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The Best Portable Studio Lights for Your Outdoor Easel

Many of you may know that that I am a big believer in the amazing Method Lights art studio lights, and I have been using them in my own studio for years. Now, the same professional method of lighting is available for your outdoor easel! Read on to learn more… Lori using the ML-EL Smart Easel Light at the Plein Air Convention My ML-Direct Art Studio lights allow me to paint in my studio with the perfect light anytime! With their patented True Color Light technology, and with a touch of a butto...
Tags: Art, Wyoming, Max, Lori's Featured Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Studio Lighting, Lori, Studio Lights, Method Lights, Artist Lighting, Easel Light, ML EL Smart Easel Light


How to Create a Misty Atmospheric Watercolor Painting

A misty atmospheric scene has become a signature for Tom Jone’s watercolor painting style. Tom’s deep love of nature can be seen and felt when viewing his thoughtful paintings. A popular watercolor workshop instructor, Tom believes in ‘letting the atmosphere speak for you’ when beginning a painting. Tom begins with a concept, and a poetic heart. He feels his subject, the beauty of nature in its imperfection. Tom believes a successful watercolor painting awakens all of the senses. It allows you...
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Exciting Art History Timeline Infographic

Art history doesn’t have to be boring! Below is an exciting art history timeline which is illustrated in a visual infographic. Recently, the earliest record of Prehistoric art was thought to be around 40,000 B.C. But in September 2018, scientists made a new discovery. They found the earliest known drawing estimated to be 73,000 years old! World’s oldest known drawing looks like a hashtag! Since Prehistoric times, humans have created many different art movements. Remembering all those differ...
Tags: Art, Timeline, Western Art, Art History, Lori's Featured Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Impressionism, Lori Mcnee, Art Movements, Drawing History, Painting History, Hudson River School of Art Nevertheless


Improve Your Art By Seeing in Black and White

Improve Your Art By Seeing in Black and White Training your eyes to see values of black and white before painting will help improve your paintings. But, what does seeing in black and white mean? In this article, I will explain… For centuries, the Japanese have understood the importance of seeing in black in white for design purposes. During my plein air painting workshops, I introduce my students to the Japanese design principles of Notan. (This concept is fresh on my mind, having recently re...
Tags: Art, Black And White, Oil Painting, Johannes Vermeer, White, Monet, Sketchbook, Lori's Featured Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Landscape Painting, Lori Mcnee, John Carlson, Claude Monet, Leonardo di Vinci, Notan


Painting Small Details and Fine Lines with a Toothpick

©2018 Lori McNee Hazy Day 12×24 oil on linen Sometimes when painting small details a paint brush just doesn’t seem to do the job. That’s when a toothpick comes in handy! I used a toothpick to help me with the finishing details in my oil painting, “Hazy Day.” You can see the fine lines the toothpick created in this image below! This technique can be used in oil, acrylic or watercolor painting. I even use this toothpick technique in my encaustic paintings!  This blog post is titled, “Painting ...
Tags: Art, General, Oil Painting, Toothpick, Fine Art Tips, Lori's Featured Articles, How To Paint, Draw & More, Lori Mcnee, Cow Painting, Painting Fine Lines, Painting Small Details, Painting Tools


A Colorful Abstract Approach to Acrylic Painting Inspired by Monet

As a representational artist, I have appreciated the ingenuity of abstract painters. 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 No...
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Pro Tips for Painting with Water-Mixable Oils

For nearly 20 years, I have been painting with water-mixable oils. Before that, I primarily painted with acrylics as a wildlife artist. Although I loved acrylic paint, I was ready to loosen up oil paint, but I didn’t want to use solvents. Once I discovered water-mixable oils, and I have never looked back… @2018 Lori McNee “Evergreen Mist” 24×48, Oil on canvas Since then, I have tried almost every brand of water-mixable oils (WMO) on the market. There are definitely some similarities and ...
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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 wonderf...
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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 had just installed an overhead shop light, and color correc...
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Ways to Protect Your Health in the Art Studio

After nearly 30 years of being a professional artist, I’ve discovered it is important to enjoy your creative side while taking steps to protect your health in the art studio. In an effort to be eco-friendly and to keep the air quality in my home-studio healthy, I have always painted with solvent-free, water-mixable oil paints (by Cobra) to create the majority of my artwork. I’ve also educated myself on the health standards of my art materials. Nevertheless over recent years, I have also added e...
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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 their drawing surface to create th...
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Perfect Gift for the Naughty or Nice Artist

Santa has the perfect gift for the naughty or nice artist on your Christmas list! Whether you are a novice or an advanced painter in need of new inspiration, or you want to break some bad painting habits, Fine Art Tips with Lori McNee: Painting Techniques and Professional Advice  (available on Amazon or in the North Light Shop) is sure to help. Santa loves my popular art instructional book, and you will too! Fine Art Tips goes “behind the paintings” to show how 24 of today’s top artists trans...
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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 reali...
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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 workshops. From John, I l...
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