Plein Air FAQ’s and Resources


Recommended Paint Out Supplies below.
Questions? Feel free to contact Sandee McGee, UVAA Gallery Director, at 541-672-2532 or email

Printable 2017 UPA Guide in pdf: 2017-upa_guide_web

Umpqua Plein Air FAQ’s

How many paintings can I turn in?

You may turn in three paintings total from the Thursday and Friday paint outs.

Are all paintings going to be part of the exhibit?

A minimum of one painting per artist that meets the eligibility requirements will be displayed. Depending on how many total artworks are turned in, our juror may have to select which pieces remain hanging in the building for exhibit. The juror will select up to 40 works to be given Awards of Distinction which includes the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place Awards. These top 40 will hang in the Hallie Brown Ford Gallery.

The remaining artworks included in the exhibit will be displayed in the Red Gallery, Corridor Gallery and Gallery II.

How long will the artwork be on exhibit in the galleries?

The exhibit will hang from September 16 to October 27, 2017. Any unsold artwork can be picked up by the participant, or any designated pick-up person. If artwork is to be shipped, artists must provide a shipping container and a return shipping label.


Do I sign my painting?

No. For the purpose of sales, sign the back of the work. The wall tagging ID plaque will be posted by your hanging work after the jury is complete and will identify your work to the viewer through the exhibit. This will create a more equal jurying field.

Do I have to check in at 8:00 AM on paint out days?

No, you do not need to check in on paint out days. This year, we have decided not to timestamp the artwork, making the process less stressful and more flexible for our artists. We recommend starting at 8:00 AM because that is when we will have volunteers available to answer questions, but feel free to paint whenever you like.

Can I bring a toned canvas or paper?

Yes. Your canvas can be toned and gessoed. Canvas and/or paper must be completely blank of any drawing, lines or design.

I keep reading the word “canvas” but I’m a watercolor painter. Is paper OK as well?

Yes, you can use paper, wood panel or any other surface as long as fits the hanging requirements.

How do I decide where to set up?

ID tags for the back of the painting will be available at each location at the hospitality check in. This will be filled out at the time you frame and attached to the back. An additional tag will be filled out by you and turned in loose with your work at the Arts Center.

What if someone such as another artist or a spectator is talking to me and distracting me?

We will ask people to be conscientious and thoughtful of others. If someone is distracting you, simply let them know you are trying to concentrate and you are unable to talk and paint at the same time. If they continue to be a problem, our volunteers will be available to speak with them.

Can I use more than one media?

Of course! Paint an acrylic in the morning and a watercolor in the afternoon. Just be sure to label them properly. If you are using mixed media in one piece, you need to state specifically what you used, i.e. “watercolor and charcoal” on your ID tag.

When should I frame my work?

For best results, prepare the frame components ahead of time. There will be a table available at the Arts Center where you can work on framing. You should bring all the tools and components needed to finish this task. There will not be a backup supply kit available. Keep in mind, there may be a crowd at the table at the last minute. Just be sure your artwork is framed and turned in to Gallery East before 5:30 PM on Friday.

What framing is required?

All artwork is required to be “hanging ready” upon delivery to UVAA complete with picture wire hanging on the back (hanging hooks are not acceptable.) Gallery wrapped canvas is acceptable as long as there is picture wire hanging on the back and there is no wet paint on the sides or back; the sides may need to be pre-painted and dried before this event. Only “gallery wrapped” sides (without staples on the sides) are acceptable.

Artwork ID Tagging?

ID tags for the back of the painting will be available in your registration packet and at the hospitality tables. You will need to fill out two tags for each painting. Attach one to the back of your work and turn in the other one with your work at the Arts Center.

What if I finish early?

You are free to leave at any time during the day. Just be sure your artwork is framed and turned in to Gallery East before 5:30 PM on Friday.

What if it rains?

As the saying goes, the show must go on. Our weather in September is almost always warm and sunny with an average temperature of 75°. However, come prepared for anything and everything!

Can someone else deliver my painting for me?

No, you must deliver your own work to the Arts Center.

What if my piece doesn’t turn out very well?

Working on location isn’t about creating perfect artwork, it’s about being in the moment. While you may not appreciate your work, others may find it wonderful. We encourage you to turn in your work no matter how imperfect you may feel it is. The entire building exhibit will be dependent on receiving the finished and wet framed work!

Can I bring a guest to the Wednesday Dinner in the park?

Yes, as long as they are pre-registered. You will have the option to buy extra dinner tickets when you register. This is a catered affair; headcount will have already been given.

What if I can participate only on Thursday or only on Friday?

Not a problem, just let the Arts Center staff know ahead of time. You can leave your painting(s) for jury and hanging.

What if I am unable to attend the reception, can I still receive an award?

Participants do not have to be present to receive an award. Although we highly encourage participants to come, as this is a time of celebration and also a way to meet with the public and talk about your work.


Recommended Paint Out Supplies

For the Acrylic Painter (traditional or open):

– French easel or box with tripod
– Paper towels
– Clean water and an empty container for dirty water. You could use water bottles.
– Brushes: #4 and #2 bright #3 and #1 round, small liner. I use synthetic/bristle blends – the liner is softer
– Paint either open or regular – Golden brand is good
– Titanium white
– Quinacridone gold
– Cadmium yellow primrose
– Cadmium yellow medium
– Cadmium red medium
– Alizarin crimson
– Quinacridone magenta
– Pthalo blue (green shade)
– Ultramarine blue
– Medium if you use it
– Pallet – You can use the one in your guerilla box – you can put down a wet paper towel and a disposable pallet sheet. Can use any sealable plastic pallet. Either with wet sponge they come with or wet paper towel and pallet paper. You don’t need the wet towel if using open acrylics.
– Small spray bottle with water.

For the Oil Painter (traditional or oil):

– French easel or box with tripod
– Paper towels
– Clean water and/or turp and an empty container for dirty water. You could use water bottles or small metal container.
– Titanium White (Windsor Newton 150 ml tube)
– Lemon Yellow
– Yellow
– Cad. Yellow/orange
– Red
– Alizarin Crimson
– Ultramarine Blue
– Cerulean Blue
– Viridian
– Raw Sienna
– Yellow Ochre
– Thinner – You can use water but sometimes thinner is necessary. In small amounts, any thinner will do- Gamsol works well.
– Brush Cleaner – Add approximately 1 tablespoon of Turpenoid Natural per cup of water. Get a spill proof brush washing container. “The Masters” Brush Cleaner is for cleaning brushes at the end of the day.
– Medium – You might use synthetic Silver Brush “Ruby Satin” Brights, because they hold up better with all the exposure to water.
– Brushes – Brights (No’s. 8-12) and a filbert (No. 8)
– A small palette knife optional
– Pallet – You can use the one in your Painting Box or other painters pallet.

For All Painters:

– A cup of some sort for rinse water
– Canvas or panels
– Sunscreen
– Hat
– Chapstick
– Mosquito Spray
– Bag for trash
– Plastic clamps to attach rinse water cup and trash bag (optional)
– Small folding chair or stool is nice
– Umbrella that attaches to easel or sticks in the ground is nice
– Water to drink
– Snack
– Dress in layers (Dark colors are non-reflective and best)
– Camera



Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.