It Was My Understanding There Would Be No Math…

When I was in high school, I excelled at certain subjects except anything pertaining to math or numbers. To me, algebra class was a time for inner reflection (staring out the window for the duration of the class was very helpful in this ... Read More...

Drawing Anatomy in the Old Master Tradition

For many years I have been inspired by the dynamic and masterful draughtsmanship of the Old Masters. Artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael have influenced the techniques of many artists, as their drawings have touched a very ... Read More...

My Favorite Things

So here is one of my absolute favorite things... my "wine glass holder" ($15.00) from Open Box M (openboxm.com). I have had them overnight these for me when I lose one! No. I am not that desperate for wine. Most of us have been through ... Read More...

The Value Of Value

When teaching, the first thing I like to point out is that PAINTING IS HARD! So after 20 years or so it was interesting to try to break painting down into its essential parts in order to be a better instructor. Of course, there is nothing ... Read More...

Is Representational Art Dead?

A look at representational art today My wife and I flew from our hometown of Denver, Colorado to attend the American Impressionist Society National Art show at the Trailside Gallery in Scottsdale. As a representational painter, I was ... Read More...

A Painter’s Desiderata

The blank canvas is there as a challenge, not to terrorize you • Paint like a locomotive • Don’t try to frost the cake before it is baked • A painter’s life is not for the faint of heart • You will learn more from one hundred starts than ... Read More...

Your Art is a Gift

This message is for "art-makers". In our world today, no justification is needed for cultural activities, performances, museums, books, the enjoyment of children’s imaginative play, or the process of the creative act. And for those who ... Read More...

2015 Eastern Regional Exhibition Juror Statement

David Hettinger served as the OPA 2015 Eastern Regional Exhibition Juror of Awards. Enjoy his exhibition comments below. Juror Statement OPA's Eastern Regional was held at Eckert and Ross Gallery in Indianapolis IN. Eckert and Ross did ... Read More...

2015 Salon Show Juror Statement

Calvin Liang served as the OPA 2015 Salon Show Juror of Awards. Enjoy his exhibition comments below. Juror Statement I am honored and so proud to have had the opportunity to be a juror of awards for the 2015 Salon Show at the Beverly ... Read More...

Dear Art Student

Art has long been discouraged as a career choice because parents grew hearing about the “starving artist” label and for good reason. It is simply not easy pursuing art as a career. However, if the artist can make it work where they can pay ... Read More...