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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. 



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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.






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.


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


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


Outdoor Painters Society™ 

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