There is a current craze among the art community for daily painting. Artists are learning to paint daily and to paint often.
Actually this is not new. Professional artists for centuries have been painting daily. How else could they turn out so many paintings?
A popular book "Daily Painting" explains the many perks of painting every day.
We (including myself) want to learn more about painting. There is always more to learn! As long as we keep painting, we keep learning.
People often ask, "How long does it take to learn to paint - to become an artist?"
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 orchestra.
We first have to learn the different notes of the scale. Our fingers need to learn to hit the correct notes. We may have to learn to read music, etc., etc.
Before we can play with the symphony it takes practice - lots and lots of practice!
No, they work at their trade often, many times daily.
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 painting.
Painting has been put off until there is a full day to paint.
How often does that happen?!? Rarely, so my painting sessions have been very intermittent. Sigh!
We can't expect to play a symphony every time we paint. That's not good. It takes the joy out of painting.
Everyone has a different time restraints. When our heart is set on doing something, we make time.
Myself personally, I am going to paint smaller, more often, and for shorter periods of time.
Instead of painting for perfection -
Then I don’t feel so bad if it doesn't turn out good - it's just practice.
Am I happy with this 8"x10" Sunflower painting - not really?
But, I relaxed and enjoyed it more. The looser feel reflects the joy of painting.
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.
You can do it, too.
This Monarch Butterfly painting and the Banded Butterfly fish up the page are both 8"x8" paintings. A 6"x6" or an 8"x8" make it easy to complete a painting in a day.
From time-to-time I will share a daily painting on this page.
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"Daily Painting" is for the artists who not only want to paint more often, but want to learn more about painting.
The author, Carol Marine is very knowledgeable about painting. The book is full of all kinds of painting knowledge and tips.