On Growing As a Painter

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It’s never too late to be who you might have been. ---George Eliot By now you understand the act of painting is considered, intentional and best undertaken with a concept each time you go to the easel. Many of us were lead to ... Read More...

An Insight Into the Modernist Movement/Look to Children’s Art

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Not unlike the vast majority of OPA members, I displayed a talent in drawing and painting at a very young age. My earliest training comprised drawing from life, learning perspective, shading (value studies) and composition. All of which ... Read More...

Dancing with the angels – Part 2

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Twelve professional artists talk about being "in the zone", what it means, what it's like, and how to get there. There are lots of words for it..."in the grove", "singularly focused", "in tune", "wired in", "centered", "on a roll", and "in ... Read More...

Dancing with the angels – Part 1

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Twelve professional artists talk about being "in the zone", what it's like and how to get there. When Facebook friend, John (Skeets) Richards, suggested I do a blog addressing the issue of whether or not artists are in a "zone" when they ... Read More...

Charles Warren Mundy Interview

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  I first met C.W. Mundy when I stepped into the back of a limousine one evening in Cincinnati. We were participating artists in the Great American Artists Show and were being transported to the show venue.If you know anything about ... Read More...

Artistic Goals

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The First of Three Elements of One Artist Goal Plan By Roger Dale Brown, OPA This article is the first of three, in which I will outline the way I set goals for my business. My goals include: artistic, marketing, and business. Setting ... Read More...

OPA 2013 Eastern Exhibition Winner Spotlight

"Gaze" by Mary Qian

The OPA 2013 Eastern Exhibition was hosted at the McBride Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland and featured some of the most prominent artists of our day. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the award winners at this exciting ... Read More...

Pigments, Painters and Thieves

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A Random Guide to Entertaining Books, Fact and Fiction, that Reveal Minutia, Mysterious Happenings, Tangled Webs, and Outright Larceny, all Engendered by What You May be Creating at this very Moment: Art. While we are all familiar with the ... Read More...

2013 Summer Online Showcase Winners Spotlight

"Abandoned" by Frankie Johnson

Gia Elisa Stamps Holderman Elisa Holdermen was awarded Second Place, a $1,500 cash award, made possible thanks to Dorothy Driehaus Mellin and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, for the oil painting entitled “Waiting” Ever since I can ... Read More...

How to Prepare a Winning Portfolio

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Interview notes by Elizabeth Robbins Panel of Three of Scottsdale’s Finest Gallery DirectorsArtists eagerly poured into the lecture room to hear what Scott Eubanks (Gallery Russia), Scott Jones (Legacy Gallery), and Beth Lauterback ... Read More...