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 [...]

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 [...]

Simple Twitter Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd

Twitter is an important ingredient to my art business success. Since 2009, I have effectively used the following simple Twitter tips as a way to brand and market myself and my art business. For me, Twitter has proven to be the fastest way to build my online presence. Twitter has literally changed my life, and propelled my career! In fact, Twitter has changed the way in which businesses, and customers communicate with each other. Twitter gives small [...]

Plein Air Paint in Monet’s Garden with Lori McNee

WORKSHOP IS FULL!!  To put your name Follow the footsteps of great art masters and enjoy a week of French Country Living and plein air paint in Monet's Garden with me, Lori McNee! I am so excited about this exclusive plein air painting workshop opportunity! I hope you join me on this 7 day painting adventure in the charming, historical village of Giverny, France from May 9-16, 2017. Hosted by Art Colony Giverny, Royal Talens, and me! Cobra paints [...]

Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Each spring, some of the best landscape artists in the world along with novice painters and top art vendors, congregate at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. Pictured: Kim Lordier, Richard Lindenberg, Lori McNee, Anne Nelson Sweat, Lori Putnam, Eric Rhoads, Lori Wallis Feldpausch This amazing convention is the world's largest plein air event founded by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and the helpful blog, OutdoorPainter.com. Eric and his talented team make [...]

Charcoal Drawing Using The Grid Method

Young artists always inspire me! I discovered wildlife artist, Taylor Nichezynski, on Facebook. I was impressed with her drawing skills and asked if she would share her helpful Grid Method tips to help my readers. Before we get started, here is a bit about The Grid Method: Since ancient Egyptian times, artists have been using The Grid Method as a drawing tool to improve accuracy. The Egyptians used this method by ‘snapping’ a string soaked in red dye against [...]

Documenting Art and Preserving Your Story

Documenting art isn’t something that usually comes to mind when you are busy creating in your studio. But, it’s so important for artists to catalog their work! Has it been years since you’ve written down the story of a piece? Well then, it might be time to set aside some time to remember as many details as you can. I’ve been an artist for many years and I wish someone had told me to catalog everything better. I [...]

Easy Way to Get More Facebook Page Likes

Nowadays most of us use Facebook, and hopefully by now you have a business page. Recently, I learned an easy way to get more Facebook Page likes. A Facebook Page is a great way to promote and grow our businesses, but getting new 'likes' can be frustrating at times. My artist friend, Jane Hunt has a popular Facebook Page for her art business. Jane showed me the following technique she uses to get more Facebook Page likes. Step [...]

Perfect Gift for the Naughty or Nice Artist

Santa has the perfect gift for the naughty or nice artist on your Christmas list! Whether you are a novice or an advanced painter in need of new inspiration, or you want to break some bad painting habits, Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques and Professional Advice  (available on Amazon or in the North Light Shop) is sure to help. Santa loves my popular art instructional book, and you will too! Fine Art Tips goes “behind the paintings” to [...]