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.


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Sun, June 3, 2018 – 8:30am – Salmon River State Forest Paint Out

Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton, CT

The next CPAPS paint out will be at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton. We were at the Comstock Bridge area last September, but on the other side, from Rte. 16, there are additional river views that are spectacular, especially the unique flat rocks in the river. In addition, there are bathroom facilities, at this location. With this central location and some with the prediction of good weather, I’m hoping we will have a good turnout.
  • From the Hartford area: take Route 2 east, Exit 16. Follow Route 149 south for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Route 16 west. Follow Route 16 west for 1.9 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the New London area: follow Route 11 north onto Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the Norwich area: take Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles; turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the Middletown area: follow Route 66 east onto Route 16. Follow Route 16 east for 5.5 miles. Turn right into recreation area.

See you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton, CT

Sun, May 20, 2018 – 8:30am – Gwyn Careg Inn

68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret CT

The Gwyn Careg estate is nestled upon 14 acres of manicured landscape, including a majestic enclosed Spanish Garden, century old specimen trees and rhododendrons, perennial gardens blooming every season, a courtyard surrounded by a picturesque 10 foot high Spanish stone wall, and a soothing, picturesque three-acre pond surrounded by open fields. The Inn itself is registered on the National Historic Registry.
This is the very best paint out location possible for this time of year. I have had the honor of painting this garden in every season of the year, and this is by far my favorite; the dogwoods are in full bloom, as are the many spring flowers. CPAPS painted here last year later in the season, and everyone was enthusiastic about returning. There is ample parking, though the restroom access will depend upon the owners being on the premises. If she is not, we can find facilities a mile or so down the road.
Note: any artists who have considered workshops gathering students from outside Connecticut might consider this venue, as it offers not just an inn, but literally dozens of painting locations within 5 miles.
Come paint with us Sunday the 20th of May and enjoy this beautiful location in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Gwyn Careg Inn, 68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret CT

CPAPS Paint Out at Wickham Park, Sunday, May 6

1329 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester CT 06040

 Note: Wickham Park will be open for us any time after 8:45 AM, with a fee of $7.00 per vehicle. This is a beautiful private park, not supported by any town or state funding.

With over 25 acres containing 10 different theme gardens, this park offers our painters an amazing opportunity. For instance, the English Garden contains three “garden rooms,” designed to have flowers in bloom all season long. The staff at this park welcome us and are very helpful; there are bathrooms, and parking through the park. The trees are in bloom, lots of early flowers, as well as many columns, pergolas, and fountains. Also, don’t miss the aviary with its gateways, peacocks and various waterfowl.

There are two items that we need to keep in mind:

An event scheduled on the hilltop Cabin Garden area at noon, so anyone painting there must plan to exit by 11:30 so that area can be prepared.
The oriental garden will be unavailable from 10 – 11:00 AM.

Our table will be located at the first parking lot, please sign in with your name and phone, and your email if you are not receiving notices from us. I hope to see you there!

Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT

Sun, April 22, 2018 – 8:30am – Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

I received news this afternoon that we cannot paint on the Griswold Point property. I am extremely disappointed, but there is another great painting location in the same vicinity that I think will be very satisfying: Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Preserve. It offers a view of an expansive marsh and historic railroad bridge across the Connecticut River, and walking a few feet you can see several scenic islands in the distance.

The northern portion of the preserve is located at the mouth of Duck River, a small waterway that flows through town before emptying into the marsh under a railroad trestle.

All trails are fairly short, and lead to the preserve’s must-see path along the shoreline of Watch Rock with views of Great Island, the Connecticut River, and its craggy rock shoreline. I know many painters frequent this location, but there is a walk to Watch Rock.

Directions:The Watch Rock property is reached by taking McCurdy Road from the center of town, crossing 156, and turning right on Joel Drive. Then a left and a quick right bring you to the entrance and the parking lot. 

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 70. Turn left onto Lyme Street and follow for 0.75 miles. Turn right onto Ferry Road and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Shore Road/Route 156. Continue for a mile until you turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 70. Turn right onto Neck Road/Route 156 and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

No bathroom facilities are available.

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA