Dear Art Student

Art has long been discouraged as a career choice because parents grew hearing about the “starving artist” label and for good reason. It is simply not easy pursuing art as a career. However, if the artist can make it work where they can pay ... Read More...

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A Few of My Favorite Things

It's not that I'm unimpressed by raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. It's just that my favorite things are the things that help me simplify and strengthen my paintings. I have a handy bag that carries a few of my favorite things, ... Read More...

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Resolutions That Stick

WOW, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit “over-stuffed” with holiday cheer right now. It’s that time of year again, when most of us resolve to make a change for the better. My resolutions? Oh, I am always trying to lose the added ... Read More...

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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

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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