Notan Sketch VS. iPhone 6


"Notan" is a Japanese term referring to exploring the harmony between light and dark. Artists use Notan sketches to explore the composition elements of a scene and the relationship of major shapes. A good Notan drawing simplifies a scene ... Read More...

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Kathy Anderson Class


Through the generosity of the OPA’s Shirl Smithson Scholarship, I attended Kathy Anderson’s flower painting class at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. While I’d loved Kathy’s work for many years, it was once I’d met her, and subsequently ... Read More...

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Career Building Advice for Any Level


First of all I would like to start out by making it very clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being an artist who chooses NOT to turn making art into a “career.” It in no way makes them less of an artist; it only means they are not ... Read More...

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The Beauty Of The Brain


How would you define a beautiful piece of artwork? Would you say, “It takes years to study aesthetic in art!” or ask, "Is appreciating a simple orange utterly different than judging a masterpiece of artwork?" Debating what is ... Read More...

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Packing Paintings for Galleries & Shows

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Packing Paintings for Galleries & Shows By Susan Blackwood Here is an excellent way to pack your paintings for shipping. It is reusable, relatively inexpensive and extremely sturdy. Your galleries will love it and so will OPA and ... Read More...

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An Insight Into the Modernist Movement/Look to Children’s Art


Not unlike the vast majority of OPA members, I displayed a talent in drawing and painting at a very young age. My earliest training comprised drawing from life, learning perspective, shading (value studies) and composition. All of which ... Read More...

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Artistic Goals

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The First of Three Elements of One Artist Goal Plan By Roger Dale Brown, OPA This article is the first of three, in which I will outline the way I set goals for my business. My goals include: artistic, marketing, and business. Setting ... Read More...

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Framing: Choosing, Fixing & Shipping


With Dave and Jim Fidler, owners, Classic Gallery Frames and OPA President Neil Patterson OPAM TYPES OF FRAMES: There are a number of different types of frames.  The Hudson River School has an ornamental and gilded appearance.  The Whistler ... Read More...

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Legally Protecting Your Artwork


Attorney Bill Frazier, who specializes in art-related legal issues, spoke to OPA artists at the national exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas. He told the audience that it is very important to have a written agreement rather than just a ... Read More...

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