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, Burlingame Plein Air Painters began as a small group of artists dedicated to painting outdoors and to create a supportive social ambience. BPAP has held over 250 paint-outs in the Bay Area, from Point Reyes to Carmel. Bart Charlow has kept this group growing and is the Organizer. This format has encouraged beginners as well as established artists throughout the Bay Area. Today, Burlingame PAP has over 130 active members.

Upcoming events (4)

EXCLUSIVE: Long Branch Saloon!

Long Branch Saloon & Farms

Long Branch Saloon is a funky Western "town", actually an event venue built on a farm south of Half Moon Bay. You'll think you're headed for the gunfight at the OK Corral. Old buildings with tricked out period interiors, set amidst woods below the mountains. Lots to paint here, plus maybe even the farm animals. This place is a kick!

Nobody will stop you from dressing the part. Might be fun to have some models (us in Western attire) to add to the scene. Leave the guns at home, though.

Bathrooms and Parking on site.


Lazy H Ranch

Lazy H Ranch is an equestrian training facility tucked into the end of a road on the South end of Half Moon Bay. Ranch and farm buildings and equipment, horses, hills and trees. Another Old West bucolic venue for sure!

Parking and bathrooms onsite.

Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point is everybody's fave. 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.

SHARING ART: By 12:30pm - Meet back at one of the picnic tables and share you artwork.

LUNCH (optional): 1 PM head over to Highway 1 Brewing Company just south a short way with excellent BBQ and brews. We'll eat outside in back.


Hidden Villa


SPECIAL EVENT: This is a publicized "art day" at Hidden Villa. Expect a large public turnout. They will provide tables for our display to sell the paintings (slight percentage as fundraiser for them of sold works.)

Everyone loved painting here before. Tons of subjects: mountains, trees, country roads, gardens, farm buildings and implements, creek, private mansion, animals. You park in a designated area of a lot, then walk your gear into the gardens or farther along to the area with the buildings.
Bathrooms and parking available.

Past events (251)

SF Windmill RAIN ALTERNATIVE Studio Session

Menlo School

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