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...

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...

The dual roles of concept and imagination

I don't think as artists that we give much thought to all the studies that have been done on the subject of "Creativity"...we just create. The people who supposedly study these things usually speak of creativity's five steps. The five ... Read More...

Etiquette for Artists at Plein Air Painting Festivals

I've participated in many plein air painting festivals over the years. Now with the plein air painting season nearly upon us, I have some thoughts on these festivals and how artists should behave. Some of the participants, especially some ... 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...