Highlights and Specularity


Highlights can give snap and sparkle to a subject, but they’re not just a bunch of white dots scattered across your picture. Under what circumstances do highlights appear? Where on the form should they be placed? How should they be painted? ... Read More...

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Mobile Masters Make Art Instruction Accesible to Artist Anywhere


CLAYTON J. BECK III-AN ARTIST WITH CHARACTER FIGURE PAINTING WORKSHOP AT THE WOODLANDS ART LEAGUE, Sept. 8th-12th/14 The Woodlands Art League, www.woodlandsartleague.org , a 30+ year old, nonprofit visual art organization that operates ... Read More...

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What’s the Concept?


Paul Strisik was a master artist and teacher. He authored a couple of important books: The Art of Landscape Painting and Capturing Light in Oils. I believe you will find his views about painting helpful. Foremost, before beginning a ... Read More...

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Diane Massey Dunbar Revisited

Chocolates – 8″x 8″ – Oil

After I posted one of Dunbar's paintings of a glass jar on my Facebook page, an admirer of the painting wrote wanting to know where he could purchase a "tube of that glass" used by Dianne to complete her painting. Well, that would be nice, ... Read More...

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Workshops, Workshops, Workshops…

Teaching in the Studio

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been formally trained or not, or how long you have been painting: if you feel stuck or uninspired as an artist, it can help to take a workshop. If you’ve never taken a workshop before and are now considering ... Read More...

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Great Expectations

outside painting of landscape

21 Days “Painting” on the Road “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, ... Read More...

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The Best Oil Painting
Critiques Advice

Detail of Festival of Panathenea by Margret E Short

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the Oil Painters of America Critique Program. For a nominal fee of $25.00 (which helps fund the program), artists have the opportunity to have a signature or master level member review their ... Read More...

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2014 Spring Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

Tina Garret - Gaze - Featured Image

The OPA Spring 2014 Online Showcase was held from March 1 to May 17, 2014, open to Associate members only and awarding $5,000 in cash awards. The Online Showcase runs three times each year and is completely digital competition held at ... Read More...

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Only Human

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer

Last night, as I began teaching another painting workshop, I wondered again what motivates people to put up hard earned cash and move their bodies across town (sometimes across the country) to take a painting workshop. For the most part, ... Read More...

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