My Featured Painting – “Jeweled Visitors”

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  ~Jeweled Visitors~ by Lori McNee Jeweled Visitors 36×24 oil/board $4800 Available at Kneeland Gallery This painting was created for the invitation piece for my upcoming gallery show in March at Kneeland Gallery. Orchids and hummingbirds are some of my favorite things. I chose to paint this still life scene as if the birds stopped in for a short respite. My still life art creates enough mystery to allow the viewer's imagination to … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting in Idaho with Nationally known Artists

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Each summer I have the priveledge of plein air painting alongside a talented group of Nationally recognized artists during a week long event hosted by Kneeland Gallery of Sun Valley, Idaho. Being an artist consists of many isolated hours alone in our studios or painting out in the field, so this is a special time for us all. … [Read more...]

Should Artists be People Pleasers?

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Many of us grow up attempting to be people pleasers. As artists we know that is necessary however, how far does one take that? Seth Godin says that it is more important that you are the best in your category and that the category should be specific. People that share your vision will be gravitate to it. The artist's job is to lead it. Pleasing everyone is impossible, if not undesirable. As an artist, the questions you ask yourself … [Read more...]

My Featured Painting #2 – “A Bit of Gold”

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   ~A Bit of Gold~ by Lori McNee A Bit of Gold 24x12 oil/board $2200 Available at Kneeland Gallery Each time I conceive an idea for a painting, I spend a lot of time creating the concept in my head. It might be the shape, color, or patterns of a vase or bird that spark an idea for a painting. At other times there is a hidden message that creates meaning for the painting. "A Bit of Gold" was originally inspired by the antique Japanese … [Read more...]

Lori’s Christmas Message

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    May the magic and wonder of the season… Bring joy, creativity and happiness to you… May the season be filled with abundance and inspiration… And stay with you, your whole life through… May the timeless message of Christmas… Fill with love within your heart… May you and yours be forever blessed… And share God’s gift expressed through art.   ~With Gratitude ~ Lori McNee~ … [Read more...]

Alla Prima Painting – The Process

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Alla prima, literally means ‘at first’. This term describes the ‘wet on wet’ painting technique, otherwise known as ‘direct painting’, where the artist completes a painting in one sitting much like plein air painting. Below is my process for alla prima painting. Follow these simple and important tips for a successful painting: First lay in the darks Keep the darks thin and transparent Paint dark to light Dark = … [Read more...]

My Featured Painting – “Hope Floats”

  Recently, I have had many requests to share the inspiration behind my paintings. The creative process of art and what goes on in the mind of the artist has always intrigued me. With that in mind, I have decided to feature a painting of mine at least once a week with a brief description of the original meaning, concept or inspiration. I hope you enjoy learning about my art... ~Hope Floats~ by Lori McNee  Hope … [Read more...]

Luminous Egg Tempera – Tips from a Master

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Egg tempera painting is traditionally seen as a difficult medium due to it's fast drying time. However once you get over the initial learning curve of how the paint handles it can be a very versatile medium for creating luminous works of art. Below are a few guidelines for anyone starting out. 1. Paint Thin and Dry Egg tempera painting is best applied thinly and a in a dry brush manner. Impasto techniques are not well suited for egg … [Read more...]

Was Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Inspired by a UFO?

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     Call it my artistic imagination, but I couldn’t help notice the similarities between the much publicized UFO sighting of a mysterious blue spiral of light over Norway and the famous painting, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. On December 9, this strange phenomenon baffled residents and scientists alike.  These images immediately brought Starry Night to my mind and I thought I’d have a little fun with it… I'm just having fun with … [Read more...]

6 Tips for a Stress Free Sketchbook

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A sketchbook is an artist's best friend! Okay...well, sometimes. Other times, it is a pain in the neck, another one of those things you feel you should be doing but do not have the time for. You may be wondering why you should care. A sketchbook is a visual record of your ideas, your thoughts, your inspirations and your creative process. It is a collection of your creative endeavours, however formal or casual they might be. A sketchbook is also … [Read more...]


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