Top 10 Qualities of Successful Artists

For years, I have known and worked with many artists who range from struggling to very successful. Although there is no exact formula for success, I have noticed several common qualities that most successful artists possess. How many of ... Read More...

Kathy Anderson Class

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Through the generosity of the OPA’s Shirl Smithson Scholarship, I attended Kathy Anderson’s flower painting class at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. While I’d loved Kathy’s work for many years, it was once I’d met her, and subsequently ... Read More...

Fireside Teakettle

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I've had some requests to post some of my processes so I am going to do a step-by-step of this painting. The teakettle is an antique given to me by an old friend...I wish I knew the story of it, I've never seen another one like it. I hope ... Read More...

Len Cutter Interview

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Q. How did you discover you wanted to sell fine art? After operating a large gift shop, we noticed one day that the sales of small prints from local artists were outselling all other items combined. It was an easy decision and we, as a ... Read More...

OPA National Speakers

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The OPA 24th Annual National Exhibition & Convention will be held in St. Augustine, Florida at Cutter & Cutter Fine Art’s Brilliance in Color Gallery April 29 – May 3, 2015. OPA member Eve Albrecht was able to chat with two of our ... Read More...

Getting into the Demos

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The OPA Twenty-Fourth Annual National Exhibition in St. Augustine is showcasing several of today's most successful artists. Expect their demos to be motivating. Demos persuade us to experiment, to change, and to energize our own practice. ... Read More...

Interview with Huihan Liu, Juror of 24th National OPA Exhibition

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Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952, Huihan Liu has become a master signature member of both the Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society and an artist signature member of California art Club. Huihan Liu was trained in ... Read More...

Career Building Advice for Any Level

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First of all I would like to start out by making it very clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an artist who chooses NOT to turn making art into a “career.” It in no way makes them less of an artist; it only means they are not ... Read More...

Getting the Vision

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In many ways, making a good painting is like walking a tightrope. The particular tightrope I’m thinking of is the one with the Abyss of Unbridled Creativity on one side and the Chasm of Static Rendering on the other. If we ignore the ... Read More...