Landscape Painting Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee

Please join me for my Landscape Painting Workshop in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee: July 31 - August 1, 2017. Hosted by Kneeland Gallery 26th Annual Plein Air Exhibition. ©LoriMcNee "Hazy Day on the Gallatin" ©LoriMcNee, "Dandelions and Aspens" "With plenty of one-on-one attention, I will help you discover how to cultivate familiar and habitual techniques while allowing room for your own artistic inspiration and individuality. You will not be taught [...]

2017-06-15T15:01:09+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Landscape Painting Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee

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 .) 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 general public! Caroline of [...]

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

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 [...]

2016-08-19T13:52:43+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Art Business Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on Simple Twitter Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd

Plein Air Paint in Monet’s Garden with Lori McNee

WORKSHOP IS FULL!!  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! 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! I am so excited about this exclusive plein air painting workshop opportunity. Cobra paints on my (Lori's) Strada easel at the Plein [...]

2017-02-19T23:05:10+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Plein Air Paint in Monet’s Garden with Lori McNee

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 [...]

2016-05-01T13:03:45+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention