The dual roles of concept and imagination

I don't think as artists that we give much thought to all the studies that have been done on the subject of "Creativity"...we just create. The people who supposedly study these things usually speak of creativity's five steps. The five ... Read More...

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Etiquette for Artists at Plein Air Painting Festivals

I've participated in many plein air painting festivals over the years. Now with the plein air painting season nearly upon us, I have some thoughts on these festivals and how artists should behave. Some of the participants, especially some ... Read More...

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Working Out The Kinks of Water-Mixable Oils

I paint with both water-mixable oils and traditional oils, and I get a wide variety of responses when people discover this. Everything from rude negativity ("what crap is that?”) to nods from those in the know ("I use them too, aren't they ... Read More...

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The Nature of Oil Painting

As an artist that has been working with oil paint for over 40 years, I am still trying to understand as much as I can about this wonderful medium. It seems like every year, new improved and safer products are being developed by paint ... Read More...

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Sketching For Painting

Ever since beginning college level art courses, I’ve been advised by my instructors to always carry a sketch book. I was a graphic design major, but was always taking drawing, sculpture, photography and countless other fine art courses. ... Read More...

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OPA 2015 Western Exhibition Winner Spotlight

Johne P. Richardson Johne P. Richardson was awarded the Gold Medal, a $4,000 cash award funded by OPA, for “Pushing Strays.” Johne is a native of Kansas, with a love of the prairie, and other wide-open spaces. He has painted for more than ... Read More...

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Summer 2015 Online Showcase Award Winners

Marci Oleszkiewicz Marci Oleszkiewicz was awarded the Gold Medal, a $3,000 cash award fundedDorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, for “Finding Her Name.” Marci Oleszkiewicz, grew up in the city of Chicago in a ... Read More...

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Virtuosos of the OPA Exhibition at New York’s Salmagundi Club

David A Leffel OPAM Bio David A Leffel OPAM was awarded the Gold Medal, a $3,800 cash award funded by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, for “The Great Guardian.” David A Leffel is a modern master recognized by his peers as a painters’ ... Read More...

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Dear Dad

This article is part of our Painting Partners series and is written by Kathie’s husband, Buddy Odom. Dear Dad, It has been over forty-five years since you passed away, and I have never written you. Not because I don't know your address, ... Read More...

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