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 [...]

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

Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy

Join me and Art Escape Italy this October in for Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy! Immerse yourself in the beautiful Italian countryside for a week of plein air landscape painting. October 15 - October 21, 2017. My workshop will be based out of beautiful, Casa Berti, a 17th Century Tuscan estate 14km from the beautiful Renaissance city of Lucca. Over 5 days and 6 [...]

2017-02-21T14:58:57+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy

Discover How To Turn Imagination into Art

We all have an imagination. But, it takes a special skill to hold an image in thought and turn that imagination into art. ©2016 Lori McNee, Summertime, 20x20, encaustic on cradled birch panel Art-making can be a natural gift, a learned skill, or a combination of both. Making art is difficult and it takes perseverance, imagination, and a lot of hard work. Throughout the ages, even the most talented artists have had to work for [...]

Ways to Protect Your Health in the Art Studio

After nearly 30 years of being a professional artist, I've discovered it is important to enjoy your creative side while taking steps to protect your health in the art studio. In an effort to be eco-friendly and to keep the air quality in my home-studio healthy, I have always painted with solvent-free, water-mixable oil paints (by Cobra) to create the majority of my artwork. I've also educated myself on the health standards of my art materials. Nevertheless over recent years, I [...]

2017-01-22T00:15:53+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Ways to Protect Your Health in the Art Studio

Easy Tips for Packing and Shipping Encaustic Art Safely

Painting with encaustic wax is a joy. I love the organic, translucent qualities of the finished piece. But, shipping encaustic art can be a bit tricky, and even mysterious. I have been a serious encaustic painter for nearly 5 years. My work is exhibited around the West, but I have avoided shipping my encaustic art for fear of damage, special crating, and huge shipping costs. Encaustic art is prone to chipping and damage in extreme temperatures. It [...]

2016-09-30T10:48:59+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Art Business Tips, Art Gallery Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on Easy Tips for Packing and Shipping Encaustic Art Safely