Having the Guts

I grew up in Crested Butte, a very small town in Western Colorado. During my childhood, the local coal mines were closing and the world-class ski resort that exists today had not yet been established. Only around 100 people called the town ... Read More...

A Simple Lesson

I’m relatively new as a studio and plein air painter, but I have over 40 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. I was a graphic designer for five years before attending the Illustrators Workshop in 1979. It was there I made ... Read More...

Facts and Figures- Looking at Corot

Corot - The Painter in Us All - Reflections on the Master of Land and Body - By Brian Keeler I managed to make it to the show of the work of Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC just ... Read More...

PURSUING GRACE, The Painting’s Story

BIRTH OF A PAINTING "Pursuing Grace " by Myron Sahlberg 12" x 9" - Oil on linen  In the hope of being helpful to those who wonder how a painting develops from start to finish, I would like to share the backstory on this little ... Read More...

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...