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 March 2018

March Paint Out

We had a good turnout for the recent paint out in Waco TX. Local artists Myrl Luper and Amanda Salas were at the orientation to greet us and had many good suggestions. We appreciated the hospitality of the folks working at the various venues who welcomed us to paint. In spite of crowds, we managed to find good spots and, with the exception of high winds on Thursday, the weather was perfect. Artists were observant and found some interesting places to paint, including an old Gulf Station, many old houses, a retro florist, the Farmer’s Market and, of course, Magnolia Market. We look forward to painting in Waco again sometime.

Irma WardWorkshop Chair

Plein Air Southwest

Plans are in the works for an all-OPS (Associate and Signature members), paint out and Quick Draw, with PASW 2018 competition artists in Rockport TX. Tentative dates: Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. Details will be e-blasted to members so watch for the email to arrive in your inbox soon!

Tina Bohlman, PASW2018 Chair

Upcoming Events

April 12-14—Paint Out in Tyler TX

Located 95 miles east of Dallas TX, the Rose Capital of America beckons us this April for a spring paint out. Roses, azaleas, and other spring flowers offer some colorful scenery, while the rolling hills make for beautiful landscape paintings.

We will paint in three diverse locations, including Diane Frossard’s ranch, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, and in the Azalea District. In addition, this paint out will feature a demonstration by one of our favorite members, Rusty Jones.

Be sure to register


September 17-22 – Grand Canyon (south rim)
October 18-20 – LaGrange TX
November 9-10 – Corsicana TX

Click here for event details: Event Details

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

Member news

Suzie Baker won Best of Show at Shadows of the Teche Plein Air Festival in Louisiana.

Tina Bohlman was accepted into the Texas and Neighbors Exhibition.

Bev Boren
 was accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Society’s Small Works exhibition at Richland Fine Art Gallery in Nashville TN and the Texas & Neighbors Exhibition.

Ann Hardy
 received Master Signature Membership in the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and Signature Membership in American Woman Artists.

Michael Holter has received the Margaret Bock Award from The Watercolor Art Society Houston. Along with 122 other artists from around the world, Michael also has a piece traveling to the Quingdao Museum in China for the Missouri Watercolor Society's International Exhibition.

Nancy Paris Pruden was accepted into the Plein Air Salonfor November- December.

Jason Sacran was accepted into the CAC Gold Medal show this year. The exhibit will be held at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Patrick Saunders was a February finalist for The Gateway International Painting Competition.

Cecy Turner was accepted into the Richardson Civic Art Society’s 52nd Annual Regional Exhibit at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The exhibit is May 2-27. Cecy also had a watercolor accepted into the Texas and Neighbors 33rd Annual Exhibit at Irving Center for the Arts May 12-June 9. She will also be a participant in the Estes Valley Plein Airevent in Estes Park Colorado in August, with opening reception September 1.


OPS members are always among participants in the best plein air events, including the following:

Paint the Town, Marble Falls TX, includes the following OPS members: Donna Bland, Bruce Bingham, Jan Frazier, Frank Gabriel, Peggy Kingsbury, Allen Krieghouser, Debra Latham, Kay Northup, Marchita Priest, Jeanne Reavis, Jennifer Remy-Renfro, Bob Rohm, Mike Simpson, Richard Szkutznik. Dates are April 29-May 5, with opening reception May 4 and quick draw and sale on May 5 at Lakeside Pavilion.
Paint the Town

Plein Air Richmond, June 17-24, benefits the Richmond SPCA,The exhibit, in Richmond VA, is June 23-24, opening June 22, 8 to 9 p.m. OPS participants are the following: Beth Bathe, John Caggiano, Susan Lynn, Fran Ellisor, Allen Kriegshauser, Patrick Saunders, Greg Summers.
Plein Air Richmond


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

Deborah Paris

April 9-13The Strong Start/Techniques and Strategies for Successful Paintings—Plein Air and Studio; $695

The skills and concepts we will work on in this workshop can be applied to painting outdoors as well as studio work. Those students with some experience who wish to learn indirect techniques, will work in the studio building up their paintings in layers. Or, students may choose to work outdoors en plein air.
Deborah Paris Workshops


R. Gregory Summers
Outdoor painting workshops:

May 4-6, Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton MO
Aug 10-12, Genessee Country Village, Mumford NY
Aug 17-19, Tennessee Valley, Murfreesboro TN
Sep 4-6, Blue Ridge Mountain Plein Air, Blue Ridge GA
Sep 19-21, Escalante Canyon Plein Air, Escalante UT
Oct 5-7, Saugatuck/Douglas MI
Greg Summers


OPS Sponsored Workshop

Joshua Been
May 27-30, Plein Air, Rockport TX (only 4 spaces left)

More information & to Register:  
Joshua Been Workshop


Nancy Paris Pruden

July 19-21 and August 3-5, Park City UT
August 11-18, San Miguel, Mexico
September 5-12, Sonoma CA (Full)


Patrick Saunders

August 3-5, Dynamic Florals, Waxahachie TX

More information and to register:  
Patrick Saunders Workshop


Fran Ellisor

August 4 -11--San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Keeping It Fresh and Simple is about capturing light, color, and simplifying the painting process.

The weather is always nice in this World Heritage Site. Located at 6,200' elevation, the weather during August is mild, 50 in the early mornings to 80 in the afternoon. It is a painter's delight with charming streets, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant color. We will learn, paint, and experience the sights, sounds and beauty of this enchanting place. And, we will enhance our painting skills! For more information, visit: 
Fran Ellisor Workshops


Call for Plein Air Artists

Paint Historic Waxahachie, May 4-12

Awards Judge: John Cook, OPS-Master

Enter online:  

Deadline for entry April 15 to be included in event program.

Contact for information:


This month’s quotes are all from Henry Ward Beecher

It’s easier to go down a hill than up but the view is much better at the top.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.

A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life

Images ...

...from the February Plano paintout arrived too late for that month's Plein Talk issue. There are a few on the Showcase page. Check them out.

This issue:
·  March Paint Out
·  Upcoming Events
·  Member News
Waco Paintout

Irma Ward
(Sure hope the Art Police 
didn't arrest her!)

Myrl Luper

Olivette Hubler

Group Meals

Please remember to send your OPS event photos to Peggy at: pakingsbury@aol.com

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