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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

En Plein Air with Maria Josenhans

Maria Josenhans En Plein Air

It’s plein air season again! Many people are already preparing to hit the great outdoors for some creative inspiration. Others may ask, why paint outside? And where would I start?...Read more

Selling Emotions, Not Art

A great way to become a better seller of artwork is to go through a challenging purchase in full consciousness, so I like to assign my students the hypothetical challenge of selecting a domestic product that they have never owned and know nothing about. The point of the assignment is to make my students hyper-aware of how they buy, what criteria they use to make their selection, what triggers their purchase, and what they are seeking when they make their decision.

In many cases, my students will realize that what they want from their purchase is an emotion – often, that emotion is confidence or fulfillment. They want to feel happy with their decision; that they paid a fair price and that their product will last....Read more

Making the Stretch

Selection of canvas and linen

DIY and Custom Canvas

The history of bespoke canvas, stretching your own, and using the Opus Custom Stretched Canvas Service to create a surface tailored to your specifications. ...Read more

Using Yupo

Watercolour on Yupo by Vi Wawrykow.

A synthetic paper that garners unique results. Three artists discuss using traditional media on this contemporary, 21st century surface for exciting and unpredictable results.

Browse through the paper drawers at Opus and you may discover a smooth, matte paper unlike any you’ve used before. Made of 100% recyclable polypropylene, Yupo Synthetic Paper is a dimensionally stable, tree-free paper with a neutral pH. Its ultra smooth, bright white surface has a unique look that reflects light, keeping colours vivid....Read more

Against the Grain

Cradled Panels

Painting on wood is a practice that has existed for centuries and it’s easy to see why this surface has maintained its popularity. Wood offers a durability that flexible surfaces can’t. The rigidity prevents the artwork from cracking and protects it from being torn or dented. Panels also lend themselves beautifully to media that benefit from a rigid surface, such as encaustic work....Read more