Searching for the Sugarman

I Wish I Could I Wish I Might by E. Melinda Morrison 12” x 12” - Egg Tempera on Panel I recently saw for the second time, Searching for Sugarman.  It is a fascinating documentary of a musician, Sixto Rodriguez, who recorded two ... Read More...

STILL LIFE: More Than What You Might Think

Abundance by Karen Werner In a recent blog post a fellow artist labeled still life as a “lesser” genre of painting.   While I know that historically this may be true, this judgement really rubbed me the wrong way!  You see, I ... Read More...

Close to Home

Welcome Home by Joseph Gyurcsak11" x 14" - Oil on panel, private collection Usually, I travel around the country giving painting demos and lecturing at art organizations. Not so during this odd time in our history. I have not been at ... Read More...

“The Truck and Tractor Guy”

Golden Years by Randy Saffle 9” x 12”- Oil As a relative newcomer to fine art, one of the biggest challenges I faced was what subject to paint. I had never painted in oil and was drawn to it by watching a local French artist who was ... Read More...

Turn, Turn, Turn

Ancient Beacon by Jan De Lipsey 16” x 20” - Oil on Panel No clowns, no bells, no whistles.  Nothing fancy here, this is just for you and me.  January 2020 was the beginning of a life we could have never imagined.  And, ... Read More...

Color In Painting

Breaking Light by Karen Blackwood 18” x 24” - Oil My color choices are based on observation, feeling, and the desire to express my experience.  My brain does not respond to rules and scientific theory. I choose to see what I see ... Read More...

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...