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Winning Tips to Plein Air Painting the Live Model Outdoors

Plein air painting with a human subject that tells a story can be a challenge, especially outdoors. Yet my friend, Scott Tallman Powers makes the process look so easy! Scott’s process includes plein air painting, photography, compositional studies and studio work. He frequently paints on location and creates reference material to use...

Lori McNee Plein Air Convention

Here are two great opportunities to meet, learn, and paint with me (and many other artists) in Atlanta, Georgia & in Monterey, California! This month, February 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia at the amazing Artists Materials Expo presented by Binder’s Art. Then in April 13-17 let’s meet in Monterey, California at the...

Imagination quote

Suddenly you have an idea and an overwhelming feeling of creative genius, but then you realize how vulnerable you will be if you share your art with other people. What if they don’t like it? What if they think it is stupid? What if they think it is awful?...

Understanding copyright law and the internet

The Internet is rapidly changing the way in which we view, and share written, and visual content. Copyright law has become more complex as artists, bloggers, and writers instantly share their photos, videos, ebooks, and stories across the world in seconds. The massive exchange of content on the Internet...

Capturing Light in Acrylic Painting

Acrylic painting is a popular choice for artists of all levels because it is fast drying, water-soluble, and easy to clean up. However, some artists find landscape painting with acrylic paints a bit of a challenge. For artist John D. Cogan, acrylic painting helps him capture the landscapes and...

goldfish

Over the past few years visual content has risen to the top as a preferred form of social media content. Seeing is believing, and in 2015 this visual trend will continue and strengthen as our attention spans weaken. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, consumer attention spans have...

TheGiftofArt

This holiday season, I am reflecting on the importance of art, our freedom to create, and the gift of art in our lives. Art is a means of communicating ideas, feelings, and solutions in a creative way other than written or verbal. Throughout history, every culture has developed some form of...

Portrait Painting Palette

Portrait painters want to capture the likeness of their unique subjects with fresh living color. Yet, many artists struggle with a portrait painting palette for mixing beautiful skin or flesh tones. Canadian portrait artist, Steven Rosati offered to share his own portrait palette with Fine Art Tips.  The Steven...

The Business of Art Made Easy

The business side of art doesn’t need to be complicated. I wrote recently about the difference between left and right brain and as artists, that more creative right side is usually working in overdrive. While that right side is what ultimately fuels our creativity, it’s the left side that often...

Portrail Painting: Worth a Thousand Words

Although portrait painting is an established tradition, recently there has been a resurgence in its popularity. Art lovers from the UK, US, Australia and Canada want to make a statement about their family for posterity. Recently, I was interview by the BBC for an article about portrait painting.  The...

How To Display Artwork On Paper Without A Frame

As an artist I am always exploring new ideas from painting techniques, mediums, subject matter and even different ways in which to display artwork. Lately, I have been creating encaustic works on beautiful handmade Japanese paper. These small encaustics are delicate and a traditional frame overwhelms them. So, I’ve...

Lori McNee of FineArtTips.com

Please join me on February 20-22, 2015 at the Artist Materials Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching four special workshops - 1 social media, and 3 oil painting workshops! Hosted by Binders Art Supplies and Frames, the Art Materials Expo will feature the leading...

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