interesting art related articles by guest writers

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 [...]

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

Charcoal Drawing Using The Grid Method

Young artists always inspire me! I discovered wildlife artist, Taylor Nichezynski, on Facebook. I was impressed with her drawing skills and asked if she would share her helpful Grid Method tips to help my readers. Before we get started, here is a bit about The Grid Method: Since ancient Egyptian times, artists have been using The Grid Method as a drawing tool to improve accuracy. The Egyptians used this method by ‘snapping’ a string soaked in red dye against [...]

2016-04-13T12:25:47+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Charcoal Drawing Using The Grid Method

How To Create An Impressionist Flower Painting

Flower painting, and the ability to capture the fleeting beauty of a floral arrangement has been popular since the 1500s. A traditional still life painting by ©Joe Anna Arnett During the 1600-1700s, the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, German and French artists further innovated the floral still-life. By the 1800s, the French impressionists favored painting vibrant landscapes, but they also enjoyed exploring the artistic potential of flower painting. Still today, many art genres ranging from realism to [...]

2015-12-13T16:47:37+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on How To Create An Impressionist Flower Painting

Easy Steps To Painting Big

Internationally renowned master wildlife artist, John Seerey-Lester is well known for the art of painting big, dramatic paintings that tell a story. Specializing in wildlife, sporting art, and historic themes, John has gained a reputation for producing images in either oil and acrylic with a narrative which are both mysterious and mystical. John is also a famed painting instructor. In fact, I first met John in Colorado nearly 30 years ago at one of his popular wildlife [...]

2015-11-09T09:05:54+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Easy Steps To Painting Big

How To Create Mood in Landscape Painting

Like playing high or low notes on a piano, artists can 'key' their colors to create drama and mood in landscape painting. We do this by understanding and using value. For instance, high key colors in paintings use tints, or light values. Low key colors are shades, or dark values. Middle key colors are medium value or pure colors. In this fabulous guest post, landscape painter Shanna Kunz uses a limited scale of high values to demonstrate. Shanna [...]

Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

Assimilating back into civilian society is a challenge for any returning heroic Veteran. "Evan," a former Navy SEAL Team Leader started making street art style Abrasive Art as way to express his graphic memories of war and combat. Although he looks unscathed, Evan has suffered from numerous injuries including a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) back in 2010 from his tour in Afghanistan. Yet, without really knowing how, Evan has quickly built a successful art business, with a large following, in [...]

2017-01-15T23:12:07+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Fine Art Gallery, Fine Art Tips, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles|Comments Off on Former Navy SEAL Launches Art Business

How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

Starting a blog can be scary, and deciding how to choose the best blogging platform is confusing. The internet seems like a complex world of servers, coding, and web design, and with so much information online, it’s hard to know who to trust. I was there 6 years ago and I know how you feel. But you know those experiences in life where you look back and can’t imagine where you would be if you hadn’t taken that [...]

2015-06-03T14:38:13+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Guest Articles, Lori's Featured Articles, Social Media Tips & Tricks|Comments Off on How to Choose The Best Blogging Platform

10 LinkedIn Networking Rules for Artists

LinkedIn networking affords professionals, especially artists, to reach, meet and network with other art professionals who in the past, they would never have never known. Artists can use LinkedIn to meet gallery owners, corporate art reps, interior designers, collectors, and other successful art professionals. This can greatly extend their reach and expand their horizons as professionals. Today, LinkedIn has more than 350 Million registered users and is still growing. The following are some ideas to pursue to [...]