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...

Failure and the Power of Believing.

Failure; This is a word that makes people cringe and we all try to avoid the dreaded act. Our society is built on those who succeed and those who fell short and failed. Yet failure is part of the journey to becoming a better artist. Be ... Read More...

Dear Art Student

Art has long been discouraged as a career choice because parents grew hearing about the “starving artist” label and for good reason. It is simply not easy pursuing art as a career. However, if the artist can make it work where they can pay ... Read More...

Getting the Most Out of Your Camera

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...

Selling your Art without selling your soul

Choosing to make your art career a full time occupation that pays your bills has always been a daunting challenge. In the past parents discouraged their kids from becoming an artist because many starve. Thus starving artist. But if this ... Read More...

Tips for Entering National Shows

Bill Farnsworth OPA is the winner of the 2013 Juried Salon Show's Bronze Medal Award. He obliges us by sharing some thoughts about entering national shows. An Emotional Roller Coaster for Oil Painters. All artists want their art to be ... Read More...

The Artist and their environment

Artists have long been influenced by their surroundings. California artist’s paint mostly California scenes and so on. But that is just the surface layer in what makes us who we are. For me, family is first , and if all is well on the ... Read More...

The Art of Survival in the Survival of Art

Since the Great Recession hit, most artists have been impacted. Collectors cut back on luxury items and art is at the top of the list. Workshop enrollment is down as well, and if you teach a lot of workshops that can be a big impact. Some ... Read More...