Exclusive Monet’s Garden Landscape Painting Workshop 2018

Follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists. Back by popular demand, join artist Lori McNee for an exclusive week of landscape painting in Monet's Garden! You will have the unique opportunity to paint and photograph in the magical garden of Claude Monet - without the general public, September 5 - 12, 2018. In 2018, space is limited to only 8 workshop participants (all painting levels are welcome and photographers are too! I will be painting in oils, [...]

2017-10-10T23:28:46+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Exclusive Monet’s Garden Landscape Painting Workshop 2018

3 Tips From Instagram Influencer Tony Bennett

Everybody asks me, "How did you get so many followers on Instagram?" Since my real name is Tony Bennett, it's the second most frequently asked question I receive right behind, "Do you sing?" No, I don't sing, at least not very well. Fortunately, I do have a better answer to the first question! But before anyone should worry about different "strategies" to attract more followers, you need to make sure you're doing enough on your end to attract them. [...]

2015-03-02T20:31:57+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on 3 Tips From Instagram Influencer Tony Bennett

How to Take Better Landscape Photography

Do you often take reference photography of a scene for later use in the studio? Does it sometimes lack the detail you would like to have either because the shadows are too dark, or the sky is a blaze of white? Recently, Lori referred us to a helpful article by Texas artist Rusty Jones entitled, "How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting". Rusty explains the importance of using photography in addition to using site sketches, and [...]

How to Find an Art Print Publisher: One Artist’s Success Story

Even though there is some good news on the horizon, the recent years have been challenging for the art and print media markets. However, there are artists, photographers and other creative people who are flourishing. I am always on the lookout for great art and business inspiration to share with my readers. Recently, I asked my nature photographer friend, Todd Ridge, to share his inspiring story of how he overcame discouragement and self-doubt, pulled himself up by the [...]

2013-02-11T12:37:12+00:00 December 13th, 2010|General, Guest Articles|18 Comments

The Art of Abstracting the Landscape with a Lens

Most visual artists use photography as a tool for their artistic process. Personally, I find that a combination of plein air painting studies and landscape photographs used together as reference material helps me produce solid studio landscape paintings. The fact that I have a fondness and appreciation for photography as an art medium is one of the main reasons why I share photography tips on this art blog from time to time. Also, many of the articles on this site can be applied toward [...]