Let’s Talk Art!

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This month I am the featured artist in the New Wave Art Products newsletter, "Let's Talk Art". It is an honor to be featured along with with other professional artists from around the world. I thought you might enjoy learning a bit more about me... Let's Talk Art! is New Wave's interactive e-newsletter that provides interviews with professional artists from around the world.  In this edition we interviewed Idaho painter Lori McNee, artist … [Read more...]

When My Serious Painting Became A Joke On Facebook

Gazing by Lori McNee

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 … [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...]

Autumn Plein Air Painting & Social Media Workshop with Lori McNee

A happy Autumn Plein Air Painting Workshop

SOLD OUT!  Join the Fine Art Tips newsletter (button on the righthand side of this blog) to receive information on upcoming workshops with Lori.  Announcing! Autumn Plein Air Painting & Social Media Workshop with Lori McNee October 3, 4, 5, 2012 (9AM - 4PM daily) Location: Sun Valley, Idaho Sponsored by Fine Art Tips and Royal Talens *This workshop is limited to 12 people worldwide. Normally this workshop would cost $450, but … [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...]

❅ Season’s Greetings from Lori McNee ❅


Hello friends, and Season’s Greetings! I just want to share my holiday wish for you: ❅❅ Peace of mind, prosperity throughout the New Year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, inspiration around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, and lots of great art supplies to fill your stockings! ❅❅ Thank you for supporting the arts and for making 2010 an exciting year for Fine Art Tips. ♥ Happy creating & Happy … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Lori Thanks You!

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Please take a moment for this quick video of thanks to you all...  My Best - Lori … [Read more...]




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