Where did all the color go?

Last summer I received a personal invitation to participate in a museum show. I of course agreed. It only took two months after the invitation to work myself into a corner. This was to be a themed show: submit a larger studio work ... Read More...

Getting Outside Support – “Finding A Jen”

"Everyone needs A Jen" I have heard from artists countless times... "So......who is A Jen and why do these artists want one?" A Jen is someone who does whatever she/he can to take work off your plate so you have more time with a ... Read More...

5 Mistakes All Artists Make (And How to Overcome Them)

We at OPA are fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of many quality vendors. As such, we have decided to give them an opportunity to pass along information that is helpful to our membership. While these blogs will link to the vendors ... Read More...

KEEPING IT FUN

New Beginning, Fresh Start, Turning a New Leaf. Just a few of the ways we talk about being re-energized and re-focused on our projects and goals. Sitting with a group of artists recently, the conversation went like this: “I haven’t done ... Read More...

Musings on a winter day…

“Even the strongest blizzard begins with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch And so it is with painting; the first stroke on a blank canvas is like that single snowflake. The tabula rasa... the promise it holds, is built on the premise ... Read More...

Elizabeth Pollie interview

For just a few moments, I had the good fortune of meeting Elizabeth Pollie at the Oil Painters of America National Show, held in Dallas earlier this year. She had just won the Dorothy Mellin Driehaus Fellowship Award for her wonderful ... Read More...

Back to Basics: Drawing

To be sound, a painting must be built on a compositional foundation in this order: Drawing Value Color Edges If these get addressed in any other order, problems generally ensue. Recently, the artist Jeremy Lipking was ... Read More...

Three’s A Charm

There is great power in the spoken word. As a lover of words - especially beautiful words - I've always known this. But the older I get, the more I realize what a responsibility we have towards what we say or don't say. Words have power to ... Read More...

WORKSHOP WITH CAROLYN ANDERSON: A PERSONAL DISCOVERY

Carolyn Anderson is a nationally recognized artist. Her work hangs in the collections of many well-known artists as well as private collectors across the globe. Her interpretive style of painting has made her a highly sought after workshop ... Read More...

The Art of Teaching Art

I know I would not be the artist I am today without my teaching experience. Teaching art has enriched my life in many ways. Ironically, teaching is something I thought I’d be really dreadful at. As a teen I was a stubborn introvert. Public ... Read More...