Remembering the Legendary Everett Raymond Kinstler OPAM

August 5, 1926 - May 26, 2019 How can it be possible, that one of the greatest painters of our time, dropped out of high school at age 15 to take a job as a comic book inker? Within a year he was drawing stories and illustrating pulp ... Read More...

The Artist as Conservationist

Painting by Thomas Moran Growing up I was always outside exploring the woods and loving the changing light but never thought about painting it. It wasn’t until after a career as an illustrator that I began taking my easel outside to ... Read More...

A Moment In Time

"Buccafola Children" by Denise Franzino24" x 30" A moment in time means a couple of things to me. I think each of our lives is defined by moments in time. Decisions we make along the way in our journey through life that define our ... Read More...

Making Art Inevitable

"The object isn't to make art, but be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable" - Robert Henri For many years now this quote by Robert Henri has tickled my core self. It resonates with me, heart and soul.  But why?  ... Read More...

Saving What Works

I think every artist has them. Paintings that for some reason just do not work out. They are usually fun and exciting while the artist is in the process of creating them, be they plein air or studio pieces, but when viewed once the novelty ... Read More...

Turning Your Art Into a Business

OPA thanks Artwork Archives for being one of its 2019 sponsors.  We appreciate your support! Eight questions to ask yourself before making the leap You already love painting. Other people love your paintings. You can see it ... Read More...

Finding Your Surface

One day a painter friend gave me a linen panel. It was a primed with four coats of an oil based ground. It was beautiful. After that, painting on canvas from the hobby/craft store would never be the same. I was used to painting on canvasses ... Read More...

Just Kids

What makes portraits of kids so delightful? Besides the fact that children are active and endearing, there are differences an artist needs to consider when painting a child’s face.  Proportion is especially important. My early ... Read More...

Painting a Series

 “The Chase” by Lisa David, 16" x 20" Oil on canvas We all have them - our personal favorite painting, the baby, the one painting you were born to paint! Sometimes, we get lucky. The perfect combination of subject, composition, ... Read More...

Vietnam Veteran finds Solace in Oil Painting

John Melillo As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to take the time to honor all Veterans and celebrate the experience of art that has become a solace and rewarding experience to many Veterans today. Especially oil painting… John ... Read More...