In my on-going quest to rediscover the pleasure of just painting, I blundered upon a large and growing internet-based art movement; Daily Painting. Apparently only going since 2006 as a informal, blog-based idea, it works on several levels. It's an education to see other artists' set-ups, thoughts and working practices -often along with step-by-step demonstrations and explanations of techniques. 

For the artists, it's an encouragement to practice every day. They can then sell originals by availing of several internet outlets, such as Etsy, eBay or just through the blog itself, with a link to PayPal. It's a super way for the general public to buy reasonably priced original artworks, with no gallery fees. Most of the resulting artworks are small, since they're only studies -often around 6" x 8". 

My own favourite is Peter Yesis' Daily Painting Practice. He loves to share knowledge and his good-humour and modesty comes across in his writing. Like all the daily painters, his output is prodigious. Another is Carole Marine's . I find her style captivating -a great sense of colour with a beautifully spare technique that belies the amount of skill and work that goes into each piece. For the same reasons, I like the work of Qiang-Huang.

For my part, I have set up my own Daily Studies in Oils blog. I didn't realise how difficult it would be to paint with no art director or client to comment or make changes -just me and a blank canvas. It's also surprising how different the required skills are from illustration. It's going to be a long haul but I'm going to enjoy every minute. Now, before the light goes...


rodge said...

Came across that site sme time ago and was almost tempted, but it seemed like a lot of commitment.
Looking at it again I think I might try some set-up in a month or two.
Interesting that you use the water soluble oils. I have some buried away somehere, but I've never got around to using them. Love the smell of turps too much I guess. They'de be essential for using around the kitchen tho'
Great stuff you're doing there. Getting a sense of progress?


Kevo said...

Thanks Rodge -good to hear from you. To be honest, I can't turn out a painting every day -it;s impossible with all the businessy crap illustrators have to deal with. I get bursts of energy and may do two in a day. As for the water-based oils, there's no way my wife would let me perfume the house with turpentine.

I do feel that I'm progressing slowly. What I'd like to achieve is that sense of warmth that Carole Marine gets in her paintings. Can it just be the dull, cold wintry light that we get Emerald-side?

rodge said...

Yep. Its the crappy Irish light.
Ms Marine mentions that she only once broke her rule of not painting exactly what she sees. I do it all the time to try and liven up shadows and cast light. I think she uses alighting set up anyway, because even though she says she paints quite quickly, working at that micro level would mean that shadows were changing all the time.. and she mentions that shes tired and wants to go to bed all the time...unless she beds down at noon.

Kevo said...

Well noticed Rodge. Actually, I'd be interested in knowing how you set up a still life. Prior to this, I have had little experience in this kind of marlarky.

rodge said...

I used to use a set-up I came across in a book by Arthur Stern - How to see colour and paint it
I've posted it on my blog :
It's good for consistant light and great for cast colour

m collier said...

Discovered your blog not long ago. Really enjoy your illustrations. Will check back often to view your daily paintings.