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Book Author(s): Carol Marine
Book Genre: Arts
Number of Pages: 182
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Being more creative is one of my goals for 2015. This book was a perfect read for the beginning of the year!
Though the title of the book is Daily Painting, the book showcases and promotes all art forms. I love how Carol Marine shows examples of of various artists and their different media. As long as you exercise your creative muscle everyday, you will grow as an artist. This is something I am trying for 2015. I want to sketch, paint, craft, photograph, or sew everyday of this year. The first few chapters of the will encourage you to do the same even if you have very little time. The premise is that because you are investing very little money/time into each work, you feel more free to experiment and have the ability to grow as an artist. The process will excite rather than frustrate.
Carol starts off sharing her journey into daily painting. She went to college for art and after she graduates still finds herself a “starving” artist. Carol spent so much time on one huge painting and then if she didn’t sell it she would feel defeated. The more this happened, the more she hated painting. Her story is pretty amazing and inspiring!
Carol then starts talking about different types of art such as portraits, still life, and landscape. She shows plenty of examples of other daily artists. Carol also talks about different materials needed. This materials part of the book I think is more for “advanced” artist who can drop a pretty penny on supplies. I work with Hobby Lobby cheap canvas and paints. I have a small easel and use recycled containers to mix paint. I did learn one useful tip about Murphy’s Oil Soap though and its’ usefulness in art.
Carol also gives little bit of instruction regarding values and color in art. She also devotes one whole chapter to oil painting. The tips on preventing burnout are great and I love that she gives tips on how to sell your paintings online.
Be sure to check out Carol’s art and blog at http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/