Perfect Gift for the Naughty or Nice Artist

Santa has the perfect gift for the naughty or nice artist on your Christmas list! Whether you are a novice or an advanced painter in need of new inspiration, or you want to break some bad painting habits, Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques and Professional Advice  (available on Amazon or in the North Light Shop) is sure to help. Santa loves my popular art instructional book, and you will too! Fine Art Tips goes “behind the paintings” to [...]

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 [...]

My Christmas Wish for You!

Hello friends. Today, I just want to take a moment to wish all of my valuable blog readers, and social media friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. In this video you will hear my Christmas wish for you! ~Lori :)   I hope to meet you on Twitter and Facebook and Google Plus! ~Lori (If you want to see what I paint, please check out my paintings) Here are a few more articles you might enjoy: Creating Art in Small Studios  How [...]

10 Ways to Expand Your Artistic Repertoire

This guest post is especially relevant for me right now due to the fact that I am working on expanding my own artistic repertoire. Although I still enjoy painting my artistic subject matter, I have become a bit bored and I want to spice it up! To do this, I have begun taking private abstract painting classes as well as an encaustic workshop that starts later this week. My goal is to learn a few new techniques that [...]

On My Easel #3: From Lemons to Lemonade

On My Easel is a series of articles that records the trials and tribulations of my own personal painting journey. Yes, I am a working artist and lately, I have been getting ready for my upcoming annual still life show at Kneeland Gallery. This old Italian pitcher has been collecting dust on my kitchen self, when one day, those decorative lemons on the vessel just seemed to jump out at me. I dusted off the pitcher, and [...]

The Best of 2010: Articles on Art, Marketing & Social Media

As 2010 quickly comes to a close, I thought it would be a good idea to go back and dig up some of this year's popular posts. Many interesting art business & marketing tips, social media advice and fine art tips are buried in the back pages of this blog, so I have listed some of your favorite posts below for your convenience. Thank you to those of you who have sent in the many informative and [...]

How to Paint Iridescent Bird Feathers & Make Them Glow

Often, I get asked how I make my paintings and birds seem to glow. A few months ago, I made a video while painting this still life painting, "Jeweled Visitors" and decided to edit it down into a short clip to illustrate how I paint iridescent bird feathers. This is a quick little flick, but I hope it helps you understand how to make your bird feathers look iridescent and make them glow!   Here are a few tips to remember: [...]

September 29th, 2010|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Videos|5 Comments

Vinyl Art: Painting Portraits of Musicians on Records

Twitter has introduced me to many gifted and ingenious artists and creatives. Daniel Edlen, known as @vinylart on Twitter, caught my eye recently. Daniel paints Vinyl Art, portraits of musicians and entertainers on vinyl records. Instead of Elvis on velvet, think Elvis on an Elvis record! Read on to learn more about this artist and his unusual canvas... ***** I've been creating art for a long time. Not as a job, but as a passion. I think [...]

The Color ‘Green’: How to Use Its Hidden Meaning for Art & Design

These easy-to-learn principles of color can help improve your art and design. For years, artists, color theorists and interior designers have used the hidden meaning of color to elicit a certain mood. Color can quickly transform a dreary room into a cheery room. Painters, photographers and other creatives can learn to use these same principles within their artwork to transport their viewers' imaginations. Over the past few weeks we have learned about the primary colors Red, Yellow and Blue. Now we are learning [...]

August 25th, 2010|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More|3 Comments

The Color ‘Blue’: Use the Hidden Meaning for Art & Design

Color allows us to create our own individuality and flare. For years, interior decorators, graphic designers, photographers, advertisers and artists have been using color to enhance our environments. Research shows that color can play a major role in our overall state of well-being. In art and design, color can be used to evoke a certain mood, create a message or evoke a strong response in the viewer. Creatives can use the positive or negative attributes of color in our works to [...]