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

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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.

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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.