Great time in Missoula

Getting here got interesting, but the event has been terrific. Got caught on the ground in Denver yesterday when a May Day “blizzard” went right over the airport. Everything was closed down for about an hour and then I got to take pictures out the window of the plane being de-iced.

The OPA event is headquartered at the Holiday Inn Parkside. Great place! Big comfortable room, pleasant efficient staff. There was a small barking, whining dog in the room next door this morning and within a half hour of it starting, they had staff going around the restaurant trying to find the owners.

Yesterday’s activities included a talk by Peter Trippi on one of my all-time favorite artists, John William Waterhouse. I first saw his “Lady of Shalott” at the Tate Gallery in 1987. Then I got a personal critique of my work from William Schneider, OPAM, which was very positive. I’ll be taking a shot at getting into the national show next year. Finally, there was an information-packed presentation on ways that painters can use Photoshop. I’ll be blogging about that as I try what I learned for myself.

Then it was time to walk over to the Dana Gallery for the big opening of the Oil Painters of
America’s national show. Two hundred of the best contemporary paintings that I have ever seen in one place. Very inspiring and a little daunting. The weather was warm and beautiful and the gallery was packed. About a dozen red dots too. Very encouraging since the economy has essentially ground to a halt.

Time to go back to the Dana Gallery for morning demos, then marketing info this afternoon.

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