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.


Sat, April 21, 2018 – 9:00am – University of Saint Joseph Paint Out

University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

Our first opportunity is realized in an invitation from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford to be part of their BioBlitz celebration on Saturday, April 21, by painting their landscape during the event.  There is a large grasslands area at the edge of a wooded parcel, with a wetland pond or stream during spring. The University architecture is unique, and there will be lots of things to paint, including children, animals, and musicians. This venue combines science, environment, and art, giving our CPAPS painters much to get on board with.   

Following is their information about the event:

On April 20-21, 2018, USJ will hold a 24-hour biological survey event (BioBlitz) involving scientists, taxonomic experts, naturalists, and the general public. Enjoy nature walks, a biological scavenger hunt, plein air painters, art demonstrations, music performances, and live animal presentations.

Additionally, the University is home to an art museum open from 11 AM to 4 PM that houses more than 2,000 works of art dating from the 15th century to the present, with particular strength in American paintings of the 20th century.

CPAPS will have a display table available inside for anyone wanting to bring a small painting with a table easel

I hope you will consider being part of this annual event, which promises not only a painting opportunity, but also a chance for entertainment and education.

University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117

Sun, April 22, 2018 – 8:30am – Griswold Point

Griswold Point, Old Lyme, CT

Sunday paint out will be on Griswold Point, Old Lyme, CT, at the intersection of Old Shore Road and Griswold Point Road turn onto Griswold Point Road and continue till you see our sign-in table.

Because there is a receiving and pick-up day at Lyme Art Association that weekend, I thought our Sunday location should be nearby. But more than that, there are many different paintings possible at this historic site, including large meadows flanked by trees sculpted by wind. Beyond that is the shoreline that transitions from flat curved pebbled beach to rocky outcrops against the waves. You will find interesting buildings, a unique barn, and some farm machinery as well. I believe the scope of this site will give us great paintings, even with bare trees in this cool early spring. I hope to see you there!

Griswold Point, Old Lyme, CT


Sun, October 22, 9:00 – 12:00 : Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

This location promises rocky shorelines, marsh meadows in fall color, waves lapping onto a long curved sandy beach, all wrapped in a beautiful autumn day, (at least that’s what the weather says today).

We’ll meet and sign in at the parking lot by the Meigs Point Nature Center, east of the Hammonasset rotary, any time after 8:30. This is our last scheduled paint out, so I hope to see you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Hammonasset Beach, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443

Sun, October 8 – 8:30am: Auerfarm Paint Out

Auerfarm boasts silos, barns, outbuildings and a variety of fields, farm crops, and flowers. The farm animals, the visitors, (mostly children), unique buildings and beautiful scenery, all make Auerfarm a wonderful artistic resource. Plenty of parking and public bathrooms are available.

See you there!

Shauna Shane, Paint Out Chair

158 Auer Farm Road, Bloomfield, CT

Sun, September 24, Paint Out at Mitchell Farm in Salem, CT

300 East Haddam Road (Rte. 82), Salem CT

This event is located at a scenic horse farm, with the laudable mission of providing a beautiful home for horses that have outlived their original purpose but still deserve to be respected in their old age. The farm has beautiful buildings, stables, ponds with lily pads, and fenced fields filled with these old friends living a well-deserved life.

Join us. Remember, you don’t have to be a member to paint at a CPAPS paint out. We welcome all artists, as painting outdoors is a rewarding skill building discipline, made much more enjoyable by the interaction with other painters who, like you, are inspired by our beautiful landscape.

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Mitchell Equine Retirement Farm 300 East Haddam Road (Rte. 82), Salem CT

Sun, September 10th, 8:30am Paint Out at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton

11 Bridge Street, East Hampton

 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 next CPAPS paint out will be at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton. The entrance is at the intersection of Rte 16 and Comstock Bridge Road, with an address of 11 Bridge Street, East Hampton. I scouted the site Monday and found it to be simply beautiful. The Comstock Covered bridge is massive and beautiful, with two windows looking over the river in each direction. Because of the views from the cover of the bridge and underneath, I’m pretty sure that there would be painting opportunities even if it was raining. Bathroom facilities are located at the Salmon River Park site nearby. I’ll have directions at the sign-in table.

The trail going upstream from the covered bridge is hard packed, wide, and almost level, giving access to many river views upstream, with plenty of flat rocks in the river, and mossy banks lined with Joe Pye Weed and Cardinal Flower.

This is a wonderful wide, shallow river at this location, showing reflected sky and the very beginnings of fall color. I hope to see you there.

Paint Out Chair,

Shauna Shane

Salmon River State Park, 11 Bridge Street, East Hampton