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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

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

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