Skip to main content

SOCALPAPA's January 2021 Challenge

Presented by Southern California Plein Air Painters Association

January 1-31, 2021

Start the New Year by painting or drawing for

20 days during the month of January 2021


  1. Create a new painting, drawing or sketch each day. Works in progress are also included.
  2. Plein air and studio work from life or photos are included.
  3. Follow COVID 19 guidelines.
  4. Only paid up SOCALPAPA members are eligible to participate.
  5. To renew or join SOCALPAPA go to Member Signup / Information
  6.  Register Now! by December 31, 2020 to receive emails about the challenge (login may be required).

Ways to Share Your Daily Art

• Post on Facebook  Southern California Plein Air Painters Association

and  / or

• Post on Instagram #socalpapaJanchallenge

and  / or

• Share your work on SOCALPAPA Friday Zoom

• Please label all artwork in the following way: For example:

Day 1, Your name, Title of Art

Day 2, Your name, Title of Art

End of Challenge Celebration via Zoom: Friday, February 19, 2021

  1. 20-Day Challenge entrants: share 1 favorite piece.
  2. All SOCALPAPA members who have painted, drawn or sketched and posted for 20 days (from January 1-31, 2021) will be entered into a non-juried drawing to win $50 cash. Three $50 cash prizes will be awarded.

Got Questions?

Please contact Lorraine at

Register Now!

Dancing Branches

Please Join SOCALPAPA's Weekly Challenges for January 2021

We have a painting group that meets online Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for an hour of sharing work, along with a friendly and helpful critique. It has been a welcoming, fun, supportive experience for all levels of artists, and we learn something new each week. 
Would you like to join us?  We'd love to have you participate.

Here’s what you need to do:


1. Paint, sketch or draw using the weekly theme.  Have fun, be inspired, create!
2. Join the Zoom meeting and discussion each Friday of the month 10-11 am at this link   The meeting ID is Meeting ID: 217 382 8856 *The link no longer changes each week!  Keep this link handy or find it again in your Wednesday Newsletter. Each artist will have approximately 3 minutes for sharing in order for everyone to be able to participate. If you have any trouble getting into the meeting, email  This will be monitored at the start of the meeting for help.

We use "Zoom" to share images of our artwork right from our own screens. The Zoom application can be downloaded quickly from the internet and is easy to use. It's best if you have a PC, laptop or iPad (phones are not as friendly); you'll need a device with a camera and a microphone, and you'll need to have pictures of your artwork stored on the device (PC, etc) to share.  Questions? Email: 

Themes of the week for January 2021:
Friday, January 8, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: Prioritizing Your Image, Learning to Bring Focus Where You Want it in a Painting, host: Ron Reekers
Friday, January 15, Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: Painting From Memory (Or share a Challenge Painting), host: Dawn Buckingham
Friday, January 22,  Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: Boats: Getting the Drawing Right, host: Kevin Davidson
Friday, January 29,  Zoom Meeting 10-11am, theme of the week: Snow Scenes, host: Diane Prendergast 

This will be a fun discussion!

Would you like to join the group, but don’t know how to set up and use Zoom?  We can get you started just send an email
Thanks and hope to see you there!

SOCALPAPA Featured Artist



Randi Moran’s Michigan upbringing and love of the outdoors has been the influence for many of her landscape paintings. She prefers to paint the wild beauty of the wilderness, and seeks places in the Orange County area that reflect that kind of beauty. Whenever possible Randi likes to  incorporate children and animals into her paintings.  She studied Art at the University of Michigan and at Eastern Michigan University, and graduated with a minor in Fine Arts. 

As an Elementary school teacher in Fullerton, Randi looked for ways to incorporate Art into her students’ instruction. For several years she had the privilege of leading the art program at California Family Camps in the Sierras. As a member of SOCALPAPA, Randi enjoys her involvement with the Back Bay Display and Show at Muth Interpretive Center, particularly the aspect of teaching the children’s classes. She is also responsible for the SOCALPAPA artists’ gallery at Muth and looks forward to the time we will once again be open for business.



   For 20 years now, SOCALPAPA has been promoting plein air painting in Southern California. But we too are impacted by restrictions right now. Our weekly paint-outs and demos have been temporarily suspended along with other social gatherings.

   On a more positive note - as a MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT - we are working to create virtual demos and events, online promotion of our work, plus other art-related resources that can be helpful, instructional and inspiring to painters.IMPORTANT: If you can contribute in any way, please let us know.

   Our premiere event each year is the Newport Back Bay Show and Sale, held at the Muth Interpretive Center. We are hoping this July 2020 event will still take place - and we will keep you informed. We are also hopeful that our Annual Christmas Party gathering will close out this challenging year and provide a time to reflect, share and reconnect with each other.

Stay well, be safe, and continue to paint!

If you haven’t renewed your membership, please help us by doing so! Member Signup / Information

Like and follow SOCALPAPA on  and


Our members enjoy great benefits throughout the year. SOCALPAPA offers painting demos (to be online in 2020), information about local plus national online shows and sales, and suggestions on great places in Southern California to individually get out and paint - mountains to sea! Looking ahead - if current CA restrictions on gatherings are eased - our premiere event is the Back Bay Show and Sale and we close the year with a wonderful holiday party!

Membership is $65 per calendar year. Renewals are made during December and January each year.  Please be aware that if you join late in the year, or renew late, we are not able to extend your fee into the following year.

We love our Art Patrons and our Student members! Your Patron membership is a cool $35/year.
Student memberships are $35/year. Again, renewals are in December and January.
Join our group of enthusiastic outdoor painters - be part of the fun - and click here to sign up: 
   Member Signup / Information

Board Members

SOCALPAPA's new board members will be taking over starting January 2021. We appreciate their interest and commitment!

SOCALPAPA's Board Members

President - Jim Ellsberry

Vice President - Randi Moran  

Secretary - Anne Small  

Adv/Promotion - Diane Prendergast  

Directors at Large 

Past president - Kevin Davidson  Demos - Kevin Davidson

Webmaster - Anne Small  Other - Lorraine Dawson

Other Sandy Morrison  Other Dawn Buckingham


OPEN positions:

Treasurer - (acting Jim Ellsberry)

Newsletter - 
Quick Draw Events -

Weekly Bulletin

Caryn Maldanado

   Jim Ellsberry is acting treasurer, but he would like to let someone else take the treasurer's position for 2021. If you would like to volunteer or know someone else who would, please contact us through the website at or Anne Small at If you have questions as to what the treasurer's job entails, you can contactJim Ellsberry directly at

Bi-Monthly Board Meetings - 2020 / Wednesdays, 10am-12Noon

Meeting dates are Jan. 8, Mar. 11, May 13, July 8, Sept. 9 and Nov. 11. Until further notice, all Board meetings will be held online. All SOCALPAPA members are welcome to join the Board meeting, and instructions to do so will be published prior to each date. 

Your help, support and ideas are encouraged. 

Thank You to our Sponsors
A special thank you to our sponsors for their generous support

NBC Logo