About 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.

Easy Steps To Painting Big

Internationally renowned master wildlife artist, John Seerey-Lester is well known for the art of painting big, dramatic paintings that tell a story. Specializing in wildlife, sporting art, and historic themes, John has gained a reputation for producing images in either oil and acrylic with a narrative which are both mysterious and mystical. John is also a famed painting instructor. In fact, I first met John in Colorado nearly 30 years ago at one of his popular wildlife [...]

November 9th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Steps To Painting Big

20 Tips For Better Art Biz Habits

Recently, I was asked by the Artists Network to share some art business advice to their readers. With over 30 years experience of being a professional artist, I quickly came up with a lot of helpful art biz ideas ranging from art studio storage and functionality, to practical working tips, and thinking like an entrepreneur. I even shared some pictures of my own busy, yet efficient art studio! Lori McNee's art studio in Idaho. We all have [...]

Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack

Each time I travel to plein air painting events, I find it difficult to safely dry my wet paintings, until now! Here's the interesting story of how one clever artist created a handy, beautifully designed invention for her fellow artist. On the go, or in the studio, the new Dryangle drying rack is the perfect solution for artists. Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack When I’m traveling on a painting trip, I need a place to store [...]

Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

Throughout the country, communities of creative people often host self-guided tours of the studios and work spaces of visual artists. I am proud to announce that my hometown, Wood River Valley Studio Tour of Sun Valley, Idaho, has been nominated for the 2015 Idaho Nonprofit Center's Excellence Award.   "Nonprofits make a difference in communities." ~Janice Fulkerson This great news precedes the 3rd Annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour (WRVST) which will be held Saturday and Sunday, August [...]

August 14th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values. Middle key colors are medium value or pure colors. In this fabulous guest post, landscape painter Shanna Kunz uses a limited scale of high values to demonstrate. Shanna [...]

Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

Assimilating back into civilian society is a challenge for any returning heroic Veteran. "Evan," a former Navy SEAL Team Leader started making street art style Abrasive Art as way to express his graphic memories of war and combat. Although he looks unscathed, Evan has suffered from numerous injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) back in 2010 from his tour in Afghanistan. Yet, without really knowing how, Evan has quickly built a successful art business, with a large following, in [...]

August 3rd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

12 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get Visual

As I mentioned in the thought provoking post, The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall of Attention Spans, visual content is now the preferred form of social media content. Science proves that in terms of human communication, we naturally respond to visuals over text, and even language. According to scientists, this is due to millions of years of evolution.  For instance, humans have a primal fondness for images of wide, open landscapes. These landscape images evoke [...]

July 29th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on 12 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get Visual

Using Temperature, Tone and Value in Painting

Understanding the proper use of temperature, tone and value in painting will help with the success of your art. These principles can be applied whether you are plein air painting in the field, or working in portraiture, still lifes, or landscapes your studio. Here is a quick crash course of the subject. Temperature Temperature describes the degree of warmth found in a color or hue. For instance, a warm color gives the viewer a feeling of warmth such [...]

New Oil and Encaustic Paintings on Display by Lori McNee

For many months, I have been busy creating a series of new oil still life and landscape paintings, as well as encaustic paintings for my various summer gallery exhibitions and events. I thought my readers might like to see my newest works... Trumpet Vase & Orchid 24x36 ©2015 LMcNee Come out and see me tomorrow night at Kneeland Gallery for my two-person show with Russian Impressionist Master, Ovanes Berberian. Enjoy this thought-provoking exhibition of newly installed art, [...]

The Psychology of Color For Artists

Color affects people in countless ways. Understanding how to effectively use the psychology of color will help us create more meaningful paintings, eye catching business cards, productive studios, soothing gallery walls, and successful websites. Studies have proven that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service. Although this infographic was made for designers, it is relevant to artists and can be applied toward many facets of art and business. [...]