Friday, August 21, 2015

San Rafael, Ca - Plein Air Competition - Saturday August 29, 2015 (8am - 4pm)


For more information, visit or call the SRBID at 415-720-5591.

Plein air artists are invited to participate in the  Downtown Artists in Action a Plein Air Competition in Downtown San Rafael on Saturday, August 29, from 8 am – 4 pm. Participating artists will create an original plein air painting or drawing of any location within Downtown San Rafael.  Presented by The Downtown San Rafael Business Improvement District (SRBID) and Marin Open Studios (MOS),  Downtown Artists in Action Celebrates the arts community in Marin and invites Bay Area artists to discover Downtown San Rafael. Completed works will be judged at the end of the day and prizes awarded as follows:  
Best in Show $300 (RileyStreet Art Supply), 
First Place, $200 (The Folk Art Gallery) 
Second Place, $150 (Stephan Hill Jewelers), 
Third Place, $100 (Aroma CafĂ©). 

Completed works will also be exhibited at Art Works Downtown (AWD) in conjunction with Second Friday’s Art Walk and throughout the month of September. This event is open to all plein air artists of all skill levels. Pre-registration is $35.  Download the Call for Artists and registration form at

“We are thrilled to host the first Plein Air paint out in Downtown San Rafael, said Carol Thompson,  SRBID Executive director.  “There is much beauty to discover in our downtown, from historic buildings and architecture such as the iconic Mission San Rafael and the gorgeous art deco Rafael Theater. But we also know there are other gems to be captured by the fresh take of an artist’s eye.”  

The San Rafael Downtown Artists in Action Day:
·       Celebrates Downtown San Rafael’s character and culture by inviting artists to capture iconic scenes and smaller snippets of beauty discovered with fresh eyes.
·       Invites the community to enjoy an afternoon strolling through downtown, discovering artists in action while exploring the unique businesses and cafes that enliven our community.
·       Engages families with demonstrations and a youth “paint-out” area.
·       Presents live music, plus store and dining specials throughout downtown.

What: Plein Air painting or drawing in any medium i.e., outdoors, from direct observation of the subject matter.  

Where: On-site at any location in Downtown San Rafael  (map to be provided) When: Saturday, August 29,  8 am – 4 pm 

Exhibition: All completed work will be displayed at Art Works Downtown (AWD) in September. Sale:  Artists may make their work available for sale at the show and throughout the month of September. No commission will be taken.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

61st NBPA Paintout - Rodeo Beach/ Lagoon (Marin Headlands)

Revisiting the same location our very first paintout that took place back in 2009! Rain expected on Saturday and looking forward to clearing up on Sunday. Wonderful views in all directions. Parking lot near Headlands Institute with additional parking along dirt shoulder facing lagoon.
Located in the Marin Headlands, Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post that stands at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fort Cronkhite today is one of the few preserved examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. The fort's barracks, mess halls, supply buildings, and other structures are preserved to tell the story of the soldiers who waited here for an enemy that never came.
12:00pm - 12:15pm - Briefly meet at Beach Area or feel free to set up to paint!
12:15pm - 4:00pm - Let's PAINT! 
4:00pm - 4:15pm - Let's meet up between beach and parking lot. We can share our paintings and lean our paintings along the log stumps. Not a Critique.... just time to share our findings, techniques or just to chat.
• On Bunker Road, pass through one way Baker-BarryTunnel.
• Follow Bunker Road 3-miles and continue pass Rodeo Lagoon. Head toward the ocean and Fort Cronkhite will be on your right-hand side
Parking lot and additional parking along dirt shoulder facing lagoon.
Yes, public bathroom by main parking lot.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

60th NBPA Paintout - Old Lakeville Road # 3, Sunday March 29th (12pm-4pm)

Painting Times
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Between 12:00pm and 12:30pm, we will all meet at the white fence near the miniature horses.

Old Lakeville #3 Rd. (north side)

How to find us:
Call or Text GERALD (415) 342-6764 or follow us @NBPleinair on Twitter.

Directions Click Here For Google Maps
***Please leave yourself enough time prior to paintout to review address on Google Maps. There are several Old Lakeville Roads. Make sure to meet up on ROAD #3 (North Side) Near Shetland Ponies.***

From the south: If you're on the 101, turn east on to the 37 towards Vallejo. Head about 4 miles and turn north onto Lakeville Road. Drive up another 2 miles and ignore the first "Old Lakeville #3" sign. Go up another mile and a half and turn east onto the second "Old Lakeville #3" to find us.

From the north: Head south until you get to the intersection of Highway 116 East and 101 South in Petaluma. Head east on 116 and keep on the same road after the fork, follow the route that sends you toward "Vallejo." Head south for about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Old Lakeville #3 Road.

There is no real parking but you can park on the dirt next to the row of eucalyptus, or wherever else you can find near the meetup point.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy Holiday's Painters - See you in 2015!!!

Greetings Painters! 

December has always been a busy month for everyone. 
We will not have a paintout this month and will resume 2015. 

Please Enjoy the Holidays and Cheers to the New Year!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

58th NBPA Paintout - Hal Brown at Creekside Park - Sunday, November 23, 2014 (9am - 4:00pm)

  • This will be a new venue for us. Looks like it will be just as nice tomorrow as it is today! I am looking forward to painting this view of Mt. Tam. Parking seems to be free, but you may want to double-check on their website.
    More info on their website: park website
    Hal Brown Park At Creekside
    231 Bon Air Rd
    Greenbrae, CA 94904
    9:00pm - 9:15pm - Gerald will arrive in the morning around this time. He has early evening plans, so he will be leaving early.
    12:00pm - 1:00pm - Sergio will arrive sometime in this window, while Gerald will be leaving sometime around 1pm. Possible rendezvous around this time for painters who want to share, or plan on leaving early.
    1:00pm - 4:00pm - Sergio will continue to paint during this slot of time, along with anyone else who wants to stay/arrive during this time. 
    4:00pm - 4:15pm - If there are any more painters left besides Sergio, we can decide to meet up at this time to share our findings, techniques or just to chat.
    From Hwy 101 in Larkspur, take exit 450B for Sir Francis Drake Blvd west 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Bon Air Rd and follow 0.3 mile. The park is on the right.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Results: NBPA's 57th Plein Air Paintout - Nicasio, Ca.

Such a great turnout during Sunday's paintout at Nicasio, Ca. It slightly rained the previous night but the skies cleared up just in time for another fun paintout!

Friday, October 24, 2014

57th NBPA Paintout - St. Mary's Church - Sunday, October 26, 2014 (12pm - 4:00pm)

Our next destination will be at the St. Mary's Church, Nicasio CA. 
Plenty of hills, large rocks, old buildings, church and large reservoir to paint.
The location is very easy to get to, it's just off Hwy 101. Exit St. Lucas Valley Road. After driving 20 minutes, make a right onto Nicasio Valley Road. Drive about 5 more minutes to the destination. Parking available by the church and general store.
St. Mary's Church
1 Old Rancheria Rd
Nicasio, CA 94946
12:00pm - 12:15pm - We'll meet briefly outside the General Store or feel free to start painting.
12:15pm - 4:00pm - Let's Paint!
4:00pm - 4:30pm - Let's meet back at the front of the church to share our findings, techniques or just to chat.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Opening Reception - This Sunday, October 5th, 3-5pm featuring NBPA artist Donna DeLaBriandais

You are invited to the Opening reception for artist Donna DeLaBriandais!

Oct. 5th, 2014
3:00 - 5:00 pm
900 Sanford Rd. 
(off Occidental Rd.) 
Santa Rosa, Ca 
***in Heron Hall*** 

Featuring Donna's new paintings of the Laguna, creeks and waterways that lead to the Laguna, with Russian River and Bodega bay. Also come early (after 2pm) to see the interesting working farm and environmental grounds.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

55th NBPA Paintout - Spring Lake Park, Sunday August 31st, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Spring Lake Park, Santa Rosa CA.
Meeting Place: 
There is a small shore with picnic benches near the main parking lot that should work fine for our meetup. 
11:45am - 12:00am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!
12:00am - 4:00pm - Let's Paint!
4:00pm - 4:15pm - Let's meet back near the shore to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).
Directions and Parking:   
Click Here For Google Maps: 
For those of you who have never visited Spring Lake Park, there is limited space along Montgomery Drive to park for free, otherwise, continue along the road to turn into the park entrance and park at the main lot.  There is somewhat of a hike to get to the meetup point from Montgomery Drive along the Spring Creek Trail. If you don't want to hike, I suggest paying for the lot if you don't have a regional park pass.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Please Welcome our new Sponsorship for 2014-2015: The Point Reyes Field Institute

We are happy to announce we have a new Sponsor for 2014-2015! 

The Point Reyes Field Institute is proud to be sponsoring our North Bay Plein Air Meetup Group. Art in the Park has a long and rich history with the National Park Service and hope to offer our local Plein Air painters access to remote areas of the park and in return to be inspired by the art.

Founded in 1964 the Point Reyes Field Institute offers educational activities for the general public inside the park. Registration Fees go towards their programs which raise funds to support critical resource preservation projects and offer year-round environmental education programs that engage the public in accessing, enjoying and understanding Point Reyes. Since their founding, PRNSA has raised millions of dollars to support park projects and environmental education programs that enhance the visitor experience, protect the park’s resources, improve wildlife habitat and make a profound difference in the lives of children and adults. Thank you for your support and enjoy your time in the park!

Stay tuned! We will be marking on our Meetup calendars of upcoming Classes and workshops taking place at the Point Reyes Field Institute.

***If interested in registering any of the workshops Please let them know you are a current member of the North Bay Plein Air Meetup Group***

You can view current class offerings here:

More information on the Point Reyes Field Institute can be found at:

Many Thanks and looking forward to our upcoming Paintout!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Results: Paintings and Photos posted from Sunday's Bodega Head paintout!

Check out paintings and photos from Sunday's paintout at Bodega Head! 

Wonderful paintings from Iris Sabre, Char Wood and Marcy Silvera. 

Photo credits: Marcy Silvera. 

More to come!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

54th NBPA Paintout - SPUD POINT MARINA (10:45am - 3:00pm) Bodega Head

Hi Painters! We will be visiting Bodega Head for this month's paintout. Such a great area and plenty of views to paint! We will be meeting at the big pullout closer to the Marina just in case the lot at the top of Bodega Head is full. (not the parking near the beach). Scroll to bottom of the page for directions.
1818 Westshore Rd,
Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Meeting Place:  The big pullout closer to the Marina just in case the lot at the top of Bodega Head is full (NOT Parking Lot at Beach).
10:45am - 11:00am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!
11:00am - 3:00pm - Let's Paint!
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Let's meet back at the big pull out to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

53rd NBPA Paintout at Schollenberger Park (Petaluma, Ca) 11:15am - 3:30pm

Hi Painters! We will be visiting Schollenberger Park for this month's paintout. Nice flat trails and plenty of views to paint! We will be meeting at a different entrance! (not the parking near Sheraton Hotel). Scroll to bottom of the page for directions.
Schollenberger Park
1900 S McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Meeting Place:
Park Benches at entrance to Park.
11:15am - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!
11:30am - 3:00pm - Let's Paint!
3:00pm - 3:30pm - Let's meet back at the park benches to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).
Directions and Parking:
Click Here For Google Maps:
Once on South McDowell Blvd. SLOW DOWN after Post Office. The entrance is very easy to miss if driving too fast. Make a right at Park Gates (1900 S McDowell Blvd) Proceed to parking lot. Meet at park benches or feel free to start painting :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Results: From our 52nd NBPA Paintout - Tomales, Ca.

Photos and scans of artist paintings have been slowly uploaded to our Meetup Page!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Join us Sunday May 25th for our 52nd NBPA @ Toluma Farm and Farmstead Creamery (Tomales, CA) 10:30am - 4:00pm

Greetings Painters! We will be collaborating with the wonderful Art on the Farm group for this month's paintout! We will be visiting the Toluma Farm located in Tomales, Ca. which offers fantastic rolling hills, barns, sheep, goats and more! Many thanks to Colleen ProppĂ© for allowing us to join their group at such a beautiful location!

(Photo copyrights belong to Toluma Farms ©2014)
Please arrive before 11am for a guided tour with owner Tamara Hicks to learn about the farm, goats and cheese making!  

5488 Middle Road 
Tomales, CA 94971


10:30am - 11:00am - Brief meetup and tour by owner Tamara Hicks. IMPORTANT TO MEET ON TIME! 

11:00am - 12:00pm - TOUR
12:00pm - 3:30 - Let's Paint!

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Let's briefly meetup to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).
Restrooms: Yes
Cell phone coverage: ONLY Verizon.
From Highway 101 take the Petaluma/Washington Avenue Exit
Go West to Bodega Bay (Washington Avenue becomes Bodega Avenue)
Drive 8 miles from Petaluma looking for a "Dillon Beach/Tomales" sign as well as Coast Guard Sign.
Make a left (there is a left hand turn pocket and you will be on Petuluma-Tomales Rd), go 7 1/2 miles to HWY 1.
Take a Right and you are now in the town of Tomales.
Make a left on Dillon Beach Rd (go 1 mile).
Make a Right on Middle Road (3/4 mile).

Toluma Farms is the 2nd farm on the left.

There will be parking along the Middle road. A couple hundred feet down from the farm there is an inlet that has additional parking.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Paintings now posted from our 51st NBPA Paintout @ Tara Firma Farms!

Photos and paintings are now posted on our Meetup Page! Be sure to check them out here:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

51st NBPA Paintout - Sunday April 27th (9:45am - 3:00pm) Tara Firma Farms, Petaluma Ca.

We will be painting at Tara Firma Farms on beautiful San Antonio Road! Thanks to Gerald and Paula Alsterlind, we were able to coordinate a meet-up here at the farm. Beautiful rolling hills with oak along the Sonoma-Marin border, prototypical pastoral scenery that should be inspiring to all who love painting our local scenery! Also, if you are interested in learning about their sustainable organic livestock farming operation, they are very enthusiastic educators. We are very much looking forward to it!
9:45am - 10:00am - Brief meetup. Free guided tours starts at 10am, so this will give you time to check out the farm.
11:00am - 2:30pm - Let's Paint! 
***LUNCH can be purchased on property starting at 11am***
2:30pm - 3:00pm - Let's briefly meetup to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

50th NBPA Plein Air Paintout - Sunday March 30th, 2014 (11am-4pm) Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards (private ranch) Healdsburg, Ca

Join us this Sunday, March 30th (11am - 4pm) for our 50th NBPA paintout on a private ranch!

(Photo courtesy of Linda Rosso. Photo taken last Spring) 

March will be great for budding vineyard and red clover cover crop! Linda Rosso has kindly made arrangements for the NBPA group to meet at Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards - this is the location of Chalk Hill Residency where she did her artists residency last Spring. You can see locations at

***Be advised of the possible muddy grounds, we recommend you wear HIKING BOOTS. The roads are rough gravel and some of the terrain is steep***


 ***Please bring this completed & signed form Sunday, we will collect immediately, before we being our tour of the ranch***

11:00am - 11:30am - Brief meetup and tour by Linda Rosso. IMPORTANT TO MEET ON TIME!

11:30am - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Let's briefly meetup to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Restrooms: Yes, located on both sides of the property.

Directions: Chalk Hill Residency/Warnecke Ranch: 13427 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg.
From 101 - talk the Shiloh Road/Windsor Exit and go east about 1 mile.
At stop sign, take left on Faught Road. You will pass equestrian center on left.
In about one mile, road splits slightly at Pleasant Avenue, and Faught veers to the left - stay left on Faught Road for a very short time, and watch for the beginning of Chalk Hill Road on your right.
Turn right onto Chalk Hill Road, which winds for about 5 miles.
The road rises (Chalk Hill will be on your left) and there will be a newly built Chateau style compound on your right and a small red barn building on your left.
Pass Toby Lane on the right and slow down.
Turn into the next driveway on your left, after the mailboxes.
The address is 13427 Chalk Hill Road and there are large Agave plants and chain link gates and a sign marked Private Property. The gates will be open.
Once inside the gates, stay on the main road with the purple plum trees. It starts going downhill and you see a long yellow building on your right. The only marking on the door says Restrooms.

Parking: Park anywhere in that area or in between the vineyard buildings  - there is a red bench we can use as our meeting place. 
From this location, we can walk or car shuttle to other locations on the property - including the studio barns and residence house.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

49th NBPA FLASH Paintout - Helen Putnam Regional Park, Petaluma Ca. (11am - 4pm)

Let's have a flash paintout this Sunday! This time we will visit the Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma, Ca.

Meet at the main parking lot between 11am - 11:30am.


Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma

Details on Park: Helen Putnam Regional Park lies just outside of Petaluma and offers a variety of terrain across 5.87 miles of trail. Excellent views of Petaluma to the east and rural Sonoma County to the west can be enjoyed from the Panorama Trail. The viewpoints may be accessed via a steep climb up the trail from the parking lot, or a gentler approach via the paved Ridge Trail past the Fish Pond. Fillaree, Pomo, and South Loop trails wind through forested areas offering shade on hot summer days. Equestrians, hikers, and bikers are welcome on all trails.

Bathroom: Yes.

Parking Fees: $7.00

11:00 - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!

11:30 - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30 - 4:00pm - Let's meet back to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

(From San Rafael):
Take the US-101 NORTH (17.6 mi)
Exit onto Petaluma Blvd S (1.1 mi)

At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Petaluma Blvd S (1.4 mi)

Turn left onto Western Ave (1.9 mi)

Turn left onto Chileno Valley Rd (0.8 mi)
Take the 1st left onto Armstrong

Monday, September 23, 2013

48th NBPA Paintout - Bodega Bay, Ca (11am - 4pm)

This was a fun place we haven't officially returned to in years, so it should be a good one! A cemetary seems like a weird place to paint, but there is plenty in town to see, and only a short drive to Bodega Bay if you prefer the coast.

Photos from last time we were there:
Let's meet at the Cemetery between 11am - 11:30am. This should be fun!!!

Bathroom: Not at cemetery, there's a coffee shop up the street north of the cemetery

Parking Available: Along the side of Bodega Highway (in front of cemetery). If no space available, you may have to park up the street by the Sea Gull Antique Store or Artist Co-Op building.

11:00 - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!

11:30 - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30 - 4:00pm - Let's meet back to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Friday, August 23, 2013

47th NBPA Paintout "Crane Creek" (Santa Rosa, Ca)

Crane Creek Regional Park is a regional park east of Rohnert Park, California, U.S.A. which is maintained by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department.

Beautiful grassy hills and views of the valley and vineyards!

FYI - Possibly on the weekend, the disc golfing course gets fairly busy.

Meeting Place: Parking Lot

Parking (Fees)
Visitors must purchase a vehicle parking pass for $7 at the automated pay station. Note the the pay station accepts credit cards and cash.

11:00am - 11:30am - Brief Meet and Greet

11:30am - 2:30pm - Let's Paint!

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Let's briefly meet back at Parking Lot to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

From US 101 in Sonoma County, exit Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive southeast on Rohnert Park Expressway about 2.5 miles, at which point Rohnert Park Expressway ends at Petaluma Hill Road. Turn right on Petaluma Hill Road, and drive south about 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Roberts Road (there's a brown "parks" sign at this intersection). Drive about 1.2 miles on Roberts Road, and where Roberts Road ends (Lichau Road makes a sharp turn right), continue straight, now on Pressley Road. Continue on Pressley about 0.5 mile, then turn left into the parking lot.

Restrooms: Yes