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From the OPS Board

PASW 2018


MAY 21-26, 2018
The annual Plein Air Southwest juried membership show is changing from a gallery exhibition to a six-day competition paint out event in Rockport TX! The cities of Rockport, Fulton, Aransas Pass, and Port A are our paint out destinations! 
Rockport Center for the Arts will host the exhibition and awards reception. Speaking of awards, the cash awards are increased from $12,000 to $15,000 and we anticipate up to $15,000 in sponsors’ merchandise certificates. The judge is Joshua Been.

An update has been emailed to members.

Announcing registration is open for a 3 1/2 day workshop with Joshua Been. Josh is the Juror of Awards for Plein Air Southwest 2018, in Rockport TX, May 21-26, 2018. Study with a Master. This workshop with Joshua Been is going to fill quickly! Register today

Upcoming Events


Plans are in the works for paint out events in 2018. Be sure to save the dates; you won’t want to miss these. 
January 26-27 – Glen Rose TX
February 16-17 – Plano TX
March 15-17 – Waco TX
April 12-14 – Tyler TX (at Diane Frossard’s ranch)
September 10-15 – 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

The new year brings new opportunities for events and honors. Don't forget to share.

To share your acceptances/awards, email pakingsbury@aol.com


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

Cecy Turner

January 23-25, 2018 -- Intermediate/Advanced; Artists' Showplace Gallery (upstairs classroom), 15615 Coit Rd., #230, Dallas TX; 9:30 a.m. -4 p.m.; $290. Call Artists' Showplace to register and pay deposit (972) 233-1223.

Workshop will focus on unifying a painting/learning when a painting is out of harmony and how to correct it. See web site under Exhibits, Events and Classes for complete description: 

Deborah Paris

April 9-13—The 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




We artists have been affected by patterns in nature since day one. Every line we lay to paper and every move we make is part of the magical sequence - and the line goes where it needs to go depending on one's influences. 
Kristi Bridgeman

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.
Richard Feynman

I consider myself a farmer of patterns.Alexander Gorlizki

Seeing abstract value patterns, not just the literal subject, is one of the first and most difficult things for a growing artist to learn.
Jane R. Hofstetter

The patterns, movement, rhythms and unusual harmonies within the spontaneous brushstrokes are really what brings a painting to life. 
Brent R Laycock

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