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How To: Introduction to Illustration

Alison Woodward from Opus Downtown Vancouver illustrates how you can draw on your imagination, rendering it on the page in washes of ink and watercolour. She shares her approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

When learning how to illustrate with ink and watercolour one of the most important things to consider is the paper that you are using. If you use a lower grade paper, the time it will take for your mediums to dry will be lengthy to say the least. That’s why we chose to use our newest high end watercolour paper for this demonstration. Opus Finest Watercolour Paper meets all the needs for even the most discerning watercolourist.

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

To Frame or not to Frame?

“Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” — G.K. Chesterton. If that were true, what is driving the popularity of unframed mounting and canvas wraps?

Conventionally, framing protects and enhances artwork. Proper framing of your artwork will ensure it has a long life free from damage that can be caused by touch, light, insects, moisture and movement. For an artist, a framed piece of artwork also increases its perceived value. Many galleries still request submissions for exhibitions to be framed. A frame separates the art from its surrounding space. Frank Zappa once said, “without this humble appliance, you can’t know where the art stops and the real world begins.”...Read more

How Do You Figure Out What to Sell?

When you are a super creative person, there is a whole lot of stuff you can make. If you are a painter, you can create an original piece worth thousands and still have your art featured on bookmarks and greeting cards that only cost a few dollars. Perhaps you are a ceramic artist commissioned to do custom work but also sell buttons at 2 for $10. Is it a good idea to have such a broad range of price points? Well, that all depends....Read more

Sketching Life with Jack Turpin

Throughout his career as a high school art teacher and into the present, the most significant impact on Jack Turpin’s painting is his dedication to artistic journaling. For Jack this is where ideas, words, and images come together; where connections are made and where life’s little details are revealed....Read more

Focus and Passion (and a New Name)

There’s nothing like a good story, and the story about the change of my name at the bottom of this article is a great one. Why I have done this is now a script that is to be produced in Vancouver’s PAL Studio Theatre in April of 2013....Read more

Opus PLUS Launches

If you subscribe to the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter and have shopped with us by name since February, you’ve read about Opus PLUS and already received some of the benefits of this membership program. May 1, 2012 marks its official launch....Read more

Photographing Urban Vancouver

Rain Where #5, 2011 by Janet Sadel

In September of 2010, I moved from Toronto to Vancouver. Becoming a permanent resident on the West Coast was to fulfill a dream that any scenic and landscape photographer would envy....Read more

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2012 - Judges Announced!

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge - April 21, 2012

The Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge juries have been selected! We couldn't be happier with the caliber of judges that have signed on to be part of this fun day.

And the judges are...

Granville Island: 1360 Johnston Street, 604-736-7028
Mila Kostic, FCA, Curator
Shirley Thompson, FCA...Read more

Solvent-Free Oil Painting

Cobra Water Mixable Oils

Health and safety is a major concern for artists, and many people avoid painting with oils to avoid complications. Solvents, even odourless mineral spirits, require sufficient ventilation. The fumes can be irritating and are toxic, with some artists intolerant to them. However, oil painting can be done without using any solvents at all....Read more

Make It: The Handmade Revolution

dani press cards

Apr. 20 (4–9 p.m.), Apr. 21 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) & Apr. 22 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
At the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive
www.makeitvancouver.com – $5 at the door

It is always an exciting time of year when the first signs of spring start to appear. The days start to get a little bit longer, cherry blossoms bloom, and tiny, bright green leaves poke their heads out. It is also the time when 110 of Canada’s brightest artisans and crafters show off their fresh new designs at the Croatian Cultural Centre....Read more