To see more of her work visit her blog, Facebook page, website and daily paintworks gallery
|"Piled in a Corner" by Carol Marine|
How did you get your start? What’s your artist journey so far?
I always loved to draw and paint. I went to college for it because I couldn’t think of a single other thing I wanted to do with my life. Unfortunately I didn’t learn much in school because the professors were far more concerned with the concepts and politics behind the art than any actual skills or techniques. I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams my last year of school, and he supported me while I got my career going. We adopted our son in 2005 and I heard about the daily painting movement 1 ½ years later. It made so much sense for me to do one small painting each day during my son’s nap, and eventually I started selling them from my blog. I’ve been doing that, and teaching about daily painting, ever since.
|"A Little Light" by Carol Marine|
Where were you born?
I was born in Sheridan, Montana, but my parents moved to Harper, Texas when I was two. I don’t remember Montana except from subsequent visits there.
If you could live anywhere where would you live?
In Eugene, Oregon, which is where we live now! We moved here two years ago after our house in Texas burned down. Best move we ever made!
What’s your favorite thing to paint and why?
I don’t know that I could pin this down to just one thing. It changes from day to day. Right now I am most intrigued by painting people, though it’s probably what I am currently worst at.
|"Cowabunga" by Carol Marine|
Could you talk about your painting techniques?
I think if I had to give my style a name it would be painterly realism. I prefer to paint alla prima (all in one go, OR wet into wet), whether large or small. I paint from life as much as I can, but use photos when it is more convenient.
Do you have go-to paints/colors, what are your favorites?
I use a limited palette. For most paintings I use titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. Sometimes I’ll add in cadmium yellow lemon, permanent rose and phthalo blue.
Do you have a favorite artist? Who has been your biggest inspiration?
This one is also incredibly tough to pin down. My first love was John Singer Sargent. I’m also a big fan of Normal Rockwell. A few living favorites are: Jill Carver, Jennifer McChristian, Karin Jurick, Susan Lyon, Julian Merrow Smith, Colin Page … I could go on and on.
|"Straight Up Egg" by Carol Marine|
What have been some of your crowning achievements?
Marrying my best friend, adopting the most wonderful kid in the world, and oh yeah, being asked by Random House to write a book about daily painting (available in the fall of 2014), teaching sold-out workshops, starting www.dailypaintworks.com, and being able to make a living doing the thing I love most.
What are five things you would like to happen in your life in the next five years? Dream big here:)
My life is pretty perfect right now, but I would love to start TAKING more workshops rather than just teaching them. Specifically I would like to learn more and get better at painting landscapes and people.
What is your advice for other artists who are just getting started in their career?
Paint every day.
What is the best advice that you have received as an artist?
Paint every day.
|"Fancy Shoes" by Carol Marine|
Chocolate or vanilla?
Your dream vacation spot?
Big Bend National Park
Book or movie?
Either, depending on the mood
Romance or comedy?
All of them
Night owl or morning person?
Thank you Carol:)