How is Art Like Surfing?

Have you ever witnessed a popular surfing spot? It makes a great object lesson. Surfers paddle two or three hundred yards out against the tide to get to the perfect spot. While some are struggling to swim, others have caught the big wave. ... Read More...

Where did all the color go?

Last summer I received a personal invitation to participate in a museum show. I of course agreed. It only took two months after the invitation to work myself into a corner. This was to be a themed show: submit a larger studio work ... Read More...

Getting Your Work Out There – Tips on Entering Juried Shows

Why Enter Juried Shows Anyway? There are juried art shows out there for all experience and skill levels. Entering a juried show can take some courage, as not everyone who submits work will have their work accepted. Knowing and accepting ... Read More...

Getting Outside Support – “Finding A Jen”

"Everyone needs A Jen" I have heard from artists countless times... "So......who is A Jen and why do these artists want one?" A Jen is someone who does whatever she/he can to take work off your plate so you have more time with a ... Read More...

5 Mistakes All Artists Make (And How to Overcome Them)

We at OPA are fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of many quality vendors. As such, we have decided to give them an opportunity to pass along information that is helpful to our membership. While these blogs will link to the vendors ... Read More...

KEEPING IT FUN

New Beginning, Fresh Start, Turning a New Leaf. Just a few of the ways we talk about being re-energized and re-focused on our projects and goals. Sitting with a group of artists recently, the conversation went like this: “I haven’t done ... Read More...

Musings on a winter day…

“Even the strongest blizzard begins with a single snowflake.” ~ Sara Raasch And so it is with painting; the first stroke on a blank canvas is like that single snowflake. The tabula rasa... the promise it holds, is built on the premise ... Read More...

Elizabeth Pollie interview

For just a few moments, I had the good fortune of meeting Elizabeth Pollie at the Oil Painters of America National Show, held in Dallas earlier this year. She had just won the Dorothy Mellin Driehaus Fellowship Award for her wonderful ... Read More...

Back to Basics: Drawing

To be sound, a painting must be built on a compositional foundation in this order: Drawing Value Color Edges If these get addressed in any other order, problems generally ensue. Recently, the artist Jeremy Lipking was ... Read More...

Three’s A Charm

There is great power in the spoken word. As a lover of words - especially beautiful words - I've always known this. But the older I get, the more I realize what a responsibility we have towards what we say or don't say. Words have power to ... Read More...