Recap of Facebook Chat with Lori McNee (Part 1)

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Last week, I was invited to be the host of Blick Art Materials' first Facebook Chat. The topic was "The Blank Canvas" and we discussed helpful ideas about inspiration.  Due to the overwhelming response, it was difficult to keep up with the questions (I couldn't type that fast!). So, I have been working on answering everyone's questions. Below is the first batch that was covered live and has been posted on Blick's Facebook page. Next week I get … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Art Brands and Materials

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In the recent post, How to Become An Eco Friendly Artist, artist Scott Denholm shared his interesting environmentally friendly studio tips. Please enjoy Part 2 where Scott gets specific. Below he shares his suppliers, and more great ideas, and examples to help you create your own eco friendly studio. ***** Transforming your art and studio to become environmentally friendly isn't an easy task, and many artists struggle. I'm also one artist … [Read more...]

Who Says Art Can’t Be Fun?

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Do we need to give ourselves permission to smile? To Play? To have Fun? During Yoga, my instructor said, “Allow the corners of your mouth to stretch out to your ears.”  We all smiled, but, I was surprised at how unsmiling my facial muscles had been just moments before. The word that flashed neon in my mind me was, “Allow.” Do we also need to give ourselves permission to do the same when it comes to our art? Some of us can be so dedicated, so … [Read more...]

Choosing Quality Art Materials and Supplies

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When I entered graduate school, I first experienced the raw difference in quality art materials and supplies. There was such a huge distinction between the materials I used in the shop (the scene shop) to the materials I used in the studio, and I could immediately see the results in both different types of paints, and in different papers, and substrates. It wasn’t an intentional experiment to find better quality, but it sold me on how quality … [Read more...]

Creating Art in Small Studios

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Each week on my Facebook Fine Art Tips fan page, I ask my artist friends and followers, "What's on Your Easel?" It is always great fun to see the postings of art from a variety of different mediums, artistic abilitiesand studios from around the world. I personally enjoy seeing the different artistic expressions and sharing art tips, but lately I have been charmed by many of the small studios in which these dedicated artists are creating their … [Read more...]


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