Calling All Plein-Air Painters: Make Note of the WAS-H Paint-Outs

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!

Paint-outs will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each month in the Spring, usually from 9 am to 3 pm. As we have more details for a paint-out, including directions, it will be posted here. Contact Mary Rustay, our paint-out coordinator for more information.

Upcoming events

Past WAS-H Paint-Out Locations

Rice University Quadrangle, Houston Landmark Cinema, Pirate's Beach West in Galveston, Commerce Towers, Downtown Skyline from Sabine Street Bridge, Canino's Farmers Market, Houston Arboretum

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.

  • Folding stool or chair to sit on
  • Easel, stool or chair for board
  • Board, clips or tape and paper or a watercolor block
  • Favorite paints and portable palette
  • Brushes
  • Water and container for painting
  • Paper towels or tissues
  • Rolling, folding metal cart to tote
  • Sketchbook and pencils and erasers
  • Camera or cell phone camera
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Lunch or snack and drinks
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Large umbrella for shade

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.

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Gallery: 713-942-9966
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