A unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing sales for artists of all levels, from novices to professionals.
Have you landed in a frustrating rut? Are you having trouble selling paintings in galleries, getting bogged down by projects you can’t seem to finish or abandon, or finding excuses to avoid working in the studio? Author Carol Marine knows exactly how you feel—she herself suffered from painter’s block, until she discovered “daily painting.” The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to you), and if you’d like, post and sell it online. Soon you’ll find that your block dissolves and you’re painting work you love—and more of it than you ever thought possible!
With her encouraging tone and useful exercises, Marine teaches you to:
-Master composition and value
-Become confident in any medium including oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolors, and other media
-Choose subjects wisely
-Stay fresh and loose
-Photograph, post, and sell your art online
-Become connected to the growing movement of daily painters around the world
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About the Author
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Early in my painting career, a professional artist I admired advised me to paint every day. He said it was the only way to get any better. I promptly ignored his advice and continued to coast as a starving artist for years.
But in 2006 all that changed. That was when I discovered daily painting—a movement that encourages artists to create one small painting nearly every day, and sell that work online. Before daily painting, I was in a frustrated rut. But after that epiphany in 2006, I not only improved my skills rapidly, I launched a successful art career and a website, dailypaintworks.com, that is quite popular. And now I am proud to say I am no longer starving!
While the idea of painting every day may sound overwhelming, let me assure you, there are no specific rules or requirements. Really when I say you should paint “daily,” I mean you should paint “often”—but “Artists Who Paint Often” wasn’t catchy enough to jump-start a whole movement! Sure, the ideal might be that you paint every day, but not many of us can commit that much time to art, so we must settle for as often as we can. The daily-painting movement encompasses artists who paint daily, weekly, monthly, or intermittently. What ties these artists together, and qualifies them as “daily painters”? The simple fact that they strive to paint frequently, without getting bogged down by perfectionism, procrastination, or any of the myriad things that keep us out of the studio.
The benefits of painting often are huge, as are the advantages of making small art (though not necessarily only small). We learn just as much about composition, color, paint application, value, and so on in one hour with a small painting as we do toiling for weeks on a larger one. And because it only takes an hour or so, we can fit it into our busy schedules and we aren’t heartbroken (and/or broke) if it doesn’t work out. We can then apply the knowledge—and, if our painting is a success, the confidence—we’ve gained to larger work.
“Small” art means different things to different artists. A lot of daily painters (including me) are in the habit of doing a lot of 6 by 6-inch paintings, but this is absolutely not a requirement. Some artists feel more comfortable turning out tiny paintings, some like larger surfaces, and still others do a wide variety of sizes, depending on the subject, day, and so on.
There are also no requirements in terms of media or subject matter. Daily “painters” use anything from oil to pastel to collage to charcoal and more. They paint a huge variety of subjects from still lifes to portraits to cityscapes to cats to completely abstract and beyond. The great thing about doing lots of little paintings is that you can try everything! You can do three little oil paintings of apples today, a portrait of your dog tomorrow in pastel, two versions of the tree in your front yard in watercolor the next day, and on and on. The fun never stops!
Most daily painters use a blog to document their progress and showcase their work. A blog is easy to set up, free, and a cinch to update. Even if you blog just for yourself, with no intention to sell, the connections you can make with other artists are amazing! Too often, we artists work all day alone in the studio, with only our spouse, kids, or animals to give us feedback. And while they mean well, they don’t always have the most encouraging things to say. My (least) favorite from my husband is, “Is it done?” But I get comments on my blog every day from people (mostly artists) who give me positive feedback that keeps my spirits high.
These connections have also brought about huge opportunities for my career. I got my first invitation to teach six months after I started blogging and now get so many, I have to turn most of them down.
In a time when galleries are closing all around us, the Internet offers a new, exciting venue for artists. Our potential market is the whole world, while galleries rely mostly on foot traffic. We are more in touch with our buyers, which gives us a better understanding of our market. Best of all, we skip the high gallery commissions and so do our buyers!
This book is a chance for me to share with you all the valuable lessons I’ve learned from painting daily: from materials to color mixing to ignoring your brain to photographing your art to marketing yourself online. I’ve also included lots of examples of other artists’ daily paintings to inspire you as to what’s possible in terms of medium and subject matter.
I have been happily painting daily since 2006 and don’t intend to stop. If you are serious about improving your skills, increasing your sales, and expanding your network of artists, I recommend you do the same!
Table of Contents
How Daily Painting Changed My Life (and Can Change Yours Too!)
Drawing and Proportion
Staying Fresh and Loose with Oil
Fighting Artist’s Block
How to Photograph and Edit Small Paintings
Tips for Better Online Sales
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always loved painting, but I haven't found myself doing it consistently since college. It seems that I need a project or assignment to motivate me or else life gets in the way. This book is great for providing inspiration and instruction to create a daily (or more often than occasionally) habit of painting and improving skills. The images in the book are excellent, with several full-page pictures as well as smaller ones interspersed with the body text. I appreciated that she included work from other artists as well as her own work which gave a nice variety. The narrative is personable and informative. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to paint on a regular basis and/or improve skills. (Thank you to Blogging For Books and Watson-Guptill Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Recently I've discovered the art of oil painting. It only took wanting to learn for about 15 years before I finally enrolled in an oil painting class! I've loved learning about this beautiful form of art so when I saw this book, Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine, I couldn't resist! This book is excellent because Carol writes in such an approachable, honest way. She made me feel that I could progress no matter what level of painter I was currently. After reading the first section of Daily Painting, I pulled out the last painting I'd been working on in my oil painting class and hadn't finished--and I completed it! It's only my second painting so yes, I could have kept working on it, but it brings me joy and it was better for me to move onto the next painting. I'm much more encouraged about the possibilities now! This book has all the details that any artist might need from supplies to technique to motivation to BE an artist and do the work that creates joy. I love all of the examples from other artists included in the book as well as testimonials and stories about what Daily Painting has done to revolutionize their talent and career. The format is excellent and I'm certain that I'll continue to study this book because there are so many excellent ideas to incorporate into my art. If you've always wanted to learn more about painting whether it's oil or watercolor, or any medium, you should check out this book. Because I'm a writer, so much of Carol's tips resonated with me, especially when she talked about how it takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in something. She talks about how we must practice to get better and just like we wouldn't expect to be able to sit down and just play a concerto on the piano, we can't expect our first tries to be perfect in painting. I love the feeling that she exudes to be forgiving and accepting of your efforts as you work toward your goals. This book is definitely a keeper! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Reading this book has been absolute fun and has inspired me to get back into painting myself. 182 pages long with beautiful colored photographs, this book has realigned my creativity in the short time it took to read it. The first chapter is as far as you need to get to begin feeling your inspiration rise up as you turn the pages. She begins with an explanation as to how 'daily painting' has changed her career and life. In the next few chapters she goes on to address subjects that most art books tend to have, materials, colors, composition, drawing, value, and subject matter. Then in chapter 8, she has instructions as how to "stay fresh and loose with oil paints', which is very helpful. Chapter nine addresses artist's block, an experience known to us all, and she gives very helpful advice on how to break free from the rut. The last two chapters also are immensely helpful..."How to Photograph and Edit Small Paintings" and "Tips for Better Online Sales" are pages that I will be turning back to for some time. Carol Marine not only incudes her own oil paintings, but also other artists as well. Her main focus is oil painting, but she invites artists to use the daily painting method with all mediums. I will, as I have said before, be referencing this book for some time and would recommend the purchase. Source: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Another wild and outrageous romp from Anya Wylde. Lucy is the governess at Rudhall Manor and has been pegged with both a jewel theft and the murder of the lusty old Lord of the manor. The servants band together and the family refuses to accuse each other, so that leaves just one suspect — Lucy. Lucy has no faith in Lord Adair and all his perfection, even if he always manages to find the culprit. So she must disguise herself as a tree, hide under beds, and generally get herself into one disaster after another while trying to find the culprit. This book is a fun and ridiculous mystery adventure. It wasn't as funny as the author's romances, but I enjoyed it. If you've never read one of Anya's books, I would suggest starting with Penelope and Seeking Philbert Woodbead. Content: Innuendo Source: The author gifted me a copy of the book. I was not required to review it.