Work in Progress
20x16 Oil on linen
Image reference: Randal Holt Photography
Last week, a friend and I traveled to St. Augustine for the 24th Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition, now on display at the Brilliance in Color Gallery on King Street. (It is less than a 2 hour drive from Gainesville.) Before entering the gallery, we viewed several amazing paintings behind glass of the entryway, some with ribbons hanging next to them. Needless to say, the artwork inside was just as impressive.
The collection of 250 oil paintings spanned a full range of subjects including portraits, animals, landscapes, and still life. Selecting a favorite was nearly impossible, but I was most intrigued by the scenes with leading roads and trails. The last day of the show is May 25th, so there is still time to see it in person. You will also enjoy talking with the friendly and informative Cutter & Cutter staff.
Before leaving the gallery, we purchased the catalog of works. On the inside cover, there is a message from the current OPA president, Ken Cadwallader, outlining the mission of the organization. It is both moving and motivating. This experience caused a shift in my thoughts, with a renewed sense of pride and direction that I will strive for in the future.