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  • Drawing from Inspiration

    See Mark Illing’s intricately detailed black and white creations; Sean Karemaker’s stark comic art capturing encounters with people and places; and Jon Shaw’s vibrantly layered works of city scenes. Discover how similar tools and inspiration can result in different works of art. Whether sketching on location or working from your imagination, we encourage you to put your pen to paper!...Read more

  • Painting with Golden OPEN Acrylics

    FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists) signature member Bob McMurray has a passion for painting the world around him. Beginning much of his work on location in British Columbia's Lower Mainland, he will later complete his paintings in his studio. Bob is always prepared for the elements and he extends his time out on location by using Golden OPEN Acrylics from Golden Artist Colors. This allows him to paint in warmer weather as well as to achieve the blending and shading techniques often associated with oil painting....Read more

  • Working with Watermedia Outdoors

    We sent visual artist Alison Woodward to Granville Island to try her hand at painting outdoors for the first time! She rose to the challenge and shares details about working with the portable watermedia and supplies we asked her to experiment with in our latest How-To Video. Here are some observations she made about the supplies.
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  • Murray Phillips: A Conversation with My Canvas

    Murray Phillips' love and respect for Mother Nature is portrayed strongly in his artwork. As a signature member with Artists for Conservation [an artist run group dedicated to supporting nature through the arts] his passion for nature is extended beyond just painting outdoors. From British Columbia's Bugaboo Provincial Park to the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Murray travels far and wide to capture the beauty that the wilderness has to offer....Read more

  • Travel Easels at Opus

    Nicoli Moir, from Opus Art Supplies in Langley BC, highlights the features and benefits of some of our favourite Travel Easels in 2 quick and informative videos.

    Whether you’re wanting to expand your practice by working outdoors, find yourself painting on the go, or simply wish to paint on a sturdy and lightweight surface, one of these easels will surely meet your needs!

    Watch the videos below or click on the links to watch them in our online store to also view detailed information about each easel.

    Garibaldi Sketchbox Easel (see video above) ...Read more

  • Surface Preparation: Sizing & Gesso

    Colin Mitchell from Opus Langley demonstrates how easy it is to take control of your artwork right from the start by sizing and priming your canvas with gesso. Using a combination of Golden's GAC 400 and 100 for the size and our own Opus Gesso, Colin ensures his canvas will stand the test of time. Watch the video and learn how you can begin taking those extra steps towards a completely customized final piece....Read more

  • Oil Painting Techniques: Glaze & Cold Wax Medium

    Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island continues to perfect the painting he began in his previous video, Introduction to Oil Painting. In this informative How-To video, Pierre demonstrates how you can enhance your underpainting using glazes and cold wax medium techniques, adding texture and visual depth.

    Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

  • Fearless Nature with Marilyn Hunt

    BC artist Marilyn Hunt's creative expression focuses on the small, often unnoticed details of nature. She actively seeks the beauty in the everyday and her interest lies in visually sharing this with her viewers to facilitate an engagement with the organic world.

    Marilyn primarily creates Mixed Media paintings using acrylics, oils, wax, and graphite. Her quest in exploring new products is to create bold textured surfaces that best represent the message from nature she wishes to convey.

    Watch Marilyn as she express her Fearless Nature in the video above and read the full exclusive article below....Read more

  • How To: Introduction to Oil Painting

    Pierre Giroux from Opus Granville Island demonstrates how you can use your oil paints to produce stunning results with depth and clarity. He shares his approach, techniques, and preferred materials in this informative Opus How-To Video.

    Watch the video to see Pierre’s process and the final results!...Read more

  • Animated Imagination with Jeff Chiba Stearns

    Jeff Chiba Stearns is a Vancouver based, multi award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker. His love of pen, paper, and story is the driving force behind his creative pursuits as he continually strives to inspire others to create. Known for his award-winning animated short Yellow Sticky Notes, Jeff pushed his creative boundaries as an animator when he took upon the task of animating the whole film on Post-It notes. ...Read more