From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden – Interview with Lori McNee

"Lori McNee - From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden" is an excerpt from a recent interview by Eye on Sun Valley, an online Idaho news channel. Lori McNee in her Idaho studio. From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden - Interview with Lori McNee STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK Lori McNee’s mother once told her that she could hold a bird in her hands if she sprinkled salt on its tail. The 5-year-old took her mother’s [...]

2018-03-14T15:36:36+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden – Interview with Lori McNee

Helpful Negative Drawing Tips Revealed by Pencil Artist

A pencil artist reveals helpful negative drawing tips to produce vibrant highlights, textures, grasses, hair, feathers, fur and more! Negative drawing is a drawing technique in which the artist uses the white of the drawing paper (negative space) and surrounds it with positive marks (positive space) to build up the darkest values with layers of graphite. While browsing Instagram one day, I was immediately captivated by the beautiful animal drawings of pencil artist, Kathryn Hansen. It's wonderful [...]

2018-03-05T17:29:34+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Helpful Negative Drawing Tips Revealed by Pencil Artist

Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee

Back by popular demand, "Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee."  Join me (Lori) for an exclusive workshop adventure into the beautiful Tuscan countryside of Lucca, Italy! Now is your chance to go plein air landscape painting under the Tuscan sun...in October 7-13 or 14-20 2018! Last October 2017, I led an amazing Italian painting adventure at Casa Berti in Tuscany. The weather was warm and perfect for outdoor painting. My 2017 "Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun" [...]

2018-03-19T11:37:51+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee

Two Easy Ways to Develop the Focal Point of Your Painting

There are a number of different ways to develop the focal point of your painting. In this post, I am sharing two easy techniques for developing a focal point, plus a helpful list of other ideas. A focal point is a specific place of visual emphasis in your painting. It creates the center of attention. The focal point is the area that draws the eye of the viewer to the most important part of the painting.  Generally [...]

2018-02-19T16:13:02+00:00 February 12th, 2018|General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Two Easy Ways to Develop the Focal Point of Your Painting

15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

Most all artistic people have experienced the dreaded feeling of looking at a blank canvas or computer screen while waiting for creative inspiration to spark. At times, creativity can be elusive. Nevertheless, contrary to popular opinion, creativity can be honed with effort and consistency. It's helpful to set aside time for yourself to focus on honing your creativity, add it to your schedule. You should also know when to take a step back. Explore new mediums. Step [...]

2017-11-04T16:03:03+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on 15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

Exclusive Monet’s Garden Landscape Painting Workshop 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists. Back by popular demand, join artist Lori McNee for an exclusive week of landscape painting in Monet's Garden! You will have the unique opportunity to paint and photograph in the magical garden of Claude Monet - without the general public, September 5 - 12, 2018. In 2018, space is limited to only 8 workshop participants (all painting levels are welcome and photographers are too! I will be painting in oils, [...]

2017-10-10T23:28:46+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Exclusive Monet’s Garden Landscape Painting Workshop 2018

An Easy Art Studio Lighting System for Better Paintings

Proper art studio lighting is one of the most important factors to a successful painting. Over the years, I have used many types of art studio lighting from North Light (great, but NL is limited to working during daytime hours) to artificial lighting.  I have tried many alternatives that have been both expensive and disappointing. Lori replaced one track light on her studio ceiling with the ML-Direct lighting system. A while ago, I installed an overhead [...]

2017-10-01T23:25:00+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on An Easy Art Studio Lighting System for Better Paintings

3 Art Website Upgrades Serious Artists Need to Know

Keeping an art website operating well is mandatory for the serious artist. Art website upgrades are important to understand due to technological changes, website security issues and changes in search engine optimization (SEO). Artists need to have not only a well-designed website, but one that can be easily found by search engines and is secure to anyone who visits the website. At a minimum, an artist’s website should provide the viewer with a sample of the artist’s [...]

Memories of Giverny and Painting in Monet’s Garden

(*Join me in Monet's Garden for my "Spectacular Autumn" workshop in Giverny, France. September 5-12, 2018. I'm taking applications here > ART COLONY GIVERNY . Contact: Caroline or Rich Nuckolls at: 770-977-3434 info@artcolony-giverny.com) Teaching a workshop and painting in Monet's Garden at his home in Giverny, France was a dream come true! It all started when I was invited by Art Colony Giverny to teach a special workshop with the highlight of plein air painting in Monet's Garden without the [...]

Using Japanese Notan Design Principles For Plein Air Painting

Recently, I've been reviewing the Japanese design term known as Notan. This ancient Japanese word literally means “light-dark balance.” The Notan is an ideal type of study for finding the shapes and patterns that serve as the foundation of every composition. In one of my favorite art books, Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow, Notan is covered in depth. In plein air, landscape painting, Notan is more than merely depicting light and shadow. Instead, the artist uses every line, light [...]

2017-05-04T21:11:52+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Using Japanese Notan Design Principles For Plein Air Painting