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...

My Favorite Things

Greetings Painters! Here are two of my favorite things sitting in my studio today: Tube Wringer My first favorite thing is my Tube Wringer, from Gill Mechanical Company (Eugene, Oregon, USA). I bought it on a whim during an art store ... Read More...

Artists as Documentarians and Conservationists

Landscape and wildlife painters today and throughout history have been responsible for awareness and change as explorers, documentarians, and conservationists. For instance, the idea of our National Parks is largely credited to artists and ... Read More...

A pig, a sailboat, and Willie Nelson:How I find a painting

I often hear artists lament “I don’t know what to paint”. Of all the painting crises I face, I am relieved to say that that is one problem I don’t have. I have lists of title ideas, cupboards bursting with objects begging to be picked, and ... Read More...

OPA’s 2016 National Juried Exhibition

Meet the Gold Medal Winners from the 25th National Juried Exhibition Derek Penix is OPA's 2016 Salon Show Gold Award Winner for Associate/Signature Division. Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up ... Read More...

Painting is like Swimming: It’s easy when done right

To float like a cloud, you have to go to the trouble of becoming one. -Robert Genn, Canadian painter “I’m in the zone!” “This painting practically painted itself!” “I found the sweet spot in this one!” “FINALLY—I didn’t over-work ... Read More...