Successful Air Travel With Minimal Art Supplies

Fear of how to fly with art supplies, especially internationally, can prevent artists from enjoying the joy of plein air painting in wonderful places. Concerns of TSA confrontations, paint confiscation, or hefty fees for overweight luggage ... Read More...

The 2017 National OPA Convention in Cincinnati

Why Every OPA Artist Should Attend This Event If I may borrow from actor George Takei: “Oh My!” I never expected to see John Michel Carter, Kathryn Beligratis, Bill Whitaker, or Suzie Baker together in a conga line – or myself for ... Read More...

Failure and the Power of Believing.

Failure; This is a word that makes people cringe and we all try to avoid the dreaded act. Our society is built on those who succeed and those who fell short and failed. Yet failure is part of the journey to becoming a better artist. Be ... Read More...

Epiphany: on Music and Breaking the ‘Rules’​

I am a professional artist, but what some people don't know about me is that I've played piano since I was eight years old. I was classically trained all the way through college, with a major in art and a minor in music. I took all the ... Read More...

My Favorite Thing – An Oversized Palette Table

My favorite thing is an oversize palette table that sits in front of my studio easel. It is a 2 x 4 foot table covered with a sheet of glass of equal size. It is a tool that has transformed how I work and, as a consequence, the very ... Read More...

The OTHER Artistic ‘Perspective’

Becoming more self-aware (a requirement for clarifying our artistic vision) often results in a curious irony. Going inward to find enchantment and beauty in our everyday lives invariably leads us to an acknowledgement of the tremendous ... Read More...

The Art of Reverse Engineering

OR Three Ways to Reverse Engineer Art You Love Pablo Picasso is famous for saying, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” In my opinion, creating art work that is honest is one of the most important commitments that an artist should ... Read More...

A Hardy Breed that Braves Challenging Weather

In mid-March for the past three years, I have taken a painting trip to Vermont to paint en plein air. This week, just a couple days after the start of spring, I made my journey north from Lancaster PA to Grafton VT. It’s artist Charlie ... Read More...

Focused Practice /
Practicing with Intent

In order to hone our craft as artists, we all know the value of practicing. However it's apparent to me that applying paint “just to apply paint” doesn't cut it. I like to determine the focal area of a painting before getting started and I ... Read More...

TRAVELS WITH A WORKSHOPAHOLIC: FOUR DAYS WITH DENNIS PERRIN

A prolific painter and inspiring teacher, Dennis Perrin is a transplanted southerner living and working in an idyllic setting in Maine with his wife Aimee. Dennis has been called an American Impressionist in the Boston School tradition, ... Read More...