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...

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...

A Symphony In Greys

I have always been fascinated by the sparkling sensation I sense from viewing the strong greys of granite, especially in sunlight, they contrast so beautifully with the rich dark greys found in the shadow areas. For me, it’s a symphony in ... Read More...

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...