Interview with Qiang Huang

Describe your path as an artist? When I was in elementary school, I watched my uncle paint. I took art classes in high school. While I worked in engineering, I started painting and taking workshops around 1999. In 2005, I joined the OPA. I ... Read More...

Experimentation

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina nine years ago, my husband and I moved to The Woodlands, Texas. I found a walking path. It was like walking in a beautiful forested park with magical birdsong, colorful wildflowers, various species of ... Read More...

The Art of Perspective

Over the past few months, I worked hard at putting together 10-12 strong paintings for a two-person show at my gallery in Santa Fe. I did my best and felt proud of the work I presented all the while knowing that walking into a show right ... Read More...

Plein Air Painting is the New Golf

I grew up in a golfing family. After dinner, we’d all go out to a few holes before the sun went down. The sound of cleats on gravel brings memories of sunny days spent on the course, chasing a little white ball around. Recently I overheard ... Read More...

Contemplating on Gradation

Through the years I have been trying to follow my own counsel to fellow artists -- basically, “Paint when you can’t paint!” Here’s an excerpt from a handbook I wrote for my students back in 1997, when my youngest of three was eleven years ... Read More...

Eve Albrecht Interview with Kevin Macpherson OPAM

Describe your path as an artist. The earliest memories I have of my childhood are drawing on my grandfather's porcelain kitchen table. He would teach me how to draw rabbits and turtles, and we were able to magically wipe the pencil marks ... Read More...

It all starts with design

Way back in graduate school we were taught the importance of designing our drawings in such a way to influence the viewer's eyesight so it traveled through the drawing and picked out the most important elements before moving on to the next ... Read More...

Learning never exhausts the mind…

This quote by Leonardo da Vinci may seem contradictory to anyone who has endeavored to learn the skills necessary for representational painting. Whether a student or seasoned artist, the process of learning will test your patience to the ... Read More...

You’ve Arrived! (or have you?) A case for continuing education, no matter your level.

You’ve taken classes, attended workshops in farflung corners of the world, studied with teachers you admire and you’ve improved so much! Your work is hanging in galleries, your name is well known, you may have even a few museum shows or ... Read More...

Making Draw Down Cards:

What They Can Teach You About Your Oil Paints   If you have been painting for a while you may have a large collection of paints in many assorted colors or even multiple tubes of the same color from different manufacturers! Draw ... Read More...