Top 10 Reference Photo Tips for Artists

Yellowstone Boys 09

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...]

Hummingbird & Teacup

Hummingbird & Teacup 8x10 avail

Hummingbird & Teacup 8x10 oil/board $1000 Available at the Gilcrease Museum, 2009 American Art in Miniature Juried Exhibition & Sale … [Read more...]

Painting for the Gilcrease Museum

moran_yellowstone-oil 1893

(Hummingbird & Teacup 8x10, by Lori McNee; 2009 American Art in Miniature entry) They say that ‘good things come in small packages’ and with art, there is no exception. In fact, sometimes a miniature painting can exude a gem-like quality that larger paintings often lack. The same can be said about miniature sculptures. For buyers and collectors, the attraction to these works by nationally recognized artists not only lies in the beauty of … [Read more...]

Use The Hidden Meaning of Color In Your Art

Use The Hidden Meaning of Color In Your Art

The hidden meaning of color can be used as a powerful tool in art. Once the simple principles are understood, the artist can use color to enchant the viewer. In fact, research shows that color can play a major role in our overall state of well-being. The colors we surround ourselves with directly influence the way we feel and relax. In art and design, color allows us to create our own individuality and flare. For years, interior decorators, … [Read more...]

A Favorite Book – “Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting” by John F. Carlson


On my personal artistic journey I have found many books that have become some of my greatest teachers. And now, the internet seems to be an infinite resource for artists. But, there is something special about a book that a computer cannot replace. A favorite book becomes my old friend, a friend I refer back to again and again for advice. One of those old friends is the book by John F. Carlson, Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting. Considered … [Read more...]

A Brush with Danger: Plein Air Painting in the Backcountry

High Country Cattle 30x40 72dpi

During the summer months here in Idaho, I spend a lot of time exploring and plein air painting in the mountains. Plein Air painting is the French term, which literally means, ‘painting in the open air’. Just like the Impressionists, artists venture out from the comfort of their studios and into the field in order to study the effects of light on a subject. But, painting pretty pictures in the backcountry isn’t as easy as it looks. It takes hard … [Read more...]

Under Vanilla Skies

Under Vanilla Skies thm

Under Vanilla Skies 24x30 oil/canvas board $3600 available at Kneeland Gallery (208) 726-5512 This painting was inspired by a scene I saw while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In reality though, there were cattle. I chose to substitute the cows for sheep in order to evoke more serenity. Although cottonwoods are thought to be much like a weed, they provide alot of shade for livestock during the heat of summer. … [Read more...]

Morning Glow – Ketchum

Morning Glow 24x36 avail

Morning Glow - Ketchum 24x 36 oil/board $4200 available at Kneeland Gallery (208) 726-5512 This was painted at an iconic ranch close to my house in Sun Valley, Idaho.  It was a beautiful morning and the sunlight was casting a warm glow over the ranchland and the cliffs above. … [Read more...]

8 Degrees in Wyoming

8 Degrees in MacKay 24x30

8 Degrees in Wyoming 24x30 oil/canvas board $3600 available at Galleries West, Jackson Hole (307) 733-4412 I painted this from a photograph I took while driving through the old western town.  It was early spring  and still only 8 degrees outside.  I am always amazed at the cattle.  They never seem to care about the weather. … [Read more...]

Hang Your Artwork Like a Pro


It’s a fact of life, first impressions matter.  In the art world, galleries only have a few minutes to capture the attention of a prospective client.  Most all successful galleries know this fact and use it to their advantage by professionally hanging and lighting their works of art. Don’t forget, a gallery’s job is to display our artwork in a pleasing and approachable manner in order to sell…and that is one of the reasons why they get paid the … [Read more...]




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