Confessions of an Unartistic Father-In-Law

My son-in-law is Jason Sacran. That simple fact constitutes my one and only real connection to the art world. What follows are the confessions of a man who has had art thrust upon him, and has lived to tell about it. I am not an artist. ... Read More...

The Most Important Step to Painting is Drawing

To be a good figure painter you should know how to draw.  My teacher Sergei Bongart would tell students to go home if they couldn't draw and to not come back until they could.  After they learned to draw they were allowed to paint. I ... Read More...

My Experience With A 100 Day Challenge

In April, I decided to sign up for this program called the 100 Day Challenge. At the time I was exhausted, feeling stagnate getting burned out. Part of my exhaustion was due to overworking, teaching too much and primarily doing some ... 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...

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...

Successful Air Travel With Minimal Art Supplies

Fear of how to fly with art supplies, especially internationally, can prevent artists from enjoying the joy of plein air painting in wonderful places. Concerns of TSA confrontations, paint confiscation, or hefty fees for overweight luggage ... Read More...

“KWAK AND LUG”

The first artist (let’s call him ‘Kwak’) faced the first dilemma: “How do I price my work?” Kwak was a natty little Neanderthal, not much good at physical labor (and before anyone shakes a spear at us, we recognize those researchers who ... Read More...

Getting Your Work Out There – Tips on Entering Juried Shows

Why Enter Juried Shows Anyway? There are juried art shows out there for all experience and skill levels. Entering a juried show can take some courage, as not everyone who submits work will have their work accepted. Knowing and accepting ... Read More...