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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

Stylish Solutions for Art Groupings

It’s easy to get lost in the numerous possibilities of picture framing, particularly when displaying multiple pieces. How you finish and hang groups of images can influence the effect of each artwork and the presentation as a whole. So, where do you start?

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Brushes Beneath the Blossoms

Plein air painting, or painting “in the open air”, has a long and storied tradition in the world of art. It brought us Monet’s water lilies and Renoir’s sunny parks. The beauty of nature has inspired countless artists. And every spring, right here in Vancouver, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival offers you the opportunity to experience painting en plein air. Come join us under the cherry blossoms for a variety of classes, each taught by a local artist....Read more

Bill Higginson: Drawing with Dry Media

Australian born, Bill Higginson is an artist who has ventured through many mediums to acquire the skills and ability to evolve his highly detailed art. At a young age Bill found himself a survivor of cancer, something that changed his point of view on life forever. He knew life was fleeting and that he had to pursue his passion. In this pursuit, he has developed specific techniques that can be applied to numerous mediums and in a variety of styles. ...Read more

Framing It Up For 2014


The right frame is the finishing touch to your artwork, complimenting both the art and the space where it will hang. Like other areas of design and décor, there are distinct trends in framing. Whether you’re preparing your art for a gallery or hanging personal memories in your living room, keeping up with the latest looks can enhance your image and make it the perfect addition to any space.

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New Year's Potpourri

NEW WIKIPEDIA TOOL
There’s an interesting new tool for artists on Wikipedia called DIY Budget Gallery. Select “Index” in the Navigation menu to get an overview of the site’s resources. This site has been developed in an American context but there is plenty of practical information that may be useful to anyone planning a visual art event. wiki.budgetgallery.org

CLIENTS FROM HELL
As a technical writer, this happened to me many times: An employer would welcome me, describe the challenge, contract me, and then walk me down the hall to meet “the people I’d be working with.” They would look stunned and then, after the boss left, the “people I’d be working with” would say, “What was he thinking? We’re not ready for you!”...Read more

Opus Celebrates 40 Years: 1974-2014

Opus Art Supplies has been an integral part of the visual arts community in BC for the past 40 years. From humble roots as a wholesale framing company in Vancouver, Opus has grown to include 6 retail locations, a national mail order service, and an online store. As the times have changed, Opus as a business has followed suit.

We sat down with Opus owner David van Berckel as he walked us through not only the history of Opus, but through the physical store locations that helped start it all. The result was a nostalgic look back at the people who helped made Opus what it is today and look toward the future of this ever evolving creative resource....Read more

Opus Donations Drive 2013: Share the Gift of Creativity!

At Opus, we believe in contributing to the arts community and there’s no better time to do so than in this season of giving! Now in its 14th 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 when you next visit your local Opus store....Read more

Using Your Portrait Online

Has someone once approached you who knows you and is very happy to see you and you recognize their face but you can’t remember their name? Or have you been in a conversation wherein you want to reference someone but their name escapes although you can easily recall their face? This aspect of our behavior has some interesting business implications.

We humans are programmed to remember the human face more readily than symbols; this ability is embedded deeply in our DNA so it is not surprising to learn about the results of some marketing research conducted by Medallia, a media research firm....Read more

Digital Printing At Home

Take your photos beyond the JPEG with Fine Art digital papers - at home!

Whether you use a DSLR, a point and shoot, or your mobile phone’s camera, you’ve likely taken photos that have only been seen on a display screen. Bring the images and memories you’ve captured to life with digital fine art papers and your home printer.

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