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January 2019


Master Signature Members Elected

Congratulations to Randy Saffle and John Lasater on their new status as Outdoor Painters Society Master Signature Member.

Spring TX Paint Out

The Spring, Texas paint-out was a great way to begin the year! So much subject matter to paint; blocks of colorful businesses and a dilapidated barn with a posing animal as a bonus along the perimeter of one of the parking lots. Twenty members painted one, or both days, working through very chilly mornings and pleasant afternoons. Making new friends at a paint-out is easy because there is already a common interest among participants. We love to paint! Sharing art tips over breakfast, lunch, or dinner can put you light years ahead of going it alone. Make plans NOW to join us outside to paint, laugh, and share.

Thanks to Nancy Tyler for the report and the photos.

Old Town Spring


Paint Out Schedule

The Big Bend Paint Out is around the bend so to speak. Those who have painted there before will tell you that this is a great place to paint. Don’t forget to register for this grand desert/mountain painting expedition. 


I spent the weekend scouting out painting locations in Natchitoches and I am happy to report that this will be a most pleasant place to paint. We will be there just after the Bloomin’ on the Bricks festival when the city displays thousands of tulips and daffodils. In addition, there are plantations nearby with historic buildings, grand live oaks, and much more. Natchitoches is a charming southern town that sits along the Cane River. It gets its fame by being the location where the movie Steel Magnolias was filmed. Be sure to register for this event. You are sure to enjoy the experience. 

Irma Ward

Plans are also underway for the weekend of April 18-20, when we will do a tri-town tour of LaGrange, Smithville, and Bastrop TX. These towns are a short driving distance from each other and not too far from the Austin area. Mark your calendar, details are coming.

Click here for event details: Event

If you have an idea for a destination, your suggestions are welcome; also, if you would like to host or help organize an event, please let Irma Ward know:


Member News

Mary K. Forshagen was accepted into The Virtuosos of the OPA Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, hosted by Cutter & Cutter Fine Art in St. Augustine FL. Scheduled for March 1 through March 31, with an opening reception  Friday, March 1, 6 to 10 p.m.

Gail Greenoe was accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Panters Society 2019 Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition. Gail’s membership in American Women Artists was elevated to Associate With Distinction.

Michael Holter was recently honored with Signature Status in the American Impressionist Society. Michael is only the second watercolorist to earn this distinction from this distinguished group of painters. He has also been accepted into the following: International Watercolor Exhibition in Houston presented by Watercolor Art Society Houston (WASH);  the 2019 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibit; and the 2019 Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Annual show. In addition, Michael is featured in an article Loosen Up in the February/March issue of Plein Air Magazine.

Bob Rohm has paintings in The Mountain Oyster show in Tucson; the OPA Virtuososshow in Florida, and the NOAPS Small Works show at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg TX. He will also demonstrate for NOAPS March 1st. On April 6-7, Bob will teach a two-day workshop at the Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe. 

Cecy Turner was given Signature Membership, as of January 1, in the American Impressionist Society (AIS), She will exhibit in the American Plains Artists Signature Show May 4--June 29, in the Kerrville TX Museum of Western Art. Opening reception is Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Linda Snider Ward recently attended the inaugural Santa Cruz Plein Air Art Retreatand competition in Tubac AZ. She encourages OPS members to submit to this event. Linda was recently juried into the Oil Painters of America membership.

OPS Video Library

Our members have been learning new techniques, brushing up on basics such as composition, value, and design or trying out a new medium. Usage is up in 2018 of the educational videos in the OPS Library, with master artist Richard Schmid being the most popular teacher again. Our library has four of Richard’s videos to choose from. Second most popular this year was the late Ken Auster, Painting Street Scenes. Several well-known artists such as Russian painter Ulrich Gleiter, Kevin MacPherson, Brian Mark Taylor, British artist David Curtis, and our own members Bob Rohm and John Lasater tied for third in requests. Many other DVDs were viewed including new water media and pastel videos. Consult the members only section of the website for selections




Remember, OPS members may list their workshops on the OPS website. Email your information to:  OPS email

Michael Holter 

February 18-21 - Watercolor Impressionism, plein air/studio; $1,395.00 all-inclusive

Wimberley TX. Contact:  

Wimberley Artist Workshops 
400 Mill Race Lane, Wimberley TX 78676

Helena Hauk

Wimberly Workshops


William J. Kalwick, Jr

2/27-28, 10-4 each day; $220; Pioneer Museum, Fredericksburg TX.

Sign up at: www.noaps.com


Donna F. McGee

March 1-3--Linden Plantation, Glen Allan MS; landscape from plein air studies and photos; $700 (includes lodging/meals; $350 deposit by February 10 to reserve a spot. For materials list,  dfmcgee09@gmail.com

For more information:

Donna F McGee Fine Art

Dancing Rainbow Blog

Linden Plantation


Spencer Megher

July 6-13Plein Air Tuscany and Umbria; contact Pat Mahoney,


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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.








Thanks to Mary K. Forshagen for submitting the following two quotes.

Too much reality in a picture is always a disappointment to the imaginative soul. We love suggestion and not hard facts.

John F. Carlson

There’s a value to spontaneity that “finish” can never equal.
Charles Movalli

Art is, after all, only a trace--like a footprint--which shows that one has walked bravely, and in great happiness

Robert Henri

May 5-12



This issue:
·  Master Signature Members
Paint Out Report
Event Schedule

Member News

Paint Out Photos

Ann Tannous

May Du

Paula Winter

Suzie Baker

Shannon Hill

Nancy Paris Pruden

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event photos to
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