It’s Show Time!

In my humble opinion, OPA’s annual National Show is simply the best exhibition of art in the world.  How’s that for a superlative!  OK, perhaps it is matched by other shows, but never bettered.  Spectacular work depicting ... Read More...

Solo Museum Exhibitions

Kiss Me in the Morning by Michelle Jung36" x 58" Refine Your Motives If the career path of plein air painting shows, art fairs, or gallery representation does not appeal to you, consider a museum exhibition. The dream of a solo museum ... Read More...

Career Building Advice for Any Level

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...

A Representational Painters’ Manifesto

Quickly, in one sentence, what is representational painting? Keep it short. It’s not so easy, is it? Sure, we know what it is. We’ve been painting this way for years. There are over 3,500 of us in this organization and we have all ... Read More...

Where to Find Hidden Sales

Most of us, as artists, often don’t know where to turn to sell our work. If we had our way, we would just paint and hope that checks come in the mail or money just shows up in our bank accounts, but this is rarely the case for artists. And ... Read More...

Explode Your Fan Base Through Media Exposure

How did Ashley Longshore get 217,000 Instagram followers? How did Zaria Forman land 111,600 Facebook followers? These are the kinds of questions that keep me awake at night, and I try to use reverse engineering to answer them. I’m ... Read More...

Overcome the #1 Obstacle to Art Sales By Building Your Own Art Marketing Flywheel

Why creating your own art marketing flywheel is crucial to the success of your art career. As the Chief Marketing Office for BoldBrush and FASO, I’ve had the privilege to work with hundreds of professional artists over the years. In ... Read More...

Len Cutter Interview

Q. How did you discover you wanted to sell fine art? After operating a large gift shop, we noticed one day that the sales of small prints from local artists were outselling all other items combined. It was an easy decision and we, as a ... Read More...

Finding (and Keeping) Your Muse

Andrew Wyeth created a series of 240 paintings and drawings of his German neighbor, Helga Testorf. Picasso painted photographer and poet, Dora Maar, repeatedly during their nine year love affair. Modern day oil painter, Jeremy Lipking, ... Read More...

Selling your Art without selling your soul

Choosing to make your art career a full time occupation that pays your bills has always been a daunting challenge. In the past parents discouraged their kids from becoming an artist because many starve. Thus starving artist. But if this ... Read More...