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...

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...

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...

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...

My Favorite Thing – Susan Hotard

I have many favorite things. I was going to state that Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing From Life, was my favorite thing for it has something to offer to the experienced as well as the novice artist. But this past week I had to wipe ... 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...

Wife’s Life with Artist is Gilded and Rich in Memories

In the years Barbara has spent with Michael John Carter, she has mothered their two children, earned a teaching certificate and a Masters Degree in German Literature. She lectured at the University of Louisville, learned to gild frames, did ... Read More...

Finding Community, Finding Mentors

Several months ago, my husband and I moved from Dallas, TX, to Denver, CO. While we moved primarily for family, I was well aware that this “new life” meant leaving the comfort of my established art network, and seeking out a new community ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – Ann Kraft Walker

A pointed Q-Tip. A tip ( pun intended ) I learned from Casey Baugh. They are great to clean up an edge or shape when the brush gets out of control or for accidental blobs. I like the kind that is rounded on one end and pointed on the other. ... Read More...

Stuff I Wish Someone Had Told Me

You probably already know the following things, which I have slowly picked up over the years, but just in case you missed some, here they are. When painting, your results will reflect the opposite of the lighting conditions in which you ... Read More...