Professional art business tips and advice for aspiring and professional artists

Bloom On An Oil Painting and A Disgruntled Art Collector

Finding a happy home for one of my paintings is always a joy. I often receive emails, cards, and notes from happy collectors. That is why a recent phone call from a disgruntled art collector came as such a surprise. ©2010 Lori McNee, A Bit O'Gold, 24x12 oil on panel In 2000, I sold my very first still life painting which featured a bird. At that time, the art collector saw some something special in [...]

Easy Tips for Packing and Shipping Encaustic Art Safely

Painting with encaustic wax is a joy. I love the organic, translucent qualities of the finished piece. But, shipping encaustic art can be a bit tricky, and even mysterious. I have been a serious encaustic painter for nearly 5 years. My work is exhibited around the West, but I have avoided shipping my encaustic art for fear of damage, special crating, and huge shipping costs. Encaustic art is prone to chipping and damage in extreme temperatures. It [...]

September 29th, 2016|Art Business Tips, Art Gallery Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on Easy Tips for Packing and Shipping Encaustic Art Safely

Simple Twitter Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd

Twitter is an important ingredient to my art business success. Since 2009, I have effectively used the following simple Twitter tips as a way to brand and market myself and my art business. For me, Twitter has proven to be the fastest way to build my online presence. Twitter has literally changed my life, and propelled my career! In fact, Twitter has changed the way in which businesses, and customers communicate with each other. Twitter gives small [...]

August 19th, 2016|Art Business Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on Simple Twitter Tips to Stand Out From the Crowd

Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Each spring, some of the best landscape artists in the world along with novice painters and top art vendors, congregate at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. Pictured: Kim Lordier, Richard Lindenberg, Lori McNee, Anne Nelson Sweat, Lori Putnam, Eric Rhoads, Lori Wallis Feldpausch This amazing convention is the world's largest plein air event founded by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and the helpful blog, OutdoorPainter.com. Eric and his talented team make [...]

May 1st, 2016|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Documenting Art and Preserving Your Story

Documenting art isn’t something that usually comes to mind when you are busy creating in your studio. But, it’s so important for artists to catalog their work! Has it been years since you’ve written down the story of a piece? Well then, it might be time to set aside some time to remember as many details as you can. I’ve been an artist for many years and I wish someone had told me to catalog everything better. I [...]

Easy Way to Get More Facebook Page Likes

Nowadays most of us use Facebook, and hopefully by now you have a business page. Recently, I learned an easy way to get more Facebook Page likes. A Facebook Page is a great way to promote and grow our businesses, but getting new 'likes' can be frustrating at times. My artist friend, Jane Hunt has a popular Facebook Page for her art business. Jane showed me the following technique she uses to get more Facebook Page likes. Step [...]

Easy Ideas For Blogger’s Block

One of the biggest questions I receive from aspiring bloggers is, “How do you keep coming up with new things to blog about?” Indeed, these people suffer from blogger's block! Yes, blogger's block is related to writer's block, and artist's block, but the remedy is a bit different (this post will help with that!). Creative people, particularly artists, would rather be in their studios painting and creating rather than sitting at their computers blogging. However, as I have [...]

October 18th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Ideas For Blogger’s Block

My Upcoming Live Webinar: How To Grow Your Art Business

Thank you for making this webinar a great success! The recording is available for purchase, register below! Thanks,  ~Lori Announcing my upcoming live webinar, "Social Media Secrets to Grow Your Art Business." You are invited by Xanadu Gallery Owner, Jason Horejs to join us for a Live, Online Workshop at his Art Business Academy. Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 4p.m. Pacific Registration Only $19.95 Tips You Will Discover In this fun, live and informative online workshop you will discover... [...]

October 12th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Gallery Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on My Upcoming Live Webinar: How To Grow Your Art Business

20 Tips For Better Art Biz Habits

Recently, I was asked by the Artists Network to share some art business advice to their readers. With over 30 years experience of being a professional artist, I quickly came up with a lot of helpful art biz ideas ranging from art studio storage and functionality, to practical working tips, and thinking like an entrepreneur. I even shared some pictures of my own busy, yet efficient art studio! Lori McNee's art studio in Idaho. We all have [...]

Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence

Throughout the country, communities of creative people often host self-guided tours of the studios and work spaces of visual artists. I am proud to announce that my hometown, Wood River Valley Studio Tour of Sun Valley, Idaho, has been nominated for the 2015 Idaho Nonprofit Center's Excellence Award.   "Nonprofits make a difference in communities." ~Janice Fulkerson This great news precedes the 3rd Annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour (WRVST) which will be held Saturday and Sunday, August [...]

August 14th, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Studio Tour Nominated for Nonprofit Excellence