What we're about

“The basis of human happiness is the possibility to be together with nature, to see it and to talk to it.” ~ Leo Tolstoy Or if you prefer Willie Sutton's Law, "Because that's where the money is!"

Welcome! This is a group for all artists from beginners to experienced who want to create art outdoors - any style, technique and medium. We are a friendly and supportive group that brings artists together by painting around the Bay area and sometimes beyond. Meetings are organized semi-monthly on weekends. Suggestions for sites are welcome. After a paint out event, we follow up with an optional lunch. We encourage artists to share their experiences and post photos of their work to our Meetup site. The low membership fee covers the cost of website and occasional costs for exhibitions and promotions for the group.

Unsolicited advertising is not welcome, and will be removed from the group's site.

Burlingame Plein Air Painters’ Group Statement (for shows)

Burlingame Plein Air Painters (BPAP) is a group of artists dedicated to the historic tradition of painting directly from life outdoors. Through this approach of firsthand observation, our members strive to express their unique visual and emotional response to the timeless beauty in the natural landscape of the Bay Area.

BPAP creates plein air painting opportunities on an ongoing semi-monthly basis. Burlingame PAP has established a forum for artists of all levels to support each other and to share ideas and knowledge of their plein air painting experiences. BPAP promotes a visual appreciation of our environment through the value of painting en plein air, by sharing with the public our combined knowledge and experience, and through public demonstrations and exhibitions of the highest caliber.

About Burlingame Plein Air Painters

Founded in 2013 by Jenny Wantuch, Burlingame Plein Air Painters began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting outdoors from life and to create a supportive and social ambience. BPAP has held over 200 paint-outs in the Bay Area, from Point Reyes in the north to Carmel-by-the-Sea in the south. Bart Charlow has kept this group growing and is today the Organizer. This format has encouraged beginers as well as established artists throughout the Bay Area. Today, Burlingame PAP has over 70 active members.

“Open Air” July 14-August 13, 2017, at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA, was the group’s first show and exhibited artwork by twenty-two BPAP artists. Several of our group exhibited at "Along the Ohlone Portola Trail Plein Air" from July 12 - August 11, 2019, also at Sanchez. BPAP took a key role in organizing the painting series from which the show is drawn. We hope to do more in the future.

Upcoming events (5)

Le Conte Trail - McNee Ranch

Le Conte Trail, Montara

At the end of the road (Le Conte) in Montara, next to Farallones View Elementary School is the start of a little traveled trail - actually access to a bunch of trails all over McNee Ranch of the Rancho Corral De Tierra Preserve (https://www.parksconservancy.org/trails/le-conte-trail) Forest with interesting trees, meadows with views to Montara Mountain and out to the ocean, wildlife. Walk to views is short to long - your choice.

PARKING: Park beside the dead end road or try for the school parking lot.
LUNCH: Picnic in the school parking lot.


Pigeon Point - Joint with South Bay Art

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point is everybody's fave, and this time we're being joined by our friends from South Bay Art. Should be a huge group and tons of fun!

Lighthouse, coast, ocean, wildlife, wild flowers, historic buildings, views out the wazoo in every direction. Can't miss with this one. Plus bathrooms and parking.

LUNCH: 1 PM at Highway 1 Brewing Company just south a short way with excellent BBQ and brews.


San Gregorio General Store

San Gregorio General Store

Lots to paint here all around the crossroads. The Country Store, barns and farms, old bunkhouse and road stop, trees, cactus, hillsides. (If store is open, possibly some bar bites and bathroom.)

PARKING: Road side around the store and across the street.

LUNCH: Picnic?


Whitehouse Creek Beach


New spot! Whitehouse Creek Trail/Beach has sea cliffs, sculptural rock formations, wildlife and ocean views. Across Highway 1 Whitehorse Creek Road has fields and mountain views.

PARKING: Actually 2 places to park, a North and a South lot, both small (no bathrooms) right off the highway between Gazos Creek and Ano Nuevo areas. Trails lead to the same cliff top and beach access.

LUNCH: If open we'll try to dine outside at the Highway 1 Brewing Company (very good BBQ!)

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Puttin' on the Ritz!

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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