OPA’S FIRST VIRTUAL CONVENTION TAKES PLACE THIS WEEK

If you watched the 2020 National Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening, September 10, or took part in the  International Wet Paint Competition you know that our Convention is now under way. If you participated in the Wet Paint event you are ... Read More...

In Light of Identity

Vincent Van Gogh in the city of Arles, David Hockney in California, and Claude Monet’s extensive working excursions to the French and Italian Riviera are just a few examples of many artists who, let’s face it, were in desperate need for ... Read More...

Colors for “Cherished”

"Cherished" by Susan Patton 30" x 30" - Oil on Linen I chose to paint this piece because of the dramatic nature of the composition, the lighting, and the color. The composition would be like none other I had ever painted before- full of ... Read More...

Staying Healthy, (Relatively) Sane, and Growing During the Pandemic

In early March, many of us were probably asking ourselves a similar question: “How do I keep producing art and growing while in the midst of a pandemic?”  I’ll be sharing a bit about how I answered this question and I hope it will be ... Read More...

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...

Painting and Parenting

Many people with young children wonder if they can paint at home while their children are still young and not in school. The answer is yes! I questioned whether it could be done and doubted my efforts initially. I would tell myself one day, ... 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...