words of wisdom to help you stay inspired

Art Is A Trip!

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 (American 1849 - 1921) on my [...]

2013-09-18T22:57:03+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Art Is A Trip!

The Importance of Play

original photo from "Why Cats Paint" by Burton Silver, Heather Busch 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 [...]

The Secret To Doing 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 [...]

Inspiration From The Caribbean Islands

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. The [...]

What Can You 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 the world with a fresh [...]

Monday’s Motivation: 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 equating a wishbone to [...]

2013-02-25T12:20:56+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

Monday’s Motivation: 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 [...]

2013-02-07T07:05:58+00:00 February 4th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|Comments Off on Monday’s Motivation: The Time is NOW

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

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 joined our [...]

2013-02-01T10:27:32+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|3 Comments

Monday’s Motivation: 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 each day [...]