Gone Paintin’ in Arizona!

Hello friends. In case you have been wondering about me this week...I am on a painting trip in sunny Arizona. I brought my trusty little travel laptop with hopes of blogging while on the road, however the Internet service has been spotty and unrealiable. Now, to make matters even worse - I just dropped and broke my laptop!!! I have been dreaming of buying  a new iPad II and now it looks like I will get my wish sooner than I … [Read more...]

Magnum Boots USA: Built for the Battlefields & the Outdoor Painter

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One of the many perks of having a social media online presence is meeting interesting people and household names such as Magnum Boots USA. My friends at Magnum were generous enough to send me a box filled with their world famous footwear and apparel. Since 1982, Magnum Boots USA has been outfitting the FBI, Law Enforcement, Ambulance, Fire and Security Professionals and the military with boots and outerwear for the ultimate in … [Read more...]

10 Motivating Tips for the Plein Air Painter

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Although some of my readers are from around the world and warmer places, many of us have endured an extra long, cold and grey winter. In fact, there is still about 3 feet of snow in my yard! But, the hint of spring is finally in the air here in Idaho, and I can't wait to get out my plein air pochade 'toy' box! I am willing to bet, many of you plein air painters are feeling the same way. Nevertheless, some artists might feel blocked or … [Read more...]

How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting

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Nowadays, most artists use reference photos for their studio landscape paintings. We all know that good photographs are a handy tool which can be used to create  a compelling landscape, figurative or even an abstract painting. The problem is knowing how to choose and use a good photo. This is an important step to the success of your finished painting. Problems can arise when the artist relies too heavily on photographs for their soul … [Read more...]

New Zealand: Painting and Playing in “The God Zone”

boating on milford sound fjord-land new zealand

Although travel is one of my favorite pastimes, I have to admit that New Zealand was really never at the top on my list. I had heard tales of how beautiful it is, but the long plane flight kept me from exploring the idea any further...until this summer. My youngest son was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the fall semester abroad in New Zealand where his 'classroom' would be in 'the bush'. Suddenly, I found myself escorting my … [Read more...]

How to Interpret the Landscape in Paint


"The most important ally in the study of painting is the art of thinking," stated Edgar Payne, famed artist and author. One of my favorite books in my library is by Edgar Payne, "Composition of Outdoor Painting." This little book is packed with a lifetime of knowledge from this famous American landscape painter. It is a must for every serious landscape painter. I have learned that interpreting the landscape in paint is a matter of allowing … [Read more...]

Plum TV Presents, “A Day in the Life of Artist Lori McNee”


Last week, Plum TV visited my studio and followed me around while filming, "A Day in the Life of Artist Lori McNee". This short 4 min video starts in my Idaho studio and journeys into the field for some plein air painting and a few interesting wildlife encounters! Please click the below link to view the video. I hope you enjoy this little view into my world... P.S. This whole experience has been made possible by my presence on Social … [Read more...]

Plum TV Visits My Art Studio

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Last night I got the call I've been hoping for from the general manager of Plum TV.  With less than 24 hours notice, JR and Ali from the talented Plum TV production crew arrived at my front door to begin filming, "A Day in the Life of Lori McNee Artist".  Thank goodness I overhauled and cleaned my studio this past weekend!   Plum TV is the first and only 24-hour lifestyle network that targets the most active, influential, and educated audience … [Read more...]

Save Studio Space! How to Make Your Own Painting Racks

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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 … [Read more...]

Winter Outdoor Painting Tips for the Plein Air Painter

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Although winter is almost over, I want to share this little video I made while plein air painting out on a beautiful day last month in February - and who knows, maybe you'll get out there before all that snow melts! Painting outside always has its challenges and it is good to know some basic outdoor survival skills, but winter plein air painting can be a bit tricky. Nevertheless, it is well worth the effort to get out of the studio and into … [Read more...]




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