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...

My Favorite Thing – Thomas Jefferson Kitts

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The Ubiquitous All-purpose Palette Knife When I first saw this palette knife in the hands of Richard Schmid a lightbulb went off. Years later, I have found this knife to be the most useful tool ever. I can rapidly mix my colors and paint ... Read More...

WHAT DO YOU DO? “I AM AN ARTIST.”

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How far into your artist career did you start answering to the ever-present question, “What do you do?” with a smile and an assertive reply “I AM AN ARTIST”? This is a query I presented to all my mentors at the beginning of my artistic ... Read More...

“The Art Spirit” Book

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“The Art Spirit” Book Robert Henri What is in a book? What can be finer than reading a deep, marvelous, enthralling book? This book is so magnificent that do I dare compare its influence on artists as the Bible's influence on believers? ... Read More...

City By The Sea Plein Air Paintout at the 24th National Exhibition

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Congratulations 2015 City By The Sea Plein Air Paint Out Award Winners! Thanks to our City By The Sea Plein Air Paint Out judge, OPA Signature member Mark Hanson OPA. Click here to see upcoming shows! First Place John ... Read More...