Social Media & Oil Painting Workshops with Lori McNee

Lori McNee of FineArtTips.com

Please join me on February 20-22, 2015 at the Artist Materials Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm happy to announce that I'll be teaching four special workshops - 1 social media, and 3 oil painting workshops! Hosted by Binders Art Supplies and Frames, the Art Materials Expo will feature the leading International Manufacturers of Art Materials for the Visual Artists, plus presentations by many Internationally known artists and art instructors. I … [Read more...]

On The Go With STRADA Easel

Lori McNee demonstrating Oil Painters of America

When I'm traveling and on the go I need a painting easel that is sturdy, lightweight, functional, and dependable. That is why I love my STRADA Easel. I've tested most of the popular easels and pochade boxes that are on the market, but this year my trusty STRADA MINI Easel has been traveling with me from coast to coast. Here's why I have chosen STRADA Easel: Sturdy Whether you pick the full size or mini, STRADA Easels are well built and … [Read more...]

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Now it's easy to make quick slideshow videos for Instagram with PhotoGrid. For a while, I've been using the PhotoGrid app on my cell phone to make my photo collections into amazing collages for Instagram. But now with the addition of the video maker, I can quickly make a slideshow of my favorite images accompanied by music! I tested it out today. I even shared my slideshow to Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. I can't wait to make more fun … [Read more...]

Meet Me At Oil Painters Of America National Exhibition 2014

Meet Me At Oil Painters Of America National Exhibition 2014

This event was a great success. Stay tuned for my eBook that will be filled with even more info! Meet me at the 23rd Oil Painters of America Annual National Exhibition and Convention, being held in Bennington, Vermont, June 7 - July 27, 2014. I will be painting, and then speaking about, "Brand Building & Art Marketing Secrets Using Social Media and Blogging."  In April, I had a great time speaking and teaching at the 3rd Plein Air … [Read more...]

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

california poppies

Traveling home after presenting and attending the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention in Monterey, it's hard to believe it's already just a memory! I'm California dreaming of plein air painting... The event was a fun, energized week of networking with over 700 artists, vendors, art business professionals, and like-minded people from all over the world. On stage and in the field, 70 of today's finest artists demonstrated and taught their inside … [Read more...]

Teaching and Speaking at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey

Lori Instructing at the Plein Air Convention

THE CONVENTION WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! (This event has expired) Come paint with me! It is my pleasure to be attending, speaking and teaching at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey on April 7 - 11, 2014. Plein Air Magazine presents The 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo which will be held in Monterey-Carmel on the California coast. I am honored to be featured in this event along with 70 of today's finest … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting a Slice of Paradise in the Caribbean

After a long winter in my studio working with encaustic wax, it has felt great to plein air paint in the Caribbean this spring break. This year I wanted to travel lightly beacause I knew my painting time would be limited on this family vacation. So, I brought my smallest pochade box, and also packed my favorite solvent free paints by Cobra Water Mixable Oils, and a handy 9 x 12 pad of Arches Oil Paper. I have cut each sheet into quarters and … [Read more...]

The Best Art Festivals Across America

The Best Art Festivals Across America

Over the years, I've discovered some of the best art festivals in the world are right here in the good old United States. Ten years earlier, I remember being in the Bellagio and looking at the Ploughman. It was the glow that got me. Yes, it glows! It was my first Van Gogh, and standing there, staring into that brilliant, shimmering, priceless wheat field, I was hooked. Art books, prints and digital imagery would suffice no longer. I knew at that … [Read more...]

Art Is A Trip!

art, trip, vacation

Whether a painter, a dancer, musician or writer, all artists who regularly practice their craft understand the transformative magic of Art. Art is a trip and allows our imaginations to escape without leaving home. Art transcends language and barriers without the need of a passport! American dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp said it best in the quote below. I shared her quote along with the beautiful painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer … [Read more...]

Travel Tips For Europe

travel tips for Europe

Most artists dream of traveling and painting in Europe. But, planning a big trip to Europe can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a great infographic that highlights a few favorite European cities with some great ideas on where to stay, what to see and more! Happy travels! You might like to read, "How to Pack For Painting - Tips for the Painter Traveling by Airplane or by Car"   … [Read more...]


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