Plein Air
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Nanci Sheppard

Plein Air adj. 1. Of or being a style of painting produced out of doors in natural light.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Plein Air Group is to promote outdoor painting to any SRAL member in any medium.

Welcome to the SRAL Plein Air Group. It’s always a great time of year to be outdoors painting in Arizona and we’re going to a variety of locations including Southwestern Ranches, City Scenes, Landscape Vistas and Historic Buildings. Best of all you’re involved with a friendly and dedicated group. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to look for help. We don’t do a critique as such, but after each event the artists can show their work and explain what they were focused on that day and how it went for them. They may invite feedback from the group. Be sure to see the outstanding display by the Group at each monthly SRAL meeting.

You can join us to paint and/or be a spectator. Members of the group are available to you that can mentor you according to your request. You can ask for a mentor that specializes in Acrylics, Watercolor, Pastels, Oils, Pen and Ink or sketching. Enjoy the outdoors in the fastest growing painting activity today.

A website that shows sunrise and set times AND angles located on a map can be found at

Plein Air Schedule

Nanci Sheppard and several other artists are sharing coordination of the Plein Air Group. We are currently planning for the following monthly outings:

Thu. Apr 26th - Amado Territory Inn (F)
sunrise: 5:43 AM

Meeting today so we will stay close in. Amado Territory Inn or Amado Cow Palace area. Meet at The Springs at 7:45 upper lot for carpools.

General Information: (F) Facilities Available, (N) No Facilities Available, Lunches not planned except where noted. Shared rides at parking lots usually available. Departure times from parking lot are firm. Bring food and water as well as appropriate gear for plein air painting. Beginners are welcome. Lisa Schmidt and Nanci Sheppard have volunteered to lead. Steve Hickman is Artistic Development Leader. Tom Allen organizes and presents the plein air paintings displayed at the SRAL monthly meetings. Painting time is 2 hours after arrival at location, followed by a presentation and discussion of the days paintings.

Tubac PaintOut
Plein Air Group at Tubac

You can add your name to the Plein Air Group email list to receive last minute information and a reminder the day before each event. Make your email address available to Nanci or call her at 541-519-3780 to be added to the list.

Plein Air Event: Plein Air Show

There are currently 3 people signed up for the plein air event, would you like to sign up?

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Several members have developed their own check lists for Plein Air painting, click here to see them.

Latest Update: 04/05/2018