About 8 days ago I got the flu (yes, it's the flu) and I've been down for the count ever since. I had the shot! One redeeming thing about being sick is that you are completely forced into being quiet. What better time for me to read Carol Marine's new book "Daily Painting"?
I read it cover to cover! (I had ordered it from the library). I like it so well, I ordered my copy from Amazon today.
Why haven't I tried Carol's methods (up until today)? Truthfully, that still life box that she uses has always been my bugaboo. It just seems like a ton of complex work to put it together and light correctly. I was so intrigued by reading her book today, however, I decided to just do one of her exercises "making do" with what I had (no box!) I'll probably wind up purchasing a still life box, (unless I suddenly become handy). I do see the wisdom of the box.
Almost all Carol wrote about is foreign to me. Gessoboard? (I did have one)...synthetic brushes? (I did find a few) and putting one stroke down and leaving it?...wow, was that ever challenging. I'm not recovered yet, so my energy level only provided for one single apple. I'll go back to it tomorrow!
......Carol's book is so good and I had a very cool surprise waiting for me on page 172---that's ME at the top of this photograph! (It's a picture of Carol's "Art Destruction Day Party" from a couple years ago).
I'm very excited about practicing with Carol's recommendations. She is so generous with information. I'm thinking if you (like me) want to sharpen your skills you should definitely get ahold of a copy of Carol's book (and I'm not just saying that...because I am "in it"!) Check out her reviews.
(Top Photo) Painting Exercise (in-progress), Celeste Bergin, oil on 10x8 Gessoboard