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July 2019

Job Well Done

I want to express my heartfelt thanks, appreciation, and gratitude to out-going board members: Beverly Boren, John Cook, Randy Saffle, and Cecy Turner. The guidance and support given to me during their years of service on the OPS board is immeasurable. Individually and collectively, they were instrumental in moving OPS forward into the recognized and respected arts organization it is today. 

Tina Bohlman, President


We are pleased to announce five new members who have volunteered to serve on the Board of Directors: Irma Ward, Nancy Tyler, Marchita Priest, Chuck Rawle, and Jana Jennings. It takes a lot of time and effort to oversee membership, website, communications, and organized activities of our diverse, multi-state 300-plus membership. Please take every opportunity to show your appreciation and thanks to these dedicated members:

Outdoor Painters Society Board of Directors

TINA BOHLMAN -President/PASW Committee



KAYE FRANKLIN - Finance Officer



IRMA WARD - Paint Outs/PASW Committee



NANCY TYLER - Publicity/DVD Library/PASW Committee



MARCHITA PRIEST - Awards & Sponsors/PASW Committee 






JANA JENNINGS - Advertising/PASW Committee



Member News

Gary Frisk was accepted into 2019 EnPleinAir Texas in San Angelo.

Ann Hardy was accepted in National Old Post Office Museum and Art Center (OPOMAC) in June and July; the American Impressionist National Show hosted by the Salmagundi Club in New York; and will have a one-person show at The Fort Worth Community Arts Center in November. A reception is planned for November 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

Michael Holter has just returned from a two-week trip to China with 12 other artists. They exhibited and painted for one week in villages in a remote part of China near the Great Wall for International Watercolor Week. Then on to Beijing to do demonstrations at the Beijing Watercolor Institute that were aired over Chinese Internet. Then, it was on to Qingdao for another exhibit at the Taipingwan Art Museum and additional plein air painting.


NOTE: If you have news, please submit it to pakingsbury@aol.com by the 15th of the month. We want to know!

Please do not send your mass-mailing newsletter. Just send the information that is appropriate for the OPS newsletter. For example: awards, honors, and participation in events. Thank you. 


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

Plein Visions in Miniature is the Outdoor Painters Society Associate Members Show & Sale 2019 and is hosted by Navarro Council of the Arts, Corsicana TX.

Kaye Franklin, OPS Master Artist, is the awards juror. Open to the public from August 12-September 26, an opening reception and awards presentation is scheduled for August 15, 5:30 to 8: p.m.

For details and a list of exhibiting artists, click on the following link:

Plein Visions in Miniature Artists


OPS Library

Too hot to get outdoors and paint?  Exercise your brain with a workshop. Members can view DVDs from the OPS Library for the cost of postage. Five NEW titles have been added to the selection; two are watercolor based. Check them out for some productive escape from the heat.

OPS Library



Fran Ellisor

August 2-10 – San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, small class size.
Housing is at Casa Calderoni in the historic section. 

September 14-16,

San Antonio TX, Hinds Art Academy, students will paint studies outside then work on studio studies inside.

For details or to register:

Ellisor Website


Bruce Peil is one of the founders of the Outdoor Painters Society and offers a three-day workshop at his studio each month. Students also have the option to stay at the Artist Retreat which he and his wife operate and is just a short walk from the studio.

These workshops are a combination of Studio and Plein Air, weather permitting, and covers all aspects of painting whether on location or in the studio. 55 acres of large trees, open pastures left natural, and big skies are the subject matter you see in many of his paintings, and are there for you to paint. Cost: $395 for the three days. Lodging if needed, is separate. These workshops include meals.





I quite like that in Medieval times the artist/ craftsperson was anonymous.

Ruth Addinall

I gather from a Russian friend that many of the painters in his country feel that to sign them is too egocentric. The painting alone should represent the full ‘signature’ of the artist

Tony Antell

I wonder what the art world would have been like if none of the impressionists or prior masters had signed their work?


Artists committed to non-representation believe that a signature completely destroys the illusion of space…signing your work in the world of the more representational art world is still fine. It just depends on which art world you want to be part of

Adria Arch

I considered that the painter’s personality should be kept out of things, and therefore pictures should be anonymous. It was I who decided that pictures should not be signed, and for a time Picasso did the same.

Georges Braque

Note from Your Editor

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

Contact me at pakingsbury@aol.com 

Peggy Kingsbury


Looking Forward

Enjoy your summer and get your gear ready to go for our upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

Irma Ward

Click the links under the photos for the area websites. 

Plano Balloon Festival

Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2011 - Glacier Gorge from Bear Lake.JPG

Rocky Mountain National Park

San Antonio

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