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Do You Have The Heart of an Artist?

Oscar award winning, Anthony Hopkins is considered to be one of film's greatest living actors. This artist has 'heart' and after reading about him in  The Week Magazine, I thought you all might find his 'rags to riches' story inspiring - it sure gave me a needed shot-in-the-arm! It is hard to believe that eloquent Hopkins was a slow learner in school and was taunted constantly. He was called 'Dumbo,' like the elephant because he couldn't understand things. His [...]

How to Jump Start Your Art Career!

Are you an artistic person who loved to draw as a kid or took art classes in college, but you were discouraged away from art at as a serious profession? Or maybe you are a frustrated or struggling artist who has to work a 'real' job, or rear children with no time to create. Obviously, we all have rent or house payments and other bills to pay. So how does someone being to follow their dream of being [...]

The Importance of Being an Artist in Today’s Modern World

The importance of being an artist was on my mind when my oldest son was studying 3D animation, and computer modeling. My son is a talented artist with a degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, but like many young artists he has a passion for fine art as well as technology. This got me pondering being an artist, and the possible irrelevance of Art in a modern world which is computer driven. On a number of occasions, [...]

“High Moon” – What a Night for Van Gogh!

  Tonight was the first full moon of 2010 which was the biggest and brightest full moons of the year, some are calling it a ''supermoon." The spectacular moon is closer in orbit than usual at this time of year. So much so, that it is 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than normal. After reading this information from the Huffington Post late tonight, I decided not to miss out - even though it was already one-in-the-morning [...]

2010-01-30T02:37:17+00:00 January 30th, 2010|General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|6 Comments

My Featured Painting – “Old Acoma Canteen & Wren”

~Old Acoma Canteen & Wren~ by Lori McNee Old Acoma Canteen & Wren 24x12 oil/board $2200 SOLD This still life painting is one of my all time favorites, so I decided to share it with you. The old Indian canteen is one of my prized still life vessels that I own. Believe it or not, I bought it off of eBay! I found myself in a huge bidding war over this piece, but the late 1800's antique canteen [...]

2010-07-29T14:34:05+00:00 January 25th, 2010|General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|4 Comments

How to Find Your Own Artistic Voice

One of the biggest points I try to drive is artistic “voice”. Call it style, call it feeling, but call it yours. We as individuals have our own personal flair. We hold something that no other living thing in this world has, we can think freely, we can imagine, we can do anything we want. I am saddened when I look at art and see that its already been done in history or when I see art and think I recognize [...]

My Featured Painting – “Hope Floats”

  Recently, I have had many requests to share the inspiration behind my paintings. The creative process of art and what goes on in the mind of the artist has always intrigued me. With that in mind, I have decided to feature a painting of mine at least once a week with a brief description of the original meaning, concept or inspiration. I hope you enjoy learning about my art... ~Hope Floats~ by Lori McNee  Hope Floats 30×24 oil/board $4,400 [...]

2010-05-13T07:03:18+00:00 December 18th, 2009|General, Inspiration & Motivation, Misc. Articles|12 Comments

6 Tips for a Stress Free Sketchbook

A sketchbook is an artist's best friend! Okay...well, sometimes. Other times, it is a pain in the neck, another one of those things you feel you should be doing but do not have the time for. You may be wondering why you should care. A sketchbook is a visual record of your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations and your creative process. It is a collection of your creative endeavours, however formal or casual they might be. A sketchbook is [...]

Life Imitates Art & Attitude

The close relationship between life and art stirred Oscar Wilde to coin the infamous quote, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Artists truly are the movers and shakers of the world. The ages illustrate that artists have been at the forefront of every epic era. That said, we artists have a big responsibility and must understand the importance of being an artist in today's modern world. Oscar Wilde's quote makes me ponder the importance of taking my choice in choosing the right attitude [...]

2013-12-18T21:51:16+00:00 September 12th, 2009|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|14 Comments

A Favorite Book: “Composition of Outdoor Painting” by Edgar Payne

One of my most cherished artistic possessions is the little book, Composition of Outdoor Painting by California Impressionist, Edgar Payne . Often referred to as the ‘Bible', it is an indispensable tool that can be found in the studio of most every serious landscape and plein air painter. If you can buy only one art book on composition, this should be it! Multi talented, Edgar Payne was one of the great California Impressionist painters as well as a great teacher and author. Rather [...]