Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips!

happy birthdayThis week marks the third anniversary of FineArtTips.com, so I want to take a moment to thank you all – my readers, guest bloggers, and friends, for your support as my art blog celebrates a happy birthday.

I started blogging, back in February 2009, as a way to give back to my art community. During this time I was recovering from an ‘icky’ divorce, I was almost an empty nester, and our small resort town was facing an economic slump – a lot of life changes were happening all at once.

Nevertheless, I have always believed that ‘you can’t receive with a closed fist‘, so during this tough time in my life I felt that it was important for me to give back in someway. As a working artist, blogging was a perfect opportunity for me to share my artistic knowledge, and my art with other artists and art enthusiasts.

However, I had no idea how much this new blogging venture would bless my life…


Through blogging I discovered social media, and have made so many wonderful friends and valuable connections. I have overcome my fear of public speaking, as I now give webinars and keynote addresses. My paintings have steadily sold during a tough art market, and I have even expanded my gallery representation. I have been featured in many national and international blogs, and publications, including the Huffington Post, Artist’s Magazine, Wildscape Magazine. I now edit for high profile bloggers, and have been writing for books including, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses, the 2012 & 2013 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, as well as the Photographer’s Market books. I am also happy to report that FineArtTips.com has received nearly 1,000,000 page views, according to Google Analytics.

I don’t mention all of this to be boastful; rather I hope you find this story inspiring. Yes, all of this takes a lot of time and effort, but the rewards have outweighed the hard labor.

There is so much to be learned, and FineArtTips.com still has a lot of growing to do – and I could not do it without you! If you took time to read this post, I send you a virtual (((hug))) because you are the reason I am blogging!

Thank you for caring to read and for you valuable comments about my art, art tips and social media advice, through my journey as a professional artist.

lori mcnee plein air artist with hatHappy creating! ~Lori 🙂


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  1. Bret February 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Congratz mom. <3 You. Happy bday Fine Art Tips! 😀

    • Allison Reece February 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Yes, Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips/Lori!
      Lori, you are such an inspiration to everyone and especially with us, artists everywhere.
      I’m grateful for all the time and talented you’ve poured into you Fine Art Tips. It’s helped me on several different occasions from art related issues to social media to blogging. Your posts are quality and I look forward to what will come out in the next post! A great thing!
      You’ve reinvented your life and not only survived, but prospered!
      You go, girl! Very grateful and Congratulations,
      Allison Reece/Artist
      Asheville, NC

      • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Hi Allison, what a sweet comment! Thanks so much for the positive thoughts. I am so happy to hear that this blog has helped you. Yes, I have reinvented my life and it keeps evolving! So much fun…

        Happy painting and creating!

    • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Hi Bret! It is so fun to get a blog comment from my talented son!!! I miss you and am glad you took time to leave me a comment.

      Love you!
      Mom xo

  2. Janet Vanderhoof February 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Congratulations, sounds like a very fruitful endeavor. I will be watching out for your tips. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Janet! What a nice surprise. I am happy to see you here, and thank you for the well wishes.

      Best, Lori 🙂

  3. Jackie Garner February 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    You’re never boastful but you are inspiring. Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips and congratulations, Lori.

    • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Hello Jackie,

      I am so glad you found this post inspiring. Thank you for being such a valuable reader. I appreciate you!


  4. Jennifer Libby Fay February 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Fine Art Tips, congratulations Lori! Thank you for your wonderful blog, it is a valuable resource and you are an inspiration.

    • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Hello Jennifer,

      Thank you so much! I am so glad this blog is helping and inspiring you. I am grateful to know that.


  5. Wrenaissance Art February 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations on the blog-iversary. It really sounds like you’ve found your own right path. 🙂

    • Lori McNee February 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Hi Wren! Thanks for stopping by again, I really have found a great path that I love!

      Happy painting to you,
      PS. I’d love a guest post from you on your beautiful botanicals…maybe a how to or something like that? Let me know 🙂

  6. Amit Verma February 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Yoohoo!! Happy Birthday Fine-Art Tips. Congratulations on the blog-iversary dear. Keep it up. Rock On! ((Hugs)) & Best Wishes Always. Keep Smiling 🙂

    • Lori McNee February 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

      It’s great to see you on my blog again Amit! You are such a great friend, and I appreciate all your support.

      Rock on to you too!
      Lori 🙂

  7. Jack Cavanaugh February 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Just found you recently. Have enjoyed your blogs and your bright spirit. Look forward to many more years ahead. Thanks, and Happy Birthday!

    • Lori McNee February 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Hello Jack, it’s a pleasure meeting you! Thank you for the nice comment. I am glad my ‘spirit’ shines through my words… 🙂


  8. Janet Callaway February 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Lori. Best wishes to you and FineArtTips.com for ever increasing success.

    • Lori McNee February 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

      Hello Janet, it is wonderful seeing you here again. Thank you for the best wishes! I appreciate you and wish you much success too.

      Lori 🙂

  9. AnnTran_ February 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Congrats Lori and Happy Birthday to Fine Art Tips!

    ❤ Ann

    • Lori McNee February 8, 2012 at 1:00 am

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for taking time to congratulate me! I appreciate ALL your support. You are such a great friend to me.


  10. James Apichart Jarvis February 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you very much Lori for passing on to others valuable information.

    Quite the inspiration you are.


  11. Oil Pastels Artist February 18, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Awesome! Happy Birthday to a fabulous website. Amazing what can be accomplished in three years! Thanks for all you do, Lori.

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