My Favorite Thing – Barbara Schilling

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About 8 years ago I purchased an inventory program for my Mac. It has been indispensable. The particular app that I bought is no longer available, so I hesitated to bring it up as the best tool I've got for my business, but there are other ... Read More...

Frame Makeover

"Cheap" looking metal leaf frame

Refinish those old frames!! As artists we all seem to accumulate those frames that we just don't know what to do with. They may have gotten damaged shipping to a gallery or banged around transporting to a show. Maybe they were "ok" ... Read More...

The Importance of Edges

When I first began painting and I had been told that correct edgework was something that could make or break a painting, I would have had no idea what that meant.  Today after a few years of painting I believe that to be true. As Mr. ... Read More...

Notan Sketch VS. iPhone 6

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"Notan" is a Japanese term referring to exploring the harmony between light and dark. Artists use Notan sketches to explore the composition elements of a scene and the relationship of major shapes. A good Notan drawing simplifies a scene ... Read More...

Getting the Most Out of Your Camera

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Just about every representational artist knows the benefits of painting from life. The naked eye can see far more than a camera and constantly adjusts for each lighting situation. Our other senses tell us if it’s windy, hot, cold, and ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – Lori Putnam

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Solvent Free Gel by Gamblin Artist Colors is one of my very favorite things. It is odorless, CLEAR, and thick enough to hold a good heavy paint stroke. It loads well on the brush and I love the way the paint feels when I lay it on the ... Read More...

2015 Spring Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

"Mummy Cave - Cañon del Muerto"

We're proud to highlight the winners of the OPA Spring 2015 Online Showcase. Enjoy some brief biographies below, detailing their painting history and journey to becoming award winning artists. Deborah Tilby First Place Award for the ... Read More...

The Pace Race

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Like any vital, living thing, the art world is ever evolving. In the distant past, paintings were accomplished in the studio by painstaking application of layers of paint over a period of sometimes years. In the not-so-distant past, the ... Read More...

Painting the Perfect Subject

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Is there such a thing—the “perfect” subject to paint-- on any given day? Like song-choice for a musician, the subject an artist chooses to paint carries his/her personality, abilities and message to the viewers who will see it. ... Read More...