Archives for February 2021

About Using Photography

We are pleased to share this week’s blog from OPA Master Signature artist James Crandall.  James will be giving a live demonstration of his technique for painting from photographic references at the upcoming OPA National Convention in ... Read More...

Design Tells the Story: A Demo in Pictures

I recently received a photograph from a fellow artist. It was of her mother and father. She wanted to commission a painting of it to give to her mother, who is an artist as well. The photo showed her mother and father at an art workshop. ... Read More...

Backyard Painting

Still Life with Pomegranates by Hilary Mills Lambert 7” x 8” - Oil Now that I refuse to board an airplane and fly across country, I miss my family and friends.  My plein air workshop at the Landgrove Inn in beautiful Vermont has ... Read More...

Know yourself: a guide to painting commissioned portraits

I’ve often heard artists lament how much they hate painting commissioned portraits. I never understood why. After all, a commission is a guaranteed sale which means the artist doesn’t have to work hard to find a buyer, or split their profit ... Read More...