A Colorful Abstract Approach to Acrylic Painting Inspired by Monet

As a representational artist, I appreciate the ingenuity of painters with an abstract approach. I've tried my hand at abstract acrylic painting and found it fun, liberating, yet challenging. However, the abstract approach toward painting is in many ways the same approach used by representational artists, including Claude Monet. There are some universal values or "rules" in painting, regardless of the technique or subject. In this article, Jeffrey Olson, the Director of Art Education for Royal Talens of [...]

2018-06-20T22:42:59+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on A Colorful Abstract Approach to Acrylic Painting Inspired by Monet

My Live Interview on the PleinAir Art Podcast

Recently, I was interviewed by art magazine publisher, Eric Rhoads, on his PleinAir Art Podcast which was recorded live in front of an audience during the amazing Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eric and I are both friends and colleagues, so we had a lively conversation about my life as an artist, an author and being an influencer in the field of art. We discussed the benefits of using water mixable oils, finding the [...]

2018-06-18T15:55:26+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on My Live Interview on the PleinAir Art Podcast

Paint with Lori McNee in Giverny at Monet’s Garden May 2019

Announcing a rare and magical opportunity to Paint with Lori McNee in Giverny at Monet's Garden, May 22 - 29, 2019! But there is only 2 SPOTS LEFT! Morning light at 7:30am in Monet's flower garden. Join me (Lori McNee) and Art Colony Giverny for an exclusive week of landscape painting in Monet's Garden in Giverny, France! I'm honored to be an Art Colony Giverny guest instructor for the third time in May 2019. My Monet's [...]

2018-06-20T23:10:22+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Paint with Lori McNee in Giverny at Monet’s Garden May 2019

Eye On Sun Valley Live Interview with Lori McNee of Fine Art Tips

Recently, I was interviewed by the online magazine, Eye On Sun Valley. Show host Lynn Mason-Pattnosh, and I chatted about the ways in which I juggle my busy art career, travel schedule, and work as a social media influencer. In this video, I reveal how it all began with blogging and how I got my message 'out there' to millions around the world. I thought you, my reader, might enjoy learning a little bit more about me... [...]

2018-05-11T16:07:09+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Blogging Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on Eye On Sun Valley Live Interview with Lori McNee of Fine Art Tips

New DVD “Luminous Landscape Painting in Water Mixable Oils” with Lori McNee

You asked for it, and now you've got it! My long-awaited DVD or downloadable video, "Luminous Landscape Painting in Water Mixable Oils with Lori McNee" is now available! Discover how to create luminous, glowing landscapes using water mixable or traditional oil in my 4 hour, comprehensive videos and Go Solvent-Free with Lori McNee!  Watch me demonstrate both a summer and a winter scene, step-by-step,  from start to finish.   Here’s a preview of the tips and techniques [...]

2018-05-10T09:41:41+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on New DVD “Luminous Landscape Painting in Water Mixable Oils” with Lori McNee

Packing and Shipping Frames for Plein Air Events and Travel

Packing and shipping frames for plein air events is always a challenge, especially when you are competing in a plein air invitational! Suzie Greer Baker OPA Along with your clothes and painting gear, you also have to bring many blank panels, canvases, and heavy frames. Recently, I traveled for the first time to participate in Plein Air Maui. Packing and shipping frames and getting them safely to Maui was challenging. Plus it was compounded by [...]

Traveling and Painting with Opaque Gouache and Watercolor for the Busy Artist

Each year, my busy art career takes me to near and far away places. Ironically, I oftentimes find myself with little or no time to plein air paint. Eric Rhoads and Lori McNee at  Eric's Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, 2018 Lori on stage demoing painting with water-mixable oils. That is why I am really excited about traveling with opaque gouache and watercolor paints, and a watercolor sketchbook! Let me explain. I [...]

2018-05-02T22:29:52+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Traveling and Painting with Opaque Gouache and Watercolor for the Busy Artist

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 [...]

2018-03-14T15:36:36+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Inspiration & Motivation, Lori's Featured Articles, Misc. Articles|Comments Off on From Duck Stamps to Monet’s Garden – Interview with Lori McNee

Helpful Negative Drawing Tips Revealed by Pencil Artist

A pencil artist reveals helpful negative drawing tips to produce vibrant highlights, textures, grasses, hair, feathers, fur and more! Negative drawing is a drawing technique in which the artist uses the white of the drawing paper (negative space) and surrounds it with positive marks (positive space) to build up the darkest values with layers of graphite. While browsing Instagram one day, I was immediately captivated by the beautiful animal drawings of pencil artist, Kathryn Hansen. It's wonderful [...]

2018-03-05T17:29:34+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Helpful Negative Drawing Tips Revealed by Pencil Artist

Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee

Back by popular demand, "Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee."  Join me (Lori) for an exclusive workshop adventure into the beautiful Tuscan countryside of Lucca, Italy! Now is your chance to go plein air landscape painting under the Tuscan sun...in October 7-13 (week one is full) or 14-20 (2 spots left) 2018! Last October 2017, I led an amazing Italian painting adventure at Casa Berti in Tuscany. The weather was warm and perfect for outdoor painting. My 2017 [...]

2018-06-08T08:26:57+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Paint Tuscany with Lori McNee