From time to time, it happens to most creative people – the curse of artist’s block. We face the blank canvas, our creativity hits a wall, plateaus, or lacks motivation. I have a number of different ‘tricks’ to help me get out of a creative rut, but recently Pinterest really helped.

Source: via Lori on Pinterest


Somewhat controversial among artists and photographers, Pinterest is a very handy social bookmarking site that keeps all of my inspirations in one visual place – or, pin board. My favorite pin board is, “Art that Inspires Me”. 

Earlier this winter I felt daunted by the amount of paintings I must create for my two upcoming spring gallery exhibitions. I felt like a deer in the headlights, and I didn’t know where to start! Then while mindlessly clicking through Pinterest, I came upon a beautiful, subtle painting by the Dutch artist Jan Mankes (1889-1920). I had never seen this man’s work before… it took my breath away and suddenly I was inspired!  Thank you Pinterest! 😉

Source: via Lori on Pinterest


During his short lifetime of 30 years, Jan Mankes produced approximately 200 restrained, detailed works which ranged from self portraits to landscapes and studies of birds and animals. But like me, he loved birds.

Inspired by the spirit of Jan Mankes, I effortlessly painted a new series of paintings. “Watchtower – American Kestrel” was the first I completed. It is important for me to evolve as an artist, and we can all learn from the others who came before us.

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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, 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.

8 thoughts on “How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

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  3. brenda oelbaum says:

    I have also found inspiration online…perhaps not as directly as discovering a new artist…but by spotting funny social trends or bizarre juxtapositions…I have come up with some pretty fun and satirical messages and artistic statements. I’ve just started to use Pinterest, so far it’s just about oh that is pretty, and I want this hair cut…but it would be nice if it could inspire art and ideas as well.

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