5 Inspirational Quotes to Brighten 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 connect on my Fine Art [...]

2014-10-11T20:59:14+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|2 Comments

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!

What Can You Learn From Children’s Art?

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 the world with a fresh [...]

Monday’s Motivation: 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 equating a wishbone to [...]

2013-02-25T12:20:56+00:00 February 25th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

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

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 joined our [...]

2013-02-01T10:27:32+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|3 Comments

How Pinterest Inspired My New Painting

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 site that keeps all of my inspirations in one [...]

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

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 [...]

2013-01-14T14:42:11+00:00 January 14th, 2013|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation|4 Comments

Where Does Art Come From?

All creating, all art, begins in the Unknown. ~Anthony Meindl  We’re creatures of habit. We seek routine and safety. That’s why creating art is a mysterious process for everyone. Mysterious. Mystery occurs outside of our safety zones - in the unknown. We’re taught from an early age that the unknown is a scary and unsafe place to be. It’s unfamiliar. It involves risk. So we do everything we can to prevent going there. Even though going there [...]

If Things Aren’t Going Right, Try the Left!

  There is an old saying that literally hit home with me recently, "When nothing in life goes right, go left.” Over the past few months, I had been busy painting a new body of work for last month's Kneeland Gallery Plein Air Exhibition. The last few weeks leading up to the event were extra busy and the ‘stress’ was starting to show up in my latest painting! Have you ever battled with a painting, [...]