What we're about

Plein Air painting and drawing, evolving to studio projects if space becomes available. All levels welcome.

To be successful we’re are building expertise and a supportive community of like-minded artists. People who are supportive, kind and intelligent with the goal to improve via regular practice and critique, and just as importantly to support each other with business expertise to make money selling our art.

To really learn, we should all participate in the critique at the end. It's always been a mystery to me why so many cringe at critiques. But I understand that feeling can be pervasive. Critiques are often hilarious, entertaining and the best way to learn. I remember they were awesome in art school. I always looked forward to them.

Also we learn the most from seeing and hearing how another artist starts a painting. So it would be great if we rotate, where each artist demonstrates and talks about how and why they doing what they're doing. After a few minutes of getting underway we can all do our own thing.

It's easy to get distracted by scouting scenic locations. I know I do. But really a great painting can be done anywhere, as long as we're comfortable with the weather, noise, interruptions etc.... John Singer Sargent, if I remember correctly, would just sit down wherever he was and start painting. Look at his astounding watercolors.

Upcoming events (5+)

Paint at the park and lake next Kathy May's Cafe

Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe

We'll meet at the park bench 50 feet south of Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe. Click the map for exact meeting and critique location.

Paint at the park and lake next Kathy May's Cafe

Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe

We'll meet at the park bench 50 feet south of Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe. Click the map for exact meeting and critique location.

Paint the Ocean in Heisler Park (Laguna Beach)

Location visible to members

Come very early in the morning to secure a parking Taking the bus and the local free bus are also good options Bring a jacket/warm clothing can be very cold in the morning There is a four hour parking limit on most metered streets in Laguna Beach Public restrooms are available in Heisler park ( They are nearby) Bring lots of quarters for the parking meters (Facing the ocean just left of the Laguna Beach lawn bowling club) There is no charge for this meet up

Paint at the park and lake next Kathy May's Cafe

Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe

We'll meet at the park bench 50 feet south of Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe. Click the map for exact meeting and critique location.

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