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...

5 Mistakes All Artists Make (And How to Overcome Them)

We at OPA are fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of many quality vendors. As such, we have decided to give them an opportunity to pass along information that is helpful to our membership. While these blogs will link to the vendors ... Read More...

Marketing your art with a Facebook page

A lot of people ask me how I gained tens of thousands of fans on my Facebook art page in such a short period of time. There are many different opinions about how to do this, and I spent time studying different people's approaches, ... Read More...

Experimentation

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands, Texas. I found a walking path. It was like walking in a beautiful forested park with magical birdsong, colorful wildflowers, various species of ... Read More...

Contemplating on Gradation

Through the years I have been trying to follow my own counsel to fellow artists -- basically, “Paint when you can’t paint!” Here’s an excerpt from a handbook I wrote for my students back in 1997, when my youngest of three was eleven years ... Read More...