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Welcome to PaintOuts.com

Have You Seen This Paint Out Lately?


Nothing lasts forever.  That's true of most things in life, including plein air events.  The following paint outs have dropped off the radar and I can't seem to find out anything about them.

  • Evinston Paint Out - Evniston, FL
  • Painters On Location - Rye, NY
  • Colorado Mountain Plein Air Festival - Fremont County, CO
  • Wyoming Plein Air Event - Cheyenne, WY
  • Under the Arch Plein Air Event - Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
  • Paint Out at the Presidio - San Francisco, CA
  • Great Makawao Paint-Out - Maui, HI (where else)
  • Paint-Out in Paradise, Venice, FL

If you know their status (for good or ill), please send me an email.  My address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Or ask the organizer to get in touch.  For now, I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that they're all alive and well!  Thank you.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 20:40

Back to Work...


It's been a long long time since I was able to work on this site.  I'm going to try and get back into it by updating info on the archived paint outs as well as adding new ones to the list.  My apologies for letting things lapse.

I'll be posting changes on TWITTER and FACEBOOK so subscribe to the PaintOuts feeds if you want notice of updates as they happen.

Thanks much and hope everyone has a good summer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:43

Entry Types Used at PaintOuts.com


Entry types and deadlines are one of the most important parts of an event listing on PaintOuts.com.  One of our goals is to keep readers up to date on which paint outs are looking for new artists and the dates when LOIs, applications or registration forms are due.

Each paint out works a bit differently in terms of artist selection, but we’ve tried to classify each event into one of the following generic groups:

  1. Invitational – Artists are sent invitations by a selection committee. Some invitational events solicit input from various third parties about new artists to consider, but generally speaking, the selection committee does not accept input or requests for inclusion directly from interested artists. Invitationals are the most difficult paint outs to join, even for established artists.
  2. Invitational with LOI – Artists are sent invitations by a selection committee. The selection committee does accept letters of interest (LOI) or inquiry from new artists though. The committee uses LOIs to find new artists, but does not require LOIs or other documentation from past artists or artists already know to committee members.
  3. Juried Entry – All artists (including past participants) must submit resumes, images or other information to a jury committee. All entries are evaluated after the due date to determine the slate of artists who will participate in the next event. Each year the selection committee starts with a blank slate of artists.
  4. Open – There is no selection process. These events are open to any artist of any skill level. There’s usually a limited number of spaces which are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As such, it’s important to get your registration in as early as possible.
  5. Members - All or most artists in this type of event belong to the organization hosting the paint out.  A "+" indicates that some non-member artists or guests may be included.

At PaintOuts.com, we’ve tried to classify each event as best we can. But please check each event’s web site to determine the specifics of their selection process. To paint out organizers, if we’ve classified your event incorrectly, let us know and we’ll update your listing as soon as possible. Thank you.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 06:16

Why so Bland?


Yep, I know -- PaintOuts.com isn’t your typical artist-targeted web site. We don’t have a lot of painting images or colorful text in various font types and sizes. It's rather "corporate" looking. But there’s a reason behind the look.

Our goal is to be a resource for artists and collectors interested in paint outs and plein air art. A good resource is one that has valuable, relevant and well organized information. You should be able to find what you want quickly and move on – not hunt through page after page of distracting content for some small tidbit of information. Hopefully our new site does just that.

Our long term plans include making the site more visually appealing. But we’ll never sacrifice organization or ease-of-use for pizzazz or whimsy – well,  maybe a bit of whimsy now and then - you just never know.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2010 21:09

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