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 May 2019

Paint Out
Outdoor Painters Society artists were in Central Texas--Bastrop, Smithville and LaGrange. Lynn LaRose, Joan Bohls, Myrrh Haslam, Sandi Lute,  Polly Cisneros, Donna McGee, Guy Morrow, William Balch, Ann Hofpauir, and Jo Castillo participated. They painted county courthouses, street scenes and natural landscapes with wildflowers. Even night painting took place. Joan Bohls’ 9E Ranch was a popular place to rent a cabin and paint. 

We were grateful to have Art Connections in LaGrange host the group for a reception and the final showing happened at the Lost Pines Art Center in Bastrop. There was a great sense of comaraderie and fun in the group dynamics. Thanks to Joan Bohls for coordinating the paint out. 9E Ranch

Thanks for hosting to Patricia Rendulic, Michelle Adams, and Lucy Todd. A great three days of painting at Lost Pines Art Center.


Member News

Liz Bonham recently won a Certificate of Excellence at the NOAPS Small Works Show at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg and participated in the Carmel Art Festival. She will be included in the AWA National Show at the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat CO, the WAOW National Show in Boulder, the OPOMAC Show in Graham, the Telluride Plein Air, and will judge the Breckenridge Fine Art Show in Breckenridge TX.

Judy Crowe was included in Southwest Art March issue in the article Texas Talent. Last September, she won Second Place at the Estes Park Plein Air Event and was invited back as an invited artist this August. In April, Judy was invited to be a guest artist at the Two Rivers Plein Air in New Braunfels TX. She won an Award of Merit at the NOAPS National Small Worksshow in February at Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg and an Award of Merit at the Arkansas Territory Show in Siloam Springs. This is a historical traveling show to be held at numerous venues in Oklahoma and Arkansas through 2020.

Peggy Kingsbury won a First Place Award in the Galveston Art League Spring Juried Show.

Marchita Priest took part in the Two Rivers Plein Air event in New Braunfels TX.

Plein Air Southwest 2019

The resounding success of this year’s event was, in part, due to the complete cooperation of the Galveston Historical Society. The group offered Ashton Villa, a beautiful historic home, for our exciting exhibit and coordinated many volunteers to work with our tireless OPS volunteers. Then, of course, our fabulous artists worked hard through all kinds of weather to produce the 200 competition paintings. The work was well-received and many pieces found new homes.

Dave Santillanes was a generous judge who spent hours picking the winners and then visited with artists at the receptions.

Nancy Tyler took photos throughout the event and Tina Bohlman created a slide show with the images for the OPS website home page. There are also pictures of the winning paintings. Take a look.


Nancy Tyler and Richie Vios

Best in Show, Robert Simone

Award of Excellence, Richie Vios

Artists’ Choice—Best Body of Work, Spencer Meagher

Award of Excellence, Jo Anna Arnett

Award of Excellence, Randall Cogburn

Award of Distinction, Fran Ellisor

Award of Distinction, Ted Clemens

Award of Distinction, Alison Menke

Award of Distinction, Spencer Meagher

Award of Distinction, Julie Sanderson

Award of Merit, Chuck Rawle

Award of Merit, Jon Burleson

Award of Merit, Tina Bohlman

Award of Merit, Marchita Priest

Award of Merit, Carol Devereaux

Award of Merit, Robert Rohm

Award of Merit, Nancy Paris Pruden

Award of Merit, Peggy Kingsbury


P L E I N   V I S I O N   I N   M I N I A T U R E

July 1, 2019 entry deadline for our very first Associate Members Show & Sale. This event is sponsored by the Outdoor Painters Society and will be hosted by Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana TX. This will be a salon-style show and sale for Associate Members only with the theme Plein Visions in Miniature.  All work submitted must be available for the show and sale and priced at $350 (retail) minimum. Cash Awards estimated $2500. Read full prospectus at www.OutdoorPaintersSociety


Entry deadline: July 1, 2019

Acceptance notice: July 20, 2019

Show dates: August 12 – September 26, 2019

Opening Reception: TBA


Minimum size: 8x10, excluding frame

Maximum size: no side may exceed 16 inches, excluding frame


Entries submitted must be available for show and sale. Artists must submit two images, and no more than four. Entry fee of $35 for the first two and a fee of $10 for each one thereafter. One painting is guaranteed acceptance. All entries must be submitted through Online Juried Shows. Click below: Online Juried Shows

Upcoming Events

Plans are in the making for a wonderful list of painting opportunities this fall. We start in September with two events:

The Plano TX Balloon Festival (Sep 20-22), immediately followed by a paint out in Estes Park CO and Rocky Mountain National Park (Sep 23-28, 2019). The itinerary is in the works for the balloon festival and will be posted in a few days, so watch your inbox for the invitation. The itinerary for Estes Park has been published and registration is open. 

October 17--19 we make another try for San Antonio. You may recall that last year the rains took over, making for many cancellations. The itinerary will be similar to last year’s with a few changes.  

On the weekend of November 15 & 16 we visit our dear friend, Dena Wenmohs, at her ranch near Marble Falls TX. It will be a fun weekend that you won’t want to miss.

Hope you have a wonderful summer.  See you in September.

Irma Ward

OPS Library

We all strive to be better painters. Practice, education, sharing of ideas, and technique is our path. Check out the educational selection of videos on the Outdoor Painters Society website in the Members Only section to taste a change of media, or to review the basics. Coming Soon to our OPS Library is a new five-hour comprehensive video on composition.



Spencer Megher

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


Visit Website


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.





Mary K. Forshagen submitted the following from Bryan Mark Taylor:

Perfect is the enemy of good - leave the freshness of the strokes!

Fight the impulse to try to perfect everything and just let some of the beautiful accidental things just happen.


Struggling against too much detail in the scene – painting as a camera would see – is a common problem for many artists.
Kenn Backhaus

Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

But nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight -- / Got to kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight.
Bruce Cockburn

Note from Your Editor

While I have edited Plein Talk for many years I feel it is time for someone else to have that privilege. No, this will not be my last issue! I simply ask that if you think you might be interested in taking over, I would be happy to discuss it with you. 

Contact me at pakingsbury@aol.com 

Peggy Kingsbury

This issue:
·  Paint Out
·  Member News
·  Upcoming Events
Paint Out Photos

April Central Texas Event

Lana Loveland

Joan Yelderman Bohls

Marchita Priest Painting Thistle

Joan Yelderman Bohls  and Myrrh Haslam

Ann Hoffpauir

Myrrh Haslam

Myrrh Haslam

Marchita Priest

Artists in Bastrop for their final show: standing, L to R Marchita Priest, Lynn LaRose, Joan Yelderman Bohls, Ann Hoffpauir, Myrrh Haslam, Sandi Lute, Polly Cisneros. Sitting, Donna MGee, and Jo Castillo. 

Polly Cisneros

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