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 November 2018

Event Report                                  

Bur-r-r-r there was a cold wind greeting us on Friday in Corsicana and OPS members braved the cold-but-sunny day doing what we love to do, Corsicana Paint the Town. That evening, Leah Dill Blackard, executive director of the Navarro Council of the Arts (NCA), Margie Taylor (also an OPS member), along with other NCA members gave us a very warm reception with good food, drink, and plenty of historic and artistic charm. We were free to explore the Nancy Rebal Studio and enjoy her interesting finished and in-progress sculptures, drawings and paintings. Then a quick walk across the street into 100 West Artist Residency, upstairs, over a huge historic space used as a studio, we were wined and dined while meeting our fabulous hosts.

Kent Brewer said that while he was painting, someone brought him lunch. One business even kept him supplied with hot coffee. Corsicana hospitality was phenomenal.

On Saturday evening there were 26 finished paintings submitted for the show and sale at the Warehouse Living Arts Center and over 65% were sold by the end of the reception, with additional opportunities for sales as the exhibit will hang until the end of November. The people of Corsicana came out to meet us, embrace us, and buy our paintings. What an experience.

Thank you to Nancy Tyler for the report and images.

 Paint Out Participants Gathered for Dinner.

Paint Out Schedule

Looking Forward to 2019

Planning has begun for 2019 paint out events. We will return to some favorite locations and add a few new stops. If you are in one of the following locations and would like to help with the planning, please contact Irma at irma700@att.net. She will be grateful for the help. 

January – Old Town Spring (near the Woodlands) TX

February – Big Bend & Terlingua TX

March – Natchitoches LA

April – La Grange, Smithville, and Bastrop TX

May – Plein Air Southwest – Galveston TX (juried event)

September – Estes Park CO

October – San Antonio TX (hoping for better weather)

November – Wenmohs Ranch, Hill Country

Click here for event details: Event

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:

Not Junk Mail

As a post note, everyone should look at their junk mail/spam folder to make sure you are reading all of the messages sent from OPS. Also, be sure to read the final (sometimes revised final) itinerary, as it may contain important changes. It was brought to our attention that some of the artists were not aware of the changes made to the San Antonio itinerary, even though one was sent to every registrant three days before the event. The new OPS web host can track who receives and opens OPS Email and we continue to find that not all are read. To avoid confusion at these events, please be diligent about reading your email.


Member News

Michael Holter was recently featured in American Watercolor Weekly with an article on the steps he takes to produce his portraits. American Watercolor Weekly  He won Second Place at the Society of Watercolor Artists Members Show. In addition, Michael will be on the faculty of the 2019 Plein Air Convention and Expo in San Francisco. And, he recently released a DVD through Creative Catalyst Productions, 7 Steps to a Watercolor Landscape.
Instructional DVD by Michael Holter

Roy Smith received the Purchase Prize for the A River Runs through It category at the Kerrville Outdoor Painters Event in October.


American Impressionist Society has named the following from OPS as Signature Members: Nancy BorenPatrick Saunders, and Cecy Turner


Brushes by the Beach, G Lee Gallery in Galveston, award winners included the following OPS members: Gail Greenoe, Honorable Mention and Peggy Kingsbury,First Place




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

Spencer Megher

July 6-13, 2019Plein Air Tuscany and Umbria; contact Pat Mahoney, infotuscany@aol.com

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The artist is the person who makes life more interesting or beautiful, more understandable or mysterious, or probably, in the best sense, more wonderful. George Bellows (submitted by Mary K. Forshagen)

When painting outdoors, sit on your hands and look before starting.
Irwin Greenberg

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Franz Kafka

You don't have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every beginning is cheerful.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe










This issue:
·  Event Report
· Event Schedule
·  Member News

Corsicana Paint Out Photos

Kent Brewer at JTJ Ranch

Stephen Williamson

Helen Siksek

Stephen Williamson, People's Choice Winner

Lianne Thompson, CAL; Dick Aldama, NCA;
and Margie Taylor

Amber Bolton and Margie Taylor
at JTJ Ranch

Dena Davis at JTJ Ranch

Tina Bohlman and Helen Albritton

Judy Willis, CAL and Pat Schroeder, CAL

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

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