Representing Textual Paintings on Screen

There's always something lost when viewing a painting on a computer screen. There's nothing quite like the luminance of a well-executed physical painting under a bright light. A sculptural impasto work can seem particularly flat without ... Read More...

The Key to a Silky
Painting Panel

I’ll admit I’m quite a tinkerer when it comes to new gizmos to enhance my studio or painting experience. Over the years, innovative solutions have included making custom-sized palettes out of Corian in a perfect neutral gray color called ... Read More...

Working Through Creative Blocks and Growth as an Artist

At various times in my life, I’ve struggled with artist’s block...those times when your spirit wants to paint, but obstacles are getting in the way. For me, it’s usually accompanied by frustration. At one point, when my personal and ... Read More...

Successful Air Travel With Minimal Art Supplies

Fear of how to fly with art supplies, especially internationally, can prevent artists from enjoying the joy of plein air painting in wonderful places. Concerns of TSA confrontations, paint confiscation, or hefty fees for overweight luggage ... Read More...

The 2017 National OPA Convention in Cincinnati

Why Every OPA Artist Should Attend This Event If I may borrow from actor George Takei: “Oh My!” I never expected to see John Michel Carter, Kathryn Beligratis, Bill Whitaker, or Suzie Baker together in a conga line – or myself for ... Read More...

Epiphany: on Music and Breaking the ‘Rules’​

I am a professional artist, but what some people don't know about me is that I've played piano since I was eight years old. I was classically trained all the way through college, with a major in art and a minor in music. I took all the ... Read More...

The OTHER Artistic ‘Perspective’

Becoming more self-aware (a requirement for clarifying our artistic vision) often results in a curious irony. Going inward to find enchantment and beauty in our everyday lives invariably leads us to an acknowledgement of the tremendous ... Read More...

The Art of Reverse Engineering

OR Three Ways to Reverse Engineer Art You Love Pablo Picasso is famous for saying, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” In my opinion, creating art work that is honest is one of the most important commitments that an artist should ... Read More...

A Hardy Breed that Braves Challenging Weather

In mid-March for the past three years, I have taken a painting trip to Vermont to paint en plein air. This week, just a couple days after the start of spring, I made my journey north from Lancaster PA to Grafton VT. It’s artist Charlie ... Read More...