Hawaiian Art – Not Just a Pretty Postcard

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Aloha! Right now, I am enjoying a two week Thanksgiving break in Hawaii with my family. This trip I chose not to bring my paints, but that has not stopped me from cultivating my own artistic knowledge. When I travel, whether on a family vacation or on a plein air painting excursion, I like to learn about the local art and culture of the area.  I hope you enjoy this brief art history lesson about the evolution of Hawaiian art from before and … [Read more...]

Painting for the Gilcrease Museum

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(Hummingbird & Teacup 8x10, by Lori McNee; 2009 American Art in Miniature entry) They say that ‘good things come in small packages’ and with art, there is no exception. In fact, sometimes a miniature painting can exude a gem-like quality that larger paintings often lack. The same can be said about miniature sculptures. For buyers and collectors, the attraction to these works by nationally recognized artists not only lies in the beauty of … [Read more...]

A Brush with Danger: Plein Air Painting in the Backcountry

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During the summer months here in Idaho, I spend a lot of time exploring and plein air painting in the mountains. Plein Air painting is the French term, which literally means, ‘painting in the open air’. Just like the Impressionists, artists venture out from the comfort of their studios and into the field in order to study the effects of light on a subject. But, painting pretty pictures in the backcountry isn’t as easy as it looks. It takes hard … [Read more...]

Survival Tips for the Outdoor Painter & Enthusiast

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Painting pretty pictures in the great out-of-doors is not just another walk-in-the-park. In fact, plein air painting is tough work. It takes us from the controlled environment of our studio and into the unpredictable environment of Mother Nature. Outdoor painting with a pochade box is a wonderful experience, but believe it or not, there are some hazards the artist should be aware of and prepared for when painting outside. The most effective way … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting with Utah’s Finest

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  Last week I was invited to go out 'plein air painting' with an exclusive group of talented painters from northern Utah.  Plein air painting is the French word for painting outside.  The informal group set up their various pochade boxes and braved the rains last Wednesday.  The other artists besides me were Shanna Kunz, G. Russell Case, George Hanrahan, Gregory Stocks, brothers - Seth & Simon Winegar, Jon Johnson, Mark Willar and Mike … [Read more...]

My Paintings of Provence

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Provence, France  has fascinated landscape painters for ages. Artists have been painting in Provence since prehistoric times.  Paintings of bison, seals, penguins and horses dating to between 27,000 and 19,000 b.c. were found in the Cosquer Cave near Marseilles. From the 1300's up through the 1700's, Provincial rich art history consisted of biblical art, fantastic animals and scenes of daily life.  My daughter and I saw many of these … [Read more...]

Painting & Playing in Provence, France

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Awww...Paris. Rich in history dating  back more than two millenia, Paris has attractions sufficient to last a lifetime. But for me - the deep blue of a Provincial sky, the aroma of fresh baked bread and lavender fields floating on warm breezes beckoned me into the French countryside of Provence. My daughter and I were fortunate enough to organize a painting trip with a wonderful group of ladies. After many years of studying the French … [Read more...]

A Day with the French Impressionists

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No Parisian art experience would be complete without a visit to the Musee d'Orsay, and the Musee de l'Orangerie to visit the French Impressionists. Both museums house the many precious works of the French Impressionists we all love. After a day at the Louvre these smaller museums seem quite manageable. (natural light filters through the glass ceilings above my daughter) On the left-bank of the Seine, the Musee d'Orsay was once the old … [Read more...]

My Day at the Louvre Museum

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One of the major highlights of My Tour de France was our fast and furious 5 hours at the beautiful Musee du Louvre in Paris, aka the Louvre Museum. With 652,300 square feet of exhibition space, 5 floors and 17 wings, the Grand Louvre is one of the most famous museums in the world.  In 2008, more than 8.5 million visitors flocked to this number one ranked museum. The Louvre contains over 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art.  It is … [Read more...]

Graffiti: Vandalism or Art?

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During my recent painting trip to France, I was surprised to see so much urban graffiti throughout Paris and the countryside of Provence.  At first I was upset by this, then strangely enough I began to enjoy looking at it. I noticed that many of the graffiti 'artists' were quite talented had sense of respect for where they painted.  That might sound like an oxymoron, but most of the 'art' was relegated to abandoned buildings or alongside the … [Read more...]


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