New Still Life Painting Workshop with Lori McNee

spider monkey oil painting

This workshop was a great success! Hope to see you next time... Come paint with me in January! I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a week long still life painting workshop in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. ***** Still Life Painting with Lori McNee  Mon-Fri, Jan 28- Feb 1st, 6-9pm $210/ $260 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Mon, Jan 14 ***** During your week in Sun … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

snow covered landscape painting

A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the importance … [Read more...]

The Highland Plein Air Artist Palette by New Wave

artist palette history

Much to my delight, I recently received a box filled with two beautiful artist palettes from my Twitter friends, Kyle and Keith O'Brien of New Wave Fine Art Products. Kyle asked me to test out their Highland plein air palette, plus their mid-size Grand View Confidant. Lately, I've noticed a lot of artists are favoring the handheld artist palette over the artist taboret. I witnessed this last month while painting in Maine with T. Allen Lawson, so … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Linen Painting Panels

laminall hardboard masonite panel

  Save money and learn how to make your own professional looking hardboard panels. In this video demonstration, I will show you just how easy it is. I learned how to easily mount linen or canvas on hardboard last month while painting with master artist, T. Allen Lawson. The supplies you will need:  A hardboard panel, cut to the desired size. A piece of linen or canvas, cut to the size of the hardboard panel. Leave about 1/4 … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Artists Should Draw More

draw more

Most little children love to draw. You can see this 'phenomenon' for yourself. Go into any family restaurant and notice how a box of crayons, and a piece of paper will keep restless children happy. So later, why do so many aspiring artists and even seasoned painters abandon drawing? The fundamentals for both drawing and painting are the same. Yet, the most important factor in drawing and painting is the ability to see. After careful … [Read more...]

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

auto bracketing photography exposures

Do you often take reference photography of a scene for later use in the studio? Does it sometimes lack the detail you would like to have either because the shadows are too dark, or the sky is a blaze of white? Recently, Lori referred us to a helpful article by Texas artist Rusty Jones entitled, "How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting". Rusty explains the importance of using photography in addition to using site sketches, and … [Read more...]

Tomatillos: A Still Life Demo in Green

green tomatillos

Lately, on my Fine Art Tips Facebook page, I keep getting asked how to mix the color green.  I plan to make a Youtube video on color mixing, but until then I thought you'd enjoy this little still life demo in green. My Facebook friend, Dorothy Lorenze painted the charming little still life below which successfully illustrates how to mix interesting greens. Tomatillos: A Still Life Demo in Green Tomatillos are odd little specimens, and the … [Read more...]

Understanding The Health Standards of Your Art Materials

ASTM d 4236

Do you understand the health standards of your art materials or know the meaning of ASTM 4236 on your tube of paint? ASTM International, formerly known as The American Society for Testing and Materials, is a large body made of volunteers that gather together twice a year to create quality standards for numerous consumer products. For the art material industry, the subcommittee, is notated as “ASTM D01.57” and is part of the paint and coatings … [Read more...]

Staying Relevant: The Pop-Up Art Gallery

pop-up art gallery

Nowadays, successful art galleries are thinking outside the box - or gallery. Such is the case with the successful Missoula, Montana based art gallery, Dana Gallery. Each summer, Dana Gallery strategically travels to affluent mountain towns and converts empty retail shops into pop-up art galleries. Awarded the distinction of Missoula's top art gallery, Dana Gallery was founded in 1996. Co-owners and husband and wife team, Candace Crosby … [Read more...]

Clean PaintBrushes With This Quick Tip

artist paint brushes

Keeping our paintbrushes in good working condition is not only important to the artist's productivity in the studio, but it is also important to the artist's pocketbook! Paintbrushes are expensive. Nevertheless, sometimes we get rushed, or even lazy, and the end up with 'hard to clean' paint brushes.  Below is a quick tip to cleaning hardened acrylic paint from your brushes. I plan to give this one a try... ~Lori ***** Clean Paintbrushes … [Read more...]


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