52 Places to Paint Plein Air in San Diego

San Diego is a plein air painter's paradise. Evidence of this is the San Diego Watercolor Society's Wednesday Morning Painters group. Each Wednesday, they gather at a scenic spot to paint, socialize, and critique one another's work. SDWS also hosts a more formal paintout one Saturday each month, with a demonstration and critique. Remarkably, they rarely repeat the same location in a given year.

Information about ten regions of San Diego (see the links above) is based on the experience of the author of this website. Click the "get painting site details and map" link under the region name for photos and directions to sites within each region.
It is always best to confirm such details as the availability of free parking, restroom facilities, and whether the site is still open to the public. You can get a list of upcoming paintout sites from SDWS by visiting their website.

The author painting outdoors on Point Loma.

The author on location.

If you are disabled, it might interest you to know that I have personally painted plein air at all 52 sites, either on a scooter or wheelchair. To read more about my illness (Inclusion Body Myositis) and about the positive changes I've experienced since becoming disabled, please visit my blog: Life! disabled.


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