oil painting Archive

New to Painting? Read Our Guides to Brushes & Paint

Read on for a crash course and links to more info. And best of luck on your creative journey! Read more →

Q&A: Portrait Painting, Then & Now

“Family portraits were meant to be private and were hung in spaces that only family, and maybe some close friends would see.” Read more →

June Workshop: Portrait Painting with Dan Thompson

Born in Alexandria, drawing since age two, and now on his way to teach in Shanghai, Dan Thompson is leading a workshop next month focused on portraiture — specifically, painting the human head in oil. Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Nicole Stewart

Standing just under life-size on a four-foot high canvas, the figure in Watching Her is keeping an eye on visitors to the Gallery this month. Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Susan O’Neill

For our third and final interview with the award-winning artists in May’s juried group exhibit, we turn to Susan O’Neill, whose oil painting Thomas’s Gift was awarded second place. (The juror, contemporary art curator Lauren Dickens, awarded best-in-show and third place to two other still life paintings — those interviews are here (with Leigh Read more →

Q&A with Award Winner Paul Zapatka

The second of three still lifes recognized with awards in the May All-Media Exhibit, the tall, colorful Cherry Blossoms by Paul Zapatka (below) is the third place award winner. The artist, Paul Zapatka, told us about his influences, his approach to still life, and using a tall canvas to “stop time.” Read about it Read more →