Technical Insights from “Weekend with the Masters”

Today’s blog is from OPA Master, Dan Gerhartz, with some insights he shared during the 2012 “Weekend with the Masters”. Though it is a few years old, the information is timeless. Portrait Demonstrations… Weekend with the ... Read More...

Painting Backgrounds

I have received a number of questions about painting “backgrounds” specifically for portraits. Too many students spend their time rendering the subject and then try to paint the background at the last moment. The result is often a disaster; ... Read More...

Where to Find Hidden Sales

Most of us, as artists, often don’t know where to turn to sell our work. If we had our way, we would just paint and hope that checks come in the mail or money just shows up in our bank accounts, but this is rarely the case for artists. And ... Read More...

Some thoughts on one Artists’ convoluted road of failure, travail, and success

I have been teaching art for over 50 years and drawing and painting for 75 years. Where did the time go?! Like most people, I have certainly had my ups and downs and now that most of my life is behind me I have the tendency to reflect and ... Read More...

The Art of Being and Having a Mentor

“Sometimes it takes an expert to point out the obvious.”    --Scott Allen Rick and Ken meet the Master in the Handell Studio On a recent fall afternoon, noted painter Ken Spencer, my wife Lynn and I were privileged to ... Read More...

Dappled Light Is the New Paisley

This work is a derivative of "1970 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe" by Alden Jewell licensed under CC BY 2.0 Remember paisley?  I do.  My brother had a 1971 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe with a paisley vinyl top.  It was a boat ... Read More...

When Your Name Is Called

What is it like to win a big award at a national art show? How would you spend the prize money? What impact would an award have on your career? These questions go through my mind with each competition I enter when I finally get my piece ... Read More...

Painting Winter Landscapes

Every winter I have to remind myself that artists don’t need to be on a perfect sunny sea shore to paint a beautiful landscape painting full of light and emotion. In fact, I would argue that some of the most beautiful landscape paintings ... Read More...

Road Trip to Utah

This past September, my mother, dog and I decided to take a road trip to Utah to visit the National Parks. After 3 days of driving, we arrived in Moab on Monday night.  Our first stop, Arches National Park. Natural sandstone arches and ... Read More...

Find The Spark

"Primrose Path" by Karen Burnette Garner What motivates us to do the things we do?  For some, it is a pursuit of money, for survival to excess.  Some seek recognition, to make their presence stand out from the crowd of humanity.  For ... Read More...