Getting the Vision

Did you know that OPA has been sharing artists’ blog posts for over ten years?  We have an extensive collection available to the public on our website. This fall, OPA will be taking Deep Dives into our archives and sharing our ... Read More...

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

A long-standing wish of mine was fulfilled this summer: to teach at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. I had taught workshops there, and substituted for other teachers over the years, but I had not taught formal classes. Andrew Rodgers, ... Read More...

Magicians and Gamblers

Autumn Harvest by Pam Newell OPA10" x 20" - Oil So you want to be an artist?  Go sit at your palette, wear old shabby clothing, wear a beret, live in a romantic studio hideaway and wait to be discovered.  Hollywood has created a ... Read More...

Looking Back: The Importance of my Illustration Career

Finders Keepers Mystery by Hodges Soileau OPA Oil, Book Cover #98 from the Boxcar Children series The times we live in and the problems people are dealing with make me pause. Although I am not a person who regularly reflects on the past, ... Read More...

Skies

Golden Glow by Deborah Tilby OPAM12" x 16" - Oil The topic of skies in the landscape comes up all the time with my private students and is a subject with which many painters struggle. I thought I would share a few things I have ... Read More...

Video References in Portrait Painting

Cherished by Susan Patton30" x 30" - Oil Character, Personality, Spirit, Soul – these qualities cannot be measured by the length of the nose or the distance between the eyes. Yet, they are what a client is looking for when they ... Read More...

Epiphany: on Music and Breaking the Rules

The Valley Patriarch by Anna Bain OPA 24" x 42" - Oil on linen I am a professional artist, but what some people don't know about me is that I have played piano since I was eight years old. I was classically trained all the way through ... Read More...

Color as My Visual Statement in Painting

I consider myself a colorist.  That is, I find that color palette inspires the visual message I wish to convey in my painting.  Interestingly though, color is subordinate in what I do. As a more-or-less representational ... Read More...

Becoming A Better Realist Painter Through Abstraction

Did you know that OPA has been sharing artists’ blog posts for over ten years?  We have an extensive collection available to the public on our website. This summer, OPA will be taking Deep Dives into our archives and sharing our ... Read More...

Loosen Up

Wandering by Dan Schultz30" x 30" - Oil I have heard many artists say they wish they could loosen up in their work. Certainly, many of us aspire to create paintings that look effortless, but we find that doing so is easier said than ... Read More...