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Paint with Lori McNee in Giverny at Monet’s Garden May 2019

Announcing a rare and magical opportunity to Paint with Lori McNee in Giverny at Monet's Garden, May 22 - 29, 2019! But there are only TWO SPOTS LEFT! Morning light at 7:30am in Monet's flower garden. Join me (Lori McNee) and Art Colony Giverny for an exclusive week of landscape painting in Monet's Garden in Giverny, France! I'm honored to be an Art Colony Giverny guest instructor for the third time in May 2019. My [...]

Eye On Sun Valley Live Interview with Lori McNee of Fine Art Tips

Recently, I was interviewed by the online magazine, Eye On Sun Valley. Show host Lynn Mason-Pattnosh, and I chatted about the ways in which I juggle my busy art career, travel schedule, and work as a social media influencer. In this video, I reveal how it all began with blogging and how I got my message 'out there' to millions around the world. I thought you, my reader, might enjoy learning a little bit more about me... [...]

New DVD “Luminous Landscape Painting in Water Mixable Oils” with Lori McNee

You asked for it, and now you've got it! My long-awaited DVD or downloadable video, "Luminous Landscape Painting in Water Mixable Oils with Lori McNee" is now available! Discover how to create luminous, glowing landscapes using water mixable or traditional oil in my 4 hour, comprehensive videos and Go Solvent-Free with Lori McNee!  Watch me demonstrate both a summer and a winter scene, step-by-step,  from start to finish.   Here’s a preview of the tips and techniques [...]

Packing and Shipping Frames for Plein Air Events and Travel

Packing and shipping frames for plein air events is always a challenge, especially when you are competing in a plein air invitational! Suzie Greer Baker OPA Along with your clothes and painting gear, you also have to bring many blank panels, canvases, and heavy frames. Recently, I traveled for the first time to participate in Plein Air Maui. Packing and shipping frames and getting them safely to Maui was challenging. Plus it was compounded by [...]

Traveling and Painting with Opaque Gouache and Watercolor for the Busy Artist

Each year, my busy art career takes me to near and far away places. Ironically, I oftentimes find myself with little or no time to plein air paint. Eric Rhoads and Lori McNee at  Eric's Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, 2018 Lori on stage demoing painting with water-mixable oils. That is why I am really excited about traveling with opaque gouache and watercolor paints, and a watercolor sketchbook! Let me explain. I [...]

Pro Tips for Painting with Water-Mixable Oils

For nearly 20 years, I have been painting with water-mixable oils. Before that, I primarily painted with acrylics as a wildlife artist. Although I loved acrylic paint, I was ready to loosen up oil paint, but I didn't want to use solvents. Once I discovered water-mixable oils, and I have never looked back... @2018 Lori McNee “Evergreen Mist” 24x48, Oil on canvas Since then, I have tried almost every brand of water-mixable oils (WMO) on [...]

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