How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

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.

american kestrel lori mcnee

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  1. lalalal January 23, 2013 at 4:57 am

    True!! Pinterest is Da place!!

    • Lori McNee February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

      I agree!

  2. brenda oelbaum April 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

    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.

    • Lori McNee May 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Inspiration comes in many forms. I also find great trends and quotes that help me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here Brenda.

  3. Cynthia Jackson April 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

    I love pinterest !! Your Paintings are beaujtiful !!! I am a member too !!! *Cynthia

    • Lori McNee May 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Thanks for the great feedback. I’ll look for you on Pinterest. It is harder to find my buddies there though…

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