From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden – Interview with Lori McNee

"Lori McNee - From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden" is an excerpt from a recent interview by Eye on Sun Valley, an online Idaho news channel. Lori McNee in her Idaho studio. From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden - Interview with Lori McNee STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK Lori McNee’s mother once told her that she could hold a bird in her hands if she sprinkled salt on its tail. The 5-year-old took her mother’s [...]

My New Painting Inspired by Japanese Kakejiku Scroll Art

Asian art has always inspired me. I love the simplicity, brilliant design and color harmonies these talented artists are able to achieve. My newest body of work has been loosely inspired by Japanese kakejiku scroll art. According to Wikipedia, a kakemono (掛物, "hanging thing"), more commonly referred to as a kakejiku (掛軸, "hung scroll"), is a Japanese scroll painting or calligraphy mounted usually with silk fabric edges on a flexible backing, so that it can be rolled for storage. To the right is an example of [...]

2018-02-05T14:47:55+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Lori's Featured Articles|2 Comments

Beautiful Animation of Falling Snowflakes in a Snowy Owl Oil Painting

What a cool animation of my snowy owl oil painting! Much to my surprise, my daughter-in-law made this beautiful animation of my snowy oil painting as a gift for me on Christmas!! It reminds me of something out of Harry Potter and I only wish my painting could actually do this in real life. Well maybe someday. Below you can see my animated painting by Taylor Pelto McNee. I'm really proud of Taylor! She is a gifted 3D [...]

2018-01-04T19:00:46+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Beautiful Animation of Falling Snowflakes in a Snowy Owl Oil Painting

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

Landscape Painting Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee

Please join me for my Landscape Painting Workshop in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee: July 31 - August 1, 2017. Hosted by Kneeland Gallery 26th Annual Plein Air Exhibition. ©LoriMcNee "Hazy Day on the Gallatin" ©LoriMcNee, "Dandelions and Aspens" "With plenty of one-on-one attention, I will help you discover how to cultivate familiar and habitual techniques while allowing room for your own artistic inspiration and individuality. You will not be taught [...]

2017-10-09T12:01:51+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Landscape Painting Workshop in Sun Valley, Idaho with Lori McNee

When My Serious Painting Became A Joke On Facebook

For nearly six months, I have been working on creating a cohesive body of work for my upcoming gallery exhibitions. So, I was rather surprised when one of my new paintings became a joke on Facebook! Here's what happened... My FineArtTips Facebook fans enjoy commenting on my latest painting endeavors. Recently, I posted a new still life painting of an owl on a red vase and asked my fans to help name the piece. On my easel the painting looked [...]

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: 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 [...]

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

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 happend to be in the [...]

2012-04-10T12:19:46+00:00 August 5th, 2011|Fine Art Tips, General, Misc. Articles, Plein Air|2 Comments

10 Motivating Tips for the Plein Air Painter

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 [...]

Straight Talk about Social Media with Lori McNee

The other day I spoke about the benefits of and how to use social media, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the artist. I addressed over 200 people attending the Western States Arts Federation ZAPP Conference which was help in St. Louis, Missouri. Because of modern conveniences, I was able to address this crowd from the comfort of my own home via Skype! I recorded this 9 minute interview and thought it might be of interest to my [...]

2012-11-23T22:17:07+00:00 September 15th, 2010|Art Business Tips, General, Social Media Tips & Tricks, Videos|Comments Off on Straight Talk about Social Media with Lori McNee