OPA 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition Juror Comments

In anticipation of OPA's upcoming 2014 Eastern Regional Exhibition, we're presenting juror comments from last year's exhibition. Nancy Howe OPAM, juror for the 2013 Eastern Regional Exhibition, was kind enough to offer detailed notes on ... Read More...

Perception

We are currently reading two fascinating books about human development and the evolution of art: The Social Conquest of Earth by E. O. Wilson and The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from ... Read More...

The Artist and their environment

Artists have long been influenced by their surroundings. California artist’s paint mostly California scenes and so on. But that is just the surface layer in what makes us who we are. For me, family is first , and if all is well on the ... Read More...

Dianne Massey Dunbar Interview

"I paint ordinary objects and scenes from everyday life. While I have the highest respect for artists who paint vistas and exquisite nudes and the like, I believe that there is a great deal of beauty in the world that often goes unnoticed. ... Read More...

Marc Hanson Interview

"Painting from life, plein air if outside, is critical and necessary to me for what I want out of myself and out of my Art". This Marc Hanson guy is a pretty interesting fellow. Not only is he a really good artist but he expresses his ... Read More...

Challenging Painter’s Block

Here’s a few ideas to think about whenever you get a creative block and find you ‘just can’t paint right now.’ There’s no guarantees, but they just might work, so it could be worth a try… 1. Paint your favorite drink – whether it’s a cup ... Read More...

Landscape Art

Plein air landscape painting has become popular and it's what I've been practicing for about thirty years and so have amassed a great deal of experience by painting landscapes and seascapes all over the world. Usually I use oils but in ... Read More...