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This Ad is a Work of Art!

 With nearly 3 million views, this soul-filled YouTube video below is a perfect example of how artistic expression crosses language barriers and immediately connects people. The video is actually a Thai 'Pantene' tv commercial which shows a deaf and mute girl who learns to play the violin against all odds. I found this video while on Twitter. It was shared by one of my favorite design blogs, Bit Rebels. This advertisement truly is a work of art. It brought tears to my eyes [...]

2010-05-08T10:13:08+00:00 May 8th, 2010|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Videos|Comments Off on This Ad is a Work of Art!

The Importance of Value & Tone in Painting

Little did I know that my drawing background would give me a good foundation in value for my painting. Value is how light or dark that color is. For example: If you took a black and white photograph of your painting, the shades of gray would be the different values within the painting. (©2006 Lori McNee "Approaching Shadows") Simply put, value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue. In painting, value changes can be achieved by adding either black or white [...]

How to Sell Art on Facebook – One Artist’s Way

When I joined Facebook, it wasn't to sell art on Facebook. Originally, I was looking to find old friends and make new ones. My list of friends grew, and I started posting my paintings in a photo album on Facebook. Suddenly, people wanted to buy my paintings. So here's what I did to sell art on Facebook: I posted purchasing information in each photo caption and instructed potential buyers to be first one to leave a "Sold" [...]

5 Websites to Help You Learn to Draw

by guest author: Andrew Salmon Love to doodle while on the phone or while trying to stay awake during staff meetings or in class? Well, why not develop that natural talent? Whether you’re looking for a career as an artist or just want to indulge in drawing as a hobby, the internet is a great place to learn the basics or further develop the talent you’re already cultivating. Here are five websites that will help you learn [...]

SEO Tips to Rank Your Twitter & Facebook Pages Higher on Google

Continuing with our series of art marketing articles for "Thinking Outside the Frame", the following guest post will help you do just that... guest author: John Paul Aguiar Now that Twitter and Facebook Fan Pages are included in Google search results, I thought I would share with you a few Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tips to get more SEO push out of your Twitter and Facebook pages. You should be using Twitter and Facebook to connect and meet people [...]

My Featured Painting – “Snow Flurries above the Big Lost”

    Snow Flurries above the Big Lost © 2010 Lori McNee  30x24 oil/board $3400 AVAILABLE at Kneeland Gallery Early springtime in the Idaho mountains is a favorite subject of mine to paint. I am drawn to the contrasts of the melting snow, dark cattle and trees as well as the complimentary colors of the yellow grasses and purple willows that are so common to this country. For this painting, I decided to explore working with complementary colors. This concept [...]

2010-05-28T10:10:46+00:00 April 24th, 2010|General, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on My Featured Painting – “Snow Flurries above the Big Lost”

How Artists Can Use YouTube Video to Improve Marketing

Over years, I have discovered the value of video marketing. I have been learning how to edit, optimize and upload my own videos which is a rewarding experience. You do not have to be the next James Cameron to create an entertaining video that generates many views and increases traffic to your site. Below, are some video marketing tips and stats that I have learned. The basic idea behind using video is to drive traffic to your website/blog and create brand identity. Video marketing will help [...]

Save Studio Space! How to Make Your Own Painting Racks

My studio space is limited, so I really like this spacing saving tip I learned from my Facebook artist friend. Networking with other artists is just one of the benefits of Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Recently, I met Marc Hanson on Facebook. Marc is not only a talented artist, but a ingenious one at that. Marc's simple studio space saving idea for storing small paintings and drying them too... By guest artist/author Marc Hanson: "I thought that you [...]

“Thinking Outside the Frame” – What’s Your Art Marketing Tip?

We are all feeling the pinch in this challenging marketplace. Gone are the days of painting good paintings, framing them nicely and relying solely on our galleries for sales. Now is the time of natural selection and survival of the fittest! Artists and galleries must evolve and creatively think 'outside the frame' ... Over the next few weeks I am planning a series of informative articles by working artists and galleries who are coming up with creative marketing ideas for selling [...]

A Unique Approach Using Color Harmony to Improve Your Paintings

This past weekend I was feeling unmotivated in the studio. I have just finished painting still lifes for the winter season and now must  make the switch to painting landscapes for my summer shows. I enjoy bouncing between the two disciplines, but lately nothing seemed to inspire me. So, here is what I did... I decided to have some fun and experiment with color harmony or complimentary colors. Pairs of colors that share no common elements with each other [...]