Updating & Redesigning My Blog & Website

Hello Friends- Please be patient with the site for a few days. We are in the middle of some great changes, but the Thanksgiving Holiday is slowing us down. In the next few days FineArtTips & LoriMcNee.com will be easier to navigate and have a fresh look. Happy Thanksgiving -   Lori :-) … [Read more...]

Commissioned Art – Tips to make it a Success!

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At first being asked to paint a commission seems like the ultimate compliment. A prospective collector of your work requests and pays you money to create a personal piece of art. This sounds simple and seems like easy money in the bank. Unfortunately, many artists have had what looks to be a dream job turn into the dreaded commission! Recently, I finished and delivered a $12,000 commissioned painting to its new home. This project was a … [Read more...]

Water Mixable Oil Paints – Facts, Tips & Why I Use Them

A Bit O Gold 24x12 by Lori McNee

We have all been taught that ‘oil and water do not mix’ however, rules are made to be broken in art and water soluble paints are rebels on the scene. But, your intelligent mind is probably still pondering, “How can oil pigments possibly be water soluble?” The answer is this: The oil vehicle has been modified to make it soluble in water, eliminating the necessity for turpentine or other dangerous solvents to thin paint and clean brushes and other … [Read more...]

Rubies & Porcelain

Rubies & Porcelain 16x20 72dpi

Rubies & Porcelain 16x20 oil/board $3400 Available for purchase at Gardner Colby Gallery in Naples, Florida. I was asked to participate in "Paintings for Pink" at Gardner Colby Gallery in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  This painting will be one of my paintings in the event. … [Read more...]

How to Create a Powerful Art Portfolio

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As an artist, the portfolio is your primary tool in getting your work in front of potential collectors and gallery owners. The art portfolio is going to be the first impression you leave, and you want to leave the right impression so you can find the right gallery. After photographing your artwork, there are three primary concerns in creating a portfolio are: format content convenience You want to present your artwork in a way that is … [Read more...]

Brand Yourself as an Artist on Twitter

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My teenagers were mortified to find me on Twitter. First blogging and now this! But, don’t allow yourself to underestimate the power of social media and micro-blogging services. Twitter is one of the quickest ways to build brand recognition for you and your art business. What do I mean by branding? The American Marketing Association (AMA) defines a brand: "...name, term, sign, symbol or design, or a combination of them intended to identify … [Read more...]

How to Market Art & Illustration Online

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Guest author: marketing expert, Paul Featherstone In this article I provide advice on how to promote and how to market art and illustration and your services online whether you are an artist or an illustrator.There are literally thousands of people in the world who have a talent for art and illustration; unfortunately we will never get to enjoy the work produced by these people as they may not be marketing their skills successfully. Many … [Read more...]

Life Imitates Art & Attitude

Life Imitates Art & Attitude

The close relationship between life and art stirred Oscar Wilde to coin the infamous quote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Artists truly are the movers and shakers of the world. The ages illustrate that artists have been at the forefront of every epic era. That said, we artists have a big responsibility and must understand the importance of being an artist in today's modern world. Oscar Wilde's quote makes me ponder the … [Read more...]

A Favorite Book: “Composition of Outdoor Painting” by Edgar Payne


One of my most cherished artistic possessions is the little book, Composition of Outdoor Painting by California Impressionist, Edgar Payne . Often referred to as the ‘Bible', it is an indispensable tool that can be found in the studio of most every serious landscape and plein air painter. If you can buy only one art book on composition, this should be it! Multi talented, Edgar Payne was one of the great California Impressionist painters as well … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reference Photo Tips for Artists

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For centuries, artists have relied upon the use of tools to help improve their art compositions and concepts. Even the great Leonardo da Vinci used the grid method to help perfect his drawings, and nearly two hundred years later, Johannes Vermeer employed the use of the camera obscura. Artists have always been at the forefront of technology. Nowadays, many landscape and wildlife artists learn to be proficient photographers as well. In fact, most … [Read more...]




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