happy birthdayThis week marks the third anniversary of FineArtTips.com, so I want to take a moment to thank you all – my readers, guest bloggers, and friends, for your support as my art blog celebrates a happy birthday.

I started blogging, back in February 2009, as a way to give back to my art community. During this time I was recovering from an ‘icky’ divorce, I was almost an empty nester, and our small resort town was facing an economic slump – a lot of life changes were happening all at once.

Nevertheless, I have always believed that ‘you can’t receive with a closed fist‘, so during this tough time in my life I felt that it was important for me to give back in someway. As a working artist, blogging was a perfect opportunity for me to share my artistic knowledge, and my art with other artists and art enthusiasts.

However, I had no idea how much this new blogging venture would bless my life…

Through blogging I discovered social media, and have made so many wonderful friends and valuable connections. I have overcome my fear of public speaking, as I now give webinars and keynote addresses. My paintings have steadily sold during a tough art market, and I have even expanded my gallery representation. I have been featured in many national and international blogs, and publications, including the Huffington Post, Artist’s Magazine, Wildscape Magazine. I now edit for high profile bloggers, and have been writing for books including, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses, the 2012 & 2013 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, as well as the Photographer’s Market books. I am also happy to report that FineArtTips.com has received nearly 1,000,000 page views, according to Google Analytics.

I don’t mention all of this to be boastful; rather I hope you find this story inspiring. Yes, all of this takes a lot of time and effort, but the rewards have outweighed the hard labor.

There is so much to be learned, and FineArtTips.com still has a lot of growing to do – and I could not do it without you! If you took time to read this post, I send you a virtual (((hug))) because you are the reason I am blogging!

Thank you for caring to read and for you valuable comments about my art, art tips and social media advice, through my journey as a professional artist.

lori mcnee plein air artist with hatHappy creating! ~Lori 🙂


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Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of FineArtTips.com, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

22 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips!

    • Allison Reece says:

      Yes, Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips/Lori!
      Lori, you are such an inspiration to everyone and especially with us, artists everywhere.
      I’m grateful for all the time and talented you’ve poured into you Fine Art Tips. It’s helped me on several different occasions from art related issues to social media to blogging. Your posts are quality and I look forward to what will come out in the next post! A great thing!
      You’ve reinvented your life and not only survived, but prospered!
      You go, girl! Very grateful and Congratulations,
      Allison Reece/Artist
      Asheville, NC

      • Lori McNee says:

        Hi Allison, what a sweet comment! Thanks so much for the positive thoughts. I am so happy to hear that this blog has helped you. Yes, I have reinvented my life and it keeps evolving! So much fun…

        Happy painting and creating!

  1. Jennifer Libby Fay says:

    Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips, congratulations Lori! Thank you for your wonderful blog, it is a valuable resource and you are an inspiration.

    • Lori McNee says:

      Hi Wren! Thanks for stopping by again, I really have found a great path that I love!

      Happy painting to you,
      PS. I’d love a guest post from you on your beautiful botanicals…maybe a how to or something like that? Let me know 🙂

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