Perceptions of Nature – My New Encaustic Paintings

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This winter I have been working really hard at a new series of artwork - encaustic wax paintings. Working with encaustic wax is a tactile, poetic, emotional experience. I am seduced by the alluring, organic translucencies of the encaustic medium. Labor intensive and difficult to master, the wax has a mind of its own, but this makes the medium even more exciting. When painting with encaustic, I am embracing the ‘unknown’ and enjoy the … [Read more...]

20th Anniversary of Plein Air Painting in Sun Valley, Idaho

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Each year, I have the wonderful opportunity to plein air paint with a talented group of artists as well all congregate in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho for Kneeland Gallery's annual paint out. This week we have been painting out in the mountains and celebrating the art gallery's 20th anniversary. Art spectators have been watching up create paintings in the field which culminates with the artists' reception tonight. If any of you … [Read more...]

10 Motivating Tips for the Plein Air Painter

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Although some of my readers are from around the world and warmer places, many of us have endured an extra long, cold and grey winter. In fact, there is still about 3 feet of snow in my yard! But, the hint of spring is finally in the air here in Idaho, and I can't wait to get out my plein air pochade 'toy' box! I am willing to bet, many of you plein air painters are feeling the same way. Nevertheless, some artists might feel blocked or … [Read more...]

The New Still Life Bird Paintings of Lori McNee

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Friday night, was my annual artist's reception at Kneeland Gallery that featured my new still life paintings and the beautiful landscape paintings by fellow artists Shanna Kunz and Cary Henrie. The annual President's Weekend Gallery Walk in Sun Valley, Idaho is a favorite event for locals and tourists alike. After an exhilarating day spent skiing on Bald Mountain, art fans come out to enjoy browsing the top notch galleries. Please enjoy a … [Read more...]

New Still Life Paintings by Lori McNee: “Illusionary Realism” at Kneeland Gallery

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    Each winter I am honored with the opportunity to showcase my newest works with an emphasis on still life painting at Kneeland Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. I have been working all winter preparing for the gallery reception and exhibition which starts this Friday night, March 5th and runs through April 15th, 2010. I thought my readers might enjoy seeing what I do when I am not blogging or 'twittering'...and yes, I really do paint and do … [Read more...]

Plein Air Painting in Idaho with Nationally known Artists

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Each summer I have the priveledge of plein air painting alongside a talented group of Nationally recognized artists during a week long event hosted by Kneeland Gallery of Sun Valley, Idaho. Being an artist consists of many isolated hours alone in our studios or painting out in the field, so this is a special time for us all. … [Read more...]

The Right Art Gallery – How I Found Mine

You now you have a better idea of how to find the right gallery. So, I thought you might be interesting in my personal 'gallery shopping' story. But first, a few relevant thoughts: Whether you want to admit it or not, being an artist is kind of like being in show business. We are in fact – entertainers or even celebrities of sorts. You will find this to be true anytime you put yourself out there in the public eye: i.e. gallery exhibitions, … [Read more...]

Lori’s Gallery Walk

  Enjoy this little video of my latest gallery opening.  The artist's reception was last Friday night from 6-9 pm at Kneeland Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho.  In spite of the weak economy, we had a great turnout! Thanks- Lori To learn more about the art scene in Sun Valley, check out: Sun Valley, Idaho: Small Town with a Big Art Attitude … [Read more...]


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