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September 2020


SEPTEMBER 2020


"Plein Visions in Miniature"

Extension of the OPS 2020 Associate Member Show & Sale


July 22 to Oct. 24, 2020

Reception Oct. 24, 4-6pm

The Warehouse Living Art Center in Corsicana, TX


Rusty Jones
 Juror of Awards
The second annual Associate Member Show & Sale has been extended to Saturday, October 24th.  A Closing


Reception is planned from 4-6 p.m. on that afternoon by our hosts The Navarro Council of the Arts. Members in attendance may then


take their unsold paintings home. Continue to broadcast to your friends and followers the show and sale is virtual. Check out the show 


in person at the Council of the Arts at 119 W. 6th Ave, Corsicana Texas. Or virtual at www.navarrocouncilofthearts.com.


Hope to see you in downtown Corsicana on October 24, 2020 to cheer on your fellow members.


Newsflash! Big congrats to Krystal Brown, who is the "Artist to Watch" and Editor's Choice for Up & Coming Talent in


the September 2020 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Krystal joined OPS and started off with a Best in Show (see above) for the


Associate Members Show. See her brags under the "Congrats" title below.


Click here to see more information on the OPS Associates Show, including the winner's paintings.

                                   

Nancy Tyler

 

"Bay Side Ride" by Krystal Brown

Award Winners


Best in Show

"Bay Side Ride"

Krystal Brown, Spring, TX


First Place

"Galveston"

Lon Brauer - Granite City, IL


Second Place

"Edwards Valley"

Randall Cogburn - Alvin, TX


Third Place

"Galveston Bay Shrimper"

Jeffery Neel McDaniel - Rio Frio, TX


First Award of Merit

"Rose Window"

Nancy Tyler - Dallas, TX


Second Award of Merit

"Big Bend Basin"

Sharyn Richey - La Grange, TX


Third Award of Merit

"Cactus Blooms"

Roy Smith - Burnet, TX


Fourth Award of Merit

"Bodega Bay, Foggy Morning"

Nancy Paris Pruden - Houston, TX


Krystal Brown

Alice Lesse and Nancy Tyler painting the John Dunn bridge in Taos, NM.

 

Big Congrats to the five new Signature Members of OPS!  Please announce & congratulate the following members:

Sheryl Knight, Santa Maria, CA

Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL

Gail Greenoe, Plano, TX

Ann Rogers, Dallas, TX

Liz Bonham, Keller, TX

Ann Rogers painting Colorado

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon (October 15-17)

The Palo Duro Canyon paint out is coming soon.   Registration is open; however, you are required to purchase day passes and/or overnight reservations in advance through https://www.texasstateparks.org, or call 512-389-8900.   Make your reservation first, then register for the event.  The preliminary itinerary is posted on the OPS website under the “Members Only” tab, then “Itineraries.”

Llano River

Llano, TX (November 13-14)

Registration is open for the OPS paint out in Llano TX.  It’s not likely that we will see bluebonnets in this Hill Country town in November, however, this area is beautiful to paint regardless of the time of year.   FYI, if you plan on an excursion to Enchanted Rock or any state park you will need a day pass, same website as above.  Don’t wait to make your reservation, they sell out quickly.

Waxahachie, TX (December 12)

Plans are underway for a one-day paint out in Waxahachie TX in conjunction with our annual Holiday Party and Painting Exchange.  After the paint out we will meet at Art in the Square for dinner and the festivities. The cost is $15 per person.  Because of Covid restrictions this year we are limiting registration to 40 (including guests).  Don’t miss out on this fun event.  Registration opens soon and closes on December 7th.

                             Irma Ward

 

Alice Lesse and Myrrh Haslam (Taos, NM) 

Having fun in Taos. Thanks Tina for the masks! (Top photo) Tina Bolhman, Shawn Davis, Marchita Priest, Shannon Hill, Myrrh Haslam and Nancy Tyler.

Paint Out! 

Taos NM (September 14-18)

Seven brave painters enjoyed the painting and camaraderie of the diverse Taos NM area. Quick paintings were attempted downtown Taos at the Plaza, and on Ledoux Street. Outside the town there were many favorite painting locations such as the churches at Rancho de Taos Plaza and the Village of Arroyo Seco.  Taos Ski Valley, the Rio Grande River at John Dunn Bridge, Rio Grande Gorge, and the Red River areas were just as inviting as well as the colorful countryside.

Additional Note:  A few of the Texas OPS painters scouted north to check out the charming town of Trinidad, CO before heading south into Taos, NM.   Consensus is that Trinidad will be a good choice for a future paint-out.  Another jewel north of Taos visited by the scouts was Eagle Nest, NM with panoramic distant scenery and a rugged, yet colorful, downtown area.  

"The Plein Air Painter's Repose" or just "Marchita on the rocks""

Congratulations OPS Members!

Alice Lesse

The Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa Texas opened a solo show, Way Out West, by Alice Leese on March 5, 2020. Great opening crowd and artists gallery talk! The show had to close a week later because of Covid 19, but the good news is that it was held over until the end of August. The show featured 35 plein air and studio works from National Parks Arts Foundation Artists Residencies at Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i. The show also features works from the YT Ranch, where the artist lives and works, including a 6' x 30' mural of a large grass fire. 

Alice was juried into the Western Gallery online show that opens May 8th on Instagram. Her work is also at the Museum of the Big Bend in the Trappings of Texas show, also in the Driggs plein air show and Western Galleries’ TEXAS Women show. 

Spencer Meagher

Was featured in October 2020 Southwest Art Magazine “Artist to Watch.” He was also chosen juror for the August 2020 Gateway International Painting Competition.
Other awards include: August 2020 Steelville Plein Air 1st Place (2x), 2nd Place (2x). July 2020 Gateway International Painting Competition Finalist Judge Patrick Saunders
July 2020 3rd Place Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Show, Judge Kim Casebeer
June 2020 Outstanding Acrylic Boldbrush Competition
May 2020 Gateway International Painting Competition Finalist.


Cecy Turner

I'm so excited that my watercolor, "Three Beauties," was juried into the American Impressionist Society 2020 Online Exhibit out of 2,172 entries! Accepted artists and their paintings will be posted on the AIS website on September 9th. 

I also got a painting into the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit. Thanks!

Peggy Kingsbury

Honored and grateful to receive first place in the canvas/panel category at the Galveston Art League Juried show. Thank you to judge Taylor Clendennen for the recognition. "Remembering Toulouse-Lautrec is a 24x28 oil on linen. Also accepted in the show is "Spiritual Experience."

Randy Saffle

won the "Best Associate Honorable Mention Award" for my painting "Because You're Mine" during the Oil Painters of America 29th National Juried Exhibition.

Diane Frossard

Became a Signature Member of the OPA and also won the "Animal Award of Excellence" award for her painting 'Spring Pasture" during Oil Painters of America 29th National Juried Exhibition.

Deborah Paris

I am thrilled to say that my book Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory and Metaphor will be published by Texas A&M University Press this December! I have been exploring and painting Lennox Woods, an old growth southern hardwood forest near my home for almost ten years. I mounted a major exhibition of paintings of the Woods back in 2014. I started work in 2017 on a book about my experiences in the Woods, and how my time spent there changed both the way I look at nature and how I paint it. 

Click here to preorder on Amazon!

Richie Vios

I'm so honored to have received multiple major awards in Steamboat Art Museum Pleinair 2020. 1st place, "At the Ranch," Museum Purchase award, and Downtown Historic Award. Huge thank you to Jury Josh Been and Steamboat Art Museum president, Directors and board members.

My painting, "Courthouse," was a first place winner at the Central City, CO Plein Air 2020Also won Best Quick Draw!  Thank you judge Derry Coe.

Gary Frisk

I participated in the Steamboat Art Museum Plein Air 2020 Event.  40 Artists and nearly 200 submitted paintings. My Entry, "The Victoria Nocturne" won Honorable Mention.

Thank you to Joshua Been who had an impossible job judging the show; he described what he liked about the painting. And the Steamboat Art Museum staff members and volunteers who did an incredible job putting on the show and staying up late to hang all the paintings.

Krystal Brown

Beauty of Oil Award, Plein Air Grand Marais, judge Kathie Wheeler, OPA, AIS, AWA. 2020 “Award of Excellence” Oil Painters of America, Virtual - International Wet Paint Competition, "While You Wait," Judge John Pototschnik. September 2020 Southwest Art, Artist to Watch the editors choice for up-and -coming Talent.  She was also juried into the NOAPS 2020 Best of America National Juried Exhibition, Cutter and Cutter Fine Art, St Augustine, FL

 

Workshops

Spencer Meagher

Online Workshps
9/30-12/6 Fundamentals of Watercolor Petoskey
10/5-10/6 watercolor Waterscapes, Eureka Springs
11/14-11/15 Watercolor Basics Lake Geneva

In-person face-to-face
10/31 Plein Air: Painting in the Park Mount Vernon IL
11/3-12/8 Exploring Watercolor through Design Kirkwood, MO

2/17-2/18/2021 Expressive Brushstrokes in Acrylic Jupiter, FL.

Click here to see more information.

Cecy Turner

Cecy is teaching another On Demand Online Workshop in Watercolor called “Go with the Flow.” It focuses on how to paint flowing backgrounds for florals in watercolor so that flowers don’t look pasted on the background. The class includes four demonstrations of background techniques and full demonstration start to finish of “Magnolia Glow.” Upon registration, the links to the four parts of the workshop will be sent and can be accessed for one year. It also includes photo references, supply list and two Zoom meetings for question and answer and critiques. Compositional tips and value sketch are included, too!

Cost is only $34.95. See a full description of the class, a short trailer, and register under Workshops on Cecy’s website:  https://cecyturner.com

Fran Ellisor

Three day Plein Air Workshop - Color and Composition - Midland, Tx, Oct 9-11, 2020. Click here for more info. 

John Lasater

John Lasater has a new weekly video series and online community called “Views.” Visit painting views dot com to learn more.

Rusty Jones

Excited to announce my new online landscape painting workshop. Registration begins June 1st. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook community, critiques, competitions, guest artists and more. www.rustyjonesart.com

Krystal Brown

2020 Plein Air Workshop Tubac School of Fine Art: Sucessful Plein Air Painting.  Click here for more info.

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542. www.BrucePeilArt.com

Bruce Peil

From the editor:

If you are out there, braving Covid and the elements, please send photos! Though as a rule we do not publish photos of the individual paintings, it's ok to have your painting on an easel with your (or a friend/friends) smiling face! Also, please send any announcements of workshops and/or awards, so we can let the OPS members know. Include details on when and where the show is, or links to the show if it is already published. Send by the 25th of each month to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@gmail.com.

Big thank you to Jim Rogers, Krystal Brown, Tina Bolhman and Marchita Priest for sharing photos!


August 2020

"Plein Visions in Miniature"

July 22 to Sept. 26, 2020

Reception Sept. 26

The Warehouse Living Art Center in Corsicana, T

Rusty Jones
 Jurior of Awards
Dear Members,

An update! The city of Corsicana still has a ten person occupancy limit at the show venue. So we've moved the reception and extended the exhibition an additional week. The closing reception is now on September 26. Come and see the fantastic show and congratulate the winners.

A huge SHOUT OUT to Executive Director of Navarro Council of the Arts, Leah Blackard! The Associates Show & Sale is ONLINE!  Help to make the show a big success and share it with your friends and on social media.

                                 Tina Bohlman

 



Big Congrats to the

Award Winners!

 Juror of Awards:  Rusty Jones


Best in Show

"Bay Side Ride"

Krystal Brown, Spring, TX


First Place

"Galveston"

Lon Brauer - Granite City, IL


Second Place

"Edwards Valley"

Randall Cogburn - Alvin, TX


Third Place

"Galveston Bay Shrimper"

Jeffery Neel McDaniel - Rio Frio, TX


First Award of Merit

"Rose Window"

Nancy Tyler - Dallas, TX


Second Award of Merit

"Big Bend Basin"

Sharyn Richey - La Grange, TX


Third Award of Merit

"Cactus Blooms"

Roy Smith - Burnet, TX


Fourth Award of Merit

"Bodega Bay, Foggy Morning"

Nancy Paris Pruden - Houston, TX



Lon Brauer - Granite City, ISecond P"Edwards VallFirst Award o

To see the award winners with photos of their paintings, clic

Rio Grande Gorge near Taos

Taos NM (September 14-18)

The final itinerary for Taos will be published soon.  As many of you know, there is a “self-quarantine” order for visitors to New Mexico.  It is expected that this order will be lifted by September 1, 2020; however we are monitoring the situation.  According to the state’s health department, museums are closed and state parks are only for local residents.  If you attend the Taos paint out, please check for travel restriction on the following website:  https://www.newmexico.gov/2020/07/07/new-mexico-travel-restrictions-in-effect/   This site will answer many of your questions. 

Palo Duro Canyon (October 15-17)

In October (15-17th) we travel to Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, TX.  If you plan on attending, please register on the OPS website.  Also, note that you will be required to purchase day passes and/or overnight reservations in advance through  https://www.texasstateparks.org, or call 512-389-8900.   Don’t wait to make your reservation.

Palo Duro Canyon & Pagosa

 

Llano River

Llano, TX (November 13-14)

Our plans have been fluid for the November paint out and have decided it best to distance ourselves from urban settings for the time being.  We now plan on having the November (13-14th) paint out in Llano TX.  Registration will be posted soon.  This is a beautiful river town with many scenic places to paint.  The last time we were in Llano it was pretty hot, we should enjoy a cooler trip this time.  FYI, if you plan on an excursion to Enchanted Rock you will need a day pass, same website as above; if so, don’t wait to make your reservation, they sell out quickly.


Christmas Party 2019 

Waxahachie, TX (December 12)

Save the date for a one day paint out in Waxahachie TX held in conjunction with our annual Holiday Party and Painting Exchange.  Registration will open soon.

                             Irma Ward

“If the artist has outer and inner eyes for nature, nature rewards him by giving him inspiration.
                Wassily Kandinsky
  

OPS Signature Membership

Recently a new member posed the question "What is Signature Membership?" and we’d like to answer that for you.  Basically, it is sort of a merit badge, a recognition or acknowledgement by your artist peers that you have grown in skill, education, technique, and willingness to share, while producing a consistent body of art.  OPS offers workshops with Master Artists, regular paint-outs for practice and opportunity, competitions, and the use of an extensive video library to help our members improve their skills, find their style, and try other mediums.  Achieving Signature Membership with Outdoor Painters Society shows that an artist is serious in producing a professional body of Plein Air work.  The application process does not guarantee this merit badge but does prove that you seriously strive to professionally improve your Plein Air paintings and marketing. Other Signature and Master Signature artists review your body of outdoor work and the other criteria to determine if the applicant is worthy to add the OPS to their signature (example- mysignature, OPS).  

That being said we have many Associate Members (the entry level membership) that are not interested about climbing the outdoor painting ranks.  They just love painting with our group and enjoy hanging out with them at the events.  It is just so inspiring to paint with like-minded artists and share tips, techniques, and sometimes paper towels. Outdoor Painters Society welcomes all our members while offering tools to help artists advance if they so desire.  Our Signature and Master Signature members are willing to share helpful tips and resource ideas.  Painting on location is not easy, yet we love to do it. See the application here.

                                                Nancy Tyler

A great time was had in August painting the "South of France" in Garwood, TX. (From L to R) Myrrh Haslam, Marchita Priest, Gary Frisk, Krystal Brown, Richie Vios.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
                         Pablo Picasso
  

 

(top) Krystal Brown and (bottom) Gary Frisk, painting in Nada, TX.

Tina Bolhman (below): I took a quick trip to S. Texas to paint in Nada with old & new painting pals. Wonderful old ‘30’s era cotton gin. The gentleman holding my painting (above) is Mr Korenick, the “former” owner of the gin (it’s now owned by his son). Loved getting out and painting again...but oh boy was it hot! I folded up (almost literally lol) about noon & headed back home.

Congratulations
OPS Members!

Kelly Pennington

Painting "Ice Breakers,"was accepted into the 35th Annual Bosque Art Classic. The 35th Annual Bosque Art Classic in Clifton, Texas, features over 200 pieces of outstanding art by artists from across the nation.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, the exhibition and sale will vary its format this year, with the show being completely online.  See the show here.

Liz Bonham

Liz was accepted into Oil Painters of America Salon 2020 and the Glacier Plein Air Show at the Hockaday Museum in Art in Kalispell, MT. She also won “Best Plains People Award” and the “Artist Retreat Award” in the American Plains Artists Show at Ft. Concho in San Angelo, TX, and won Honorable Mention at the PAPNM juried show sponsored by the Blumenschein Museum in Taos, NM.

Lon Brauer

Drawing "Repairs," won Best Drawing in the July Plein Air Salon. 

Fran Ellisor

Honored to be included in Plein Air Magazine, August/September, about painting and teaching in San Miguel de Allende, Mx.

Tina Bohlman

Proud that I was recently featured along with my Painting “Spring In The Valley” in Plein Air magazine's Newsletter, outdoorpainter.com. Also excited to share my “Artist Focus” page in the September issue of American Art Collector

Check out the article on Tina: https://www.outdoorpainter.com/featured-artwork-tina-bohlman-2/

Ann Hardy

Ann's painting was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s 21st National Exhibition to be hosted by The Illume Gallery in St George, Utah. Opening Reception Oct. 22nd.

Gary Frisk

Gary's painting, "West Texas Pumpjack at Concho," was selected for the American Impressionist Society 2020 Online Exhibition! AIS received 2,172 entries for considerations by the jurors. 290 artists were juried in. Images published on the website Sept. 9th.

Richie Vios

We're having a blast filming my 1 hr 30 min. Plainair painting to promote San Antonio River Tourism this morning in Goliad. The weather is great, Obi Chike the film Director is awesome to work with and Angela of San Antonio River Authority, thank you very much for believing in my talentwww.sariverauthority.org


Richie Vios

 

Workshops

Cecy Turner

Cecy Turner is teaching another On Demand Online Workshop in Watercolor called “Go with the Flow.” It focuses on how to paint flowing backgrounds for florals in watercolor so that flowers don’t look pasted on the background. The class includes four demonstrations of background techniques and full demonstration start to finish of “Magnolia Glow.” Upon registration, the links to the four parts of the workshop will be sent and can be accessed for one year. It also includes photo references, supply list and two Zoom meetings for question and answer and critiques. Compositional tips and value sketch are included, too!

Cost is only $34.95. See a full description of the class, a short trailer, and register under Workshops on Cecy’s website:  https://cecyturner.com

Fran Ellisor

Three day Plein Air Workshop - Color and Composition - Midland, Tx, Oct 9-11, 2020. Learn how color plays an important role in your compositions as well as value, shapes and edges. Emphasis will be placed on simplifying compositional design, light, color and perspective. Sign up at  https://www.ellisorart.com/pleinairmidlandtx. The workshop will be outdoor with all social distancing and Covid 19 protocols followed.  

John Lasater

John Lasater has a new weekly video series and online community called “Views.” Visit painting views dot com to learn more.

Rusty Jones

Excited to announce my new online landscape painting workshop. Registration begins June 1st. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook community, critiques, competitions, guest artists and more. www.rustyjonesart.com

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542. www.BrucePeilArt.com

From the editor:

Members, we would love to see photos of you painting. If you are out there, braving Covid and the elements, please send photos! Though as a rule we do not publish photos of the individual paintings, it's ok to have your painting on an easel with your (or a friend/friends) smiling face!

Also, please send any announcements of workshops and/or awards, so we can let the OPS members know. Include details on when and where the show is, or links to the show if it is already published. And if you can, please remove as much formatting as possible in the text you send. Thank you!

Send by the 25th of each month to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@gmail.com.

Big thank you to Gary Frisk, Richie Vios, V. Vaughn, Krystal Brown, Tina Bolhman and Marchita Priest for sharing photos!

 
 



July 2020

"Plein Visions in Miniature"

July 22 to Sept. 21, 2020

Reception Aug. 8

The Warehouse Living Art Center   •   Corsicana, TX


Rusty Jones
Jurior of Awards

 

2020 OPS 

Associate Show Trivia

Some interesting statistics! We have 58 total participants, 10 states represented, 15 Men, 43 Women, two husband/wife artist’s teams, and two sisters in the group.  Outdoor Painters Society is so lucky to have artist entries from the following states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Thank you again, and we look forward to a fantastic show. Watch for updates in your email!

Plans are underway for the Taos/Santa Fe paint out, September 14-19, 2020.  Several members have registered already, yet there is always room for more. Paint the charm of the adobe in afternoon light, the drama of the Rio Grande Gorge, the historic John Dunn Bridge, and the rush of a mountain stream … all within a short distance from Taos. On the way to Santa Fe, paint the Cerro Pedernales from Ghost Ranch (made famous by Georgia O’Keefe) and other inspiring views. In Santa Fe we paint and, fingers crossed, visit the studios of notable artists. Registration is open. If you have already registered, a detailed itinerary will be sent soon.

Registration is now open for another attempt to visit Palo Duro Canyon, TXOctober 15-17, 2020.  Not far from Amarillo, this Texas version of the Grand Canyon offers great views from the canyon overlook, and more intimate views in the low-water crossing and Goodnight Dugout. There’s a lot of good paintings to be had in a short distance.

Save the dates, November 13-14th  when we visit Austin, TX for a fall paint out in an urban setting. 

And, in December (dates TBD), a special Holiday pre-view to Plein Air Southwest is being planned in Galveston, TX.  Details to be announced. 

                                                Irma Ward

 

Palo Duro Canyon

OPS Master's Zoom Critiques

This past month, OPS Signature Member Judy Crowe critiqued 14 paintings during a Zoom meeting. The dialogue between Judy and each artist consisted of a wide variety of ideas and comments about possible solutions to improve or enhance each painting.  The critique session was informative and helpful to everyone.  Watch for an announcement for the next Zoom Critique Session that will happen about mid-August.

Plein Air LIVE

by Nancy Tyler

Recently I was able to participate in the 4-day virtual workshops Plein Air LIVE through the generosity of En Plein Air Pro, producer of some fabulous plein air easel systems.  There were 12 live demo sessions, 8 lectures, two panel discussions and two critique sessions plus numerous short informative extras by artists and or sponsors. Breakout Room sessions occurred twice a day where the technicians randomly put each attendee in a small group via Zoom to meet and discuss a prior assigned subject.  

It was very comforting to watch these worldwide renowned artists making error after error in the demos, but working their way out of the mess.   Each artist approached the painting process a bit differently but one thing they all had in common was the ability to solve problems and articulate steps taken to work out the issue.  

I took notes for the entire time and later charted out my notes to share what the twenty artists stressed most often. Here are the most mentioned tips from Plein Air LIVE for improving your painting skills.

1. Paint from Life

2. Paint shapes, not objects

3. Make a thumbnail value sketch before beginning the painting

4. Squint, to see the light-dark pattern

5. Think dark-light, warm-cool, before considering color

6. Use a limited palette


Tina Bohlman (top) and Myrrh Haslam painting sunflowers in Ennis, TX

 

Nancy Tyler

OPS Video Library

Are you a Beginner Painter? Or, do you teach Beginners? Our OPS Library has two NEW beginner videos just for you.  And for the more advanced artist who wants to add to their artistic toolbox there are other wonderful selections for watercolor media, pastels, and oils.  Just go to the “members only” section of www.outdoorpainterssociety.com and browse the selection of educational videos available just for members.

V Vaughn (in front L) hosted the "Masked Bandit Gang," in Rockport, TX. Richie Vios, Marchita Priest, and Gary Frisk.

Marchita Priest, Navasota, TX

“I'm in fine fiddle and filled with the desire to paint.
                           Claude Monet
  

Congratulations
OPS Members!

Jeffrey Mcdaniel

Was recently accepted into the Artist for Conservation group as a Signature Member. He's in pretty good company, sharing this honor with artists sucks Robert Bateman, guy Coheleach, Guy Harvey, and Kathleen Dunphy. 

Nancy Paris Pruden

I recently found out that I have been accepted into the National Allied Artists of America’s show for 2020! Wouldn’t you know it will not be hung in NYC because of Covid! Nuts! Still I am thrilled and honored! 

Rusty Jones

SO excited to have my painting Coastal Glare accepted into the American Impressionist 21st Annual National Exhibition. 

Tina Bohlman

Excited that I was featured in Southwest Art magazine's online newsletter the week of July 15th! 

Jeanne Reavis

Delighted...Long Tall Shadows will be appearing August 16-September 19...virtually in Oil Painters of America’s 2020 Salon Show.  

Susan Temple Neumann

In July I found out that I had won awards in the American Plains Artists Show in San Angelo, TX. Tender Spirits won 2nd place overall, and also the Clyde Heron award for the most accurately rendered artwork of a historical subject. This amazing national show will be up until Aug. 2 at Ft. Concho Historical National Landmark in San Angelo, TX.

Gary Frisk

Has been accepted into the Oil Painters of America 2020 Virtual Salon Show. Excellent!

“An artist cannot fail--it is a success to be one.”
                           Charles Cooley
  

 

Workshops

Cecy Turner

Has a new On Demand Online Workshop: Painting a Sunset From Start to Finish is now available for registration. See a short trailer on Cecy’s homepage at https://cecyturner.com and register under Workshops, where there is a complete description. The course is designed to watch as you want or even paint along and will be available to you for one year. The workshop includes a full demonstration, a value study and the complete painting start to finish. Also included are two Zoom critique and question and answer sessions during the course, a supply list and photo reference. Also you can see the list of more upcoming online workshops for both oil and watercolor for a very affordable price.

John Lasater

John Lasater has a new weekly video series and online community called “Views.” Visit painting views dot com to learn more.

Rusty Jones

Excited to announce my new online landscape painting workshop. Registration begins June 1st. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook community, critiques, competitions, guest artists and more. www.rustyjonesart.com

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542. www.BrucePeilArt.com

Important  from the editor:

Members, we all love to hear good news! Please send any announcements of workshops and/or awards, so we can let the OPS members know. Also any photos you would like to share of either you or your friends painting outside would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Send by the 25th of each month to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@gmail.com.

Thank you to Marchita Priest for sharing photos!

 
 



June 2020

"Plein Visions in Miniature"

July 22 to Sept. 21, 2020   Reception Aug. 8

The Warehouse Living Art Center     Corsicana, TX

Our Associate Members have delivered once again!  Entries in the 2nd Annual Outdoor Painters Society Associate Member Show came in strong with 57 artists submitting 151 plein air pieces.  A screening group of two Master Signature artists and one Signature Artist have pared that selection down closer to 100 works. And rumor has it that the job for Judge Rusty Jones will not be easy because the entries are wonderful, once again. This will be another must see show. Artists will receive notifications of final selections soon. 

Thank you Associate Members!

Associates Show Judge, Rusty Jones

 

Dianne Arnette, Miken Bayles, Donna Bland, Lon Brauer, Krystal Brown, John Caggiano, Randall Cogburn, Cheryl Cornelius, Malcolm Crosland, Cheryl Damschen, Judy Elliott, J.D. Fields, Leighann Foster, Stephen Gary Frisk, Frank Gabriel, Phyllis Gunderson, Myrrh Haslam, NancyHodges, Francis Huang, Natasha Isenhour, Amy Ishmael, Jana Jennings, Sheryl Knight, Lyn LaRose, Ron Larson, Janet Lay, Alice Leese, Leroy LeFlore, Marla Luttrell, Karla Brady Massingill, Ann McCann, Lisette McClung, Joanna McCoy, Donna McGee, Kelly McGuire, Vickie McMillian-Hayes, Melody Montero-Ortiz, James Naugle, Jeffrey Neel McDaniel, Cindy Nowotny, Nancy Paris Pruden, Kelly Pennington, Marchita Priest, Caroline Ratliff, Sharyn Richey, John Robinson, Ann Rogers, Roy Smith, Linda Snider-Ward, Susan Sterle, Melanie Stokes, Richard Szkutnik, Margie Taylor, Nancy Tyler, Irma Ward, Phil Whittington, Marie Whittington, Jing Zhao.

Plans are underway for the Taos/Santa Fe paint out, September 14-19, 2020.  Several members have registered already, yet there is always room for more. Paint the charm of the adobe in afternoon light, the drama of the Rio Grande Gorge, the historic John Dunn Bridge, and the rush of a mountain stream … all within a short distance from Taos. On the way to Santa Fe, paint the Cerro Pedernales from Ghost Ranch (made famous by Georgia O’Keefe) and other inspiring views. In Santa Fe we paint and, fingers crossed, visit the studios of notable artists. Registration is open. If you have already registered, a detailed itinerary will be sent soon.

Registration is now open for another attempt to visit Palo Duro Canyon, TXOctober 15-17, 2020.  Not far from Amarillo, this Texas version of the Grand Canyon offers great views from the canyon overlook, and more intimate views in the low-water crossing and Goodnight Dugout. There’s a lot of good paintings to be had in a short distance.

Save the dates, November 13-14th  when we visit Austin, TX for a fall paint out in an urban setting. 

And, in December (dates TBD), a special Holiday pre-view to Plein Air Southwest is being planned in Galveston, TX.  Details to be announced. 

                                                Irma Ward

 

Taos, NM

Critique Group: Zoom Video Conferencing

Our first ever Critique group was a big success! John Lasater provided us with recommendations and insightful tips on how to improve our paintings. We look forward to hosting more incredible OPS Signature artists, beginning with Judy Crowe in July and Rusty Jones in August. Detailed information will be sent out soon on how to sign up for these sessions.

On Saturday, June 27th, four friends, i.e.,  the "Masked Bandit Gang," braved Covid, the Sahara Dust, high winds, and the heat to social distance plein air in Hillje, TX. 

Richie Vios

Marchita Priest: This is how we roll during the pandemic!

 

(Top) Richie Vios, Marchita Priest, Krystal Brown, and Gary Frisk line up their cars for protection from the heat and the wind.

Krystal Brown

Gary Frisk

Workshops

John Lasater

John Lasater has a new weekly video series and online community called “Views.” Visit painting views dot com to learn more.

Rusty Jones

Excited to announce my new online landscape painting workshop. Registration begins June 1st. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook community, critiques, competitions, guest artists and more. www.rustyjonesart.com

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542. www.BrucePeilArt.com

 

Congratulations
OPS Members!

Kaye Franklin

is the Southwest Art Magazine Editor's Choice for an Artist to Watch. An article about her, "Peering deep into nature" can be found at www.southwestart.com and appears in the July 2020 print issue.

Suzi Baker

For the 2020 Judges Award for Suzi's painting, "There's No Place Like a Good Book" at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

John Lasater

For the Chris Garvin Judge Award for John's painting "Mountain Country" at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational.

Marchita Priest

The Fort Bend Art Center in Rosenberg was featured on the Greater Houston ABC channel 13, and Marchita was a featured star! Big congrats!

From Amie Gonser: 620 Art Gallery opening soon in Round Rock, TX. Opportunities for artists to show and teach. http://www.620art.com

We are all born original masterpieces and die cheap imitations because we limit ourselves in the areas of our aspirations.”
                           Scott Christensen,                              quoting from his pastor
 
 

From the editor:

Members, please send photos of yourself painting outdoors, any outstanding announcements and/or workshops to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@gmail.com, before the 20th of each month.

Thank you to Richie Vios, Marchita Priest and Krystal Brown for sharing your photos!

 



MAY 2020

We’ll be celebrating our second year at the Navarro Council of the Arts venue, Warehouse Living Arts Center in downtown Corsicana, Texas. Call for Entry & Prospectus is on the OPS website. 

Upon entering & payment of applicable fee, each member is guaranteed 1 painting, with no more than 2 paintings accepted into the show per artist.

Associates, here is the Timeline preview to jumpstart your summer:

Enter at OnlineJuriedShows.com

Mark Your Calendars

Enter today!

 

Deadline to enter June 21

Notification of accepted work on or before July 10 

Entries ship to arrive by July 22

Show opens July 28

Reception August 8

Closes September 21

Pack & Ship unsold September 25.

Hand Delivery and Pick-up Dates will be available too.


Critique Group: Zoom Video Conferencing

Are you striving toward recognition with your art? Ever wonder why your painting didn’t catch the eye of the judge? Outdoor Painters Society wants to help you get over the hump and on to the next level of accomplishment.  Beginning in June our OPS Master Artist Members will be holding Critique Sessions via Zoom to give you some individual assessment of your work. We already have 36 folks signed up for the first sessions! Details will be emailed shortly regarding how to sign up for the July sessions. 

Video Library Activity Review for 2019

OPS stocks a pretty impressive video library for membership usage.   Utilize it for jumpstarting your creativity, brushing up your skills, or  trying a new medium.  Top plein air media choices are represented.  Go to the Members Only section of the website and peruse the selection and read the instructions.  

Top used DVD’s for 2019 are listed in order, by artist: 

1st:  Richard Schmid

2nd:  Lori Putnam- (this video was acquired mid year 2019)

tied for 3rd: Rick Howell, Scott Christensen, Kevin MacPherson, David Curtis

tied for 4th:  Bob Rohm, Jay Moore, Ulrich Gleiter, Jeanne Rossier Smith, Ken Auster, and Bryan Mark Taylor

Other new artist titles acquired in the past year are Cheri Christensen, Andy Evans, Kathleen Hudson, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, and Scott Prior.

                                               Nancy Tyler

 

It’s unfortunate that we had to cancel some of our paint out events earlier this year.  We hope to be able to gather soon to explore painting at some remarkable locations.  Please, save the dates for the following:

First up is Taos and Santa Fe, NM  September 14-19, 2020.  Paint the charm of the adobe in afternoon light, the drama of the Rio Grande Gorge, the historic John Dunn Bridge, and the rush of a mountain stream…all within a short distance from Taos.  On the way to Santa Fe, paint the Cerro Pedernales from Ghost Ranch (made famous by Georgia O’Keefe) and other inspiring views. In Santa Fe we paint and, fingers crossed, visit the studios of notable artists.  Registration will soon be open.

Palo Duro Canyon, TX  is now set for October 15-17, 2020.   This Texas version of the Grand Canyon offers great views from the canyon overlook, and more intimate views in the low-water crossing and Goodnight Dugout.  There’s a lot of good paintings to be had in a short distance.

It’s back to city life and more urban settings in November 13-14th when we travel to Austin TX for a fall paint out.

And, in December, a special Holiday pre-view to Plein Air Southwest is being planned in Galveston, TX.  Details to be announced.

We hope you can join us for some, if not all, of the paint out events for this year.

                                                     Irma Ward

Roger Dale Brown Workshop

What a great workshop!  Everyone experienced at least 1 “a-HA’ moment! We have “booked” Roger for another workshop May 10-12, 2021! Registration will open later this summer.

From Roger Dale Brown: This was one of the best workshops I have had. Thank you Tina Bohlman for being so organized. Everyone was enthusiastic and raring to go ....We had a full 15 person class which was very encouraging. Time for this country to get busy again!!!

Roger Brown, Barry Dominick, Tammy Gilcrest, Shannon Hill. 

Roger Brown, Frank Gabriel and Alice Leese 

 

Roger Brown and Tina Bolhman

Cecy Turner 

Congratulations
OPS Members!

John Lasater

John Lasater has a new weekly video series and online community called “Views.” Visit lasaterart.com to learn more.

Rusty Jones

Excited to announce my new online landscape painting workshop. Registration begins June 1st. Three video lessons each month, private Facebook community, critiques, competitions, guest artists and more. Www.rustyjonesart.com

From Amie Gonser: 620 Art Gallery opening soon in Round Rock, TX. Opportunities for artists to show and teach. http://www.620art.com

 

Workshops

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542. www.BrucePeilArt.com

 

“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”                                    René Magritte

From the editor:

Members, send any announcements or workshops to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@gmail.com, before the 20th of each month.

Thank you to Marchita Priest and Tina Bolhman for sharing your photos!






April 2020


Outdoor Painters Society is proud to announce that the virtual Historic Homes Tour will feature a slideshow of paintings from 2019's Plein Air Southwest, and live interviews with OPS board members, Tina Bohlman and Nancy Tyler. Date: Saturday, May 9 from 1pm to 5pm. Click the link below to keep up to date on the event on website or facebook.

Although we're not able to welcome our guests into the privately owned homes of historic Galveston Island, that's not stopping us from celebrating our annual tour. This special online event, held at facebook.com/galvestonhistory will feature live walkthroughs of historic homes, lectures and presentations by historians and architectural experts, and special programming.

This program is offered free to the public, but we're hoping that you'll consider donating the cost of a homes tour ticket ($30), or an amount of your choosing, in support of Galveston Historical Foundation.

Workshop filled, waiting list.

Roger Dale BrownWorkshop

May 11, 12 & 13, 2020

Plein Air Southwest 2020, is excited that the awards juror, ROGER DALE BROWN of Franklin, Tennessee will teach a workshop 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. 

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Roger Dale Brown

 

(From the top) Cecy Turner, Carol Devereaux, Ann Rogers and (bottom) Steve Miller at a recent paint out at Jim Anderson's Ranch in Ennis. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Ranch with us Jim Anderson!

Editor's note: These gorgeous photos, sprinkled throughout this newsletter, are the works of art of our own photographer extraordinaire, Jim Rogers. Thank you for sharing with us! 

Jim Rogers Photography (Facebook page) 469-223-1902, jimrogersphotography@gmail.com

Paint Out Update

Spring/Summer workshops cancelled. We are looking forward to possible paint outs in the fall! Check the upcoming newsletters or the OPS website for updates on these scheduled events. Write me with any ideas for future paint outs, and get out there and paint! 
                                                     Irma Ward

Pete Quaid, Carol Devereaux, Ann Rogers, Cecy Turner, Christi Kidwell

 

Anderson Ranch, Ennis, TX 

OPS Video Library

Our Library continues to grow!  And so should you.  Educate yourself on painting, trees, backlighting, cityscapes, composition, values, color, brushwork and atmosphere.  You name it; we have a video in our library that touches on all mediums, and most conditions. Take advantage of your member benefits and learn something new or review the basics.  Just go to the Members Only section of the Outdoor Painters Society website to review the choices.  Members pay postage only.

Congratulations OPS Members!

Jeanne Reavis

Jeanne's painting,  Ice Scapehas been juried into Oil Painter's of America for 2020. 

Suzie Greer Baker

Suzie's painting, Rose's Sunflowers, appeared on the cover of April/May's Plein Air Magazine! 

Also, catch Suzie's Free Workshop video on Facebook live Streamline page.

Suzie's podcast: https://carlolson.tv/artful-painter/suzie-baker-31

Nancy Paris Pruden

Was juried into the regional "Texas and Neighbors" show!


 

Jeffery Daniels

Recent honors include:

2020 Guadalupe Watercolor Group Art Show.( Kerrville):
Special Award: The Artisan
Merchandise Award:  Night Heron
HM Award:  Galveston Bay Shrimper

2020 Tri-Group Show (Corpus Christi)
HM, Works on Canvas: Cyanophonia

2019 South Texas Art League Show
(Corpus Christi)

1st Place, Works on Canvas:
   Breaking Dawn, Falling Tide
1st Place, Sculpture: Oracle

Workshops

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

Invitation

Get out and paint the central Texas landscape with other artists by joining Plein Air Round Rock Meetup group.  This group was established in 2016 by founder and local plein air artist, Amie Gonser.  The group meets once a month in different locations in and around Williamson county for plein air painting!  Due to the current situation with Covid-19, group outings are suspended but will resume as soon as the governor lifts shelter in place orders. Check us on on meetup.com and Facebook and keep an eye out for our next painting adventure! We hope you will join us soon!  

From the editor:

Members, please be sure to send any announcements or workshops to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhsart@att.net, before the 20th of each month.


 






March 2020

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well and healthy and taking all precautions to stay that way! Do all you can to guard against contracting the “C-virus”.  As everyone is now aware, we have postponed Plein Air Southwest 2020 in Galveston that was scheduled for May 3 – 9.  The operative word here is “postponed”.  We anticipate that we will be rescheduling the event for later this summer or in the Fall.  

The next OPS paint out is in the “Grand Canyon” of Texas….Palo Duro Canyon, April 16, 17, & 18.  Head’s up alert:  The Park’s daily hours of operation have been reduced and only visitors with “Advance Reservations” will be allowed into the park.  If you’re registered, watch for a revised itinerary in your email. FYI, in a moment of optimism, I went online & purchased 3 daily passes @ $8 each.   I’m very hopeful that I can get a couple of days of painting in the Canyon. 

Just less than 2 weeks ago, my calendar was packed pretty tight with competitions, exhibitions, classes and workshops.  Now, it seems my calendar has been mostly “wiped clean” and all of a sudden I have quite a bit of time on my hands.  With words like “quarantine”, “contagion” and “toilet paper shortage” flying around, we could all use a pick-me-up...and art is good for the soul. 

So, let’s look at how we – as artists – can use this “self-quarantine” in a positive way and come out on the other side of this better than ever.   This is a painter’s perfect excuse to “escape” to that outdoor studio in the next several weeks.  It may just turn out to be the best period of artistic growth in your life.  So, go ahead – load up that plein air gear!  Get out into the fresh air of the landscape, turn up the music….. and paint!

Tina Bohlman, President - OPS
PASW 2020 Chair

Roger Dale Brown Workshop
May 11, 12 & 13, 2020

Still a go! Six spaces left, see article below for more information
and registration.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Plein Air Southwest Artists
Take a Pause

Plein Air Southwest, the annual members competition for Outdoor Painters Society is taking a pause to honor the City of Galveston request to disband large events until June.  Our partner and host, Galveston Historical Foundation, has suspended the Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour and the Plein Air Southwest Competition, Show & Sale event in early May.  We are hopeful of a late summer or fall date that is workable as we all comply with state and national health guidelines.  

Tina Bohlman, President of Outdoor Painters Society announces,  “The key word here is POSTPONED...we will hit the "pause button" for now - and as soon as the Galveston Historic Foundation reschedules the 46th Annual Historic Home Tour, we'll get back on track.  Our resilient artists are disappointed but hopeful for another chance to record Galveston history with their art. “

For More Information:

GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION Contact: Will Wright, Publications & Marketing for GHF, 409-765-3404, will.wright@galvestonhistory.org


Richie Vios painting

Richie's painting Natchez

Empty Jackson Square

 

Paint Out Update

The March New Orleans Paint Out may have been canceled, yet one OPS Member, Richie Vios, showed up to work.  The streets of New Orleans were virtually empty; a rare and eerie scene for this normally crowded town.  Kudos to Richie for braving the COVID19 storm.
 
The next paint out is schedule for April 16-18 at Palo Duro Canyon.  Registration is open.  Many of us have been looking forward to this venue, so we’re hoping that it’s a “go.”  For those of you who have signed up, you need to know the latest from the Texas Parks Commission.  The park has reduced its hours to 8am-5pm, and only visitors with advance online reservations for day use will be allowed to enter; the number will be limited so reserve now.  The day-use pass is $8 each day (they will refund up to 5 days before if you have to cancel).   We’ll continue to monitor the park updates.  In the meantime, if you need or want to cancel your paint out registration for Palo Duro Canyon, please contact Irma Ward:  irma700@att.net.
 
We appreciate everyone’s concern about the virus and the economy.  Even though we may have to reshuffle or cancel paint out events during these uncertain times, you can still keep painting.  Go to your yard or a nearby park, then share your painting with us on the Outdoor Painters Society’s Facebook page.   We’d love to see your work.
 
                                                         Irma Ward

Sign up soon!
Spaces still available in the

Roger Dale BrownWorkshop

Plein Air Southwest 2020, is excited that the awards juror, ROGER DALE BROWN of Franklin, Tennessee will teach a workshop on 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"

Congratulations
OPS Members!

Gale Greenoe

"Day at the Beach" juried into American Impressionist Society Small Work Showcase for 2020. Also got in the FAV 15% BoldBrush for February.

"Just Give Me Two Small Slices of Each" accepted into Oil Painters of America Twenty-ninth National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils.

Jin Zhao

I was brimmed with gratitude and humble to have the opportunity to join the AIS National best show winners Panel discussion with Nancy Boren and Gladys Roldan-de-Moras in the morning and did a two hours demonstration in the afternoon yesterday at AIS National small works show at RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg TX.  Thanks so much Debra Joy Groesser , Liz Abren and other AIS officers for your hard work. It was a wonderful and educational event and a new milestone in my life!

Fran Ellisor

Thanks, Fine Art Connoisseur, for including my painting "Daily Stroll" in the article, "“Today’s Masters, A Bouquet for Spring”" .... April issue, p 64 !  I'm feeling grateful!


 

Workshops

Judy Crowe

Learning to Paint What You Love
Still Life Workshop

Sept. 16, 17, & 18, 2020

Courson Studio and School
63 Hidden Creek
Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863
https://dotcourson.com/workshops

Contac: Jackie or Dot Courson
artist@dotcourson.com
662 418 3092

This class will be about the basics of painting~value, drawing, edges, color and design. We will putting together our paintings from life, Alla Prima Style. I’ll be stressing the need to work steadily and methodically so that each student will be able to capture that feeling they have ‘in the moment’. We’ll also talk about what makes you tick as an artist and why you want to paint in the first place and how to use those technical abilities to discover how to create a work of art.

Beginning students and advanced students are all welcome as I will try to meet each student where they are in their artistic journey. Hope to see you there!

To sign up:

https://dotcourson.com/workshop/23614/judy-crowe-still-life-workshop


Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  
903-681-1542.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

 

An Ode to Plein Air Painting
(to the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

By Casey Cheuvront

Sunshine on water and shadows on rushes,
New RayMar panels and Rosemary brushes,
All of the insights a good workshop brings -
These are a few of my favorite things.

Finding the right track when GPS fails you;
Hiking in though there’s a storm that assails you.
Finding that one view that makes your heart spring -
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadmium Orange and fresh tubes of yellow,
Chatting with hikers who stop to say “Hello,"
How good it feels when your painting just sings - 
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the cap sticks,
When the rig falls,
When the weather’s bad -
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel 
so bad!

From the editor:

Members, please be sure to send any announcements or workshops to:
Myrrh Haslam, myrrhh@att.net, before the 20th of each month.




February 2020

Tina recently responded to an OPS member who isn't officially a part of Plein Air Southwest, but would like to come and paint. And then we thought more of you would like to join us in Galveston! We welcome you to be part of this exciting event. See letter below.

Greetings,


In a word...YES!  Non-competition painters are welcome to come and paint Galveston with us!  All we ask is that you follow a few competition paint out do's & don'ts...remember that these artists are competing for $25,000 in cash & merchandise so....
  • Please don't intrude into the artist's "space" by setting up to paint right next to them. 
  • Competition artists are "trading daylight for dark" so time is precious - please don't start up a conversation while they're painting. 
  • Please DO introduce yourself to a competition artist when the opportunity presents itself & offer to assist ...get water...a snack... carry some gear....! 
  • If you encounter an "out of state" competition artist ....please DO welcome them to Texas! 

Having said all the above, please join us at any of our evening dinner "get-together" locations. The list of daily painting locations for artists as well as an evening dinner "get-together" itinerary will be available in the Visitor's Center at the 1859 Ashton Villa. 

The Ashton Villa, by the way, is where the exhibition & sale will be on Saturday, May 9th - 9:00 am to to 8:00 pm.  The awards presentation is at 6:00 pm.

Thanks so much for your support & we'll see you
in Galveston!

Tina Bohlman, President - OPS
PASW 2020 Chair

Ashton Villa
2328 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77550
 

 


Important dates, deadlines and event schedule:


Orientation and Welcome

May 3, 2020


Official Paint Out

May 3 - May 9, 2020 


Exhibition Reception

6:00 pm - May 8, 2020 Exhibition ends

8:00 pm - May 9, 2020


Roger Dale Brown Workshop

May 11, 12 , 13

(see below for details)


Frances Huang painting at the
Spoetz Brewery in Shiner

Group dinner at Werner's
on friday night in Shiner

Palo Duro Canyon, nicknamed the
"Grand Canyon of Texas"

Palo Duro Canyon

 

Shiner, TX

Shiner TX, on the western edge of Lavaca County, turned out to be a small jewel in the rough for a paint-out.  After a rainy Thursday the sun came out and the winds died down a bit for some fabulous Friday and Saturday painting conditions.  It was cold, but beautiful sunshine and smiles on the faces of our OPS painters that showed up.   Our painters produced everything from pastoral scenes of the farmland, to industrial scenes at the Spoetzl Brewery, Railroad crossings, and Churches, among many others.  If you didn’t make it to Shiner this February better jump at the opportunity next time around.

Nancy Tyler 

Registration is Closed for New Orleans

It’s sad to say that lower than expected registration was a major consideration for cancelling the New Orleans Paint Out.  In spite of careful planning and coordination with the New Orleans Art Association, there were only a few OPS members that signed up.  We arranged to have local artist, Phil Sandusky, do a demo for us, but we were unable to raise enough money to cover the cost.  Perhaps another time. 

In the meantime, please give us important feedback. Send Irma (irma700@att.net) a brief message regarding this event so that she can do better planning in the future.  You can say something like:  “Too far to travel”, “Event lasts too long”, “I’m attending another painting event at that time”, “Too expensive”, “Not interested in this location”, or, state whatever your reason for not registering.  Please reference “NOLA” in the Subject line.

Registration is now open for Palo Duro State Park

Palo Duro State Park, scheduled for April 16-18, 2020, is located in the Texas panhandle 27 miles southeast of Amarillo.  It’s a great place for a paint out at this time of the year, before it gets too hot! The landscape is dramatic with canyon walls, red rocks, low water crossings, cabins, and Junipers. Load up your gear and head out to west Texas.  Registration is open and the itinerary is posted on the OPS website – “Members Only” tab.  We look forward to seeing you in the Texas version of the Grand Canyon.

Irma Ward

Sign up soon!
Spaces still available in the

Roger Dale BrownWorkshop

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"

Don't Miss these Workshops by OPS Members!

Bruce Peil

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 is separate. These workshops include meals.  brucepeil@mycvc.net,
 
903-681-1542.

www.BrucePeilArt.com

 

Randall Cogburn

Plein Air Workshops 2020
4 different workshops are available:  

Austin area two workshops to choose from:
Painting Creeks
Grand Vistas

Galveston area two workshop to choose from:
Painting Surf
Shrimp boat Painting

www.RandallCogburn.com/events
Call or text 346-253-7366
email: rkcim@live.com

Fran Ellisor

Mar 2, 3 & 4

Light, Color & Composition

Houston, TX

This class is an intensive, studio workshop. It will emphasize designing and simplifying the composition.  We will concentrate on shapes, values and edges:  the principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the light and color.  Limited to 10 participants  - $350.


Apr 20 thru 24

Plein Air at Hupedo Ranch in the Texas Hill CountrySpicewood, Tx

This destination workshop will be located on a private ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill country.  Lodging will be available at the location and will include breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Aug 22 to 29

San Miguel de Allende 

 This workshop has one spot left. This is also an excursion.  We will learn, paint and enjoy the sights, sounds and beauty of this enchanting place. If you have questions on this or any other workshop, please call 936-499-7170.

www.ellisorart.com

 

Peggy Immel

Making Your Paintings Sing
Workshop Dates: Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2020 
Location: Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $350.00
We will focus on using a simplified approach to color and values that will provide insight into how you can achieve luminosity and the effects of atmosphere and light in your paintings. This class is open to artists of all ability levels. 

It’s Not Easy Painting Green
Workshop Dates: 
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 2020
Location: Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 Fee: $350.00
This three-day studio workshop will explore an approach to color and painting systems that will help you to understand and achieve the effects of atmosphere and light in your paintings.  Open to artists of all ability levels.

www.peggyimmel.com/workshops

From the editor:

Special thank you to our contributors! And to those members who sent photos of recent paint outs: Helen Siksek, Tina Bohlman, and Nancy Tyler.

Members, please be sure to send any announcements or workshops to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhh@att.net, before the 20th of each month.








January 2020

Plein Air Southwest 2020
 May 3-9 • Galveston, TX

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COMPETITION ARTISTS!

Congratulations to the Competition Artists!


CHRISTINE BERLINSON-ESSER, HOUSTON, TX

DONNA BLAND - LAGO VISTA, TX

TINA BOHLMAN - WAXAHACHIE, TX

LIZ BONHAM, KELLER, TX

BEVERLY BOREN, TROPHY CLUB, TX

JIM BRAGG, TX

LON BRAUER, GRANITE CITY, IL

KRYSTAL BROWN, SPRING, TX

JON BURLESON, KATY, TX

TED CLEMENS, SACHSE, TX

RANDALL COGBURN, ALVIN, TX

MARTY COULTER, WASHINGTON, MO

VLAD DUCHEV, BALTIMORE, MD

FRAN ELLISOR, CONROE, TX

KAYE FRANKLIN, GRAHAM, TX

STEPHEN GARY FRISK, RICHMOND, TX

FRANK GABRIEL, AUSTIN TX

MYRRH HASLAM, HOUSTON, TX

OLIVETTE HUBLER, DALLAS, TX

JANA JENNINGS, OVILLA, TX

PEGGY KINGSBURY, PASADENA, TX

TAMMIE LANE, ASPEN, CO

LEROY LeFLORE, GALVESTON, TX

FARLEY LEWIS, SPRINGFIELD, MO

ANNIE McCOY, MT

VICKIE McMILLAN-HAYES, KATY, TX

SPENCER MEAGHER, MOUNT VERNON, IL

LYNN MEHTA, ALEXANDRIA, VA

LORIE MERFELD-BATSON, WESTCLIFFE, CO

LIL MITCHELL, CANYON, LAKE, TX

SUZANNE MORRIS, RICHMOND, VA

BOB OBRIAN, EULESS, TX

MARCHITA PRIEST, ROSENBURG, TX

JEANNE REAVIS, HOUSTON, TX

WILLIAM ROGERS, ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA

ROBERT ROHM, LAGO VISTA, TX

STUART ROPER, PALO PINTO, TX

JASON SACRAN, MAGAZINE, AR

JAMES SAMPSEL, GRANTS PASS, OREGON

ROBERT SIMONE, ST. PETERSBURG, FL

ROY SMITH, BURNET, TX

RICHARD SZKUTNIK, LITTLETON, CO

SHERRI THOMAS, LARSEN, WI

NANCY TYLER, DALLAS, TX

RICHIE VIOS, VICTORIA, TX

IRMA WARD, ARLINGTON, TX

DURRE WASEEM, CORONA, CA

CHRIS WILLEY, KANSAS CITY, MO

BARON WILSON, AUSTIN, TX

JING ZHAO, FRISCO, TX

 


Important dates, deadlines and event schedule:

Orientation and Welcome

May 3, 2020


Official Paint Out

May 3 - May 9, 2020 


Exhibition Reception

6:00 pm - May 8, 2020


Exhibition ends

8:00 pm - May 9, 2020


Roger Dale Brown Workshop

May 11, 12 , 13

(see below for details)

With the Ft. Worth Stockyards paint out behind us (what fun it was – and thanks to Lynn LaRose for helping out) it’s almost time to get brewing.  The Shiner, TX paint out (home of the world famous Shiner Beer) is around the corner (February 20-22).  We hope you will join us for this rural Texas fun! Many thanks to Lynn LaRose and Paul Winter for their input on this “shining” event.  If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to register. 

Then, we turn our travels to the legendary City of New Orleans (March 23-28)!  Registration is now open and the preliminary itinerary has been posted.  This promises to be an exciting trip with many interesting areas to paint. The weather this time of year is near perfect! New this time is a $15 fee to register.  We have engaged the renowned New Orleans plein air painter, Phil Sandusky, to do a 3-hour demonstration for us.  Proceeds beyond payment to Phil will go toward Plein Air Southwest awards. In addition, the New Orleans Art Association (separate from OPS) is holding their annual “Pirate’s Alley Art Festival” starting with a quick draw on Friday March 27th.  You may consider participating; yet it’s not required.  If interested, go to the NOAA website www.noartassoc.org  for more information and registration forms.
 
Following New Orleans, we do a “180” and head toward the wilderness of Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, TX.  Loo
k in your Email for the invitation to register  -  coming soon.  And, remember, that you can view the paint out itineraries as they are posted on the “Members-Only” tab on the OPS website.
                                                              Irma Ward

Janet Lay

 

L to R: Shannon Hill, Marchita Priest, Helen Siksek, Judith Beauford, Irma Ward, Tina Bohlman, Nancy Tyler and Jing Zhao

Lynn LaRose and Sandi Lute

Kelly Pennington

"Art, Undeniably, is conductive to happiness." 
                                      unknown 

Jing Zhao

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
                             Pablo Picasso

 

Video Library Activity
Review for 2019

OPS stocks a pretty impressive video library for membership usage.   Utilize it for jumpstarting your creativity, brushing up your skills, or  trying a new medium.  Top plein air media choices are represented.  Go to the Members Only section of the website and peruse the selection and read the instructions. 

Top used DVD’s for 2019 are listed in order, by artist: 

1st:  Richard Schmid

2nd:  Lori Putnam- (this video was acquired mid year 2019)

Tied for 3rd: Rick Howell, Scott Christensen, Kevin MacPherson, David Curtis

Tied for 4th:  Bob Rohm, Jay Moore, Ulrich Gleiter, Jeanne Rossier Smith, Ken Auster, and Bryan Mark Taylor

Other new artist titles acquired in the past year are Cheri Christensen, Andy Evans, Kathleen Hudson, Thomas Jefferson Kitts, and Scott Prior.  
                                                         Nancy Tyler

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"

Don't Miss these Workshops by OPS Members!

Bruce Peil

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.  brucepeil@mycvc.net,
 903-681-1542.

www.BrucePeilArt.com
 

Randall Cogburn

Plein Air Workshops 2020
I'm teaching monthly plein air painting workshops. One on one in the Austin, TX and 
Galveston, TX area.

Four different workshops are available:

Austin area two workshops to choose from:
Painting Creeks and Grand Vistas

Galveston area two workshop to choose from:
Painting Surf and Shrimp boat Painting

More info and to Sign up today visit my website!!!
www.RandallCogburn.com/events
Call or text 346-253-7366
email: rkcim@live.com

Fran Ellisor

Mar 2, 3 & 4

Light, Color & Composition

Houston, TX

This class is an intensive, studio workshop. Fran will review the basics of solid design and composition, color, values, edges and paint application.  Each day will begin with a demonstration and quick lecture followed by students painting the remainder of the day. It will emphasize designing and simplifying the composition.  We will concentrate on shapes, values and edges:  the principles necessary to quickly and accurately capture the light and color.  Limited to 10 participants  - $350.


Apr 20 thru 24

Plein Air at Hupedo Ranch in the Texas Hill Country

Spicewood, Tx

This destination workshop will be located on a private ranch in the heart of the Texas Hill country.  Lodging will be available at the location and will include breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Aug 22 to 29

San Miguel de Allende 

This international workshop is about capturing light, color and simplifying the painting process. It is limited to a small group so the participants will have more individualized instruction.  This workshop has one spot left. This is also an excursion.  We will learn, paint and enjoy the sights, sounds and beauty of this enchanting place.     

If you have questions on this or any other workshop, please call 936-499-7170.

www.ellisorart.com

 

Peggy Immel

Making Your Paintings Sing
Workshop Dates: Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8, 2020 
Location: Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe, NM
Fee: $350.00

If you struggle to bring your paintings to a lively, satisfying, finish this three-day studio workshop will give you tools to help you reach that goal. We will focus on using a simplified approach to color and values that will provide insight into how you can achieve luminosity and the effects of atmosphere and light in your paintings. This class is open to artists of all ability levels. 

It’s Not Easy Painting Green
Workshop Dates: 
Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 2020
Location: Sorrel Sky Gallery, 828 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301 Fee: $350.00

Learn how to easily and successfully capture the greens of spring and summer in your landscapes! This three-day studio workshop will explore an approach to color and painting systems that will help you to understand and achieve the effects of atmosphere and light in your paintings. Topics will include basic color theory, understanding chroma, understanding color value, relative color temperature, atmospheric perspective, the effects of light, pigment characteristics and mixing paints. Open to artists of all ability levels.
www.peggimmel.com/workshops

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”                                 Claude Monet 

From the editor:

Special thank you to our contributors, and to those members who sent photos of recent paint outs: Helen Siksek, Karla Massingill, Irma Ward,  Marchita Priest and
Jim Rogers.

Members, please be sure to send any announcements or workshops to: Myrrh Haslam, myrrhh@att.net, before the 20th of each month.

 

Tina Bohlman




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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