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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

A huge THANK YOU to the 464 artists who braved rainy weather to participate in our 2nd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, April 27, 2013. It was a wonderful day of creativity! Another huge THANK YOU to the 16 judges who had to make tough decisions to pick out the winners....Read more

Take it Outside

With summer right around the corner, it is tempting to leave your artwork and studio behind in search of relaxation and fun in the sun. Why not have both by taking your art along! Read on as outdoor artists share what makes working en plein air work for them.

How do you select your scene and location? Are there specific elements that draw you to it?

Maria Josenhans – Oils...Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2013

Start your spring with a creative challenge!
Whether you’re a seasoned painting pro, a beginning artist, or a creative individual looking for a new challenge, join us at Opus for a fun day with your fellow artists.

Paint in your favourite medium – acrylic, oil, watercolour – or create a mixed media piece, drawing, or collage; you name it! Your only limits: working outdoors within the designated painting zone on the surface we provide you with. And, in true plein air style, the challenge will happen rain or shine. ...Read more

Murray Phillips: A Conversation with My Canvas

Murray Phillips' love and respect for Mother Nature is portrayed strongly in his artwork. As a signature member with Artists for Conservation [an artist run group dedicated to supporting nature through the arts] his passion for nature is extended beyond just painting outdoors. From British Columbia's Bugaboo Provincial Park to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Murray travels far and wide to capture the beauty that the wilderness has to offer....Read more

Surface Preparation: Sizing & Gesso

Colin Mitchell from Opus Langley demonstrates how easy it is to take control of your artwork right from the start by sizing and priming your canvas with gesso. Using a combination of Golden's GAC 400 and 100 for the size and our own Opus Gesso, Colin ensures his canvas will stand the test of time. Watch the video and learn how you can begin taking those extra steps towards a completely customized final piece....Read more

Oil Painting Techniques: Glaze & Cold Wax Medium

Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island continues to perfect the painting he began in his previous video, Introduction to Oil Painting. In this informative How-To video, Pierre demonstrates how you can enhance your underpainting using glazes and cold wax medium techniques, adding texture and visual depth.

Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents Plein-Air Blossom Painting

Alfonso Tejada, Plein Air Master, at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Those who have experienced springtime in Vancouver are familiar with one of the city’s most distinctive, yet fleeting, delights: over 40,000 blossoming cherry trees, displaying every shade of pink to nearly-white.

For those who find themselves in awe of the cherry blossom’s ephemeral beauty, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Plein-Air classes are the perfect opportunity to capture your inspiration. Classes are held each Saturday in April from 11am-2pm at VanDusen Botanical Garden, which has several spectacular cherry tree locations....Read more

Animated Imagination with Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is a Vancouver based, multi award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. His love of pen, paper, and story is the driving force behind his creative pursuits as he continually strives to inspire others to create. Known for his award-winning animated short Yellow Sticky Notes, Jeff pushed his creative boundaries as an animator when he took upon the task of animating the whole film on Post-It notes. ...Read more

Donations Drive 2012

The holiday season is upon us! As we have been doing for the past 12 years, we are again happy to be raising funds for local community groups. Each Opus location is conducting a fund raising drive for a local organization. Opus will match all donations in gift cards of equal value to the funds raised to assist each group’s programs. We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation to our 13th Annual Christmas Donation Drive the next time you visit us....Read more

Dream Studio with Alan Wylie

Alan Wylie (CSPWC, AWS DF, SFCA, NWWS, CIPA, CWA, LWS) has had a long journey in his painting career to obtain the status and studio he has now. From painting in an old chicken coup, to a garage in the middle of winter with socks on his hands, to working in dark basements and kitchen tables; Alan has weathered it all in his quest to obtain a fulfilling career in painting.

After working in these challenging spaces, Alan was finally able to build his dream studio at his current home in historic Fort Langley. Watch Dream Studio for an exclusive look inside his work space as he shares his story and insights into his practice. ...Read more