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Two Easy Ways to Develop the Focal Point of Your Painting

There are a number of different ways to develop the focal point of your painting. In this post, I am sharing two easy techniques for developing a focal point, plus a helpful list of other ideas. A focal point is a specific place of visual emphasis in your painting. It creates the center of attention. The focal point is the area that draws the eye of the viewer to the most important part of the painting.  Generally [...]

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

Simple Steps to Outdoor Figurative Painting in Color

Colorist Camille Przewodek is acclaimed for her vibrant outdoor landscapes and figurative paintings. In this guest post, Camille reveals her unique approach to seeing and painting color and the effects of light in which the subject is seen. Simple Steps to Figurative Painting in Color.  The outdoor model Notan is a Japanese term for simplifying a visual design into light and dark. Everything in light is white and everything in shadow is black.  The Notan [...]

2017-11-20T15:10:47+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Simple Steps to Outdoor Figurative Painting in Color

15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

Most all artistic people have experienced the dreaded feeling of looking at a blank canvas or computer screen while waiting for creative inspiration to spark. At times, creativity can be elusive. Nevertheless, contrary to popular opinion, creativity can be honed with effort and consistency. It's helpful to set aside time for yourself to focus on honing your creativity, add it to your schedule. You should also know when to take a step back. Explore new mediums. Step [...]

2017-11-04T16:03:03+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on 15 Books to Spark Your Creative Inspiration

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

An Easy Art Studio Lighting System for Better Paintings

Proper art studio lighting is one of the most important factors to a successful painting. Over the years, I have used many types of art studio lighting from North Light (great, but NL is limited to working during daytime hours) to artificial lighting.  I have tried many alternatives that have been both expensive and disappointing. Lori replaced one track light on her studio ceiling with the ML-Direct lighting system. A while ago, I installed an overhead [...]

2017-10-01T23:25:00+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on An Easy Art Studio Lighting System for Better Paintings

3 Art Website Upgrades Serious Artists Need to Know

Keeping an art website operating well is mandatory for the serious artist. Art website upgrades are important to understand due to technological changes, website security issues and changes in search engine optimization (SEO). Artists need to have not only a well-designed website, but one that can be easily found by search engines and is secure to anyone who visits the website. At a minimum, an artist’s website should provide the viewer with a sample of the artist’s [...]

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

Memories of Giverny and Painting in Monet’s Garden

(*Join me in Monet's Garden for my "Spectacular Autumn" workshop in Giverny, France. September 5-12, 2018. I'm taking applications here > ART COLONY GIVERNY . Contact: Caroline or Rich Nuckolls at: 770-977-3434 info@artcolony-giverny.com) Teaching a workshop and painting in Monet's Garden at his home in Giverny, France was a dream come true! It all started when I was invited by Art Colony Giverny to teach a special workshop with the highlight of plein air painting in Monet's Garden without the [...]