A Representational Painters’ Manifesto

Quickly, in one sentence, what is representational painting? Keep it short. It’s not so easy, is it? Sure, we know what it is. We’ve been painting this way for years. There are over 3,500 of us in this organization and we have all ... Read More...

Intention vs. Inspiration

Early in the fall when life was humming along normally, I had some well-educated and well-connected women tour my studio. One of the women raised her hand to ask a question. She said, “I don’t know much about art, but I would like to know ... Read More...

Not motivated to paint? Tell your story.

The first couple of weeks were okay, right? In fact, you probably said, “Hey, I’m an artist! My life hasn’t changed that much, in fact, it’s better now that I don’t have to put on pants or go anywhere!” You painted every day in an ... Read More...

For Every Season

Eccl 3:5 a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing A time to paint, a time to cease painting For 7 weeks, my husband and I homeschooled and nurtured our two grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, while their mother recovered from ... Read More...

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...