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...

The Gypsy Life in a Pandemic

Maiden Voyage I've always had a gypsy soul, climbing high in the trees, wandering the fields and exploring the Finger Lakes where I grew up. The youngest of three girls, no one really paid attention as long as you were home by ... Read More...

My Friend Greg LaRock OPA—How One Artist Influenced Many, for the Good

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands…so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.”    --1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 Greg painting ... Read More...

Racing in the Dark

The Bird Watcher by © Lyn Boyer9" x 12" - Oil on linenOil Painters of America National Wet Paint Competition 2020 - Award of Merit Meet Bean, a diminutive black rescue dog with a randomly crooked smile. Bat Dog impersonator, she races ... Read More...

The Role of Color Temperature in Painting

When I wrote my book on painting with a concept, I listed five key elements for creating a  workable, harmonious painting: Values, Edges, Paint Quality (integrity of the paint), Agent  (you as the painter guiding the work), and ... Read More...

How Do Your Paintings Sound?

Leveraging All of Your Senses to Create More Impactful Paintings The importance of a strong composition is well known to painters. Once a good design is selected, we make choices and adjustments using our toolbox of techniques to create ... Read More...

Reflected Light

Detail from The Last Rose by Elise ZollerOil Edward Hopper once said, “There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper portion of a house”.  I would add – particularly a white house.  Because there is nothing white about ... Read More...