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Conquering Mental Illness Through Art

Contrary to popular belief, mental illness can be overcome through art. Artist David Sandum is a shining example of this. In his new book, "I'll Run Till The Sun Goes Down," David shares an intimate journey of courage, self-discovery, and awakening the artist within. We've all heard how artists suffer for their art, but undeniably some art is created from suffering. According to The Stanford Journal of Neuroscience, contradiction of the genius who creates great artwork despite (or [...]

How To Create An Impressionist Flower Painting

Flower painting, and the ability to capture the fleeting beauty of a floral arrangement has been popular since the 1500s. A traditional still life painting by ©Joe Anna Arnett During the 1600-1700s, the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, German and French artists further innovated the floral still-life. By the 1800s, the French impressionists favored painting vibrant landscapes, but they also enjoyed exploring the artistic potential of flower painting. Still today, many art genres ranging from realism to [...]

The Relationship Between Gratitude and Creativity

There is a direct relationship between gratitude and creativity. Gratitude enhances our mood, lifts our spirits, and helps us cope with stress and anxiety. Actively cultivating gratitude increases happiness which in turn boosts productivity, and creativity. Scientific studies have proven a link between happiness and creative problem solving. Experiencing positive emotions like gratitude, joy, and play, can help us remember peripheral details more vividly, and encourages thinking outside the box which leads to more creativity. Gratitude gives birth to great ideas, and [...]

Easy Steps To Painting Big

Internationally renowned master wildlife artist, John Seerey-Lester is well known for the art of painting big, dramatic paintings that tell a story. Specializing in wildlife, sporting art, and historic themes, John has gained a reputation for producing images in either oil and acrylic with a narrative which are both mysterious and mystical. John is also a famed painting instructor. In fact, I first met John in Colorado nearly 30 years ago at one of his popular wildlife [...]

Easy Ideas For Blogger’s Block

One of the biggest questions I receive from aspiring bloggers is, “How do you keep coming up with new things to blog about?” Indeed, these people suffer from blogger's block! Yes, blogger's block is related to writer's block, and artist's block, but the remedy is a bit different (this post will help with that!). Creative people, particularly artists, would rather be in their studios painting and creating rather than sitting at their computers blogging. However, as I have [...]

My Upcoming Live Webinar: How To Grow Your Art Business

Thank you for making this webinar a great success! The recording is available for purchase, register below! Thanks,  ~Lori Announcing my upcoming live webinar, "Social Media Secrets to Grow Your Art Business." You are invited by Xanadu Gallery Owner, Jason Horejs to join us for a Live, Online Workshop at his Art Business Academy. Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 4p.m. Pacific Registration Only $19.95 Tips You Will Discover In this fun, live and informative online workshop you will discover... [...]

STRADA MICRO Easel: Little Pochade Box With A Big Attitude

Sleek, compact, and lightweight, the STRADA MICRO easel is the newest addition to the popular STRADA line of beautiful, functional, aluminum pochade boxes. In business, I'm a big believer in hitching your wagon to a star, and the owner of STRADA has done just that. A talented artist and smart marketer, Bryan Mark Taylor has designed his STRADA website to resemble Apple's. Just as eager cell phone, and computer users await the next best release of an Apple [...]

20 Tips For Better Art Biz Habits

Recently, I was asked by the Artists Network to share some art business advice to their readers. With over 30 years experience of being a professional artist, I quickly came up with a lot of helpful art biz ideas ranging from art studio storage and functionality, to practical working tips, and thinking like an entrepreneur. I even shared some pictures of my own busy, yet efficient art studio! Lori McNee's art studio in Idaho. We all have [...]

Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack

Each time I travel to plein air painting events, I find it difficult to safely dry my wet paintings, until now! Here's the interesting story of how one clever artist created a handy, beautifully designed invention for her fellow artist. On the go, or in the studio, the new Dryangle drying rack is the perfect solution for artists. Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack When I’m traveling on a painting trip, I need a place to store [...]

Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

Throughout the country, communities of creative people often host self-guided tours of the studios and work spaces of visual artists. I am proud to announce that my hometown, Wood River Valley Studio Tour of Sun Valley, Idaho, has been nominated for the 2015 Idaho Nonprofit Center's Excellence Award.   "Nonprofits make a difference in communities." ~Janice Fulkerson This great news precedes the 3rd Annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour (WRVST) which will be held Saturday and Sunday, August [...]