Thursday, March 27, 2014

50th NBPA Plein Air Paintout - Sunday March 30th, 2014 (11am-4pm) Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards (private ranch) Healdsburg, Ca

Join us this Sunday, March 30th (11am - 4pm) for our 50th NBPA paintout on a private ranch!

(Photo courtesy of Linda Rosso. Photo taken last Spring) 

March will be great for budding vineyard and red clover cover crop! Linda Rosso has kindly made arrangements for the NBPA group to meet at Warnecke Ranch and Vineyards - this is the location of Chalk Hill Residency where she did her artists residency last Spring. You can see locations at

***Be advised of the possible muddy grounds, we recommend you wear HIKING BOOTS. The roads are rough gravel and some of the terrain is steep***


 ***Please bring this completed & signed form Sunday, we will collect immediately, before we being our tour of the ranch***

11:00am - 11:30am - Brief meetup and tour by Linda Rosso. IMPORTANT TO MEET ON TIME!

11:30am - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30pm - 4:00pm - Let's briefly meetup to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Restrooms: Yes, located on both sides of the property.

Directions: Chalk Hill Residency/Warnecke Ranch: 13427 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg.
From 101 - talk the Shiloh Road/Windsor Exit and go east about 1 mile.
At stop sign, take left on Faught Road. You will pass equestrian center on left.
In about one mile, road splits slightly at Pleasant Avenue, and Faught veers to the left - stay left on Faught Road for a very short time, and watch for the beginning of Chalk Hill Road on your right.
Turn right onto Chalk Hill Road, which winds for about 5 miles.
The road rises (Chalk Hill will be on your left) and there will be a newly built Chateau style compound on your right and a small red barn building on your left.
Pass Toby Lane on the right and slow down.
Turn into the next driveway on your left, after the mailboxes.
The address is 13427 Chalk Hill Road and there are large Agave plants and chain link gates and a sign marked Private Property. The gates will be open.
Once inside the gates, stay on the main road with the purple plum trees. It starts going downhill and you see a long yellow building on your right. The only marking on the door says Restrooms.

Parking: Park anywhere in that area or in between the vineyard buildings  - there is a red bench we can use as our meeting place. 
From this location, we can walk or car shuttle to other locations on the property - including the studio barns and residence house.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

49th NBPA FLASH Paintout - Helen Putnam Regional Park, Petaluma Ca. (11am - 4pm)

Let's have a flash paintout this Sunday! This time we will visit the Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma, Ca.

Meet at the main parking lot between 11am - 11:30am.


Helen Putnam Regional Park
411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma

Details on Park: Helen Putnam Regional Park lies just outside of Petaluma and offers a variety of terrain across 5.87 miles of trail. Excellent views of Petaluma to the east and rural Sonoma County to the west can be enjoyed from the Panorama Trail. The viewpoints may be accessed via a steep climb up the trail from the parking lot, or a gentler approach via the paved Ridge Trail past the Fish Pond. Fillaree, Pomo, and South Loop trails wind through forested areas offering shade on hot summer days. Equestrians, hikers, and bikers are welcome on all trails.

Bathroom: Yes.

Parking Fees: $7.00

11:00 - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!

11:30 - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30 - 4:00pm - Let's meet back to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

(From San Rafael):
Take the US-101 NORTH (17.6 mi)
Exit onto Petaluma Blvd S (1.1 mi)

At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Petaluma Blvd S (1.4 mi)

Turn left onto Western Ave (1.9 mi)

Turn left onto Chileno Valley Rd (0.8 mi)
Take the 1st left onto Armstrong

Monday, September 23, 2013

48th NBPA Paintout - Bodega Bay, Ca (11am - 4pm)

This was a fun place we haven't officially returned to in years, so it should be a good one! A cemetary seems like a weird place to paint, but there is plenty in town to see, and only a short drive to Bodega Bay if you prefer the coast.

Photos from last time we were there:
Let's meet at the Cemetery between 11am - 11:30am. This should be fun!!!

Bathroom: Not at cemetery, there's a coffee shop up the street north of the cemetery

Parking Available: Along the side of Bodega Highway (in front of cemetery). If no space available, you may have to park up the street by the Sea Gull Antique Store or Artist Co-Op building.

11:00 - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly or feel free to start painting!

11:30 - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!

3:30 - 4:00pm - Let's meet back to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

Friday, August 23, 2013

47th NBPA Paintout "Crane Creek" (Santa Rosa, Ca)

Crane Creek Regional Park is a regional park east of Rohnert Park, California, U.S.A. which is maintained by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department.

Beautiful grassy hills and views of the valley and vineyards!

FYI - Possibly on the weekend, the disc golfing course gets fairly busy.

Meeting Place: Parking Lot

Parking (Fees)
Visitors must purchase a vehicle parking pass for $7 at the automated pay station. Note the the pay station accepts credit cards and cash.

11:00am - 11:30am - Brief Meet and Greet

11:30am - 2:30pm - Let's Paint!

2:30pm - 3:00pm - Let's briefly meet back at Parking Lot to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

From US 101 in Sonoma County, exit Rohnert Park Expressway. Drive southeast on Rohnert Park Expressway about 2.5 miles, at which point Rohnert Park Expressway ends at Petaluma Hill Road. Turn right on Petaluma Hill Road, and drive south about 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Roberts Road (there's a brown "parks" sign at this intersection). Drive about 1.2 miles on Roberts Road, and where Roberts Road ends (Lichau Road makes a sharp turn right), continue straight, now on Pressley Road. Continue on Pressley about 0.5 mile, then turn left into the parking lot.

Restrooms: Yes

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pop-Up Paintout Tomorrow Sunday July 21st (3pm - 6:30pm) - LAKE LAGUNITAS, Fairfax Ca.

We are unavailable July 28 and decided to have a Pop-Up Paintout (tomorrow) Sunday July 21st (Meet at 3pm and end 6:30pm)
Sky Oaks and the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed are open to the public daily from 7 am to sunset; extreme fire danger, such as red flag warnings, may close the area, though.

Meeting Place: Parking Lot at Lake Lagunitas (NOT WATERSHED HEADQUARTERS)

Parking (Fees)
Visitors must purchase a vehicle parking pass for $8 at the automated pay station located at the Sky Oaks Headquarters entry kiosk. Note the the pay station accepts credit cards and $1, $5, and $10 bills; $20 bills are not accepted.

3:00am - 3:30am - Meet and Greet

3:30am - 6:30pm - Let's Paint!

6:30pm - 7:00pm - Let's meet back at Parking Lot to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

To get to Sky Oaks, take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard west into Fairfax. Turn left onto Bank Steet at the stop light, then left onto Broadway, then right onto Bolinas Road. Follow Bolinas Road west through downtown Fairfax past Deer Park Villa. Turn left onto Sky Oaks Road—look for the signs directing you to Lake Lagunitas. (If you see the Meadow Club golf course then you've gone too far.) The Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area is about 1.5 miles past the Watershed Headquarters.

From San Francisco: Take Highway 101 North to the Central San Rafael exit. Make a left turn on Third Street. Stay on Third. It will turn into Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Stay on Sir Francis Drake until you get to the Fairfax town limits. You will go over a small hill and as you head down look for a gas station on your left. Make a left immediately after the gas station at the wooden “Fairfax” sign (unfortunately there is a well hidden street sign that many motorist do not see, but the cross-street is Pacheco). At the stop sign make a right onto Broadway. At the next stop sign make a left onto Bolinas Rd. Go up Bolinas Road approximately 1½ miles (you will pass the Deer Park Villa restaurant). At 700 Bolinas Road there is a wooden sign on your left saying “Lake Lagunitas.” Make that left turn onto Sky Oaks Road; go up approximately 1/4 mile and Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters is on the left at the crest of the hill. You are also at the entrance to Lagunitas and Bon Tempe Lakes. (If you miss the Sky Oaks Road turn-off and you get to the Meadow Club golf course you have gone too far.)

From the East Bay: Go across the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Head north on Highway 101. Take the Central San Rafael exit. Follow instructions from above (DIRECTIONS)

From Sonoma: Take Highway 101 south. Take the Central San Rafael exit. Make a right onto Third Street. Follow the instructions from above (DIRECTIONS).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jean Womack will be missed

We just got word that one of our 
fellow painters recently passed away.

We send our deepest regards to the 
family and friends of Jean Womack.

Above is a small collection of Jean's Plein Air work since 2010.

Please feel free to share your memories or express
 your condolences in the comment box or
Guest Book for Jean Womack.

Remembering Artist Jean Womack

We just got word that one of our 
fellow painters recently passed away. 

We send our deepest regards to the 
family and friends of Jean Womack.

Please feel free to share your memories 
or express your condolences in the 
Guest Book for Jean Womack.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Marin Civic Center Plein Air Paintout

This isn't an official meet-up, but it's local, free, and on a Sunday. I'm planning on being there, so say hi!

  • Sunday, June 9, 2013
    9:00 AM to 
  • Armory Dr, San RafaelCa 


The Marin Civic Center is turning 50!

Join us for this open invitational plein-air event 9 am - 5 pm at the Marin Civic Center on Sunday, June 9th. Pick your favorite spot to paint, draw, or photograph the Civic Center or surrounding grounds.

Free and open to anyone, all media are welcome.

  • This is a unique opportunity to capture the Marin Civic Center and surrounding grounds through the artists eyes.

  • Help celebrate the Marin Civic Center's 50th anniversary!

  • This is a great opportunity to meet the public - bring your cards.

  • We are working towards an exhibition of the artwork created at this event at the Civic Center this fall and featuring artwork images on the Marin Civic Center website.

  • Day of event contact: Kay Carlson (415) 331-9520

  • Meet at the Armory Drive parking lot adjacent to Lagoon Park, across from the Civic Center.

    More information about the Civic Center 50th Anniversary celebrations here.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    44th NBPA Memeorial Day Paintout, Sunday May 26th, 2013 (11am - 3pm) - Black Point Boat Launch, Novato Ca.

    • Location
      This "Memorial Day" Sunday we will be painting at the Black Point Boat Launch in Novato. It's just underneath Hwy 37 bridge!
      Harbor Drive on the right,Highway 37/Petaluma River Bridge, Novato, CA, 94998

      From Hwy 37 in Novato, take the Atherton Ave exit towards Black Point and merge onto Harbor Drive. The boat launch is on the right, just under the Hwy 37/Petaluma River Bridge.

      Lot will fit up to 30 vehicles.

      Meeting Place: Parking Lot

      11:00am - 11:30am - Meet and Greet
      11:30am - 2:30pm - Let's Paint!
      2:30pm - 3:00pm - Let's meet back at Parking Lot to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013

    43rd North Bay Plein Air Paintout: Duncans Mills

    Sunday, April 28, 2013
    12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Duncans Mills
    25195 B St., Duncans Mills, CA

    Location: This week we will be painting in charming Duncans Mills. Paint the shops, the surrounding hills and farmland, the languid Russian River, or even drive 5 minutes out to the coast! There are plenty of pullouts along the way with many great views.

    Directions: 25179 Hwy 116, Duncans Mills, CA. Follow Highway 116 west towards Jenner. Duncans Mills is about 4 miles west of Monte Rio, and about 5 miles east of Jenner.

    Meeting Place: We can meet up in the square between the antique stores and the tea shop.


    1. 12:00 - 12:30pm - Meet and Greet, share our painting locations. 
    2. 12:30pm - 3:30pm - Let's Paint! 
    3. 3:30pm - 4:00pm - Let's meet back up at the square to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique). 

    Parking: There should be plenty of parking in the big corral in front of the Christopher Queen Gallery.

    Public bathrooms are next to the fountain in the small courtyard behind the antique store.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    California Art Club: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Quarterly Paint-Out!

    Hey everyone,
    Gerald and I are both busy this Sunday, and the last Sunday of the month is Easter, so we decided to postpone it(unless someone wants to step up and organize their own Meetup?). In the meantime, this Saturday is the California Art Club paint-out. All are invited! You don't need to be a member to show up. Old Lakeville Road was a popular place when we organized our own meet-up here, so this should be a fun get-together.
    New Logo with tile
    San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
    Quarterly Paint-Out

    Saturday, March 23, 2013 
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

    Highway 37, Sonoma County
    Featuring Signature Artist Member Douglas Morgan      
    Sonoma P-O
    EVENT         Quarterly Chapter Paint-Out

    Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. - 4:30
    WHERE         Old Lakeville Highway #3, Sonoma County    

    DIRECTIONS  Take all roads that lead to Hwy.37 in Sonoma. Turn north on
                           Lakeville Highway toward Petaluma. Lakeville Hwy is between
                          Sears Point Raceway and Black Point. Make right in about 2 ¼
                          miles on Old Lakeville Rd.#3. Proceed until you see eucalyptus
                          grove on left at the top of the first hill.

        All CAC members and friends

    CONTACT      Chapter member Karen Leoni, email
                          or cell phone 650.302.2534 (for day-of use only, please!)           
    DETAIL         Meet up under the grove of eucalyptus trees, on the left side
                         of the road as you climb up the first hill heading north.  The road
                         is about a mile long -- it's a public road with large shoulders and
                         no traffic, and there is plenty of parking along the length of the 
                         road. Meet back at the eucalyptus grove at 1 p.m. for friendly
                         tailgating - bring your own lunch. You may stay to paint more after lunch.

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Pet-Friendly Paint-out At Dillon Beach: March 11, 2013

    My friend Carole Gray-Weihman is hosting a free paint-out this Monday courtesy of at Dillon Beach. If you also RSVP at this link here, you will receive a packet with more details:!rsvp-plein-air-events/c1xr5

    Pet-Friendly Paint-out At Dillon Beach
    Monday, March 11, 2013

    3:00 PM To 6:00 PM

    March 11, 2013
    For Beginners to Professional Plein Air Painters
    Location: Cliff St (x Beach Ave) in Dillon Beach, CA
    Cost: Free (Bring $7 for parking fee)
    Hours: 3pm - 6pm (painting) & 6pm - 7pm (meet & greet in lot)
    Visit or 707-291-7756 to RSVP
    Fun & non-competitive
    Painters of all levels
    Casual critiques if desired
    Bring your own easel , equipment , food & refreshment

    Join us for plein air painting on a beautiful coastal beach. Fun for
    all with or without your 4-legged friends. Dillon Beach is a short
    drive west of Tomales through pastoral hills dotted with farmhouses and grazing cows. Dillon Beach offers tide pools, grassy
    sand dunes, soft white sand, a surfer's haven, a painters delight,
    and one mile of flat sandy beach - a must see, stay and explore,
    on the Northern Marin Coast!

    Distances to other popular spots from Dillon Beach:
    San Francisco Airport – 1.5 hours
    Bodega Bay - 20 minutes
    Muir Woods - 50 minutes
    Tomales Bay - 20 minutes
    Point Reyes Seashore - 40 minutes
    Sierra Nevada Mountain Range - 3 hours
    Napa/Sonoma/Russian River Wine Valleys - 45 minutes

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    42nd NBPA Paintout Sunday Feb.24th (11am - 3pm) Petaluma Adobe State Park

    With this week's rain in the forecast we've decided to paint at a State Park that offers coverage to paint!
    We're back with a Marin location and heading to the Petaluma Adobe State Park this Sunday!!!

    Petaluma Adobe Then....

    ...and Now

     The park hours are 10am - 5pm. So Please feel free to get an early start or stay until park closes.

    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    3325 Adobe Road
    Petaluma CA 94954

    The Park has requested we PAY FIRST before setting up our paints and easels.
    $3.00 per person. Fee payable at the courtyard office window. Please bring exact amount.

    Parking Lot below the Adobe Courtyard.

    Meeting Place:
    Center of the Courtyard.

    11:00am - 11:30am - We'll meet briefly under the Pagoda or feel free to start painting!

    11:30am - 2:30pm - Let's Paint!

    2:30pm - 3:00pm - Let's meet back at the courtyard to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

    How to get a hold of us:
    Call or Text (415)342-6764 or (707) 304-3265

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    41st North Bay Plein Air Paintout - Sunday, January 27th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm - JAPANTOWN (San Francisco)

    41st NBPA Paintout - JANUARY 2013

    • Sunday, January 27, 2013
      12:00 PM

    • Post and Fillmore
      (meet at Peace Pagoda)
      San Francisco, CA

      Thanks for all your patience!

      We have decided to visit San Francisco and paint Cityscapes!

      1610 Geary Boulevard
      San Francisco, CA 94115
      RAIN in our forecast. If it begins to rain, there is some coverage near entrance to shopping center.

      By car -- From the Bay Bridge or from Fwy. 101 coming from the south, take the Civic Center or Civic Center / Ninth Street exit. Go straight on Ninth (it’s a one way street going north). Stay in one of the two right-hand lanes. After crossing Market Street, Ninth becomes Larkin. Stay on Larkin to Geary Street. Turn left on Geary. Stay on Geary for about one-half mile and you'll be in Japantown.

      From the Golden Gate Bridge, take the Lombard Street exit, turn right on Webster and continue to Post Street.

      Meeting Place: Under Peaceful Pagoda

      12:00 - 12:30pm - We'll meet briefly under the Pagoda or feel free to start painting!
      12:30pm - 3:30pm - Let's Paint!
      3:30pm - 4:00pm - Let's meet back at the Pagoda to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique).

      (As of January 1st, 2013) Must Pay for Street Parking on Sundays


      Japan Center Main Garage
      1610 Geary Boulevard
      San Francisco, CA 94115

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    TBA: 40th NBPA Paintout - St. Vincents's Church (San Rafael, CA)

    TBA - We need at least 5 painters to commit to Sunday's paintout... otherwise we will postpone for January 2013
    (original photo by Janice L-H)

    St. Vincent's Church
    One St. Vincent Drive
    San Rafael
    , CA 94903

    RAIN in our forecast. So we have decided to paint at St. Vincent's Church in San Rafael. If it begins to rain, there are plenty of covered hallways along the side and back of the Church.

    The location is very easy to get to, it's just off Hwy 101. Exit St. Vincent Drive and follow the road into the parking lot of the Church. Click here for Google map and get directions.

    Meeting Place: Front of the Church steps

    12:30 - 1:00pm - We'll meet briefly at the church stairs or feel free to start painting!
    1:00 - 4:00pm - Let's Paint!
    4:00 - 4:30pm - Let's meet back at the front of the church stairs to share our findings, techniques or just to chat (not a critique). If it rains, we'll meet in the outdoor hallway to the left of the church.

    There is a private lot with FREE parking.

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    NBPA 39th Paintout - Point Reyes Station, this Sunday, Oct. 28 (12pm - 4pm)

    Greetings Painters!

    We will be painting in Point Reyes this weekend!

    *** We will not meet in the beginning***

    Point Reyes has so much to offer.... Feel free to paint anywhere you'd like Feel free to start painting any time... start earlier if you'd like to get a head start.

    Examples: Along Hwy-1, Point Reyes Station (Shops and Stores), or head up North to Inverness or Millerton Point.

    ***Let's just MEETUP at the end to share our paintings and findings***

    12:00pm - Let's Paint!

    4:00pm - Let's meet back at Toby's Market to share our findings, techniques or just to chat.

    Toby's Market
    11250 Highway One
    Point Reyes Station CA 94956
    Sunday's Close at 5pm

    Street Parking along the main street and side streets by houses.

    Any questions or concerns...
    Call anytime (415)342-6764 or (707)304-3265...even during the day of the event... We may not answer right away mainly because We are driving. OR email: , Check out Twitter Feed for UPDATES: @NBPleinair

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Plein-air workshop in Carmel with Mark Monsarrat

    Hi Friends,
    I'll be leading a plein-air workshop in Carmel hosted by Galerie Julianne (see below)...

    Please contact Mark directly for all questions and interest, see links below

    (Link if graphic not visible):

    Hosted by Galerie-Julianne, Carmel, CA

                            Dolores St., 2 doors NW of Ocean Ave.;
    Come paint with us in beautiful Carmel, California, in the best fall season, among the graceful cypress trees, rocky coast and surf, a beacon to artists for over a century. I'll lead the way with my easy-to-follow approach, creating beautifully layered paintings in the timeless Craftsman style.
    The dates are your choice, from Thursday Oct. 18-Sunday, Oct. 21.
    Choose the days that work for you, as many as you like, just $95 per day (at least two days recommended--up to all four, best). Hosted by Galerie-Julianne (Dolores St., 2 drs NW of Ocean), we'll meet at the gallery and head out to paint (staying inside in case of rain).
    Contact me directly to reserve now—
    Email:; or Phone : 415-824-8819 (PST).
    Accomodations, the responsibility of the attendees, tend to be more available and economical at this time of year, particularly for Thursday night.
    (Also see-- --and linked blog).
    Thank you, and we hope you can make it!.  --Mark

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    36th NBPA Plein Air Paintout @ Napa Valley State Park

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    12:00 PM To 4:00 PM

    3801 St. Helena N, CalistogaCA (edit map)
    Parking Lot at the head of the Ritchey Canyon Trail

    It's sure to be a warm one, so we are going to paint under the trees at the Bothe-NapaValley State Park.
    This often-overlooked park offers a long hiking trail along the creek that goes through the middle of the park. Paint near the head of the trail or hike deep into the hills.
    Painting Times
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Between 12:00pm and 12:30pm, we will all meet at the Parking Lot at the head of the Ritchey Canyon Trail.
    How to find us:
    Call or Text 415.342.6764 or 707 304-3265, or follow us @NBPleinair on Twitter.
    From the south: Head up about 5 miles from St. Helena on Highway 29, the park entrance will be on your left at the intersection of Larkmead Lane. It's fairly easy to miss the entrance so keep your eyes open.
    From the north: Head down about 4 miles from Calistoga on Highway 29, the park entrance will be to your right at the intersection of Larkmead Lane. It's fairly easy to miss the entrance so keep your eyes open.
    At the head of the Ritchey Canyon Trail there is an ample parking lot. This can also serve as our meeting point.
    Make sure to bring cash for any day use parking fee.

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    35th NBPA Plein Air Paintout @ China Camp on Sunday, June 24th 11am-6pm

    35th NBPA Plein Air Paintout @ China Camp on Sunday, June 24th
    Greetings Painters, We are having a combined North Bay and Benicia Plein Air session at China Camp! Summer Time is here and we are planning to have a BBQ potluck/paintout.

    Use this address for your GPS: 899 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
    POTLUCK: Please bring a contribution of food, snacks and/or drinks (any volunteers to help BBQ is greatly appreciated).
    Kindly bring good for 8-10 people. Write what you plan to contribute in the comments box

    Sign up sheet here:

    Please add your name and type of dish you will bring.
    Example of Items to bring:
    utensils, plates, cups, napkins
    chips, tortilla chips, salsa, crackers, veggie plate, cheese
    chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs
    your specialty dish
    salads, pasta salad
    desserts - “strawberries, pie, pastries
    table clothes
    charcoal and lighter
    BBQ utensils and platters

    899 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
    Date: SUNDAY, June 24, 2012

    Time: 11am - 6pm (Times may slightly change)
    11am - 3pm: Let's Paint!!!
    3pm - The Benicia group critiques once a month (not mandatory to participate)

    4pm - BBQ cookout begins!
    PARKING: Parking lot at the top charges a $5 fee, good views across the bay. Picnic area with barbeques here. Lot below is pay lot ($5) with great access to dock and beach. PARKING SPACES FILL UP QUICKLY, come early for good parking and to enjoy our picnic :)

    Many thanks & See you there!!!
    Gerald, Sergio and Janice

    Questions? Contact us at

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    34th NBPA Paintout: Old Lakeville

    Sunday, April 29, 2012, 12:00 PM

    Old Lakeville No 3 Rd, PetalumaCa (edit map)
    Meet at the white fence near the intersection of Lakeville Rd. and OL#3Rd.
    Painting Times
    12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Between 12:00pm and 12:30pm, we will all meet at the white fence near the miniature horses.
    Old Lakeville #3 Rd. (north side)
    How to find us:
    Call or Text 415.342.6764 or 707 304-3265, or follow us @NBPleinair on Twitter.

    View Larger Map
    From the south: If you're on the 101, turn east on to the 37 towards Vallejo. Head about 4 miles and turn north onto Lakeville Road. Drive up another 2 miles and ignore the first "Old Lakeville #3" sign. Go up another mile and a half and turn east onto the second "Old Lakeville #3" to find us.
    From the north: Head south until you get to the intersection of Highway 116 East and 101 South in Petaluma. Head east on 116 and keep on the same road after the fork, follow the route that sends you toward "Vallejo." Head south for about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Old Lakeville #3 Road.
    There is no real parking but you can park on the dirt next to the row of eucalyptus, or wherever else you can find near the meetup point.

    Here's a handy video showing the views:

    See you there!

    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Next Paintout scheduled for March 25th (location TBA)

    Apologies for the late notice but the coordinators will not be available to host this Sunday's paintout. Feel free to continue painting Sunday (discuss a Meetup location on our Meetup forum), otherwise we are scheduled for a end of March paintout. Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    33rd NBPA Petaluma Paintout this Sunday, Jan 29th, 1pm - 4:00pm

    Petaluma Marina
    781 Baywood Dr
    Petaluma, CA 94954-5388
    (707) 778-4489

    Painting Times
    1:00pm - 4:00pm

    Between 1:00pm and 1:30pm, we will all meet at the parking lot behind the Sheraton Hotel.

    781 Baywood Dr
    Petaluma, CA 94954-5388

    How to find us:
    Call or Text 415.342.6764 or 707 304-3265, Email: nbpleinair(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Directions Click Here For Google Maps Go up the 101 and head east on 116. The Sheraton hotel is highly visible from the junction.

    There is ample free parking right next to the park behind the hotel.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    A Marin Art Show...

    Hey everyone, just found out about this show... Randy Sexton and Kim Lordier showing in Marin!

    Marin Masters

    Location: The Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley
    415 388-9886
    1 West Blithedale
    Mill Valley California 94941

    Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Our New Twitter Account - Please Read!

    Please follow our new Twitter account! We have a plan to make it extremely useful for our painters during paint-outs -

    This is a joint account that Gerald and I are establishing. We are going to be using it as a mass communication tool for people to better keep track of what's going on during the day we are painting. Gerald and I will use it as a mass text alert system to let people know our whereabouts and what's going on. If you are already on Twitter, simply follow NBPleinAir and turn on text alerts for us.

    New To Twitter?

    1. Sign up for Twitter and pick your username.
    2. Find our account:
    3. Click on the "Follow" button.
    4. Click on the button with the black head-and-shoulder icon.
    5. Scroll down to where it says "Turn on mobile notifications"
    6. Click on it. This means that you will be texted every time we post to Twitter.

    We will only use this Twitter to let you know where we are, weather conditions, anything pertinent to the paint-out at the time. We will NOT spam you! This is meant to be a service to everyone wanting to be kept in the loop of what's going on without having to call us or anything like that.

    If you have any more questions please let me know.


    Saturday, December 10, 2011

    Group Art Show @ Walnut Creek, Ca until Jan. 30th, 2012

    A few NBPA painters will be in a Group Art Show @ Renditions Art Gallery until Jan 30th, 2012

    Renditions Art Gallery
    1383 N. Broadway
    Walnut Creek, Ca 94596

    Check it out if you can, Cheers!

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    "Small Works" Group Show @ Rendition Arts Gallery Friday, Dec. 9th, 6pm-9pm (Walnut Creek, Ca)

    Small Works" Group Show Reception @ Renditions Art Gallery (Walnut Creek, Ca) this Friday 6pm-9pm featuring works from over 25 artists including NBPA painters: Gerald De Dios, Catherine Fasciato and Mark Monsarrat.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2011

    32nd NBPA Paintout Results - Hudeman Slough, Sonoma CA

    The day started with showers during the first 2 hours but we set up underneath an abandoned structure.

    Artist: Glen Kramer setting up on top of the truck flatbed.
    (photo by Gerald de Dios)

    While Glen painted a view of the Vineyards across the road Sergio and Gerald started with a tractor study.
    (photo by Gerald de Dios)

    Artist: Sergio Lopez
    (oil study on canvas)

    (photo by Gerald de Dios)

    Artist: Sergio Lopez
    (oil study on canvas)
    (oil on canvas)

    After the rain cleared up, there was some incredible cloud-break effects.
    (photo by Sergio Lopez)

    Handful of watercolors studies throughout the afternoon.

    (photo by Gerald de Dios)