Blog 2017-01-13T17:42:35+00:00

Easy Steps to Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a [...]

The Gift of Art

This holiday season, I am reflecting on the importance of art, our freedom to create, and the gift of art in our lives. Art is a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and solutions in a creative [...]

A Portrait Painting Palette System that Works

Portrait painters want to capture the likeness of their unique subjects with fresh living color. Yet, many artists struggle with a portrait painting palette for mixing beautiful skin or flesh tones. Steven unveiled his [...]

The Business of Art Made Easy

The business of art doesn't need to be complicated. A while back, I wrote about the difference between left and right brain and as artists, that more creative right side is usually working in overdrive. While [...]

Portrait Painting: Worth A Thousand Words

Although portrait painting is an established tradition, recently there has been a resurgence in its popularity. Art lovers from the UK, US, Australia and Canada want to make a statement about their family for posterity. [...]

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

As an artist I am always exploring new ideas from painting techniques, mediums, subject matter and even different ways in which to display artwork. Nest l ©2014 LMcNee 9x12 Lately, I have been [...]

Tabletop Artist Palettes by New Wave Art

Once again, my friends at New Wave Art have asked me to try out their latest product design. This time I am reviewing their new POSH tabletop artist palettes. It always feels like Christmas whenever [...]

Left Brain or Right Brain? Take The Quiz

Have you ever been accused of being overly analytical or do people say you're too dreamy? These traits can be attributed to left brain or right brain type thinking. At the end of this post, [...]

5 Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Sometimes an inspirational quote from a friend or a thought leader can help brighten our day, lift our spirits, or reinforce our personal journey. I love collecting quotes and words or wisdom to share with my [...]

6 Ways to Create Depth in Your Landscape Painting

Have you ever felt as though you could walk right into a beautiful landscape painting? Like a magician, the artist has transposed the third dimension onto a flat canvas, and you the viewer are lured [...]

7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric [...]

On The Go With STRADA Easel

When I'm traveling and on the go I need a painting easel that is sturdy, lightweight, functional, and dependable. That is why I love my STRADA Easel. I've tested most of the popular easels and [...]

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie [...]

How to Boost Creativity in Your Home Office or Studio

photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_lim/1557978846 While you may not always be inspired, the designs, colors and decorations that surround you can help stimulate and boost your creativity. If you're an artist of any kind, your workspace should be [...]

Palette Knife Painting Tips

Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool [...]

Why Corporate Art Collecting Is Big Business For Artists

Photo credit : reynermedia Flicker For as long as anyone can remember, businesses have always invested money in corporate art. In the beginning, this was more of an aesthetic consideration than anything else. Large companies simply needed [...]

How This Artist Earned Nearly 100,000 Facebook Page Fans

Incredibly, within a few months my talented friend Tony O'Connor will reach 100,000 Facebook page fans. (*Since writing this post, Tony has reach over 100,000 and has been verified!) Tony is an extraordinary artist and has [...]

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Now it's easy to make quick slideshow videos for Instagram with PhotoGrid. For a while, I've been using the PhotoGrid app on my cell phone to make my photo collections into amazing collages for Instagram. [...]

6 Great Art Blogs For Those Addicted To Learning

I’m addicted to learning. I grew up in a household where education is extremely important and success was achieved by studying and working hard at whatever you desire. This mentality has stuck with me all [...]

How To Paint An Awesome Deer

With over 80,000 likes on his Facebook page, my friend Tony O'Connor is a social media rockstar artist! A very talented painter specializing in equine art, Tony captivates his following with beautiful art and tutorials like, How [...]