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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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Reviews for Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist:

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Jan 07, 2016

Having just completed of a daily sketching challenge in December, I'm already familiar with the concept of daily painting. This book was not what I expected it to be, and in that the fault is all mine. It does have some interesting background about the author and the Daily Painting blog/meme, but much of the book pertained to oil painting, which is not something I do. However, there are some general tips on composition, value, and color mixing that I found very helpful, and the art throughout is Having just completed of a daily sketching challenge in December, I'm already familiar with the concept of daily painting. This book was not what I expected it to be, and in that the fault is all mine. It does have some interesting background about the author and the Daily Painting blog/meme, but much of the book pertained to oil painting, which is not something I do. However, there are some general tips on composition, value, and color mixing that I found very helpful, and the art throughout is lovely. ...more
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Dec 14, 2014

This book is both informative and very inspiring! The author encourages artists of all skill levels to practice their art every day (it's ok if you miss a day!) to become better at their craft, and also break free from a rut.

The artwork in the book is amazing! The book features mini masterpieces by the author as well as many other daily painters. It's fascinating that each piece of art in the book was created, from start to finish, in one day. One way that the author is able to achieve this is This book is both informative and very inspiring! The author encourages artists of all skill levels to practice their art every day (it's ok if you miss a day!) to become better at their craft, and also break free from a rut.

The artwork in the book is amazing! The book features mini masterpieces by the author as well as many other daily painters. It's fascinating that each piece of art in the book was created, from start to finish, in one day. One way that the author is able to achieve this is by producing many small works, normally 6x6.

This book contains both practical advice on painting, with great information on supplies and techniques. It's not just an instructional book though, it also includes motivation to create every day and break free from a rut. I really enjoyed the section at the end where other daily artists chimed in with ways that they lose their artist's block.

Overall, this book is great motivator for any artist to get painting today!


book sent by bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review

reviewed for http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com


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Jun 19, 2014

This book has some great advice/ideas if you’re currently having artist’s block. And if you’re fine right now, but you’ve had a block in the past so you KNOW you’re going to have one in the future (and let’s be brave but realistic about this, YOU WILL.) this book has some great nuggets of wisdom to help you get through your tough spots. I’m not saying it will fix your art brain immediately. (That would rule though, right?) But Ms. Marine does a really great job of explaining how simple (note: I This book has some great advice/ideas if you’re currently having artist’s block. And if you’re fine right now, but you’ve had a block in the past so you KNOW you’re going to have one in the future (and let’s be brave but realistic about this, YOU WILL.) this book has some great nuggets of wisdom to help you get through your tough spots. I’m not saying it will fix your art brain immediately. (That would rule though, right?) But Ms. Marine does a really great job of explaining how simple (note: I did not say easy) it is to paint something every day (or more realistically, often.)

Her writing style is really relaxed and conversational making the book super-readable. She really makes daily painting feel like an attainable goal.

I do not think that this book would be as good for very beginning artists. Having some knowledge of what you’re doing and how paint and colors work would be best. That said, you could still be a novice and use this book to help build your skills.

I was not as interested in the online selling part as I was in the artist’s block part. Not only does Ms. Marine write about it, but she also has some of her artist friends write about it as well. It’s a really good mix of honesty and suggestions for working through the blocks.

If you’re looking for some new ideas for your art work, or having a bit of a block yourself, (and if you are having a block I am so sorry, please remember to be kind to yourself.) get this book and put it in your face.
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December 8, 2015

Starting a career as a full time artist can be incredibly daunting! Carol shares great tips and practical advice based on her own experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a full time artist!
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July 29, 2015

Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine book-review-daily-painting-by-carol-marinePaint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist Between both the title and the ...Full Review
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Jun 12, 2015

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 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. ...more
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Jul 10, 2017

This was a fun, practical and inspiring book about making art. I am a writer, not a painter, but I am exploring how different artists approach their process and craft. The daily paintings remind me of those times I have committed myself to write daily poems. It's about showing up and being open to what's there. Experimentation and repetition are also important. This allows for growth. The best thing about this book is her attitude towards creating: the act of making art should be filled with This was a fun, practical and inspiring book about making art. I am a writer, not a painter, but I am exploring how different artists approach their process and craft. The daily paintings remind me of those times I have committed myself to write daily poems. It's about showing up and being open to what's there. Experimentation and repetition are also important. This allows for growth. The best thing about this book is her attitude towards creating: the act of making art should be filled with passion and joy. This book definitely reflects that approach. ...more
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Jan 22, 2019

I wish I read this book when I started painting. This book is not only about painting daily but about everything! Values, color choices, contrast, composition and so on. I learned things my art teachers were supposed to teach me but obviously didn't. If you are serious about becoming a painter, this is the book to get started. (And if you are already experienced, it's a good one to refresh your memory)
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Jun 06, 2015

For most of my life I could neither paint, nor draw. It didn't bother me much until I started homeschooling my kids following Waldorf curriculum and my artistic ignorance started to get in the way of good education. Oh for sure, I have stood in the Louvre in front of Mona Lisa and looked at Titian’s Bacchus in London’s National Gallery. I studied Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and admired sunflowers in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I liked art; I just couldn’t will my fingers For most of my life I could neither paint, nor draw. It didn't bother me much until I started homeschooling my kids following Waldorf curriculum and my artistic ignorance started to get in the way of good education. Oh for sure, I have stood in the Louvre in front of Mona Lisa and looked at Titian’s Bacchus in London’s National Gallery. I studied Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and admired sunflowers in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I liked art; I just couldn’t will my fingers to produce anything that could even remotely be called a painting or a drawing, and I was finding it hard to instruct and inspire my kids through our art curriculum. I finally took some art classes and learned that ability to paint was a learnable skill. Not everybody can paint masterpieces, but everybody can learn how to paint the basics. Ever since my discovery I’m on the lookout for good how-to art books.

When I saw Daily Painting by Carol Marine I knew that I had to read it and I’m glad I did. At the center of the book is the idea that painting on a regular basis, using small canvas, will help you grow as an artist. Painting small pictures has many benefits: you are less worried about screwing up, more inspired to experiment, it fits easier into your schedule, and you enjoy the process more. It doesn’t have to be daily, but “paint daily” is catchier than “paint often.”

For me (a recovering Perfectionist) the most important lesson from this book (and it applies to all areas of my life) was the realization that instead of concentrating on making something perfect it's better to give myself a deadline, do the best I can within that time frame and then move on to the next thing. There is almost always opportunity to make something a little bit better. I would be so concerned with improving things that I would get stuck with just one thing. Now I tell myself I have two hours, I give it my best and move on. It certainly made me more productive, happier and actually more creative.

This book is great for beginners (like me, but not absolute beginners) and for more seasoned artists. The writing style is conversational and Carol Marine writes with humor. The book is 182 pages long and is filled with beautiful full-color paintings by the author and by many other daily painters. The book is broken into 11 chapters and I will briefly summarize each.

Chapter 1 How Daily Painting Changed My Life (and can change yours too).... read more on my blog Kid Minds http://www.kidminds.org/2015/05/daily... ...more
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Jul 05, 2014

Dislciaimer: I received a copy of Daily Painting from netgalley.

Daily Painting is part guide, part 'blog'. I appreciated reading about the history behind the concept and it was also interesting to read about the author's successes in addition to technique.

I noticed, when beginning to look through the section about materials, that some of the chapters in this book are not as beginner friendly as the blurb I read claims. However, I liked hearing the author's personal recommendations. I felt that Dislciaimer: I received a copy of Daily Painting from netgalley.

Daily Painting is part guide, part 'blog'. I appreciated reading about the history behind the concept and it was also interesting to read about the author's successes in addition to technique.

I noticed, when beginning to look through the section about materials, that some of the chapters in this book are not as beginner friendly as the blurb I read claims. However, I liked hearing the author's personal recommendations. I felt that this helped the book stand out from other guides.

The section containing tips on getting the best from your subject was the most beneficial for me. There is plenty of clever advice on creating a suitable photo to reference from.

Some of my other favourite tips include:
"Paint what you see and not what you think you see."
Use your viewfinder to compare angles.
Advice on composition was demonstrated from paired pictures - a before and after if you will - which helped get across the point very clearly. This definitely helped a beginner like me!

Daily Painting is peppered with plenty of examples from Carol Marine - the author - and fellow artists, literally illustrating her points effectively and attractively. Coupled with examples of exercises to try out, I'm sure many a painter (professional and otherwise) would enjoy this book.

3.5 stars for an interesting read. ...more
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Aug 05, 2015

One of the best books I have read for painters looking to progress along their path. Although chock-full of various technical approaches with interesting, personal interpretations by the author, the real breakthrough of this book is the suggestion to create one small painting *every* day – and to put it up for sale! There is plenty of instruction and support (not just within the book, but online as well), and given the number of people quoted in the book and the number of participants online, One of the best books I have read for painters looking to progress along their path. Although chock-full of various technical approaches with interesting, personal interpretations by the author, the real breakthrough of this book is the suggestion to create one small painting *every* day – and to put it up for sale! There is plenty of instruction and support (not just within the book, but online as well), and given the number of people quoted in the book and the number of participants online, many artists have had success with this approach. I'm thoroughly convinced that the painting-a-day practice (and resultant mentality) is a sure-fire express lane to improved technique and sales. 4.5 stars; I'm only taking off 1/2 a star because there's a small chunk of the book plus minor details throughout that apply only to oil painting, but I definitely recommend this book to acrylic painters, too. ...more
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Nov 22, 2014

Great insight on how to paint daily, use it for profit is you so choose, learning to play with colors, textures, styles, etc. this is a great tutorial from beginner to expert.

Don't be afraid to express yourself!
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Jun 20, 2016

This is an excellent book to get a person started in a daily painting habit. I enjoyed it a great deal and will probably retread it in the near future. Carol Marine is a gifted artist and shares many ideas about how to maintain and improve as an artist and painter.
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Sep 28, 2018

I was skeptical when I picked it up - what is there to say about daily painting except "paint every day"? But the book is part instructional, part inspirational. There's a lot of great practical advice about composition and setting up your work space. But the main focus of this book is to suggest that if you're struggling creatively, try creating smaller pieces more frequently. You'll feel less overwhelmed by a 5"x 5" canvas than a giant wall-filling one, and customers are more likely to buy a I was skeptical when I picked it up - what is there to say about daily painting except "paint every day"? But the book is part instructional, part inspirational. There's a lot of great practical advice about composition and setting up your work space. But the main focus of this book is to suggest that if you're struggling creatively, try creating smaller pieces more frequently. You'll feel less overwhelmed by a 5"x 5" canvas than a giant wall-filling one, and customers are more likely to buy a smaller $20 piece than something that's worth a month's salary. The author even has a unique sales model: joining with other artists to sell small pieces on a website. The whole read was cheerful and inspirational. It's good advice for people working in all creative avenues: if you're feeling overwhelmed or blocked by a larger project, try stepping back and working on something smaller. ...more
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May 02, 2018

This book saved me from a VERY dark place in my life as an artist. By "dark place", I mean I was thinking about giving up and selling everything in my studio. I am now painting almost every day, enjoying the process, loving most of the results!! When I paint something that doesn't work out, instead of beating myself up, I chick it up to experience, wipe it away, and start fresh the next day! This is SO MUCH BETTER than my previous habit when I painted a "dud" which entailed eating too much This book saved me from a VERY dark place in my life as an artist. By "dark place", I mean I was thinking about giving up and selling everything in my studio. I am now painting almost every day, enjoying the process, loving most of the results!! When I paint something that doesn't work out, instead of beating myself up, I chick it up to experience, wipe it away, and start fresh the next day! This is SO MUCH BETTER than my previous habit when I painted a "dud" which entailed eating too much chocolate, moping around, and acting like a grump. Ha, ha. Anyhow, enough about me. Buy the book already! ...more
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Jul 01, 2017

A generous spirit

Carol identifies for her readers our own fears, insecurities, visions, and joys...because she's been there. Then she shares hard-earned wisdom about how to turn all that creative Pandora's Box into a successful life as an artist. Throughout she manages to carry you along, showing you the work of many other artists trying to walk the same colorful trail, and finally convinces you that you can do it too...that it's damn well worth trying (ok, Carol, committing to).
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Aug 10, 2017

I liked this - gave me something to think about as I don't always feel I can be bothered to paint (although once I've started I love it) as I then dread clearing up afterwards. Lots of tips and ideas about getting set up in a dedicated area so you can paint every day, and although the writer works in oils the information can easily be applied to other media. Look forward to putting this into action!

Review of an advance copy from the publisher.

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Jan 21, 2019

Excellent Guide for the Daily Painter

As someone who has only recently begun dabbling in oil painting, I found this to be an excellent resource for my next undertaking of trying to paint something every day. This book has tips for materials, subjects, and even for what to do when you're blocked. I highly recommend this book.
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Feb 12, 2019

I remember reading this book the junior year of my high school experience. It helped me to gain an intitative towards doing art daily, a practice I definitely do not uphold to this day, but try to. Give it a shot!! Has beautiful examples of what it looks like to be a productive, and mindful, human being. Thank you for the lesson Carol! <3
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Mar 06, 2018

I had a small block, reading this book helped me past it while teaching me to paint small.

Great book! Good read for Any level artist! Helpful in many ways! Got me painting small dailies! Need more of her books
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Feb 24, 2017

This is an informative book if you want to improve your artwork and market it successfully. It is a great book for beginners, young studio artists, people who have reached block. I am a watercolorist. This book is more applicable to oil painters or acrylic painters.
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Jul 20, 2018

This book is about painting what you see in front of you and painting everyday. This is my favourite style of painting. Examples of other artists work plus details about how they deal with creative blocks was a wonderful bonus. There is a lot of well thought out information here.
5

Sep 14, 2017

Highly recommended

Easy to understand, direct and to the point. It is also very motivating as you can see improvement when you start following the advice given and incorporating it to your work.
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Jan 31, 2019

My BIBLE. Best and most helpful book I have ever read. She truly imparted her knowledge carefully and intelligently. Nothing held back. Only Art instruction book I have ever read that actually shared profoundly useful information. No artist should be without this.
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Feb 22, 2018

Skimmed this first time & thought, ok, i get it: paint everyday. But when I started re-reading it, I realized it was full of great tips from the author and other active painters. Now I have 4 pages of notes about everything from composition to color mixing.

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