Painting landscapes in Walton and Okaloosa Counties in Northwest Florida
We meet somewhere in Okaloosa or Walton Counties in Northwest Florida every Wednesday morning. We arrive around 8:00 AM, paint until 11:00 AM, gather on site for show-and-tell, and then usually have lunch at a restaurant nearby. During the pandemic we have been bringing our sack lunch. Please visit us at facebook.com/emeraldcoastpleinairpainters for examples of our efforts and announcements of our Wednesday morning painting locations.
We paint on Wednesday mornings at a location announced the previous weekend and messaged via email and on our Facebook page. Following are some of the locations we like, here with directions for easy reference the next time we go there. We meet around 8:00 AM, paint until 11:00 AM, gather on site for show-and-tell, and then usually have lunch at a restaurant nearby.
NOTE: LOCATIONS MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. IF YOU ARE GOING SOLO, WITHOUT THE GROUP, CHECK BEFORE YOU GO.
Following is a list of websites with events which may be of interest. To have a local event listed, please provide the website, and send to pleinairemeraldcoastatgmaildotcom, writing our address in proper email format of course.
Links to local Arts Groups offering opportunities to exhibit art or take workshops
What if I don't know how to paint? On any given day, it is 50:50 whether any of us will produce a decent painting. We consider plein air painting to be a "practice" and most of our efforts are "studies". So come on out!
How do I get started? A good website for covering most of the basics and perhaps giving you a head start, is https://paintoutside.com.
How much are the dues? No dues or fees unless we need to rent a tent at a local festival.
What if I just want to draw, and not paint? All media are welcome -- there are no rules.
What if I don't want to show my work in the "show-and-tell"? We learn from each other. If you will tell us what challenged you, and how you solved it, you can share that with everyone. If you choose not to share, you don't have to -- you are welcome to just listen to the other painters, and see what they did.
What if I can't come at 8:00? Come when you can. Or just come for "show-and-tell. Or just come for lunch!
What if I have to leave early? That's fine, nobody will chase you back.
What do I do if this is my first time? Just find something that interests you and draw or paint it. Everyone is fairly solitary until we get together at 11:00 for "show-and-tell". Most painters don't talk much while they are painting.
Can I sell my painting on-the-spot? Yes. Unless someone tells you that you can't. And you may give out your business card.
What if I make a mess? Clean it up. We try to leave no trace.
Will someone ring a bell or blow a whistle at 11:00? No. You are in charge of your own time.
What if I am doing the best painting of my life and can't stop? Keep painting!