Friday, December 22, 2017

January 2018 Paint-Out Schedule

As always, if weather permits.....

Date:     Monday, January 1, 2018
Time:     11:00
Place:     Washoe Lake Wetlands
 - at the very south end of Washoe Lake
Parking:      Free and plenty of parking

From Reno, take I-580 South toward Carson City
Exit 44/Eastlake Boulevard
Left on Eastlake Boulevard
Go about 1.4 miles
As you go around a bend, a parking lot will appear on the left - turn left (it is easy to pass it up by mistake)


Date:    Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time:    11:00
Place:     Sand Harbor Boat Launch Parkinglot
Be aware they say the fee is year-round

Directions:  From Reno, take Mt Rose Hwy (431) to Incline
Left on Country Club Drive
Left on Lakeshore Blvd.  Go about 2 miles
Right into Sand Harbor Boat Launch parking lot

Date:    Tuesday, January 16
Time:    11:00
Place:    Hope Valley at Pickett Junction
(intersection of 88 and 89 after you pass Sorensens

Note:  No cell service.  Food, drink and bathroom at Sorensens and Hope Valley Cafe
Directions from Reno:  Take 395 (580) South to Minden, turn right on Highway 88, pass Sorensens, turn right at the junction of 89 and park on side.  Approximately 1 hour 15 min. to Pickett's Junction from central Reno.

Date:    Tuesday, January 23
Time:    11:00
Place:    Silver Saddle Ranch
From Reno, take 580 south
Take exit 38 for Fairview Drive, keep in left lane
Turn Left at the light onto Fairview Drive
At the round-about, take 1st exit onto East 5th Street
Turn Right on Carson River Road
Follow Carson River Road for 1.4 miles to the entrance at a bend in the road.
Picture above shows their sign on Carson River Road
Follow their gravel ranch road .6 miles to the parking area near the hay barn and ranch buildings.

Links, pictures and trail maps:  
Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Tips for painting outdoors in winter in snow country

January is here!  If the weather permits, and you dress warmly, paint-outs in January can be special.

Here are some tips for painting in snow country:

  • If there is snow and it is a sunny day ---- don't go snow-blind!!!!  It may alter your color sense, but do wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Peak now and then to check your colors and values.
  • Get a large board and place it behind your art panel to screen out the light coming around edges
  • Bring a black trash bag, an old blanket or tarp and place it in front of your easel so you don't get bounced light from the ground up into your eyes while you paint.
  • sorry - watercolor painting and acrylic painting may freeze.... try another medium, take photos or sketch
  • Wool socks, turtlenecks, wool sweater, fingerless gloves, wool hats, thermal underwear, handwarmer pouches, a thermos of hot drink, parka or wind-breaking jacket, heavy waterproof boots.... if you think you need them, bring them!
  • Oil painters - keep your tubes in the house the night before instead of your car.  Unstick any stubborn tube tops before you leave home.  Oil paints can get cold and hard to get out of the tube and also hard to paint with.  Medium helps to make paint spread easier when cold.
  • If you like to combine snowshoeing with your painting excursion, you can pull a plastic sled with you with your gear on it.  If you set up in soft snow, your tripod will sink down in the snow and might be too low.  The sled can also act as a support for your tripod and you stand in your snowshoes.
  • Painting snow:  Snow has colors in it.  Note the best snow paintings you have seen - if you held a white piece of paper up to the painting - you would find the snow was not painted with pure white out of the tube!  Another tip is to have both warm and cool colors in your snow - the warm colors will be where the sun has lit the snow, and the cool is where it falls away and is in shadow.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Happy Holidays to All Painters!

To all artists,
May you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Painting,
Carolyn Jean Thompson

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tuesday December 12, 2017 Paint-Out South End of Little Washoe Lake

Let's Paint the South End of Little Washoe Lake!

Date:  TUESDAY, December 12, 2017
Time:  10:00 am
Location:  Little Washoe Lake - go past the pay hut, go straight down hill, keep going straight on dirt road at the end of the parking lot for the beach, continue around Little Washoe Lake taking the bends to the right.  Pull off where you want to paint or go the end where the dirt parking is and the bathroom (it is open)

Directions to Little Washoe Lake:  From Virginia Street/Mount Rose Highway intersection, take 395 south about 6 miles.  After you pass through Pleasant Valley you will go up a hill (Washoe Hill).  At the top, turn left on East Lake Boulevard.  Almost immediately you will cross a cattle guard and then turn right into the park entrance.  There is an entrance fee year-round, but you can take your chances.  See above for how to go to the south end.   

It is slightly muddy-slick in some areas near the water.  Today I visited (Dec 6) and took these pictures.  A large herd of wild horses came down to drink at the lake.

Sorry Oxbow Nature Area is closed

I'm so sorry.  I didn't know Oxbow Park was closed for repairs until I arrived here!  They are closed till the end of January for repairs.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two Upcoming Paint-Outs


TUESDAY  November 28, 2017:   Silver Saddle Ranch   10:00

Place:          Silver Saddle Ranch, Carson City
Parking:       Parking area .6 miles down their gravel ranch road see above
Amenities:    bathroom, hiking trails, bird watching, picnic area, working cattle ranch, barns and caretaker house, hiking and horseriding trails
Meeting Place:   the parking area.  Painting areas in walking distance.
From Reno, take 580 south
Take exit 38 for Fairview Drive, keep in left lane
Turn Left at the light onto Fairview Drive
At the round-about, take 1st exit onto East 5th Street
Turn Right on Carson River Road
Follow Carson River Road for 1.4 miles to the entrance at a bend in the road.
Picture above shows their sign on Carson River Road
Follow their gravel ranch road .6 miles to the parking area near the hay barn and ranch buildings.

Links, pictures and trail maps:  
Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch

What you can paint:
  • cattle (maybe - they do move around)
  • ranch and pasture vistas
  • view of Slide Mountain
  • some sagebrush and cottonwood trees
  • nearby Carson River if you choose to drive down the road
  • Ranch buildings

WEDNESDAY  December 6, 2017:  Oxbow Nature Center  10:00

Place:          Oxbow Nature Study Area, Reno
Parking:       Yes
Meeting Place:    Parking Lot
Amenities:    Restrooms (open?), Cafe

There are cottonwood trees, interesting vistas, the river, cattails, grasses, a small lake/pond.  There is plenty of parking and flat trails and boardwalks.  The home before you enter the park has some livestock that are fun to paint too.

Directions:  Take the Keystone Exit off of I-80 and turn south onto Keystone Ave.  Continue to W. Second Street and turn Right (West).  After several blocks Second Street bears left and becomes Dickerson Road.  There is no sign indicating but just go that way.  You travel through a semi industrial area and the road dead-ends into Oxbow Nature Study Area.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Something New On The RTPAP Blog

November 3, 2017


Hi painters,

Since I'm back to administering this plein air painters blog, I made a few changes in the lay-out you may notice.  I moved some of the items from the left-hand column over to the right side.  The left-hand column is now just "member related".

I have added a section at the bottom of the "member related" column called "Advertisements - Member Shows and Art Lessons".   I added my own Open Studio show and lessons offered there as an example.  Advertising your exhibit, open studio and art classes you offer can now be advertised on this blog at a low price.  Because administering this blog is totally volunteered by me, and my time is worth something, I need to charge for this advertising for you.

Here is a link to the blog for you to see changes....

There will be only one type of ad:

Short Form - only the event, name, date, time and location and link to your website page for more information.

The fees are set up as follows:

1-2 month Fee:  $10   - up to 2 months before event date.  After event date it will be deleted.
3-6 month Fee:  $20  - for ongoing art lessons up to 6-month run
12-month Fee:  $40 - for ongoing art lessons up to a 12-month run

Note:  Updating your links:  If over time you change the page link in your website, you must notify me, the administrator, and provide me the new link to your information about your event.  Having a broken link or "page not found" won't help you in your advertising.

Please note:  These ads will just appear on the blog - they will not be sent out to subscribers in the form of an email.  I do not want the subscribers to be deluged by email advertisements.  I want this blog to keep to the original plan - plein air paint-outs scheduled for people to attend for free.

Happy Painting,
Carolyn Jean Thompson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 - Little Washoe Lake Paint-Out

Monday, October 30, 2017 - Little Washoe Lake Paint-Out

Date:  Monday, October 30, 2017
Time:  10:00 am
Place:  Little Washoe Lake State Park
Directions from Reno:  Take old 395 (Virginia Street) through Pleasant Valley.  When you get to the top of Washoe Hill, get in left turning lane and turn left onto East Lake Boulevard.  After crossing cattle guard, make your first right into park.  There is a booth and a self-pay thing, then make your first right on an old paved road that is rough.  This old road will take you to the north side of Little Washoe Lake where all these photos were taken.

Amenities:  Bathroom (I don't know if it is open in off-season) at the beach parking if you were to go straight ahead.

If you choose to turn right on the old road, go to the end and then turn left.  Turn around at the end and park along the edge.  There are two areas where there are steps down to the beach and a couple of picnic tables.  These might be used by people with dogs fetching in the water - a popular place for locals, and I noticed they did not pay the entry fee of $5.00. 

If you choose to park in the parking lot at the beach where the bathroom is - it might be a good idea to pay the fee. 

Another option is to continue past the beach parking on the dirt road that loops around the lake and deadends in a parking lot.  There is a pit toilet there and the views are mostly willows and wetlands if you like that sort of subject.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 Paint-Out at local aspens

Monday, October 23, 2017 Paint-Out

Date:     Monday, October 23, 2017
Time:    10:00 am
Place:     Galena Creek Trailhead - off of Callahan Road
To get there:  Take Mt. Rose Highway, pass Thomas Creek light signal by about a mile and a half.  Turn left on Callahan Road.  Go about a mile and a half, parking and trailhead on right.
Amenities:  big parking area, portapottie, nice trail.  Trail used by dog walkers.  Lots of area to set up off of trail.  Another trail is on the other side of the creek.  I didn't see as many aspens in the beginning part of the trail, but it is in full-sun.

First off - I'm sorry there were no paint-outs in September.  I have been going to physical therapy and too sore to do much of anything.

Today (October 19) I took a brief look-about at this location because I heard it was in peak color.  Hopefully, by Monday, the leaves will not have blown all away.....

This location has a big parking area:

These pictures were taken at 11am.  The best trail is on the shady side, so I chose a later meeting time.  Please be aware that this time a year the light changes through the trees REALLY fast!  Try not to chase the light!  Take pictures before you start and as the light changes on your subject, stick to what your camera has in memory and stick to the light/shadow patterns you started with.

Big pines silhouetted by yellow aspen
this is across the street and the trees are turning orange

Saturday, July 29, 2017

In Memorium - Pat Edwards

We were all so shocked and saddened at hearing of our good friend and artist, Pat Edwards' passing.  She will be truly missed.  She was one of our "regulars" for about three years - year round.  She and her husband Phil would travel long distances from Lake Tahoe to paint with us.  She participated in our shows and was very enthusiastic.

She was always cheerful, friendly, and always had a tip or two to share from IPad art apps to anything art-related.  She was an accomplished pastel painter.  

A memorial service will be held as follows:

August 13th Memorial Service at North Tahoe Event Center

There will be a memorial service for Pat on August 13th, at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Boulevard, outside on the Lakefront Terrace, at 1:00p.m., near the beach she loved so well. All are welcome. No food will be served, but soda, coffee and water will be available. Please let us know if you will be able to be with us and if you would like to share during this time that we will be together remembering Mom.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Five Upcoming Paint-Outs

Hi painters,

I'm glad you are all getting jazzed about planned paint-outs.  For YOU, I have set the next 5 weeks up - even though I may not be able to attend.  I will be getting rotator cuff surgery soon so I will not be able to attend most of these dates.  But, most of you know each other and if you see a new face - be welcoming and friendly!!!!

Here is the schedule for escaping the heat of the Nevada high desert:

July 31, 2017:  Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe.
August 7, 2017:  Martis Valley, Truckee, CA
August 14, 2017:  Bliss State Park, Lake Tahoe
August 21, 2017:  Tahoe Meadows, Mount Rose Hwy
August 28, 2017:  Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Meeting time:  from 8am to 9:00 am for best parking choice
State Park entrance fees:  (around $10) and no dogs
Regional parks (Eagle Falls parking lot) has a fee, but on the hwy there is no fee.

For directions to these places, go to the blog search box and type in the location and "search".  It will take you to all the blog entries for that location in the past where there is more information.

Have fun everyone!  If you know other artists, carpool if you can - it is more fun!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017 Paint-Out Frenchman's Lake

Paint-Out at Frenchman's Lake

Date:  Monday, July 24, 2017
Time:  9:00 am
Place:  Frenchman's Lake - see map below

I will be camping at Frenchman's Lake this weekend.  The lake is full this year and I am curious how it will look.  I actually don't know the entire lake and vista potential, but I have been several times to one place that I recommend we meet.  It is where Frenchman's Creek goes under the road and empties into the lake where volcanic rocks are.  There is area to pull off the road and park on both sides of the road.  On the other side of the road there is a lovely meadow vista with the creek running through it.

From Reno, take 395 north, then go west on 70, then turn right in Chilcoot to go to Frenchmans Lake (there is a sign).  When you get to the lake, go left, and where you see the black lava rock and water inlet, this is it.

As always, if this place doesn't inspire you, try driving around the lake and fine your muse.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 17, 2017 Monday - Paint-Out at Tahoe Meadows

July 17, 2017 (Monday) Tahoe Meadows Paint-Out

Date:          July 17, 2017 (Monday)
Time:          9:00 am
Place:          Tahoe Meadows (Near the summit of Mt. Rose Hwy)
Meet:          In the parking lot that has the bathroom on the south side of Tahoe Meadows where the trailhead is

What to bring:

  • Bug spray, sunscreen
  • Hat, glasses, art umbrella
  • of course your art gear
  • carts work here on the trail
  • drink and food
  • camera
  • folding stool if you need one
Lately we have been having breezy weather.  So, it might be useful to keep a bungee cord and a jug of water or rocks in your car as a weight for your tripod or umbrella

Directions:  Trailhead: From Reno, take U.S. 395 S as it heads towards Carson City. Take SR 431 (Mt. Rose Hwy) SW as it takes you past Mt. Rose Ski Area towards Incline Village at Lake Tahoe. Almost .75 mile after passing Mt. Rose summit, look for the parking area/trailhead/restroom bldg. on L side of hwy -- park here. 

If you are up to the loop trail, these are views and wildflowers at the eastern end of the meadow:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Two Paint-Outs: June 5 and June 12, 2017 (Mondays)

Hi painters,

Carolyn here, and I'm back to help out with organizing paint-outs.  I am going to make it easier and quicker for me, so I am posting two paint-outs at the same time and in simpler format.  Most of you have painted with us and know how to get to these places, so all the descriptions will be simplified.

Monday June 5, 2017 at 9:00am at  Galena Regional Park (south entrance)

Monday, June 12, 2017 at 9:00 am at Hope Valley.  Meet at Hope Valley Campground Cafe.  I will be camping there and will meet you.  If you are late, places to look are across the highway from Sorensen's resort.  There is a creek on that side of the road and pull off parking.  I am planning on painting there.  Some paint at the first bridge on the left-hand side and hike down to the river.  Still some like to drive all the way up to Blue Lakes via Blue Lakes Road.

For further instructions, maps and photos, you can go to the top of the blog to the search box and type in the name of the location (i.e.) Hope Valley or Galena.  This will bring you to an older post about that location when I was spending a lot of time putting all that stuff in (no time for that now!)

Saturday, April 29, 2017




Burning Inquiry brings together a panel of community members, burners, artists and art lovers as they discuss the role of public art in the community. Panelists include: Aric Shapiro, executive director, Reno Sculpture Fest and Reno Art Works; Carolyn White, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno associate professor, anthropology; Alexis Hill, arts, culture and events manager, City of RenoMischell Riley, artist; Maria Partridge, artist advocate, Burning Man, and member of the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission and Public Art Committee. The panel will be moderated by Dean of University Libraries Kathlin Ray.
"Burning Man art is helping transform our city," said Alexis Hill, arts, culture and events manager, City of Reno. "When you see Burning Man art presented as public art in our community you know that you are not in 'Anytown USA,' you are in a unique, thriving and diverse city."

Thursday, April 27, 2017




september 18-20
We will paint the beautiful mountains and streams in Utah in the Fall. I will discuss values, color and edges which are the most important elements in painting

Garret suggested this workshop to us.  should be amazing!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

call for artists

reno art fest .   

august 19th and 20th

Application:  Scroll to the bottom

This event was called Art Blast in the past.
The city now has a professional organizer so it may be interesting.

See you there.

Friday, March 10, 2017




Greeting Fellow Artists,

The deadline is nearing.  Any one interested in participating in Reno Open Studios at a location at my house and Tricia Leonard's home in ArrowCreek. 

We have spots for  two and possible for 5 artists.  We have done this the last two years and have had a pretty good turn out and sale success.    The Dates are October 6, 7,  Saturday and Sunday.

Attached is the application. The deadline is March 15th for new artists and March 31st for a returning artist.  Since time is getting to be of the essence please spread the word to others who may be interested and please respond as soon as you are able.

Greatly appreciated,

Emma Auriemma-McKay . 775-527-7590


I apologize for the lateness of this email (time has escaped me).  There is a lot of information in this email so please be patient.

FIRST, Please mark your calendar for the first meeting for RENO OPEN STUDIOS and don't forget to attend! We really, really, really want you to be there but I understand that life can get in the way sometimes so if someone has taken you hostage and you can't make it because you are tied to a chair, please call or text Debbie Howell at 775-762-0503 so that we know you got this email but can't make the meeting.

DATE:            Monday, FEB 6, 2017
TIME:             6:00 pm
LOCATION:   430 Sunnyside Dr, Reno NV 89503 (just off of Keystone)

SECOND, There are links below for the 2017 application to participate in Reno Open Studios and also the advertising contract and size examples for advertising donations.  I am sending the application and the advertising contract to you in both Word format and PDF format. You can use either the Word version OR the PDF version (you don't need to do both).  If you have any problems or questions on downloading or if you need it faxed or snail mailed to you, then please call or text Debbie Howell at 775-762-0503.  Feel free to share this with any new potential artist you feel might be interested.

Click here for application (in Word) ROS 2017 Application (in Word)

Click here for application (in PDF) ROS 2017 Application (in PDF)

Click here for advertising contract (in Word) ROS 2017 Ad Contract (in Word)

Click here for advertising contract (in PDF) ROS 2017 Ad Contract (in PDF)

Click here to see ad sizes ROS 2017 Ad Sizes

Please fill out the application and advertising contract and return both of them along with your payment to 15795 Callahan Road, Reno NV 89511, or better yet, bring them to the Monday meeting on Feb 6.

For new artists we have added a clarification of what kind of art we accept.  You will find that and other important requirements in the application and especially in the Policies and Procedures section.

For returning artists as well as new artists, you will find a new fee level.  The Board feels it is unfair that a few participants do the majority of the work.  We understand that we have not always followed through with assigning committees but that is changing this year.  That said, we have artists who rarely, if ever, attend the meetings and frequently don't respond to emails.  We felt that if we offered an option to skip the all but the last two meetings (just before and just after ROS) and committee work it would be easier to expect the rest to follow through.  Let me firmly state that we all believe our event will be far superior if EVERYONE actively participates.

THIRD and LASTLY, Now for some really exciting news – we have scheduled a one-day show during Artown.  The date is Saturday, July 29th from 10-5.  We have the McKinley Art Center lawn reserved and Artown is excited to have a new, visual arts event.  The cost to the artists will be $25.00 each and there will be no additional commission.  The only requirement is that you demonstrate so we do not endanger our non-profit status.  The space is large so we should be able to offer everyone as much space as they need.  The board is also wants to arrange for food trucks so if you have suggestions we’d like to hear them.  We do need you to commit on the application, as we need to know that enough of you will participate to make it a smashing event.   

We hope you join us this year to make it the best ever.

Kathleen Hallamore-Best

Friday, February 17, 2017

Call to Artists:  

North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open                                                              September 2017