Joining Oil Painters of America

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Mccormack, Paul W. “”Karen in White” 40×29.” Oil Painters of America. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2012.

I decided I wanted to join Oil Painters of America for several reasons.  First, I have discovered I like figure painting and all different kinds of oil painting, not just portraiture, which I still love.  Second, it will give me access to the possibility of finding another living master painter.  Lastly, all the cool artists seem to belong.  I so want to be cool. 🙂

After reading the public portions of  Oil Painters Of America’s website, I realized that I needed not only to pay $60.00, but also to submit two paintings.  UGHHH!!  OK, I can do this.  I have a pretty good painting of my dad and another pretty good painting of my house.  I charged the $60.00 to my credit card and thought I would deal with submitting the paintings later.

Gann, Melissa. “”Gentleness” 12×9.” Facebook. Oil Painters of America, n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2012. <//>.

Wellllll, a couple of weeks went by and I still had not submitted the paintings.  Last night, to my delight, I discovered in my mailbox the coveted acceptance letter and membership card from Oil Painters of America. Hmmmmmmm.  Could it be that they heard how great I am without even seeing my work?  I don’t think so.  LOL  Who cares?  I am a member!  Yea!!!  Now that I am a card-carrying member, I can really check them out.  I am pretty sure they have a conference.  This should be fun.



Shelli Alford is an artist and author, who enjoys learning from master oil painters from around the world and reviewing their classes, workshops and demonstrations.

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