Artistry and Craftsmanship

You enter an art museum… you come around a corner… and there it is: a painting that immediately draws you in. Somehow through mere paint on a canvas it speaks, stirring your soul, even though the painting was painted long ago. Amazing isn’t ... Read More...

BACK TO BASICS: COLOR

In a fall post last year, I spoke about the importance of value in the hierarchy of a painting’s success. Color was the third item listed: 1. Drawing 2. Value 3. COLOR 4. Edges In this post I’ll briefly share a few thoughts on ... Read More...

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...