Beyond Literalism

"Eggs with Oranges" by M Kathryn Massey OPAOil After a difficult divorce in 2007,  I re-dedicated my focus on a book I began back in 2005.  "Beyond Paint:  A Guide to Conceptual Painting" had rambled around in my ... Read More...

Abstract Design and Realism

Question: Hey Albert, I watched you demonstrate and I was amazed, are you getting abstract or what? Well that’s a good question. Sometimes I wonder myself. I always had a good feeling for the design and shapes that make up the ... Read More...

Cocoons – Artists Chrysalis

As artists, many of us are shaking our heads and wondering why we haven’t been painting during this time of “lock down” and isolation.  We thought about it, had the time, but just didn’t have the will or energy to pick up the brush ... Read More...

Sources of Inspiration

Every artist has that defining moment in their life when for whatever reason they feel a need to express themselves, and most have a lingering memory of how it all started. For me, it all began with a lighthouse.  “Point Loma Lighthouse” ... Read More...

Welcome to Ground Hog Day

Some years ago I went through a period where a recurring element not only kept re-appearing in my paintings but would re-appear in pretty much the same location. It was utterly unconscious - and a bit disturbing - a glitch in the Matrix. It ... Read More...

Intention vs. Inspiration

Early in the fall when life was humming along normally, I had some well-educated and well-connected women tour my studio. One of the women raised her hand to ask a question. She said, “I don’t know much about art, but I would like to know ... Read More...

Not motivated to paint? Tell your story.

The first couple of weeks were okay, right? In fact, you probably said, “Hey, I’m an artist! My life hasn’t changed that much, in fact, it’s better now that I don’t have to put on pants or go anywhere!” You painted every day in an ... Read More...

Satisfaction (as in, “I can’t get no…”)

I recently completed an oil painting that was perhaps one of the longest wrestling matches I have ever had with a painting. Finding a sense of color harmony was the initial struggle, which of course led to corrections in color temperature, ... Read More...

Layers of Intelligence: Conceptualism and the Visual Approach

Pontormo (Jacopo Carucci), 1494-1557, Study of Three Nudes, Uffizi Gallery, Florence This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.MichelangeloPortrait of ... Read More...

Checking in with OPA Board Members during Covid-19

We thought it would be interesting to ask some of our Board Members what they have been up to since being quarantined. Here's what they have to say: Bill Suys OPA I came home from teaching at the Scottsdale Artists School on Feb. ... Read More...