A Great Read: Dogs Rule Nonchalantly

Dogs Rule

If you follow me on social media or this blog you most likely know that I am a dog lover. So naturally I was delighted when asked to review the new book, Dogs Rule Nonchalantly by San Francisco-based artist and illustrator, Mark Ulriksen. Dedicated to his dogs and his parents, the book is a witty personal reflection of Mark's world which has been filled with slobbery kisses and unconditional love. The cover illustration of a happy, … [Read more...]

Perceptions of Nature – My New Encaustic Paintings

Kneeland gallery,encaustic, exhibition

This winter I have been working really hard at a new series of artwork - encaustic wax paintings. Working with encaustic wax is a tactile, poetic, emotional experience. I am seduced by the alluring, organic translucencies of the encaustic medium. Labor intensive and difficult to master, the wax has a mind of its own, but this makes the medium even more exciting. When painting with encaustic, I am embracing the ‘unknown’ and enjoy the … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Art!

Lori-Logo 1

This month I am the featured artist in the New Wave Art Products newsletter, "Let's Talk Art". It is an honor to be featured along with with other professional artists from around the world. I thought you might enjoy learning a bit more about me... Let's Talk Art! is New Wave's interactive e-newsletter that provides interviews with professional artists from around the world.  In this edition we interviewed Idaho painter Lori McNee, artist … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

5 Reasons Why Social Media can Help Boost Your SEO and Increase Traffic

Social media has been being used by successful people since it first came out. The thought of having so many people using these sites can be intimidating, but really social media can make your website thrive. Even if you only attract a very tiny fraction of the people within social media sites, your site will be successful. So to help you realize why you should be getting yourself into social media as soon as possible, here are 5 … [Read more...]

Handy Artist Palettes by New Wave

grey pad

My friends at New Wave Fine Art Products, makers of handcrafted artist palettes, have sent me new products to review. Two different shapes of the Grey Pad disposable palettes, and the handy Easy Lift peelable palette. Last year, I tested out the New Wave Highland plein air, and Grand View Confidant studio palettes. I am still so impressed with these beautiful, functional palettes and I use them all the time. You can read my review here > … [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...]

Poetry and Place

gallery invitation, poetry and place, still life, lori mcnee

My latest paintings are currently on display in Kneeland Gallery's latest exhibition, "Poetry and Place." I hope some of you can come meet me at our artists' reception on Friday night. Or, you can see my paintings this weekend with Dana Gallery in Great Falls, Montana at the Western Masters Art Show & Sale. Kneeland Gallery is proud to present a three person exhibition featuring new work from Lori McNee, Seth Winegar and Linda … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: What Makes You Happy?

woman plein air painting in France

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

thanksgiving Oprah quote

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...]

The Highland Plein Air Artist Palette by New Wave

artist palette history

Much to my delight, I recently received a box filled with two beautiful artist palettes from my Twitter friends, Kyle and Keith O'Brien of New Wave Fine Art Products. Kyle asked me to test out their Highland plein air palette, plus their mid-size Grand View Confidant. Lately, I've noticed a lot of artists are favoring the handheld artist palette over the artist taboret. I witnessed this last month while painting in Maine with T. Allen Lawson, so … [Read more...]


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