Art Book Review for Daily Painting by Carol Marine


Daily Painting by Carol Marine

Age Range: Adult and older teens

Genre: Painting and creativity

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Watson-Guptill (November 4, 2014)

Source: From publisher via Blogging for Books

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing sales for artists of all levels, from novices to professionals.

Do you want to bring the joy back into your art?

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
-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

About the Author:

CAROL MARINE is an artist and the creator of the popular blog A Painting a Day (or Almost). She is a member of Daily Paintworks, a distinguished group of daily painters, and she teaches daily painting workshops around the country. Marine lives in Eugene, Oregon. Visit  

My Thoughts:

Not much makes me happier than a good art book.  Daily Painting was exactly what I needed and left me feeling inspired and motivated.  I agree 100% with what the author suggests in this book — to paint small and to do it every day.  The times when I engaged in daily painting were the few times when I improved my skills dramatically in a short amount of time and felt a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness while doing it.

The first couple of chapters focus primarily on the benefits of painting every day and featuring successful artists who do so.  The middle section is dedicated to lessons about art — value, composition, proportion, and so on.  The last few chapters are all about keeping your creative mojo, marketing, and selling the art you make. 

I liked the author’s upbeat and positive tone.  She wrote the book in a conversational voice, so it’s engaging and it feels like you’re sitting down for a one-on-one with her.  She shares her ups and downs as well as the successes of others.  I love the advice she gives and I only wish the book were longer.  This is a fantastic book if you are frustrated with your art or have ever considered jumping on the daily painting bandwagon.

Source: I received a copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

Content: clean


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