WAS-H offers two types of organized outdoor painting opportunities, Paint-Outs and Weekday Plein Air group.
Paint-Outs are all day Saturday plein-air painting events happening as planned. These occasional trips afford an opportunity to paint on location and interact with other painters and members of WAS-H. Many of the trips are in and around the central part of Houston, and some are in out of town locations such as Galveston, and Chappell Hill. Paint-outs are a great way to sharpen painting from life skills, to meet other watercolorists and most of all to have fun! Register for these events to receive more details and directions, as well as let Mary Rustay, our paint-out coordinator know to expect you and plan accordingly for the group.
Weekday Plein Air is a group that meets at pre-selected spots in Houston on Tuesday mornings. Paint for two hours and then convene with the group for a gentle half hour critique and sharing opportunity. Register for this event each season to receive emails with locations and updates. Then come when you can, it is an informal group meant to share the commardarie of painting "en plein air!"
What do I Bring to a Paint Out?
The short answer is whatever you need to paint. Here is a suggested list to get you started on packing your plein-air painting kit.
TIP: Take lots of photos for reference, especially as lighting changes. The photos may be as important as the painting as they allow you to complete the paint- ing at home if necessary, or start over with lots of fresh material for future paintings.