Monday’s Motivation: The Curse of Artist’s Block

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Artist's block. We all suffer from it from time to time. This old "Far Side" cartoon by Gary Larson has always been a favorite of mine. Ironically, the talented cartoonist dreaded artist's block of his own, and retired the 'Far Side' cartoon series back in 1995 because he feared he was starting to be repetitive and wanted to avoid becoming a declining cartoonist. For Monday's Motivation, here are a few ideas to help you overcome the curse of … [Read more...]

How to Keep Your Artistic New Year’s Resolutions

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For most people, the beginning of a new year feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. We set resolutions for ourselves to purge bad habits, and begin new routines. The new year is also a great time to put some attainable artistic resolutions in place. Nevertheless, New Year's Resolutions are easier to make but much harder to keep. That's why for some, it might be simpler to turn those hard-to-keep artistic resolutions … [Read more...]

Art and Its Healing Effects

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Art has been said to be an expression of both hope and despair. This holiday season, as Americans struggle to find comfort in the aftershock of a year filled with unthinkable tragedies - Art offers us opportunities to heal. Scientific studies prove that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. This change improves a person's perception of their world. Both beautiful art and music are known to create a positive, healing … [Read more...]

Facebook Artists And Their Pets

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Generally speaking, the life of an artist is a solitary profession. That's one reason why Facebook is such a popular social hub for visual artists. It's a great way to connect with others during our studio breaks. Recently, I saw a fun post about famous artists and their pets. It inspired me to ask my Facebook Fine Art Tips friends to post pictures of their studio pets. But first, here are a few photos of famous artists and their … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: What Makes You Happy?

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Monday is almost over, but I thought I'd go ahead and share Monday's Motivation tip from Fine Art Tips on Facebook. My followers enjoyed this photo of me painting in France, and the motivational words, "Do more of what makes you happy!" These words are simple, yet profound. I hope you can find time to do more of what makes you happy. I am working on that too... Do you know what makes you happy? Leave a comment and let us know what makes YOU … [Read more...]

Happiness, Health & Gratitude

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Did you know there is a direct relationship between happiness, health and gratitude? Gratitude has a positive, measurable effect on your happiness and health. "Gratitude simply consists of being happy with what we already have instead of always focusing on what we don't have." A grateful heart is a healthier heart. Researchers at the University of Connecticut found that gratitude can even have a protective effect against heart attacks. … [Read more...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

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A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the importance … [Read more...]

Helpful Books for Artists And Photographers

lori mcnee holding artists & graphic designer's market and photographer's market books

Along with my painting, I love to write. So it is a pleasure to be writing books again this year for the Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market and the Photographer's Market 2013 editions published by North Light Books! These books are filled with valuable information. For 38 years, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market and the Photographer’s Market have been a top resource for artist’s, illustrators, designers, cartoonists and … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Artists Should Draw More

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Most little children love to draw. You can see this 'phenomenon' for yourself. Go into any family restaurant and notice how a box of crayons, and a piece of paper will keep restless children happy. So later, why do so many aspiring artists and even seasoned painters abandon drawing? The fundamentals for both drawing and painting are the same. Yet, the most important factor in drawing and painting is the ability to see. After careful … [Read more...]

Does Your Job Make You Fat?

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Does your job make you fat? In the 1960's nearly half of all jobs required physical activity. Today, less than 20 percent of our jobs keep us moving, and two-thirds of Americans sit and work at computers. Do you sit or stand when you paint, craft or create? After reading these stats below, I bet you will feel like getting out of your chair and on your feet! To help you with ideas for some 'workplace exercise' you might enjoying reading, "The … [Read more...]


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