art related travel adventures

California Dreaming of Plein Air Painting

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 secrets in oil, watercolor and pastel. [...]

2014-04-14T07:51:49+00:00 April 13th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|1 Comment

Teaching and Speaking at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey

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 [...]

2014-05-08T23:52:42+00:00 March 27th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Teaching and Speaking at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey

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 [...]

2014-03-26T07:10:08+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|2 Comments

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. [...]

2014-07-11T08:40:47+00:00 November 18th, 2013|Art Business Tips, Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General|1 Comment

Art Is A Trip!

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 (American 1849 - 1921) on my [...]

2013-09-18T22:57:03+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Art Is A Trip!

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"  

2014-10-20T09:18:02+00:00 June 28th, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General|5 Comments

Hotels for Art Lovers

Odds are that there is an art museum relatively close to wherever you may choose to travel. While an official statistic is nearly impossible to calculate, there are literally thousands upon thousands of art museums across the globe. Some, like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris as well as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, are incredibly well known by people around the world. Others are not quite “household names” but are still home to [...]

2013-05-18T07:57:32+00:00 May 1st, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General|2 Comments

Inspiration From The Caribbean Islands

My home-away-from home is St. Thomas in the beautiful Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. Each year, my family and I make the two day journey from the snow packed mountains of Idaho down to the turquoise Caribbean waters. I enjoy using this time to relax, unwind, unplug and to hang with my family. This down-time helps me refuel my creative inspiration. The Caribbean has a complex, rich and varied history that is reflected in its architecture. The [...]

My Week in Maine with Master Landscape Artist, T. Allen Lawson

For years, I have admired the poetic landscape paintings of T. Allen Lawson. So, when fellow artist Shanna Kunz asked me to join her at Tim's plein air painting workshop in Maine, I jumped at the chance!  Together with 12 other seasoned artists, we began our week at T. Allen Lawson's charming farmhouse and studio in Rockport, Maine. Tim and his wife have created a 50 acre haven for themselves and their 4 children. Surrounded by paddocks [...]

2012-11-23T16:42:49+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|14 Comments

Staying Relevant: The 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. Candace Crosby, Dudley Dana, Lori McNee 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 and Dudley [...]