The Secret to Painting ‘White’ Objects

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Painting white objects in acrylic and oil is trickier than one might think. A beginner will often just reach for a tube of white paint and ‘call it good’ but later wonder why his or her 'daisy' looks dull, flat and lifeless. So, what is the secret to painting convincing whites? Read on to find out ... <<< This is a detail of my painting, "Still Life in Blue & White"...I put a 'white' piece of paper next the the blue & white vase … [Read more...]

My Featured Painting – “Old Acoma Canteen & Wren”


~Old Acoma Canteen & Wren~ by Lori McNee Old Acoma Canteen & Wren 24x12 oil/board $2200 SOLD This still life painting is one of my all time favorites, so I decided to share it with you. The old Indian canteen is one of my prized still life vessels that I own. Believe it or not, I bought it off of eBay! I found myself in a huge bidding war over this piece, but the late 1800's antique canteen has been worth the big purchase … [Read more...]

How to Find Your Own Artistic Voice

How to Find Your Own Artistic Voice

One of the biggest points I try to drive is artistic “voice”. Call it style, call it feeling, but call it yours. We as individuals have our own personal flair. We hold something that no other living thing in this world has, we can think freely, we can imagine, we can do anything we want. I am saddened when I look at art and see that its already been done in history or when I see art and think I recognize the artist only to read the tag and … [Read more...]

Painting a Portrait of Steve McQueen – Demo

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    by guest artist/author: Rob Kinsey Often I am asked, "Where do you get your inspiration from?" or "How long does it take you to paint a picture?"  So, I thought for my next work I'd give you an "over the shoulder" look at what goes into one of my paintings. This isn't intended to be a step by step instructional, I'll leave that up to the TV artists! It's about how I work, the different stages of a painting, composition, drawing, … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Artists Need Social Media & Eye Opening Stats to Back It Up!


Social media isn’t a fad, it’s a fundamental shift in the way we communicate. But, many artists still are intimidated at the idea of joining in on the Social Media Revolution. In fact, there are many artists out there who still don't have a website or email! Well if it's working, more power to them! But for the rest of us artists who are challenged by the economy, it is time for us to 'think outside the frame' or studio! Here's why... Keep … [Read more...]

A Painting Elephant Artist!

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  With nearly 5 million views, there is a good chance that many of you have seen this amazing video of an Asian Elephant artist!  I can't tell you how many times people have shared their desire to paint with me. I like to fondly call these wanna-be artists, "Armchair-Artists" who sit around reading about and looking at art. I do my best to encourage them out of the chair and into the studio.  But, I am often met with comments like: "I have … [Read more...]

My Featured Painting – “Approaching Shadows”

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  ~Approaching Shadows~ by Lori McNee Approaching Shadows 9x12 oil/board Sold Lately, I have been featuring my still life paintings on this blog to the point of neglecting my landscapes! And yes, I am a landscape painter as well... It is enjoyable for me to have the balance of painting both still life and landscape. I tend to paint more still life during the winter months and naturally, when the weather warms, I venture out into the … [Read more...]

Give a New Identity to an Unsold Painting!

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Many of you might ‘gasp’ at the thought of taking an unsold painting out of the gallery and back into the studio to rework it. But famous artists like Van Gogh and Wyeth, for example, recycled canvases by painting - actually painting over their earlier works. From time to time, that is exactly what I do - I like to give a new identity to an unsold painting! ...and here I go again! (Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge for … [Read more...]

Photo Realistic Graphite Drawing Tips


Here are a few simple steps to achieve a realistic still life graphite drawing. Caravaggio is one of my favorite classic painters, he's famous for his use of dramatic lighting in his paintings during the Baroque era.  You don't have to be tied down to this particular technique, but I plan to use a similar effect in demonstating this drawing. Subject Matter & Materials: First decide on the subject matter and materials to use: there … [Read more...]

How to Paint a Blue Jay Bird – Video Demo

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  When I was little I use to nurse injured birds back to health. Birds are a 'bit of the wind' and have always amazed me. Obviously I enjoy honoring them in paint. Learn how to paint feathers and watch the beautiful Blue Jay come to life in this oil painting speed video demonstration!  I hope you enjoy viewing this video as much as I enjoyed making it. Let me know what you think...   Lori … [Read more...]




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