Hawaiian Art – Not Just a Pretty Postcard

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Aloha! Right now, I am enjoying a two week Thanksgiving break in Hawaii with my family. This trip I chose not to bring my paints, but that has not stopped me from cultivating my own artistic knowledge. When I travel, whether on a family vacation or on a plein air painting excursion, I like to learn about the local art and culture of the area.  I hope you enjoy this brief art history lesson about the evolution of Hawaiian art from before and … [Read more...]

A Pastel Study – Tips & Demo

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"Why would one do a pastel study?" you might ask. I believe it is for the same reason a pianist practices their scales, or a figure skater practices their figure eights and jumps. Only until those small components of your art become second nature and you have solved the small problems, are you able to put the pieces together into a "long" program where your emotion and passion creates something complete and whole. In "Green Grapes Study" I … [Read more...]

Gratitude Quotes & My Thank You List for Thanksgiving

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I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" ~William … [Read more...]

Finding Great Art Instruction – 7 Tips to Help You

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by guest artist/author: Gary Holland Don't we all wish we'd had good art instruction when learning to paint! I did not have that luxury 30 years ago, not having a lot of money to attend a good school, if one existed. Indeed, so few strong art schools existed in the world ruled by abstract expressionism where your art had to be "new under the sun" or it was not valid. Discouraged and then disgusted, I quit trying. Instead I studied music and … [Read more...]

Palette Tips – Organize Your Oil Paints

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It was not until I switched from acrylic paints to oils that I understood the importance of an organized palette. As an acrylic painter, I used to haphazardly squeeze fresh paint onto my palette and mix away. Years ago, when I made the switch to oils I enjoyed the longer drying time and workability of the paints, but I didn’t like cleaning up my messy palette. It made it difficult for me to salvage paint and keep clean pigments for the next … [Read more...]

Updating & Redesigning My Blog & Website

Hello Friends- Please be patient with the site for a few days. We are in the middle of some great changes, but the Thanksgiving Holiday is slowing us down. In the next few days FineArtTips & LoriMcNee.com will be easier to navigate and have a fresh look. Happy Thanksgiving -   Lori :-) … [Read more...]

Commissioned Art – Tips to make it a Success!

Late Summer Gathering

At first being asked to paint a commission seems like the ultimate compliment. A prospective collector of your work requests and pays you money to create a personal piece of art. This sounds simple and seems like easy money in the bank. Unfortunately, many artists have had what looks to be a dream job turn into the dreaded commission! Recently, I finished and delivered a $12,000 commissioned painting to its new home. This project was a … [Read more...]

Still Life Painting – Create Your Own Small Universe

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Many artists still negatively associate the ‘still life’ with memories of mundanely drawing and painting Styrofoam cones and balls in art class! At second glance, it may seem as though the still life painting goes in and out of vogue much like a pair of bell-bottom jeans. However, the reality is that a still life painting is much more like the timeless cashmere sweater – warm, nostalgic and familiar. The joy of painting a still life is that I … [Read more...]

Water Soluble Oil Paints – Facts, Tips & Why I Use Them

A Bit O Gold 24x12 by Lori McNee

We have all been taught that ‘oil and water do not mix’ however, rules are made to be broken in art and water soluble paints are rebels on the scene. But, your intelligent mind is probably still pondering, “How can oil pigments possibly be water soluble?” The answer is this: The oil vehicle has been modified to make it soluble in water, eliminating the necessity for turpentine or other dangerous solvents to thin paint and clean brushes and other … [Read more...]

How to Create a Powerful Art Portfolio

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As an artist, the portfolio is your primary tool in getting your work in front of potential collectors and gallery owners. The art portfolio is going to be the first impression you leave, and you want to leave the right impression so you can find the right gallery. After photographing your artwork, there are three primary concerns in creating a portfolio are: format content convenience You want to present your artwork in a way that is … [Read more...]


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