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  • Where Will Your Sketchbook Take You?

    Where will your sketchbook take you?

    Your sketchbook has become your companion, always in your bag or under your arm. From your morning coffee to traveling home from work, an artist's sketchbook is home to multiple mediums and countless memories.

    These memories create inspiration. They spur the artist further as they play with concepts for pieces or as a source of entertainment to help pass the time on their travels. Your sketchbook was there with you when you drove down the coastline with your family, that morning you got stuck in traffic, and during the most unexpected rushes of inspiration....Read more

  • Drawn Out: 365 Days of Drawing

    In planes, trains, and automobiles, visual artist Michael Markowsky traverses the landscape to find new and interesting locations in which to create. He has painted in the Arctic tundra, in the bed of a moving truck, and even in a CF-18 fighter plane! This constant change of scenery is all done in the pursuit of challenging his artistic process to gain new insights and ways of working....Read more

  • Exploring New Territory with Sarah Clement

    Vancouver-based artist and illustrator Sarah Clement has been inspired by nature and the world around her for as long as she can remember. Her whimsical and detailed illustrations mix the colourful freedom of ink with the more structured lines of cut-paper, producing artwork that is uniquely her own....Read more

  • Just Practice

    Vancouver-based visual artist Kyrra Kosar gorgeously illustrates the world around her. From working on old fax machine paper as a child to using professional art materials today, she uses a broad variety of media to beautifully render the creatures and animals in her artwork.

    Kyrra has participated in both the 2015 and 2016 Opus Daily Practice Challenges. Although she still feels a bit hesitant in sharing her art, she embraces the feedback she receives, using it as a source of motivation to bolster her commitment and keep her on track.

    Watch this Opus Downtown Vancouver staff member in her video above and find out how she overcame a 3–year streak of painter’s block. Everyone has something inside of them that they need to express – so dig deep within yourself and unearth what it is that you want to communicate with the world through your art!...Read more

  • Fine Art Digital Projectors

    Discover the possibilities of using projected digital imagery in your fine art practice!

    Digital art projectors make the perfect addition to any artist's studio, granting you access to a multitude of tools for creating. Whether you're working on canvas, cradled wood panel, or even a large scale wall mural, digital projectors give artists the ability to develop artwork with more accuracy in less time....Read more

  • Science & Art Unite! Daniel Smith Watercolors

    Get a behind–the–scenes look at the raw materials used to produce some of your favourite watercolours!

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  • Ross den Otter: Photographer / Mixed Media Artist

    Photographer, mixed media artist, and teacher Ross den Otter began experimenting with fine art materials on his photographs after being inspired by a local artist in the Eastside Culture Crawl. After years of being immersed in the arts, he used this experience to explore and develop a multitude of processes for taking his photographs beyond the JPEG.

    Ross now balances his commercial photography practice, teaching at VanArts and Vancouver Photo Workshops, along with creating his mixed media artwork....Read more

  • Blythe Scott: Mixed Media Artist

    Victoria mixed media artist, Blythe Scott's, artwork depicts the wonder, beauty, and emotional essence of the places she has been. Originally from Scotland, Blythe is drawn to the textures of the urban landscape, frequently scaling rocky hills and parking garages to get a birds eye view of the landscapes she wishes to portray....Read more

  • Just Add Colour

    Colouring books have grown up!

    A relaxing, therapeutic, and remarkably fun activity, colouring books have made a comeback with adults worldwide. We visited Vancouver artist Sandeep Johal in her home studio to talk about this creative craze and how it is influencing artists and newcomers alike....Read more

  • Experiments in Mixed Media

    Ignite your creativity in fresh new ways! Discover techniques for pushing artistic boundaries by watching Experiments in Mixed Media Part 1: Sketchbooks, Graphite and Yupo (above) & Experiments in Mixed Media Part 2: Yupo, India Ink and Pitt Pens (below). with artist, teacher, public speaker and author, Nancy Crawford....Read more