Water Mixable Oil Painting Demo with Lori McNee on PleinAir LIVE

Water Mixable Oil Painting Demo with Lori McNee on PleinAir LIVE

PleinAir LIVE
Saturday, March 12,

Join Lori McNee at PleinAir LIVE March 9-12 for 3 days of The Best Painting Secrets from 27 of The World’s Top Plein Air Artists hosted by Plein Air Magazine. I’m so honored to be teaching.

"This Will Speed Your Progress Faster Than Any Art School in America!” ~PleinAir Magazine

My Demo is on Saturday, Mar12 at 12PM Central Time. I will be painting with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints in winter conditions along the Snake River in Idaho! You can see my demo painting below...

©2022 Lori McNee, "Gray Day on the Snake," 8x10, oil on linen

For more information or to sign up CLICK HERE.

Or buy my video, Luminous Landscape Painting with Water Mixable Oils / available on DVD or downloadable.

Artist's Reception with Lori McNee at Dana Gallery

Artist's Reception with Lori McNee at Dana Gallery  in Missoula, Montana

Dana Gallery
Missoula, Montana
Saturday, April 23, 2022
2PM Mountain Time

I've been working in my Idaho studio all fall and winter on a series of nature inspired paintings. This new body of work reflects my love of mountains, wild places and wildlife. I will be posting images in my portfolio soon.

Here's a sneak peek!

©2022 Lori McNee, "Autumn Elk," 24x24, oil on panel
©2022 Lori McNee, "Spring Thaw," 30x40, oil on panel

Stop by Dana Gallery and say hello if you are in the area!

Plein Air Painting Retreat in Harriman State Park, Idaho

Plein Air Painting Retreat in Harriman State Park, Idaho

July 17 - 22, 2022

Join Lori McNee and escape into beautiful Harriman State Park, Idaho for a weeklong painting retreat. This is a stay & play retreat rather than a formal workshop. Lori will be leading this unique retreat which will focus on fellow artists painting together and sharing the unique experience of creating art on location, en plein air. There will be daily painting sessions happening within a short walk from your cabin. Plus, there is an optional art show and sale available at the end of your stay!

Located on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, Harriman Park is less than 40 miles from Yellowstone National Park. This area is teaming with wildlife, world class fishing, breathtaking vistas and rustic Idaho charm. 🤠 Lodging and meals are included.

For more details CLICK HERE.


This official retreat is from Sunday, July 17, 4:00 p.m. - Friday, July 22, 11:00 a.m. with an invite to participate in Friday & Saturday's art show & sale during Harriman Heritage Days. This is your chance to sell the paintings you completed during the retreat. You will receive free lodging Friday & Saturday night courtesy of Harriman State Park. No commission is taken. We provide the booth and the display easels which hold paintings 11 x 14 and larger. You will want to bring frames for your plein air paintings. There will be a table for your mini masterpieces which do not need to be framed.

CLICK HERE to discover more or sign up for this special painting retreat & art sale.


Hope to see you here in Idaho!

PleinAir Podcast: Insider Secrets: Advice from Top Plein Air Pros Revealed

PleinAir Podcast has just released, “Plein Air Insider Secrets - Advice from Top Plein Air Pros Revealed!"

Originally, this was a FREE training webinar which aired on February 23rd hosted by Eric Rhoads of PleinAir Magazine with renowned artists Kevin MacPherson, Debra Huse and Lori McNee.

The webinar was the most popular event to date and now it is available as a FREE  PleinAir Podcast 217.

You'll discover:

  • The best way to learn plein air painting.
  • Things you can do to improve your work fast.
  • What you need to think about before you start a painting.
  • A discussion about equipment and packing.
  • Traveling with paints and easel.
  • Traveling with wet paintings.
  • Plein Air Etiquette.
  • Little things that make a big difference.
  • Unexpected things you need in your backpack.
  • Plus helpful stories from these pros and MORE!

Also, don't miss out on PleinAir LIVE - you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. All you need is your phone, tablet or computer.

There's still time to sign up and save for PleinAir LIVE! It’s going to be amazing!! Join me March 9-12 for 3 days of The Best Painting Secrets from 27 Of The World’s Best Plein Air Artists hosted by @pleinairmag ❤️

“This Will Speed Your Progress Faster Than Any Art School In America!” ~PleinAir Magazine

I'm honored to be a PleinAir LIVE faculty member! A sneak peek at the all-star agenda at the end of this post ...

©2022 LMcNee "Gray Day on the Snake River - Idaho" 

I hope to see you at my demo on Saturday, March 12 at 12PM CT! I'll be plein air painting in winter conditions with Cobra Oil Paints along the Snake River in Idaho.

Also, now's your chance to purchase an original Lori McNee landscape painting in the PleinAir Live Faculty Auction.

It's free to sign up! My starting bid is only $200. Auction opens on March 7.  Click Here to see my paintings and for more information.


Happy painting,

Heading Out West

This was fun to paint! 🦊 It's always a wonderful feeling when a painting seems to paint itself.

©2021 Lori McNee ,“On the Prowl,” 12x24, oil on linen

I made a little Instagram Reel (see below) to show a bit of the fun I had while painting, On the Prowl. This painting will be heading up with me to Great Falls, Montana for the Out West Art Show & Sale. 🤠

I'll be with Dana Gallery. Come see my new paintings this weekend August 18-21, 2021.

Hope to see some of you there!


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Here's my newest little painting, "Springtime Greens"...

©2021 Lori McNee, Springtime Green, 8x8, oil on canvas

Springtime Plein Air Painting Speed Demo with Lori McNee

Here's a little springtime plein air painting speed demo!

After working indoors in my studio for most of the long winter, I was excited to get outside for some plein air painting. But, springtime in the Idaho Rocky Mountains can be blustery and difficult for plein air painting. Nevertheless, I went out and did my best amidst high winds and chilly temperatures.

I hope you enjoy a quick visit in my studio and out in the field for some plein air landscape painting. As usual, I painted with my Cobra water mixable oils which really help keep things easier. In the 2 minute video demo below you can see my process.

I hope you enjoy the first of my new video series, "Lately from Lori."


peacock oil painting

The Symbolism of New Beginnings and My Peacock Painting

At first glance, my latest painting depicts a beautiful peacock and some impressionistic lotus flowers.

Upon further examination the view will realize the painting has been executed in an etherial, almost magical manner. Oftentimes my paintings have a deeper meaning...

peacock oil painting with lotus flowers
©2021 Lori McNee, "New Beginnings" 60x48, oil on canvas

For instance, the peacock is a symbol of beauty and has great importance in many cultures. It represents the rays of the sun and the beginning of the new day, thus symbolizing new beginnings and eternal life.

The lotus flower also holds great symbolic weight among many cultures. This delicate flower rises out of the muck and mire and reminds us we can rise above our challenges and circumstances. It represents awakening, potential, self-regeneration and rebirth.

For me, this was the perfect painting subject to start off 2021! It will be the invitation piece for my upcoming March exhibition at Kneeland Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Below is a quick Instagram Reels which shows some up-close views of me creating, "New Beginnings!" I painted this with my Cobra solvent-free oils by Royal Talens with Princeton Brushes.

I wish you much success and positivity in the new year ahead!



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Go Solvent-Free Oil Painting with Lori McNee!

Go Solvent-free with Lori McNee and discover the benefits of painting with water mixable oil color by Royal Talens!

After many years in the making, I am pleased to announce the release of my new exclusive Cobra Oil, “Lori McNee Special Edition Set by Royal Talens. This solvent-free set of Cobra Water Mixable oil colors includes the exact palette I use on a daily basis!

This split primary palette includes a cool and warm pigment from each of the primary colors. You can mix a multitude of colors from this simple array of tubed oil paints. Perfect for studio works, plein air painting, still life, figurative work and more!

©2020 Lori McNee, “Sanctuary” 24×36, oil on canvas

Colors include:

105 Titanium White, 207 Cadmium Yellow Lemon, 211 Cadmium Orange, 303 Cadmium Red Light, 389 Madder Lake, 504 Ultramarine, 511 Cobalt Blue, 619 Permanent Green Deep, 227 Yellow Ochre, 378 Transparent Oxide Red.

Product features:
  • Paint in traditional oil techniques without the need for toxic solvents
  • Perfect for Plein Air Painting (only use water!)
  • Professional Artist Quality
  • Fully Lightfast pigments (100 years plus in museum conditions)
  • Lower environmental and health impact due to exclusion of solvents in your painting process

Purchase Now $124.95 

Enjoy the benefits of painting with water mixable oil color by Royal Talens. The new Cobra Oil “Lori McNee Special Edition Set” is now exclusively available hereGo Solvent-Free with Lori McNee!!

Want to discover more about painting solvent-free? Read: Water Mixable Oil Paints: Facts, Tips & Why I use Them.

Happy Little Accidents

In art and in life, we hopefully learn from our happy little accidents.

Have you ever finished a painting and then accidentally dropped it and damaged it? This recently happened to me. A while back, I was putting the finishing touches on a new little 6x6 oil painting, Evening Sky.

©2020 Lori McNee, "Evening Sky" 5x7, oil on linen

Luckily, this 'happy little accident' actually ended up helping the painting! The finished painting had flopped off my easel and into piles of cadmium red and yellow. I did my best to wipe and scrape off the unwanted paint, but I was unable to remove it all. To my surprise, the invasive cadmiums actually warmed up the sky and made the painting even better! A happy little accident for sure!

You can watch how I fixed the painting in this Instagram video.

Landscape Painting Workshop in Seeley Lake, Montana with Lori McNee! June 6-7, 2020

Join me, Lori McNee, for a two day plein air landscape painting workshop adventure in beautiful Seeley Lake, …