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?

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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

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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)

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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...]

Monday’s Motivation: Artwork IS Work

artwork is work

Many people idealize the profession of being an artist. They imagine the artistic lifestyle to be stress-free, romantic and fanciful.  For, how can creating artwork or a thing of beauty be considered work? Yes, being an artist is a wonderful lifestyle, but it truly does take a lot of hard work. So, for Monday's Motivation I thought I'd share a few reasons why artwork IS work... Artists are self-starters. We have learned how to carve out time … [Read more...]

How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

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From time to time, it happens to most creative people - the curse of artist's block. We face the blank canvas, our creativity hits a wall, plateaus, or lacks motivation. I have a number of different 'tricks' to help me get out of a creative rut, but recently Pinterest really helped. Source: finearttips.com via Lori on Pinterest   Somewhat controversial among artists and photographers, Pinterest is a very handy social bookmarking … [Read more...]

Found Objects – Finding Creative Possibilities in People, Places and Things

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Artists are certainly familiar with the creative concept of “found objects” as a way to turn ordinary items, perhaps through only minimal manipulation, into art. As an artistic creative concept, the idea of using found objects is nearly one hundred years old and has been embraced by Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Man Ray, among others. A Ginormous Found Object with Creative Possibilities While I’ve painted pictures on old bathroom … [Read more...]


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