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Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2014

We send a big THANK YOU to the 739 artists of all ages who challenged themselves to capture the beauty of nature, urban life, and their imaginations in our 3rd Annual Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge, held at our six Opus locations across BC on Saturday, May 10th, 2014....Read more

Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air

Gaye Adams (SFCA, PSC, MPAC) is an oil painter who loves painting out on location en plein air. Her field studies are important to her because they become accurate colour references for future paintings, as well as being amazing practice for painting quickly in unpredictable situations.

She uses the experience of the day to further evolve herself as an artist and believes the best way to grow as a painter is to paint outdoors. Getting out of the studio and into a beautiful location doesn’t hurt either.

Watch our latest video, Field Studies: Painting En Plein Air and join Gaye as she takes you out on location, sharing her approach to preparing for painting in the great outdoors!...Read more

Resources for the Outdoor Artist

For the last five years, we have invited artists to join us in a province-wide movement to create in our great outdoors. Rain or shine, the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge has been a great success and a tremendous amount of fun.

Click here for a recap of the 5th annual #OPUSOPC, May 15, 2016!

The event day is done, but the Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge is not over. We hope you continue to challenge yourself for the rest of this spring and summer… and beyond! Take your creativity out into your community and keep the creative adventure going. To keep the ideas and inspiration percolating, check out these great resources for creating outdoors: ...Read more

Custom Creativity

Find freedom in print! Alter your images to create expressive prints and unique displays with ease through digital editing and printing.

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Packing for Plein Air Success

Acrylics or oils, watercolours or drawing materials - no matter what media you choose, we've assembled a few checklists of the essentials required for a fun day with the great outdoors as your studio!...Read more

The Ceremony of Parting

"And how do people perform that ceremony of parting, Jane?", Mr. Rochester asks Jayne in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre. Saying a permanent goodbye, like other major life changes, is a dynamic renewal to some and anathema to others.

Creative people are good at adapting to change and optimists are good with transitions. So, as a creative optimist, I am embracing the change that this last column in the Opus Visual Arts Newsletter brings....Read more

Opus Copenhagen Mouldings

Inspired by Scandinavian design, the latest addition to frame mouldings at Opus – the Copenhagen – combines natural materials with sleek, modern lines.

Balancing beauty and function, the Copenhagen embraces the Scandinavian design principles of minimalism and utilizing natural materials. Crafted in Europe, this moulding is finished with real oak, maple, and teak veneers, giving the look of hardwood, without the added expense....Read more

Day Job: 20 Years of Artists from Opus Kelowna

Day Job Exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery

2014 marks two milestones for Opus Art Supplies. In 1974, owner David van Berckel created a framing business that became the Opus we know today. And in 1994, he expanded that business to the Okanagan with Opus Kelowna....Read more

From Opus, With Love

Complete the perfect Valentine's Day gift with an Opus Gift Card. They are available in any denomination – and unlimited creativity comes at no extra charge! To purchase a gift card, please telephone our mail order department toll-free at 1-800-663-6953 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm PST) or visit us at your local Opus.

And really wow them by tucking the gift card into a greeting card personalized by you for that added touch! Start with Strathmore Greeting Cards, the perfect blank canvas for your Valentine's greetings. Then bring out the paints, pencils, and papers to create a one-of-a-kind presentation. Here are some ideas....Read more

Painting the Portrait: The Grisaille Method in Oils

Paint like the Old Masters did! In the latest in our How-To video series, Mandy Boursicot teaches her step-by-step introduction to painting a portrait using the grisaille method.

Whether you're an enthusiastic beginner or a practicing professional, the Classical method of grisaille will strengthen your appreciation of values and have you on your way to painting like a master....Read more