An Interview With Master Ned Mueller

Ned is a designated "Master with both the Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society," and is this year's Distinguished Artist at Oil Painters of America National Exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, this coming May. "Ned ... Read More...

THE TRICKY BUSINESS OF ART

I've been an artist since I was a child. I never knew how not to do it, but being an artist is not the same as being a professional artist. I embarked on this around 2006 or 7. I started to realize that it was my time to do what I had ... Read More...

“KWAK AND LUG”

The first artist (let’s call him ‘Kwak’) faced the first dilemma: “How do I price my work?” Kwak was a natty little Neanderthal, not much good at physical labor (and before anyone shakes a spear at us, we recognize those researchers who ... Read More...

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...