and are there for you to paint. Cost: $395 for the three days. Lodging if needed, is separate. These workshops include meals.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

brucepeil@mycvc.net

903-681-1542.




     

Quotes

The artist and the photographer seek the mysteries and the adventure of experience in nature.

Ansel Adams


In nature there are few sharp lines.

A.R. Ammons


Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.

Faith Baldwin


Art takes nature as its model.

Aristotle


Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.

Aristotle


Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms.

Milton Avery





 


       
Estes Park Images

Thank you to Marchita PriestJim Rogers, Cecy Turner, and Nancy Tyler for the photos from the September paint outs.



George Rhys




Christy Kidwell




Marchita Priest




L to R, Carol Devereaux, Christy Kidwell,
Ann Rogers, Cecy Turner




Linda Snider-Ward




Bill Hatton



Ann Rogers




Anna Rose Bain



Myrrh Haslam




Ann Rogers, Cecy Turner, George Rhys




Mama Rosas Group Dinner



Parting Dinner


 



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