interesting art related articles by guest writers

9 Easy Steps to Recreating a Masterpiece Painting

What is your favorite masterpiece painting? Have you ever tried to make studies or copies of it? For the artists who have gone to art school, this is probably a no-brainer. But for artists who are mostly self-taught, this is a great way to learn. In this article, I would like to share with you my process of re-creating Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. After researching many books and online resources about the master and his [...]

Selling Art with a Personal Touch

A close friend of mine loves all types of art. She works as a museum docent, and owns quite a few landscapes from a local plein air painter she admires. We talked about buying and selling art. plein air painting by Lori McNee She shared some thoughts on what made her want to purchase from him, and she mentioned that she has come to know the artist personally, which makes her an even bigger fan [...]

3 Tips From Instagram Influencer Tony Bennett

Everybody asks me, "How did you get so many followers on Instagram?" Since my real name is Tony Bennett, it's the second most frequently asked question I receive right behind, "Do you sing?" No, I don't sing, at least not very well. Fortunately, I do have a better answer to the first question! But before anyone should worry about different "strategies" to attract more followers, you need to make sure you're doing enough on your end to attract them. [...]

March 2nd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on 3 Tips From Instagram Influencer Tony Bennett

Winning Tips to Plein Air Painting the Live Model Outdoors

Plein air painting with a human subject that tells a story can be a challenge, especially outdoors. Yet my friend, Scott Tallman Powers makes the process look so easy! Scott's process includes plein air painting, photography, compositional studies and studio work. He frequently paints on location and creates reference material to use back in his Idaho studio. He also travels the world and is inspired by many different cultures, including our own. It's no wonder why his award winning figurative [...]

Why You Should Share Your Art

Suddenly you have an idea and an overwhelming feeling of creative genius, but then you realize how vulnerable you will be if you share your art with other people. What if they don’t like it? What if they think it is stupid? What if they think it is awful? My question to you is, why do “they” matter so much to you? “Creativity takes courage.” - Henri Matisse Using your creative talent does take courage, but there [...]

February 2nd, 2015|Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Why You Should Share Your Art

Easy Steps to Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a challenge. For artist John D. Cogan, acrylic painting helps him capture the landscapes and wildlife of the American West. Balanced with the knowledge of a scientist and the eye of a plein air painter, John focuses on color and the effects of light [...]

Creative Ways to Showcase & Sell Art Online and Off

Whether you intend to sell art online or not, displaying your artwork in the right way will enhance the beauty of your paintings and entice people to look at them. Here are some creative suggestions you can make use of while displaying your artwork online and off. An example of a cohesive display of Lori's encaustic paintings at Kneeland Gallery Displaying Artwork at a Gallery The way you display your artwork at an art gallery [...]

7 Steps to Create a Huge Landscape Painting

In this demo, American Impressionist Romona Youngquist shares her 7 steps to create a huge landscape  painting. Romana is one of today’s premier landscape painters. Petite in stature, she is known for her oversized, atmospheric landscape paintings. But don’t let her size fool you, Romona believes the canvas is a ‘war zone’. She attacks the painting with her weapons of choice including sandpaper, brush ends, palette knives and rags. The canvas endures many layers of scraping, wiping [...]

How to Dramatically Improve Your Art

Blogging and social media have introduced me to many wonderful people, including professional artists and aspiring artists. How to Dramatically Improve Your Art is a guest post by my good Facebook friend, Dougie Hoppes. Dougie loves to paint, he is a student of his craft and has made remarkable artistic improvements within the 5 years we have been conversing. Below are his tips on how to improve your art! How To Dramatically Improve Your Art 20 hours a [...]

Palette Knife Painting Tips

Painting with a palette knife is a challenging, but rewarding approach to paint application. When applied, the colors make an immediate impact due to their purity. However, the palette knife can be a difficult tool to master because the initial application of paint is so direct and striking. There is a purity of color that can be achieved when painting with a knife that is very different than with a brush. The “creaminess” of the paint really [...]