Workshops, Workshops, Workshops…

Teaching in the Studio

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been formally trained or not, or how long you have been painting: if you feel stuck or uninspired as an artist, it can help to take a workshop. If you’ve never taken a workshop before and are now considering ... Read More...

2014 Summer Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

Anna Rose Bain

We're proud to highlight the winners of the OPA Summer 2014 Online Showcase. Enjoy some brief biographies below, detailing their painting history and journey to becoming award winning artists. Anna Rose Bain First Place Award for the ... Read More...

Great Expectations

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21 Days “Painting” on the Road “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, ... Read More...

2014 Summer Online Showcase Winners

Two ballerina girls Telling secrets

The OPA Summer 2014 Online Showcase was held from June 1 - August 15, 2014, open to Associate members only and awarding $5,000 in cash awards. The Online Showcase runs three times each year and is completely digital competition held at ... Read More...

Finding (and Keeping) Your Muse

"Puddle Jumping" by Kirsten Savage

Andrew Wyeth created a series of 240 paintings and drawings of his German neighbor, Helga Testorf. Picasso painted photographer and poet, Dora Maar, repeatedly during their nine year love affair. Modern day oil painter, Jeremy Lipking, ... Read More...

The Beauty Of The Brain

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How would you define a beautiful piece of artwork? Would you say, “It takes years to study aesthetic in art!” or ask, "Is appreciating a simple orange utterly different than judging a masterpiece of artwork?" Debating what is ... Read More...

The Best Oil Painting
Critiques Advice

Detail of Festival of Panathenea by Margret E Short

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the Oil Painters of America Critique Program. For a nominal fee of $25.00 (which helps fund the program), artists have the opportunity to have a signature or master level member review their ... Read More...

Selling your Art without selling your soul

Bill Farnsworth "Chewin' the fat" Oil 24 x 36

Choosing to make your art career a full time occupation that pays your bills has always been a daunting challenge. In the past parents discouraged their kids from becoming an artist because many starve. Thus starving artist. But if this ... Read More...

2014 National Juried Exhibition Photos

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Below are photos from Oil Painters of America’s Twenty-third Annual National Exhibition, which was held at The Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont. To see all photos taken at the 2014 National Exhibition, click here. ... Read More...