5 Inspirational Quotes to Brighten Your Day

5 Inspiring Quotes to Start Your Day

Sometimes an inspirational quote from a friend or a thought leader can help brighten our day, lift our spirits, or reinforce our personal journey. I love collecting quotes and words or wisdom to share with my readers. Here are a few that jumped off the page at me today. Please feel free to share them with your creative friends. Do you have a favorite inspirational quote? I hope you enjoy these...   Let's also … [Read more...]

Advice For The Aspiring Artist From Andy Warhol

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We can find inspiration from successful artists who we follow now, and also those who have come before us. Below, Andy Warhol shares advice that is perfect for the aspiring artist who might need some gentle words of encouragement... Thanks Andy Warhol! … [Read more...]

Art Is A Trip!

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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 … [Read more...]

What Can You Learn From Children’s Art?

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Children create art in a naive and wholesome way. Instead of being burdened with information on color theory, artistic movements and technique, children draw, paint and color with wild abandon. Here are some things we can learn from children’s artwork to become better artists. Newness – Children are exploring their world and learning about everything in it. Life is fresh and new, and that mentality is reflected in their art. Children see … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

Three Things Needed To Succeed In Life

We can learn valuable lessons from our fellow artists who have achieved great success. I chose this quote for Monday's Motivation because I totally agree with Reba! I will explain below... Three Things To Succeed In Life: A Wishbone Cinderella said it best, "A dream is a wish our heart makes.".  Cinderella is referring to a metaphorical sense of desires that can, as the lyric promises, "come true".  In this quote, I believe Reba is … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: Don’t Compare

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Fine Art Tips is recovering from a malicious hack that happened two weeks ago. Thank you for your support. Here is quick thought to ponder for this Monday's Motivation. Stay tuned for an informative blog post where I share once again, what I learned from being hacked this time! Be sure and check out board on Pinterest!. I’d also love to meet you on my Fine Art Tips Facebook Fan Page, on Twitter, Google Plus, and … [Read more...]

Recap: @Blick_Art Facebook Chat with Lori McNee (Part 2)

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As promised, here is Part 2 of Blick Art Materials' live Facebook Chat with me. We had a huge turnout, and it was difficult keeping up with typing all those answers to your questions! So Blick has posted the answers in Part 1 and Part 2 on their Facebook page (copied below)...The topic was “The Blank Canvas” and we discussed helpful ideas about inspiration and LOTS more. Enjoy! ~Lori Blick Art Materials: We’d like to thank everyone who … [Read more...]

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...]

How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

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From time to time, it happens to most creative people - the curse of artist's block. We face the blank canvas, our creativity hits a wall, plateaus, or lacks motivation. I have a number of different 'tricks' to help me get out of a creative rut, but recently Pinterest really helped. Source: finearttips.com via Lori on Pinterest   Somewhat controversial among artists and photographers, Pinterest is a very handy social bookmarking … [Read more...]

Monday’s Motivation: The Curse of Artist’s Block

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Artist's block. We all suffer from it from time to time. This old "Far Side" cartoon by Gary Larson has always been a favorite of mine. Ironically, the talented cartoonist dreaded artist's block of his own, and retired the 'Far Side' cartoon series back in 1995 because he feared he was starting to be repetitive and wanted to avoid becoming a declining cartoonist. For Monday's Motivation, here are a few ideas to help you overcome the curse of … [Read more...]


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