information and tips on outdoor, plein air painting

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 [...]

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

Using Japanese Notan Design Principles For Plein Air Painting

Recently, I've been reviewing the Japanese design term known as Notan. This ancient Japanese word literally means “light-dark balance.” The Notan is an ideal type of study for finding the shapes and patterns that serve as the foundation of every composition. In one of my favorite art books, Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow, Notan is covered in depth. In plein air, landscape painting, Notan is more than merely depicting light and shadow. Instead, the artist uses every line, light [...]

2017-05-04T21:11:52+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Fine Art Tips, General, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Using Japanese Notan Design Principles For Plein Air Painting

Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy

Join me and Art Escape Italy this October in for Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy! Immerse yourself in the beautiful Italian countryside for a week of plein air landscape painting. October 15 - October 21, 2017. My workshop will be based out of beautiful, Casa Berti, a 17th Century Tuscan estate 14km from the beautiful Renaissance city of Lucca. Over 5 days and 6 [...]

2017-02-21T14:58:57+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Plein Air Painting Under the Tuscan Sun in Lucca, Italy

Plein Air Paint in Monet’s Garden with Lori McNee

WORKSHOP IS FULL!!  Follow the footsteps of great art masters and enjoy a week of French Country Living and plein air paint in Monet's Garden with me, Lori McNee! Join me on this 7 day painting adventure in the charming, historical village of Giverny, France from May 9-16, 2017. Hosted by Art Colony Giverny, Royal Talens, and me! I am so excited about this exclusive plein air painting workshop opportunity. Cobra paints on my (Lori's) Strada easel at the Plein [...]

2017-02-19T23:05:10+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air, Workshops with Lori|Comments Off on Plein Air Paint in Monet’s Garden with Lori McNee

Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Each spring, some of the best landscape artists in the world along with novice painters and top art vendors, congregate at the Plein Air Convention and Expo. Pictured: Kim Lordier, Richard Lindenberg, Lori McNee, Anne Nelson Sweat, Lori Putnam, Eric Rhoads, Lori Wallis Feldpausch This amazing convention is the world's largest plein air event founded by Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and the helpful blog, OutdoorPainter.com. Eric and his talented team make [...]

2016-05-01T13:03:45+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Art Business Tips, Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on Valuable Lessons Learned at the Plein Air Convention

Turn a Wine Cork into a Plein Air Painting Carrier

On a recent trip to Venice, Italy I learned how to turn an ordinary wine cork into a lightweight  plein air painting carrier. Lori (pictured in the middle) painting in Venice with Florida artist, Cory Wright and artist Mo Teeuw from England. Traveling the world and plein air painting with International artists is a wonderful experience. However, lugging around a heavy backpack with a portable studio inside quickly becomes tiresome. Finding ways to minimize the [...]

STRADA MICRO Easel: Little Pochade Box With A Big Attitude

Sleek, compact, and lightweight, the STRADA MICRO easel is the newest addition to the popular STRADA line of beautiful, functional, aluminum pochade boxes. In business, I'm a big believer in hitching your wagon to a star, and the owner of STRADA has done just that. A talented artist and smart marketer, Bryan Mark Taylor has designed his STRADA website to resemble Apple's. Just as eager cell phone, and computer users await the next best release of an Apple [...]

Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack

Each time I travel to plein air painting events, I find it difficult to safely dry my wet paintings, until now! Here's the interesting story of how one clever artist created a handy, beautifully designed invention for her fellow artist. On the go, or in the studio, the new Dryangle drying rack is the perfect solution for artists. Dryangle: Handy Plein Air Painting Drying Rack When I’m traveling on a painting trip, I need a place to store [...]