How to Mix Realistic Skin Colors and Avoid the Chalky or Muddy Look

Mixing skin colors can be challenging. Flesh often contains hints of every color of the rainbow! Plus, it’s easy for skin tones to become “chalky” or “muddy.” In this article, I’ll share information to help you mix realistic, lively flesh ... Read More...

The Necessity of Story

I've spent a good bit of time breaking down the components of painting in order to become more thoughtful about my work and to help others do the same. To my way of thinking, the intent of the work is the number one consideration in any ... Read More...

OPA Buyers and Collectors

I recently wrote a blog titled ‘So You Want To Host A Plein Air Event,’ in which I identified the three required components of a successful event: Artists, Organizers, and Buyers.  Similar to a three-legged-stools, without one of these ... Read More...

Artistry and Craftsmanship

You enter an art museum… you come around a corner… and there it is: a painting that immediately draws you in. Somehow through mere paint on a canvas it speaks, stirring your soul, even though the painting was painted long ago. Amazing isn’t ... Read More...

BACK TO BASICS: COLOR

In a fall post last year, I spoke about the importance of value in the hierarchy of a painting’s success. Color was the third item listed: 1. Drawing 2. Value 3. COLOR 4. Edges In this post I’ll briefly share a few thoughts on ... Read More...

Confessions of an Unartistic Father-In-Law

My son-in-law is Jason Sacran. That simple fact constitutes my one and only real connection to the art world. What follows are the confessions of a man who has had art thrust upon him, and has lived to tell about it. I am not an artist. ... Read More...

The Most Important Step to Painting is Drawing

To be a good figure painter you should know how to draw.  My teacher Sergei Bongart would tell students to go home if they couldn't draw and to not come back until they could.  After they learned to draw they were allowed to paint. I ... Read More...

My Experience With A 100 Day Challenge

In April, I decided to sign up for this program called the 100 Day Challenge. At the time I was exhausted, feeling stagnate getting burned out. Part of my exhaustion was due to overworking, teaching too much and primarily doing some ... Read More...

Nancy Boren interview

OPA is pleased to announce that Nancy Boren will be providing a painting demonstration at next year's 2018 National Convention in Steamboat Springs, CO. I don’t remember when I first met Nancy Boren, but it was many years ago. I actually ... Read More...

BACK TO BASICS: VALUE

In a spring post, I spoke about the importance of drawing in the hierarchy of a painting’s success. Value was the second item listed: 1. Drawing 2. VALUE 3. Color 4. Edges In this post I’ll mention a few items regarding the ... Read More...