Making The Most Of Your Art Studio Space

Do you wish your studio space were more functional? Do you want to paint more comfortably? Do you have limited space and wish to utilize as much of your available space as possible? I have found some fantastic ideas for my art studio space ... Read More...

Indispensible Art Book

When I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, my life-drawing instructor, the legendary Bill Parks, often spoke of Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis. In fact, one time he even said, “All I try to teach is what’s in that ... 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...

Stretching

Our recent pandemic has forced us to hunker down. It’s par for the course, for many artists to stay inside for long hours, but this is beyond normal, as we know. Like many artists, I work at home. To earn a living, I teach, do storyboard ... Read More...

Comfort in Creating

Lindstrom’s oil palette; She works out of a wood box so she can put her oils away in the freezer each night.  Throughout my adult life, creating and art has always been a comfort. When I was 10 days overdue with my first child I sat, ... Read More...

Continuing The Learning Process…

"Leaf On The Vine" by Yolande McAlevey 16" x 16”  - Oil Whether you are an accomplished artist or a beginner, the journey of each individual artist always includes growth and personal challenge. Master’s in the field of painting ... Read More...

The ONE Thing

As the world seems to spin out of control outside of our studios, this may be a good time to revisit the ONE thing that truly enables you to stay engaged as a life-long artist: satisfaction from, and a love for, the PROCESS. Wanting to ... Read More...

“Do I Have What it Takes?” Three Critical Traits

"Last Light on Split Rock" by Mary Pettis OPA28" x 16" - Oil on linen “Do I have what it takes?” This was the last question posed to me by an earnest young man at my last landscape workshop. It is frequently asked, and not just at the ... Read More...