“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...

Making Draw Down Cards:

What They Can Teach You About Your Oil Paints   If you have been painting for a while you may have a large collection of paints in many assorted colors or even multiple tubes of the same color from different manufacturers! Draw ... Read More...

Art in Cuba and the Traveling Painter

There are no starving artists in Cuba. One reason for this is that each person receives food from the government each month: one quarter of a chicken, 5 eggs and 5 pounds each of rice, black beans and sugar. (Sugar is cheap in Cuba and ... Read More...

Fearlessly Finding Yourself

I was a “closet artist” for about 15 years. I had a number of excuses why I couldn’t officially launch my painting career. Family obligations topped my list. But if I had been brutally honest, fear was also a factor. Following are five ... Read More...