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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 [...]

2015-11-09T09:05:54+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Steps To Painting Big

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 [...]

2015-10-18T18:22:37+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Ideas For Blogger’s Block

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 [...]

2015-08-14T08:12:24+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values. Middle key colors are medium value or pure colors. In this fabulous guest post, landscape painter Shanna Kunz uses a limited scale of high values to demonstrate. Shanna [...]

Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

Assimilating back into civilian society is a challenge for any returning heroic Veteran. "Evan," a former Navy SEAL Team Leader started making street art style Abrasive Art as way to express his graphic memories of war and combat. Although he looks unscathed, Evan has suffered from numerous injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) back in 2010 from his tour in Afghanistan. Yet, without really knowing how, Evan has quickly built a successful art business, with a large following, in [...]

2017-01-15T23:12:07+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

12 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get Visual

As I mentioned in the thought provoking post, The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall of Attention Spans, visual content is now the preferred form of social media content. Science proves that in terms of human communication, we naturally respond to visuals over text, and even language. According to scientists, this is due to millions of years of evolution.  For instance, humans have a primal fondness for images of wide, open landscapes. These landscape images evoke [...]

2015-07-29T00:28:01+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on 12 Reasons Why It’s Time to Get Visual