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

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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...]

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...]


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