information and tips on outdoor, plein air painting

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 [...]

The Amazing History of Plein Air Painting

The history of plein air painting is explained in the following beautiful documentary, "Outside The Lines." Produced by the publishers of PleinAir Magazine, "Outside The Lines" was created to further the mission of the Plein Air Force which aims to bring plein air painting to the world! Plein air painting is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. The term was used to describe Claude Monet and the Impressionists in [...]

2015-06-07T07:36:20+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Fine Art Tips, General, Lori's Featured Articles, Plein Air|Comments Off on The Amazing History of Plein Air Painting

On The Go With STRADA Easel

When I'm traveling and on the go I need a painting easel that is sturdy, lightweight, functional, and dependable. That is why I love my STRADA Easel. I've tested most of the popular easels and pochade boxes that are on the market, but this year my trusty STRADA MINI Easel has been traveling with me from coast to coast. Lori demonstrating at Oil Painters of America National Convention in Bennington, Vermont. Here's why I have [...]

2014-08-29T15:39:53+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Art Travels, Fine Art Tips, General, Plein Air|10 Comments

Make Slideshow Videos For Instagram With PhotoGrid

Now it's easy to make quick slideshow videos for Instagram with PhotoGrid. For a while, I've been using the PhotoGrid app on my cell phone to make my photo collections into amazing collages for Instagram. But now with the addition of the video maker, I can quickly make a slideshow of my favorite images accompanied by music! I tested it out today. I even shared my slideshow to Instagram, Facebook and Youtube. I can't wait to make [...]