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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 [...]

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 [...]

Using Temperature, Tone and Value in Painting

Understanding the proper use of temperature, tone and value in painting will help with the success of your art. These principles can be applied whether you are plein air painting in the field, or working in portraiture, still lifes, or landscapes your studio. Here is a quick crash course of the subject. Temperature Temperature describes the degree of warmth found in a color or hue. For instance, a warm color gives the viewer a feeling of warmth such [...]

New Oil and Encaustic Paintings on Display by Lori McNee

For many months, I have been busy creating a series of new oil still life and landscape paintings, as well as encaustic paintings for my various summer gallery exhibitions and events. I thought my readers might like to see my newest works... Trumpet Vase & Orchid 24x36 ©2015 LMcNee Come out and see me tomorrow night at Kneeland Gallery for my two-person show with Russian Impressionist Master, Ovanes Berberian. Enjoy this thought-provoking exhibition of newly installed art, [...]

The Psychology of Color For Artists

Color affects people in countless ways. Understanding how to effectively use the psychology of color will help us create more meaningful paintings, eye catching business cards, productive studios, soothing gallery walls, and successful websites. Studies have proven that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection of a product or service. Although this infographic was made for designers, it is relevant to artists and can be applied toward many facets of art and business. [...]

Powerful Social Media Secrets For Small Businesses

Now more than any other time in history, it is easy for artists and other small business owners to gain online exposure and stand out from the crowd. However, many small businesses are still perplexed about how to effectively use social media and blogging. Since 2009, I have been blogging and using social media and it has literally changed and improved my life! (More about Lori) I have developed unique and easy online strategies, and secrets to [...]

The Amazing History of Plein Air Painting

The history of plein air painting is explained in the following beautiful documentary, "Outside The Lines." Produced by the publishers of PleinAir Magazine, "Outside The Lines" was created to further the mission of the Plein Air Force which aims to bring plein air painting to the world! Plein air painting is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. The term was used to describe Claude Monet and the Impressionists in [...]

How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

Starting a blog can be scary, and deciding how to choose the best blogging platform is confusing. The internet seems like a complex world of servers, coding, and web design, and with so much information online, it’s hard to know who to trust. I was there 6 years ago and I know how you feel. But you know those experiences in life where you look back and can’t imagine where you would be if you hadn’t taken that [...]

10 LinkedIn Networking Rules for Artists

LinkedIn networking affords professionals, especially artists, to reach, meet and network with other art professionals who in the past, they would never have never known. Artists can use LinkedIn to meet gallery owners, corporate art reps, interior designers, collectors, and other successful art professionals. This can greatly extend their reach and expand their horizons as professionals. Today, LinkedIn has more than 350 Million registered users and is still growing. The following are some ideas to pursue to [...]