Career Building Advice for Any Level

Did you know that OPA has been sharing artists’ blog posts for over ten years?  We have an extensive collection available to the public on our website. This summer, OPA will be taking Deep Dives into our archives and sharing our ... Read More...

The Life Within

We are pleased to share this week’s blog from OPA Master artist Mary Qian.  Mary will be giving a live demonstration at the upcoming OPA National Convention in Santa Fe, NM, August 24-29, 2021. Tickets and more information will be available ... Read More...

How deep is your space?

Did you know that OPA has been sharing artists’ blog posts for over ten years?  We have an extensive collection available to the public on our website. This summer, OPA will be taking Deep Dives into our archives and sharing our favorite ... Read More...

The Sporting Artist

The Day Ahead by Sam Robinson 24" x 20" - Oil on linen I stumbled into painting the hunt by chance. My meandering path of artistic enthusiasms led me from landscape painting, to a spell as a professional portrait painter, and then, to ... Read More...

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...