Failure and the Power of Believing.

Failure; This is a word that makes people cringe and we all try to avoid the dreaded act. Our society is built on those who succeed and those who fell short and failed. Yet failure is part of the journey to becoming a better artist. Be ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – An Oversized Palette Table

My favorite thing is an oversize palette table that sits in front of my studio easel. It is a 2 x 4 foot table covered with a sheet of glass of equal size. It is a tool that has transformed how I work and, as a consequence, the very ... Read More...

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...

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...

A pig, a sailboat, and Willie Nelson:How I find a painting

I often hear artists lament “I don’t know what to paint”. Of all the painting crises I face, I am relieved to say that that is one problem I don’t have. I have lists of title ideas, cupboards bursting with objects begging to be picked, and ... Read More...

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...

A Few of My Favorite Things

It's not that I'm unimpressed by raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. It's just that my favorite things are the things that help me simplify and strengthen my paintings. I have a handy bag that carries a few of my favorite things, ... Read More...

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...

The Gallery Artist Relationship – Q&A with Scott Jones

Scott Jones serves as the General Manager of Legacy Galleries (Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY and Bozeman MT), among the foremost of representational fine art galleries in the country, shares with OPA members some of his insights into the ... Read More...