CPAPS Paint Outs

Paintouts are opportunities for plein air painters to gather at various scenic locations throughout Connecticut. Working together provides an opportunity to make connections with other painters and learn from each other.

Here you will find information about our paintout schedule and view images from past paintouts.


Sun, Aug. 12, 2018 – 8:30am – Mohegan Park

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT

CPAPS Paint Out at Mohegan Park, Norwich CT August 12, beginning at 8:30 AM:

This park offers a variety of painting possibilities including

  • A swimming area teaming with children in the water and on the beach,
  • a large fountain next to arched trellises supporting climbing roses,
  • and a small inlet leading to a red footbridge (my favorite spot).

The website lists the address as Mohegan Park Road, Norwich. (Main parking by the swimming area).

Also, John Edwards Drive/Wilderness Rd, Norwich CT (brings you to the lot closest to the red bridge)

The link above will take you to the parking lot closest to that bridge, and the included map indicates a drop off point right next to the inlet.

There is also a parking area following signs to the rose garden, with bathroom facilities in a park building.

I hope to see you there!


Also of note in Norwich; many of you are familiar with the Slater Museum’s collection of plaster cast reproductions of European sculptures including the Winged Victory. They never fails to impress and are wonderful to draw.  The museum’s website indicates the gallery is open on Sundays from 1:00 till 4:00 PM.

Paint out Chair, Shauna Shane

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT


Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Kent Falls State Park

For most of us this is quite a ways, but the drive is beautiful and the town of Kent is worth visiting. There are at least three excellent art galleries open Sunday afternoon, including the Morrison Gallery and the Kent Art Association. I contacted that group and some of their members might come out to join us.

Kent Falls is the highest in CT, composed of a series of falls accessed by steps going up the mountain. Every level produced another view and another challenge, as it was pretty steep. I plan to reduce my normal supplies to a minimum since, though there is much to paint without climbing, the view from two tiers up was amazing and worth the effort. Because of the heavy rain lately, the Falls should be going much stronger than when I was there last Tuesday afternoon. And although they say not to swim, there were many people doing just that. Should be fun!

Consider carpooling, and come see a beautiful part of Connecticut.
462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7)

Kent CT

Paint Out Chair, Shauna Shane

Kent Falls State Park, 462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7) Kent CT

Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Paint Out at Harkness Memorial State Park

Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT06385

Harkness Park will be our next paint out scheduled for Sunday, July 15, beginning at 9:00.

Many of you have painted this location that offers an Italian mansion, formal gardens with statuary, columns, and a wonderful view of the sound. However, new pictures on their website indicate that the property and gardens have been updated, and there are many more gardens than the last time I painted this beautiful estate. A walk around the property reveals an unlimited painting resource, there is something for everyone here.

This is also new: the website said that parking fees are not charged to cars with CT plates.

For those interested: Harkness volunteer docents lead guided tours on weekends. The first tour starts at 10:00 am and the last starts promptly at 1:30 pm. Donations for tours are welcome and most appreciated.

Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385

Sun, July 1, 2018 – 8:30am – Paint Out at Huntington Homestead

36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland CT

We are honored to be featured in the celebration “Historic Impressions: Plein Air Painting at the Huntington Homestead. This remarkably well-preserved site includes an eighteenth century house on its original foundation surrounded by acres of farmland, bordered by Merrick Brook. It includes old-growth trees, stone walls, a beaver pond, scenic outbuildings, an abandoned road, and other interesting features.

The town of Scotland is one of the most scenic farmland areas of Connecticut, with a quaint main street lined with many classic historical homes.

This is a special event built around our painting of this site as a way to introduce folks to the plein air tradition. I know it will be a hot day, but I hope you will consider coming out to support this event.

See you there…

Paint Out Chair

Shauna Shane

Huntington Homestead, 36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland, CT 06264

Sun, June 24, 2018 – 8:30am – Paint Out at Gillette Castle

I was expecting to take us to a lavender farm in Killingworth, but when I visited there Monday afternoon I was disappointed that the property was not as picturesque as the website indicated. So, heading home, I turned into Gillette castle and was pleasantly surprised at the number of painting possibilities there. I know that if we have painted there as a group, it has been several years ago. So….GILLETTE CASTLE it is. I was fascinated with the grounds, and am anxious to have a chance to explore even more.

Following are some excerpts from comments on the web:

“Outside on the grounds, Gillette’s influence is in evidence. The trails often follow, over trestle and through tunnel, the actor’s three mile long narrow gauge railroad. Gillette’s own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles spanning up to forty feet. Other outdoor attractions include a vegetable cellar, the railroad station (Grand Central), and Gillette’s goldfish pond.”

“the spectacular view of the Connecticut River is almost worth the trip alone.”

“The guided tour of this enigma castle is worth taking, the mystery of this place is worth exploring, and the view from the terrace is breathtaking, with the river in front from the top of the mountain.“

I will have the sign in table near  the walkway leaving the parking area.

Also: I’m curious about the ferry and think I might take it across for the experience. Here is information about the ferry:


In Hadlyme 
From the East Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 148 off Route 82 
Follow Signs to Ferry landing

In Chester 
From the West Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 9 South or North 
To Exit 6, Route 148 
Follow signs to Ferry landing

$6.00 Per Vehicle weekends

$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist all days

Gillette Castle State Park - 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423