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12 Reasons Why It's Time To Get Visual

As I mentioned in the thought provoking post, The Rise of Visual Content and the Fall of Attention Spans, visual content is now the preferred form of social media content. Science proves that in terms of human communication, we naturally respond to visuals over text, and even language. According...

Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee Book Signing

After nearly two years of hard work and anticipation, my new beautiful book, Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Technique & Professional Advice has hit the bookstands. This Wednesday, July 22 from 5PM – 7PM, I will be at my first book signing. Sponsored by Chapter One Bookstore,...

Understanding Temperature, Tone and Value in Painting

Understanding the proper use of temperature, tone and value in painting will help with the success of your art. These principles can be applied whether you are plein air painting in the field, or working in portraiture, still lifes, or landscapes your studio. Here is a quick crash course of...

Trumpet Vase & Orchids 24x36 LMcNee

For many months, I have been busy creating a series of new oil still life and landscape paintings, as well as encaustic paintings for my various summer gallery exhibitions and events. I thought my readers might like to see my newest works… Come out and see me tomorrow night at...

The Psychology of Color For Artists

Color affects people in countless ways. Understanding how to effectively use the psychology of color will help us create more meaningful paintings, eye catching business cards, productive studios, soothing gallery walls, and successful websites. Studies have proven that color impression can account for 60% of the acceptance or rejection...

Social Media Marketing Secrets Revealed

Now more than any other time in history, it is easy for artists and other small business owners to gain online exposure and stand out from the crowd. However, many small businesses are still perplexed about how to effectively use social media and blogging. Since 2009, I have been...

History of Plein Air Painting

The history of plein air painting is explained in the following beautiful documentary, “Outside The Lines.” Produced by the publishers of PleinAir Magazine, “Outside The Lines” was created to further the mission of the Plein Air Force which aims to bring plein air painting to the world! Plein air painting is...

Best-Blogging-Platforms

Starting a blog can be scary, and deciding how to choose the best blogging platform is confusing. The internet seems like a complex world of servers, coding, and web design, and with so much information online, it’s hard to know who to trust. I was there 6 years ago and...

LinkedIn, network, art business, linkedin for artists

LinkedIn networking affords professionals, especially artists, to reach, meet and network with other art professionals who in the past, they would never have never known. Artists can use LinkedIn to meet gallery owners, corporate art reps, interior designers, collectors, and other successful art professionals. This can greatly extend their...

how to feel comfortable making art for a live audience

As artists, we usually create art in the privacy of our studio away from the eyes of the general public. We may even feel more comfortable making art this way, where our little failures and experiments can be done relatively safely, and where we won’t feel the prying eyes of...

hung liu, red dot, how to price paintings, price artwork

Deciding how to price artwork is probably the most difficult decision artists have to make. Yet, finding the optimal price has a triple benefit: it provides the artist with reasonable compensation for the creative work, and makes the buyer feel confident about investing in a particular piece. And most...

The Magical Bond Between Fashion and Art

One of the most fascinating relationships of our civilization is the magical bond between fashion and art. Possibly the greatest example of this bond is between the artist Piet Mondrian and designer Yves Saint Laurent . Best known for geometric paintings with asymmetrical arrangements of rectangles in primary colors (blue, red,...

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