Learning never exhausts the mind…

This quote by Leonardo da Vinci may seem contradictory to anyone who has endeavored to learn the skills necessary for representational painting. Whether a student or seasoned artist, the process of learning will test your patience to the ... Read More...

You’ve Arrived! (or have you?) A case for continuing education, no matter your level.

You’ve taken classes, attended workshops in farflung corners of the world, studied with teachers you admire and you’ve improved so much! Your work is hanging in galleries, your name is well known, you may have even a few museum shows or ... Read More...

Making Draw Down Cards:

What They Can Teach You About Your Oil Paints   If you have been painting for a while you may have a large collection of paints in many assorted colors or even multiple tubes of the same color from different manufacturers! Draw ... Read More...

‘Let’s Work Together’

One of my favorite things is having an artist's group which meets regularly. While most of us spend a lot of time alone creating art, nearly everyone is a social creature too. We naturally benefit from being around others. It’s also a great ... Read More...

Art in Cuba and the Traveling Painter

There are no starving artists in Cuba. One reason for this is that each person receives food from the government each month: one quarter of a chicken, 5 eggs and 5 pounds each of rice, black beans and sugar. (Sugar is cheap in Cuba and ... Read More...

Drawing the Fine Line

I have recently been exploring boundaries and have found some beautiful lines that are helping me to be a more thoughtful, loving artist. I'm mostly unloving toward myself, as the creator of my art; but I'm going to change that. I think ... Read More...

Digital Paintovers

Hemingway said, “Clarity is the indispensable characteristic of good prose,” and E.B. White gave the means to that end when he said, “I rewrite a good deal to make it clear.” We understand editing in writing, but we sometimes treat ... Read More...

Dear Mrs. Browning

Written by Buddy Odom Dear Mrs. Browning, It has been some forty-plus years since high school graduation, and I think of you. What a love you had for Latin! Your petite and brittle frame would slowly shuffle past our desks as we ... Read More...

John Pototschnik’s Interview

Three weeks ago, the award winners of the 25th Oil Painters of AmericaNational Juried Exhibition were announced. The best of the best had the honor of exhibiting in this important show, and only 10 percent of the 2000 entries juried were ... Read More...