Digital Paintovers

Hemingway said, “Clarity is the indispensable characteristic of good prose,” and E.B. White gave the means to that end when he said, “I rewrite a good deal to make it clear.” We understand editing in writing, but we sometimes treat ... Read More...

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Dear Mrs. Browning

Written by Buddy Odom Dear Mrs. Browning, It has been some forty-plus years since high school graduation, and I think of you. What a love you had for Latin! Your petite and brittle frame would slowly shuffle past our desks as we ... Read More...

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John Pototschnik’s Interview

Three weeks ago, the award winners of the 25th Oil Painters of AmericaNational Juried Exhibition were announced. The best of the best had the honor of exhibiting in this important show, and only 10 percent of the 2000 entries juried were ... Read More...

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Artists as Documentarians and Conservationists

Landscape and wildlife painters today and throughout history have been responsible for awareness and change as explorers, documentarians, and conservationists. For instance, the idea of our National Parks is largely credited to artists and ... Read More...

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OPA’s 2016 National Juried Exhibition

Meet the Gold Medal Winners from the 25th National Juried Exhibition Derek Penix is OPA's 2016 Salon Show Gold Award Winner for Associate/Signature Division. Derek Penix was born on December 29, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Penix grew up ... Read More...

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Painting is like Swimming: It’s easy when done right

To float like a cloud, you have to go to the trouble of becoming one. -Robert Genn, Canadian painter “I’m in the zone!” “This painting practically painted itself!” “I found the sweet spot in this one!” “FINALLY—I didn’t over-work ... Read More...

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“Are We There Yet?!”

I recently came across a familiar post saying “When I look at all this beautiful art, I just feel like throwing away my brushes!” I have heard this despair in workshops and on countless occasions from fellow accomplished artists. I would ... Read More...

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The Twelve O’Clock – A Case for Representational Painting in the 21st Century

Painting, brushing oil paint onto canvas, is my profession and my passion. I spend my life creating paintings and displaying them in shows where patrons and artists alike pace in variable rhythms. My paintings are what the art world calls ... Read More...

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Authenticity Driven by Curiosity

It was one of those last minute events, one you had no idea was coming and no clue what you were about to experience. As I’ve found often throughout my life, one thing leads to another and many times to the unknown. I received an email on ... Read More...

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