John Singer Sargent:
Nascent Modernist?

Most painters today think of Sargent as a realist; an artist who was capable of painting extraordinarily life-like portraits and beautiful landscapes with ease and fluidity. While both points are true, there is another aspect to Sargent ... Read More...

An Interview with
Kathy Anderson

This article is based on an interview that took place at this year’s National Exhibition and Convention in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. OPA Board member Stuart Fullerton, Esq. sat down for an exclusive interview with the delightful Kathy ... Read More...

Indulging in the
Creative Process​

It’s all about the process and not the end result. 2017 was an experimental year for me. I modified my palette and decided to work from plein air & studio studies. My plan was to go small before going big. My palette now includes only 4 ... Read More...

Marketing is Such a Dirty Word

Over the last 7 years of being an artist, I’ve heard and said many comments, concerns and judgments around the subject of marketing. Some of which include: “I just want to paint”, “if the work is good, it will speak for itself”, “I’m not a ... Read More...

So You Want To Create
A Plein Air Event

Plein Air Artists and Plein Air Associations are frequently approached by organizations and communities for advice on developing a plein air event… that is, until they understand the incredible amount of work, resources, and community ... Read More...

Remembering
William Whitaker OPAM
March 5, 1943 – March 6, 2018

From birth to his final days, William Whitaker lived and breathed art. His art and his imprint in the art world will live on for generations into the future. The OPA Master painter was born into a family of artists and musicians. His life ... Read More...

How On Earth Did I Get Interviewed by the New York Times? Here’s the Back Story.

After many years of selling through a local fine art gallery, sudden reality hit hard. The gallery closed its doors and cancer took the owner’s life. She had promoted my work and referred many clients for commission projects. Together we ... Read More...

Miscellaneous Thoughts in 2018

This is an exciting time! It seems like more people are spending money again. There are more artists than ever doing really fine work. There are more people studying painting than ever before. There are more competitions, associations, ... Read More...

Worst Painting Ever

A sketch has charm because of its truth – not because it is unfinished. ~ Charles Hawthorne A few years ago, I was painting along a roadside in Wisconsin for the Door County Plein Air Festival and, while focused intently on finishing ... Read More...

8 SECONDS

Pin this on your wall. It’s your license to learn. I’m giving you permission…right now… to slow down. We’ve become victims of speed. “How many paintings did YOU get done today??” A better question. What did you feel about the place you ... Read More...