John Singer Sargent:
Nascent Modernist?

Most painters today think of Sargent as a realist; an artist who was capable of painting extraordinarily life-like portraits and beautiful landscapes with ease and fluidity. While both points are true, there is another aspect to Sargent ... Read More...

An Interview with
Kathy Anderson

This article is based on an interview that took place at this year’s National Exhibition and Convention in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. OPA Board member Stuart Fullerton, Esq. sat down for an exclusive interview with the delightful Kathy ... Read More...

For the Love of It

I have a deep love for painting, as I'm sure most of you do as well. It is that passion and sense of discovery that pushes me forward to paint for paintings sake. However, I have gone through struggles of self doubt. I find truth to this ... Read More...

Becoming A Better Realist Painter Through Abstraction

I’ve heard it said by more than a few realist artists that they have no connection to abstract art. It’s not their thing, they don’t get it, it’s not real art, etc. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I believe that some ... Read More...

Building Art Communities – Creating Collaborative Circles

I am fascinated by group dynamics and how being a part of a group can lead you to accomplish more, feel more connected, and be more successful. Why do groups of ordinary people create a performance far beyond the sum of their individual ... Read More...

Indulging in the
Creative Process​

It’s all about the process and not the end result. 2017 was an experimental year for me. I modified my palette and decided to work from plein air & studio studies. My plan was to go small before going big. My palette now includes only 4 ... Read More...

Different Strokes for
Different People!

I bet you thought I was going to say “Different Folks"! Well, that’s my point! You can, and should be different, folks! No one wants to see a second rate Sargent or Sorolla. People want to see who YOU are in YOUR work. I’d be willing to ... Read More...

Marketing is Such a Dirty Word

Over the last 7 years of being an artist, I’ve heard and said many comments, concerns and judgments around the subject of marketing. Some of which include: “I just want to paint”, “if the work is good, it will speak for itself”, “I’m not a ... Read More...

Paint Masses Not Grasses!

Perhaps one of the more perplexing problems for new and developing landscape artists is how to effectively depict grasses. It's easy for grasses to come out looking contrived or worse, like a bad hair transplant. I know, cuz I've been ... Read More...

So You Want To Create
A Plein Air Event

Plein Air Artists and Plein Air Associations are frequently approached by organizations and communities for advice on developing a plein air event… that is, until they understand the incredible amount of work, resources, and community ... Read More...