OPS was formed to create opportunities and incentives for artists of like mind to come together and paint ...........En Plein Air


This is an ever changing list of OPS Events and Paint Outs. Here we add and update the new locations, dates and details of each event. If you would like to be a host of a casual Paint Out at your favorite spot, contact one of the Paint Out Directors, Myrrh Haslam or Marchita Priest.


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(Except for workshop registrations), advance registration for a paint out  is NOT a firm commitment!  We understand how last minute situations can arise.  As a courtesy, if your plans change, you can self-cancel -  please revisit the event's page & click on the "cancel button."  Thanks...and see you out there!



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    HERE COMES THE SUN - 14x18 oil on linen

    by Patrick Saunders

    Plein Air Southwest 2023, is excited to announce the event's awards juror, PATRICK SAUNDERS will teach TWO workshops in Galveston, Texas!

    #1: May 9, 10, & 11 (Workshop #1 is full and there is a wait list.)

    #2: May 15, 16, &17


    Workshop #2 has space available and is limited to 15 participants. It will fill up fast.

    Note: when you register, the system will place you on the wait list. Web Admin will move you from the wait list & invoice you for $247.50 deposit.

    Open to beginner and advanced artists. 

    The format is a 3-day "Plein Air" intensive workshop in and around Galveston island. Students will receive meet-up location 1 week prior to workshop. 

    Plein Air Painting Without Borders with Patrick Saunders

    Explore the essential techniques for painting from direct observation (en plein air) with award winning artist, Patrick Saunders. Learn to paint any subject, from the most simple to complex with one approach. During this workshop, we will use the landscape as our subject, but the same approach can be applied to a still life, portraiture, etc. Patrick will demonstrate the process of simplifying the subject and moving to finish as rapidly as possible in order to add more energy and excitement to your painting. Students will learn about composition, value, texture, color temperature and accuracy in paint application.

    Oil and Acrylic painters of all skill levels are welcome to this workshop. Sorry, we will not be focusing on watercolor.

    Each day will begin with a short lecture and full demonstration, followed by one-on-one instruction. The day will end with a group critique and individual goal setting.

    This class is highly tailored for each individual student, and all levels are welcome.

    Approximate Daily Schedule:

    9 am  - morning demo

    Noon-ish - lunch break

    1-ish - painting/personal instruction

    4-ish - group critique

    CLICK HERE to view supply list.

    The total fee is $495.00 - one-half ($247.50) due upon registration.

    (Balance of $247.50 will be invoiced 4/15/23)

    Refunds: $100 cancellation fee on or before April 15, 2023.  No refunds after April 15, 2023. 


    Patrick Saunders is an award-winning artist who travels the globe, creating fine art, teaching painting workshops, and judging painting competitions. Patrick paints a variety of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, and florals.

    After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Patrick spent a decade as an artist at Hallmark Cards before returning to KCAI to accept a faculty position teaching illustration, painting, animation, and web design. His students voted to honor Patrick with an Educator of the Year award. Teaching led to a job offer in advertising, where, as a Group Creative Director, Patrick led teams of marketing professionals in New York, San Francisco, and globally, producing advertising for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, Whole Foods, Hill’s Pet Food, FedEx, Revlon, Southwest Airlines, Tom’s of Maine, Nextel, Skyy, Kashi, and Kellogg’s.

    Throughout his career, Patrick has been recognized for outstanding work, earning awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Academy of the Visual Arts, the Web Marketing Association, the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and Oil Painters of America. He was first featured by Southwest Art Magazine in 2000, as one of their 21 Artists to Watch Under 31. Patrick has twice been the cover artist for and featured in Southwest Art Magazine, in September 2018 and in December 2020. He received a gold medal from the Oil Painters of America in 2020.

    In 2013, Patrick began plein air painting, and has won awards from numerous nationally recognized events, including Plein Air Easton, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Maui Plein Air, Lighthouse Plein Air, Sedona Plein Air, the Airstream Fine Art Invitational, Plein Air Texas, Plein Air Richmond, and Telluride Plein Air. He was featured in Plein Air Magazine in 2018.

    Patrick is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the Portrait Society of America. He is a former Signature Member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, the American Impressionist Society, and the Outdoor Painters Society.

    Patrick is represented by Galerie Kornye West, Olmsted Gallery, Eva Reynolds Fine Arts, Inc. and the Trippe Gallery

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