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  • Share your Gift

    Join artists Enda Bardell, Pierre Coupey, and Sarah Clement as they reminisce about their first memories of art, and explore what exactly drew them to working with the mediums they love.

    Enda Bardell

    "It only takes one person to believe in someone."

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  • By All Means Create with ...

    Kathy van Gogh

    What's in a name? A lot when yours is shared with a famous relation. Our By All Means Create with… series draws to a close with decorative artist Kathy van Gogh.

    Kathy knows the voice of her inner critic well - bearing the name van Gogh deterred her from creating for almost forty years of her life. As a means to paint while not being regarded as a “painter”, she chose to enter the creative world through the decorative arts. In the process, she has found ways to use the critic's voice to make the pieces she loves a success....Read more

  • Fertile Images + Design

    "Use whatever tools are available. We combine film photography with digital photography, painting and design - these all help us make our images." - Zak Sarwari

    Zak Sarwari and Lysa Bromaroff have joined together in life, art, and business through their love of photography to form Fertile Images + Design....Read more

  • By All Means Create

    18 visual artists and one of the most inspiring creative quotes in art history.

    If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh

    Paint, pastel, paper. Screen print and block print. Digital art and photography. Pen and pencil. Collage and clay. All were employed to help us illustrate the words of Vincent van Gogh. We invite you to ignore that inner critic who says, "you cannot" because it is through any medium and by all means that art is created....Read more

  • Art Battle: Yared Nigussu - Artist & Champion

    I think I was born to be a painter. I don't know if I chose it but maybe art chose me. It is above me, beyond what I am. It's like eating, drinking –  so I need to paint.

    From crowded arenas to the solace of his studio, artist and 2-time National Art Battle Champion, Yared Nigussu connects with the world around him through his highly expressive paintings. He engages viewers with his upbeat energy, genuine personality, and fast–paced painting style, which has elevated this rising star throughout the Canadian visual art community....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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Ultimate Gift

    With the holidays right around the corner, you may have already been asked, "What would you like for a gift?". What if there were no limits? What would your ultimate gift be?

    We asked this question of our staff members. They could choose something as small as a pen, to something bigger like an easel, or even a variety of items that, when used together, would create their idea of the ultimate gift. As you can imagine, their choices were as varied as the artists who selected them.

    For inspiration to treat yourself or someone special on your gift list, watch the The Ultimate Gift above and read the full list below to find out what Opus staff chose and why.

    So... what's your Ultimate Gift?...Read more