Taking Care of the Artist: Improved Awareness and Self-Care – Focus on Hands and Wrists

After a session of painting in the studio or en plein air, do you find yourself questioning why your back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand are uncomfortable or painful? Does the pain last for more than an hour?  Does it interfere ... Read More...

Falling In Love

"Transcendence, My Toes Are Cold" by Dan Knepper40" x 30" - Oil FALLING IN LOVE lets you see the world through rose-colored glasses.  Your energy level rises. You’re a more positive person. It often brings new experiences and your ... Read More...

Finding Your Style

Art historians frequently talk about an artist’s “style” and it can seem as though the conventional western art history narrative is mostly about “style”. As a result, a lot of artists feel pressure to land upon a unique style as soon as ... Read More...

Exploring the Columbia River Gorge En Plein Air

Jenay Elder, Painting Mt. Hood from Draper Girl FarmJenay Elder, Painting Lilies at Trillium Lake Mt. Hood from Timberline Ski Lodge From tidepools to snow-capped mountains the Pacific Northwest is known for its diverse beauty and ... Read More...

Trying to Cut Some Losses (Clunkers)

"Yunnan Market" Value study"Aberdeen Harbor-Hong Kong" Color study  We all would love to have fewer paintings that just don’t seem to work for us.  I know I do. I’ve been drawing and painting for over 75 years and I certainly ... Read More...

Looking for Ourselves

"Ease Up" by Bruce Habowski14" x 18" - Oil on panel"April, 3 30 PM" by Bruce Habowski14" x 11" - Oil on panel I think at one time or another, we’ve all fallen victim to the spell. I’m referring to those magicians of painting who have ... Read More...

OOPS. The Story of Painting Day #20

Finally more or less completed: "Triplets (Midnight Kitchen Series)" by Casey Cheuvront It was one of those days... and late nights. I'd had a packed, busy month, with lots of classes and events, getting home after 11:00 pm far more ... Read More...

Polishing Up: Gallery Matters and Manners

After viewing the OPA’s 28th National Juried Exhibition, albeit, via the internet, I was impressed by the volume and level of talent this organization hosts. Bravo! I am a relatively new member and I imagine many of you have a litany of ... Read More...

Truth, Passion, Variety

“…Show the whole world that you are not afraid. Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak – and speak in such a way that people will remember it.” - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "House of Light II" by Rick J. Delanty36" x ... Read More...

On The Road Again…

One of the first things I hear from new social media friends is, ‘Wow, you really get around!’ I’m absolutely sure they mean this in the kindest possible way and are referring to how much I post about my travels on the road. Yes, I’m a ... Read More...