Art Is A Trip!

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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...]

The Importance of Play

play is not a luxury, play is a necessity

As artists and creative people, play is very important to our physical and mental health. Here are 10 quotes by some famous people who understood the importance of play! You've got to keep the child alive; you can't create without it. ~Joni Mitchell  Play is the highest form of research. ~Albert Einstein The human urge to create comes from the play impulse. ~Carla Hannaford  To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination … [Read more...]

The Secret To Doing Your Best

always do your best

Recently I have learned that I don't have to be perfect, however it is important for me to always do my best, but no more and no less. The inspiring book, “The Four Agreements” reiterated this fact to me. The book explains that doing our best frees us from the self-limiting beliefs that rob us of our joy and personal freedom. But, your best will never be the same from one moment to the next. Sometimes your best will be high quality, and … [Read more...]

Inspiration From The Caribbean Islands

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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. … [Read more...]

What Can You Learn From Children’s Art?

what you can learn from children's art

Children create art in a naive and wholesome way. Instead of being burdened with information on color theory, artistic movements and technique, children draw, paint and color with wild abandon. Here are some things we can learn from children’s artwork to become better artists. Newness – Children are exploring their world and learning about everything in it. Life is fresh and new, and that mentality is reflected in their art. Children see … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

We can learn valuable lessons from our fellow artists who have achieved great success. I chose this quote for Monday's Motivation because I totally agree with Reba! I will explain below... Three Things To Succeed In Life: A Wishbone Cinderella said it best, "A dream is a wish our heart makes.".  Cinderella is referring to a metaphorical sense of desires that can, as the lyric promises, "come true".  In this quote, I believe Reba is … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: Don’t Compare

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Fine Art Tips is recovering from a malicious hack that happened two weeks ago. Thank you for your support. Here is quick thought to ponder for this Monday's Motivation. Stay tuned for an informative blog post where I share once again, what I learned from being hacked this time! Be sure and check out board on Pinterest!. I’d also love to meet you on my Fine Art Tips Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter, Google Plus, and … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: The Time is NOW

the time is now

Lately I've become so busy, I find myself running out of time, living in the future and not enjoying the NOW. Rushing, planning and racing from task to task is an uninspiring and stressful way to live - and I know better. That's why I am slowing down and enjoying NOW. Time is an illusion, and it keeps hardworking people all stirred-up and from the 'now'. But ironically, the present moment is all we assuredly have. If we get out of our ego … [Read more...]

Recap: @Blick_Art Facebook Chat with Lori McNee (Part 2)

Blick art materials and supplies

As promised, here is Part 2 of Blick Art Materials' live Facebook Chat with me. We had a huge turnout, and it was difficult keeping up with typing all those answers to your questions! So Blick has posted the answers in Part 1 and Part 2 on their Facebook page (copied below)...The topic was “The Blank Canvas” and we discussed helpful ideas about inspiration and LOTS more. Enjoy! ~Lori Blick Art Materials: We’d like to thank everyone who … [Read more...]

Recap of Facebook Chat with Lori McNee (Part 1)

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Last week, I was invited to be the host of Blick Art Materials' first Facebook Chat. The topic was "The Blank Canvas" and we discussed helpful ideas about inspiration.  Due to the overwhelming response, it was difficult to keep up with the questions (I couldn't type that fast!). So, I have been working on answering everyone's questions. Below is the first batch that was covered live and has been posted on Blick's Facebook page. Next week I get … [Read more...]


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