think about it
How often does a baker go to work in their bakery? Does a
shoemaker work in his shop only once a month? How about a photographer,
do they only take photographs on vacation?
Carol Marine is very knowledgeable about painting. The book is full of all kinds
of painting knowledge and tips.
I recommend "Daily Painting" to the artists who
not only want to paint more often, but want to learn more about
This book encouraged me to paint more!
who wants to learn to paint?
We do – including myself because there is always more to learn! As long as we keep painting, we are learning.
how long does it take?
People often ask, "How long does it take to learn to paint - to become an artist?"
"How long does it take to learn to play the piano?"
There is no exact amount of time to learn to play a piano. It all depends on how much we practice.
When someone starts playing, we don't expect them to immediately play with the symphony.
Why not? Well, we first have to learn the different notes of the scale. Our fingers need to learn to hit the correct note; we may have to learn to read music, etc., etc.
Before we can play with the symphony it takes a lot of practice - lots and lots of practice!
learning to paint is the same!
Painting takes practice, lots of practice. The hardest thing about
painting is getting started. Once we get started,
it seems like time just flies by because we are so engrossed in the process of
- This has been my stumbling point - getting started. I don't paint until there is a full day to paint. How often does that happen?!? Rarely, so my painting sessions have been very intermittent. Sigh!
- Another stumbling point - striving for perfection. I want to play a symphony with every painting, so I work on it and make it hard for myself - not good! It takes the joy out of painting.
what's the answer?
- Paint more often. We don’t have to do a painting daily, just paint more often.
- Keep your heart and mind open to
learn new things.
Everyone has a different time restraints. When our heart
is set on doing something, we make time for it. Myself personally, I am going to
paint smaller, more often, and for shorter periods of time.
Instead of painting for perfection, I'll call it practice. Then I don’t feel so bad if it doesn't turn out good - it's just practice.
This Sunflower painting is an 8x10" done in about an hour and half. Am I happy with it - not really. But, I relaxed and enjoyed it more. The loser
feel reflects the joy of painting.
Painting practice speeds up our learning!
painting takes child-like faith
A child plays the scale on the piano over and over with dreams of playing in the symphony one day.
Aspiring artists do "practice paintings" over and over on their way to becoming an accomplished painter.
Painting daily is not my habit, but I'm working on making painting a regular habit. The Banded Butterfly fish at the top of the page is an 8"x8" and it was easy to complete it in one day.
From time-to-time I will share some or my paintings on this page.
enjoy your journey!