Landscape Painting Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee

Please join me for my Landscape Painting Workshop in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee: July 31 - August 1, 2017. Hosted by Kneeland Gallery 26th Annual Plein Air Exhibition. ©LoriMcNee "Hazy Day on the Gallatin" ©LoriMcNee, "Dandelions and Aspens" "With plenty of one-on-one attention, I will help you discover how to cultivate familiar and habitual techniques while allowing room for your own artistic inspiration and individuality. You will not be taught [...]

Why You Should Share Your Art

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? My question to you is, why do “they” matter so much to you? “Creativity takes courage.” - Henri Matisse Using your creative talent does take courage, but there [...]

2015-02-02T10:53:59+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Why You Should Share Your Art

Art Is A Trip!

Whether a painter, a dancer, musician or writer, all artists who regularly practice their craft understand the transformative magic of Art. Art is a trip and allows our imaginations to escape without leaving home. Art transcends language and barriers without the need of a passport! American dancer and choreographer, Twyla Tharp said it best in the quote below. I shared her quote along with the beautiful painting by Abbott Handerson Thayer (American 1849 - 1921) on my [...]

2013-09-18T22:57:03+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Art Is A Trip!

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. This knowledge is an invaluable tool as you create new art, seek new sales avenues and grow your collector base. Through social media I've met a lot of wonderful people, especially interior designers. They're such a great group of people who truly love what they do for a living. As an artist, if you're [...]

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

Not everyone is gifted with skillful hands. However, when it comes to drawing, you can do it as long as you have the confidence and willingness to learn. You don’t need expensive paper or pencils to learn drawing. In fact, if you are determined to learn how to draw, you will use available resources. Source: piccsy.com via Lori on Pinterest   Follow these 9 easy steps to learn drawing, and you will be able to draw anything [...]

Improve Composition & Design Using the Concept of Yin Yang

Did you know the Chinese concept of yin-yang can be used to improve composition in art and design? Our goal as artists is to lead the viewer's eye into and around the painting while keeping interest in the focal point.  Using the design aspects of yin-yang can help. Natural dualities such as male and female, light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, water and fire, and so on, are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang [...]

2013-07-24T23:50:19+00:00 June 8th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More|Comments Off on Improve Composition & Design Using the Concept of Yin Yang

The Relationship Between The Housing Market And Art Sales

Did you know there is a close relationship between the housing market and art sales?  It might seem obvious, but many artists seem to overlook this fact: artists need new homes to be built and existing homes to be sold so there will be blank 'walls' on the market to hang art! For nearly 30 years I have lived in a resort community where I have witnessed the synergy between the housing market and art sales. But, none as [...]

Hotels for Art Lovers

Odds are that there is an art museum relatively close to wherever you may choose to travel. While an official statistic is nearly impossible to calculate, there are literally thousands upon thousands of art museums across the globe. Some, like the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay in Paris as well as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, are incredibly well known by people around the world. Others are not quite “household names” but are still home to [...]

2013-05-18T07:57:32+00:00 May 1st, 2013|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General|2 Comments

Art and Its Healing Effects

Art has been said to be an expression of both hope and despair. This holiday season, as Americans struggle to find comfort in the aftershock of a year filled with unthinkable tragedies - Art offers us opportunities to heal. Scientific studies prove that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. This change improves a person's perception of their world. Both beautiful art and music are known to create a positive, healing physiology on a cellular [...]

A 10 Step Approach to Develop a Series of Exhibition Paintings

A lot of thought and exploration goes into developing a series of paintings for an art exhibition. Today, this has been a topic of conversation between my good friend and fellow artist, Shanna Kunz and me. This weekend, Shanna and I are exhibiting together in an all women art show, "8 Broad Brush Stokes". (Come see us in Utah, November 16-17). Shanna and I love to talk 'shop' when we are together. Today, we have been discussing the [...]