Moonrise Road by John Hulsey

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...

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Roger Dale Brown Interview


One would need to have lived in a cave, isolated from humanity, to have not heard of Roger Dale Brown. In a recent article in Nashville Arts Magazine, Brown is recognized as the ‘go to’ guy of the South when it comes to teaching plein air ... Read More...

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The Artist and their environment

"Hanging With Albin" by Bill Farnsworth OPA

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...

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Painting Fred Red


If you didn’t make it to the 22nd National Exhibition & Convention this month in Fredericksburg, TX, you missed a lot.  It was better than ever.  But don’t despair, just begin planning and saving for next year! Events like these are ... Read More...

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Classical (Classic) Realism- Part 1

David Hardy – Calla Lily Duo – 8″x 12″ – Oil

A three-part series that highlights the origins and resurgence of Classic Realism and its importance to the 21st century artist. It was in college that I decided to become an artist. How to achieve that goal, well, I assumed the college ... Read More...

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A Week Painting at Scottsdale Art School with Milt Kobayashi

Milt Kobayashi

Nancy Boren was the proud winner of the $500 Shirl Smithson Scholarship. Click here to learn more about the Shirl Smithson Scholarship. Last December, I was fortunate to be selected for a $500 scholarship from OPA to use toward ... Read More...

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Dianne Massey Dunbar Interview

Diane Massey Dunbar Headshot

"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...

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Importance of the Canvas

Scumbling by Alan Wolton OPAM

When asked how I paint, what is my approach, I tend to be quiet for a moment. I have no regimen, no rules. Each painting in its process is unique. There is one absolute, however, in every one of my paintings. And that is the power of the ... Read More...

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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...

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