Welcome to the website of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS)

If you are a plein air artist practicing in Ontario, then you should be a member of OPAS. OPAS is the one central organizing body for plein air artists in this province. By joining and participating, you help raise the profile of plein air painting in Ontario and beyond.

This site allows you as a member to post paint-outs, events, competitions and, of course, your own work for all to see.

It's easy to join. Click the join link left and below the photos, and fill in the forms that follow. Membership is $30 per year.

Non-artists are welcome to browse through the art in this site. There a a large number of very accomplished artists here who regularily sell their art to the public. 

Member's Paintings


Click on any picture to go to the photo album it came from. 

Recent Events

  • Jan 28 - hosted by Dalibor Dejanovic
    We meet last Sunday of each month for a regular monthly paintout. This is an unsupervised event meant to connect artists and encourage regular outdoor painting. Everyone is welcome regardless of their experience. Meet me at Evergreen Brickworks at 9:45am, paint out starts at 10am till 12:30pm. I...
  • September 29, 2017 - hosted by Dalibor Dejanovic
    Come and paint with at this truly inspiring location. This event is free for all OPAS members, (non members are welcome too). There is plenty of parking, and accessible washroom facilities. I will be waiting at the parking lot with my tripod all set up (so that you can recognize me) at 2pm till 2:...
  • September 23, 2017 - hosted by Keith Thirgood
    Call to Artists: Art Day in the Rouge Rouge National Urban Park, September 23, 2017 Does your work celebrate the GTA’s landscapes and/or cultural heritage? Here’s a chance to share this passion against the beautiful backdrop of Rouge National Urban Park! Parks Canada is proud to announce an o...
  • August 22, 2017 - hosted by Don Test
    This is a test of the system and website.
  • August 23, 2017 - hosted by Keith Thirgood
    The Glen Stewart Trail is a great place to paint. OPAS did a paint-out there a couple of years ago. Great scenery, easy to walk trail. Park in the parking lot you hit as soon as you turn into the Glen Stuart Campground. 7450 Kingston Road. There is limited parking, so try to arrive on time. I will ...
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Classified Ads by Members

  • March 12, 2017 - posted by Keith Thirgood
    • Price $1.00
    • Location Peterborough [map]
    You have room to fully describe whatever it is you are selling. Add photos that will enhance your ad.  You can even add descriptions to your photos. Put the general location where the items can be found.You must enter a price or the system will not show your ad.

Recent Blog Entries

  • November 27, 2017
    Posted by Thomas Faires
    I just had another thought about survey, and suggestions for OPAS... Maybe having our "membership" expiry date on our profile page would be a good idea.  I always forget when to renew, and someone from the board has to remind me.
  • I just signed up for the huge Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico happening April 16 through 20. It's a massive event, 5 days with the top instructors in America. Over 900 artists attending. I finally bit the bullet after having thought about it for the past few years. Are any other OPAS me...
  • November 17, 2017
    Posted by Thomas Faires
    I’m sure many of you use viewfinders, and some of you are lucky with your visual perception to not need a viewing aid for your composition.  I’ve tried a few, made one, and they work fine, but I’ve broken them, and found them to be a bit of a pain in the butt when hauling arou...
  • Where did you like to paint this summer....a group of us have met up each Sunday Morning, The Dominion Seed Park, Georgetown has lovely lakes not visible from the StreetSheila Law Park - river view at Glen Williams Park at Limehouse that takes you down to the old Lime ruins Scottsdale Park Not t...
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Recent Polls

Recent Forum Posts

  • I could ask Phil Irish if he would let us join, I met him throug...  more
  • The organizers of the Norval festival work with us every year to...  more
  • So far Keith, I plan to go to the Norval and Elora, paint outs a...  more
  • Hi Shiela, I only know where I'm going to be painting on my...  more
  • Where will you be painting outdoors in 2018. Our Halton Hills gr...  more
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What's New

  • Keith Thirgood
    Keith Thirgood added a new photo to the album Keith's paintings summer of 2017:
    • Jan 12
  • Judy Harper
    Judy Harper has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Bob Pennycok
    Bob Pennycok has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Dalibor Dejanovic
    Dalibor Dejanovic created a new event:
    Toronto January Paintout
    • December 24, 2017
  • Sheila Mitchell
    Sheila Mitchell added a new photo to the album My Photos:
    • December 23, 2017
  • Donald T.  Beverly
    Donald T. Beverly has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Phil Chadwick
  • Lynda Moffatt
    Lynda Moffatt has just signed up. Say hello!
  • Helen Siksek
    Helen Siksek added a new photo to the album Summer 2017:
    • December 8, 2017
  • Helen Siksek
    Helen Siksek added a new photo to the album Summer 2017:
    • December 8, 2017