I’m home from France, fresh over jet-lag and loaded head to toe with inspiring photos, ideas & new friends. I’m particularly marinating in game-changing tips and tricks from watching Carol Marine teach attendees of her workshop.
Carol Marine is a seasoned and generous instructor. She casually sprinkles workshop attendees with her hard-earned painting, drawing and seeing knowledge, and she doesn’t hold anything back. She’s earnestly helpful, potently encouraging, and incredibly articulate about process.
Her painting method is something to behold, but what made me swoon was her work ethic. Carol’s conviction to practice her art is a non-negotiable priority. The rest of us juggle other priorities, which leads to painting less often, and still, we wish hard that we could paint like Carol. Listening to her approach illustrates the map of her artist’s journey, and it’s clear that there’s no shortcut to get good at painting; it requires consistency, drive, and a commitment to anticipate and accept the failures, parallel to the fought-for successes. Like anything we practice, we don’t get one without the other.
Carol walks a focused and inspired path towards becoming the best artist she can be, and she does it with gracious humor. She made us laugh – a lot. She’s earned her success with millions of paint strokes, hours upon hours of squinting, and super-hero leaps over fails and frustrations. I am looking at every painting in my studio with new eyes this week. It’s going to be a rockin’ summer in here. 🙂 Thank you, Carol.
If you’ve always wanted to take a workshop from Carol Marine, but couldn’t because of distance or the fact that they sell out in 5 minutes, you can learn heaps of good things from her Art Bytes video tutorials. Have a look at this selection, and choose from excellent, affordable studio tips you can watch on your ipad in your pajamas. Review value studies, approaches to saturation & color, materials, and taking photos for painting references, etc. You can also just brew a cup of tea, and watch her paint a still life or two (or three). Watching another artist’s second-by-second decision-making process is – I think – super helpful & inspiring.
Who taught your favorite artist’s workshop, ever? Who would you recommend to take a class from?
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