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...

2014 Spring Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

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The OPA Spring 2014 Online Showcase was held from March 1 to May 17, 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...

Only Human

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer

Last night, as I began teaching another painting workshop, I wondered again what motivates people to put up hard earned cash and move their bodies across town (sometimes across the country) to take a painting workshop. For the most part, ... Read More...

Painting’s Curious Power to Connect

Keuka Lake in Upstate New York

  Painting is a curious thing, especially its power to connect. Why paint after all? Why spend time and energy making marks on canvas with brush and pigment? Why set up an easel outside to capture the scene. Can't a smart phone do a ... Read More...

Johanna Harmon Interview

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For Johanna Harmon, art is a beautifully timeless, skillful, poetic, abstract, and deeply felt visual concept. Using her remarkable skill, it’s her desire to fearlessly explore the mystery of her subjects, and to do that with sensitivity, ... Read More...

OPA 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition Juror Comments

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In anticipation of OPA's upcoming 2014 Eastern Regional Exhibition, we're presenting juror comments from last year's exhibition. Nancy Howe OPAM, juror for the 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition, was kind enough to offer detailed notes on ... Read More...