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Just Practice

Kristofer Parley's intricate black and white cityscapes juxtapose his more vibrant watercolour paintings, resulting in a varied collection of detailed artwork. From drawing comic book characters on restaurant napkins as a child to more formal watercolour classes as he grew up, Kris' dedication to practicing his craft over the past 30+ years has enabled him to develop a style all his own.

Watch this Victoria artist and Opus staff member's video above to discover how working with a pen right from the start (no erasers here!) can loosen up your artwork, teaching you to incorporate your mistakes into the final piece. No one said your practice has to be perfect!...Read more

Opus Daily Practice Challenge

For 28 days this February, challenge yourself to create daily. Post your progress online with #opusdailypractice to connect with your fellow artists and for a chance to win one of twenty – eight $28 Opus Gift Cards!
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Fine Art Digital Projectors

Discover the possibilities of using projected digital imagery in your fine art practice!

Digital art projectors make the perfect addition to any artist's studio, granting you access to a multitude of tools for creating. Whether you're working on canvas, cradled wood panel, or even a large scale wall mural, digital projectors give artists the ability to develop artwork with more accuracy in less time....Read more

Opus Donations Drive 2015

Share Your Gift this Holiday Season!

Giving back to the arts community is important to all of us at Opus. Now in its 16th year, the Opus Donations Drive raises much needed funds for local organizations, matching your cash donations with Opus gift cards of equal value, to assist each group’s programs.

We would love for you to continue your generous support this year by making a donation on your next visit your local Opus store. Let’s continue to share our gift with the community!

Visit your local store and support their charity by donating this year!...Read more

Science & Art Unite! Daniel Smith Watercolors

Get a behind–the–scenes look at the raw materials used to produce some of your favourite watercolours!

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Opus!


Whether you could use some assistance selecting that special gift for all the creative individuals on your list, or want to make a difference to the creatives in your community, the staff at Opus are your Holiday resource.


Celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera... they are made with the eye, heart and head”. So it is with all art, and with the business of providing art supplies and services....Read more

Ross den Otter: Photographer / Mixed Media Artist

Photographer, mixed media artist, and teacher Ross den Otter began experimenting with fine art materials on his photographs after being inspired by a local artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl. After years of being immersed in the arts, he used this experience to explore and develop a multitude of processes for taking his photographs beyond the JPEG.

Ross now balances his commercial photography practice, teaching at VanArts and Vancouver Photo Workshops, along with creating his mixed media artwork....Read more

Creative Community: Making Cards

MARNEY-ROSE EDGE

After being inspired by a Visiting Artist Demonstration at Opus, Marney-Rose thought about creating books. Cards seemed a less intimidating way to start, and she recently began creating cards for family and friends on special occasions. "The card pictured was for Valentine’s Day. As a watercolourist, it was a natural medium to use to create the card," said Marney-Rose.

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Tips for Studio Safety

Whether you work in your own studio, a shared space, or at home, it is important to take precautions against materials that may be harmful to you or the environment if not handled with care. Here are a few tips and practices you can implement to set a high standard of safety in your workspace.

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Just Add Colour - #OpusColour

Colouring has become a wonderful creative outlet for millions, as adults the world over are discovering how it can improve your focus, allow for moments of relaxation and connection, and that it’s a perfect way to experiment with a host of materials.

Give it a try for yourself – both with free colouring pages and a chance to win an amazing colouring prize pack.

1. Download a Free Colouring Page!

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