When the ship is sinking…
what would You save?

When faced with a disaster, what would you save? Who hasn’t considered this classic rhetorical question? What would you rescue as you ran out the door in an emergency?  Obviously the people and pets. But then it gets harder, and personal.  ... Read More...

Nancy Boren interview

OPA is pleased to announce that Nancy Boren will be providing a painting demonstration at next year's 2018 National Convention in Steamboat Springs, CO. I don’t remember when I first met Nancy Boren, but it was many years ago. I actually ... Read More...

BACK TO BASICS: VALUE

In a spring post, I spoke about the importance of drawing in the hierarchy of a painting’s success. Value was the second item listed: 1. Drawing 2. VALUE 3. Color 4. Edges In this post I’ll mention a few items regarding the ... Read More...

Warm ups, a path
to the “Zone”

The “zone,” the moment when the artistic vision is met with complete engagement of all the senses: physical, mental and emotional. The moment when an artist is completely absorbed in concentration, there is a loss of self-consciousness, a ... Read More...

Put Yourself Out There!

As artists, we are forced to open up and put our inner thoughts and emotions into our artwork, then out on display for the whole world to see. A lot of times we get negative feedback, such as “It is with regret that we inform you that your ... Read More...

Tips for your Toolbox

I hope this blog finds you well and painting. Here are some tips for your tool box as you try to achieve the next level. For starters, we need to know what's wrong with your painting and how to correct it. There are two major problems, ... Read More...

Sketching With The Masters
At The Met

I’m taking a class from the New York Academy of Art called Master Copying Class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Could anyone be a better teacher than a great master, despite, of course, being long dead? Fortunately, I also have a great ... Read More...

What DO YOUR Eyes See?

I see the world as big, abstract pieces. This painting and the colors in it are exactly how this backyard scene with a greenhouse looked to me. (Here is a photograph of the same scene). A little over a week ago I had cataracts ... Read More...

“Confidence” Should be a Tube of Paint

Real confidence only comes from study and practice.—Harley Brown As I’ve been preparing to paint lately, I’ve been thinking about how great it would be if “Confidence” were just a color I could squeeze out onto my palette. It would mix ... Read More...