FAQ

Do you have online tutorials?
Yes! They are called ArtBytes and you can find them in my ArtByte Store. These are bite-size lessons that you can read/watch as many times as you want. Many include videos - all include text, images and links. One is about my materials.

How can I see what work is available at any given time? 

Click here to see everything I have available right now.

Do you sell books?

Yes, I currently have 5 small books (available again January 2015), and one instructional book available through Amazon: Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive and Successful Artist.

Do you sell tshirts, aprons, mugs, etc.?
Yes! Please visit my Cafe Press store to see what's available. (all at cost)

Do you frame your small paintings?

I sell them unframed. That said, I can recommend a few framers that are very good, from least to most expensive:
www.frankenframes.com - Franken Frames
www.kingofframe.com - King of Frame 
www.metroframe.com - Metro Frame

What medium do you use?

I mix my own: 2 parts linseed oil | 1 part stand oil | 1 part Gamsol (mineral spirits)

What is your palette?

titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue and burnt umber (all Utrecht brand oils) - I sometimes add to this: cadmium yellow lemon and permanent rose.

What brushes do you use?

My favorite brush are Silver Bristlon brights. They are synthetic, have a nice crisp edge and last a good while. I mostly use sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10. I also use a size 2 filbert for drawing.

What panels do you use?

I currently use gessoboard from Ampersand right now (purchased from Dick Blick), but I used Raymar's smooth cotton canvas panels for a long time and really liked them. I switched because I paint rather thin and I felt the texture of the canvas was competing with the texture of my brush strokes.

Do you varnish your paintings?

Not at this time. The medium I use leaves a fairly even gloss. I hate the way varnish smells – I feel like I lose brain cells every time I open the bottle.

How do you ship your paintings?
 
I use archival bags from Clear Bags. I insure each painting and ship it in a Priority Mail box that generally takes 2-3 days to reach the buyer (domestic).



Do you give workshops?

Check out my schedule on my workshops page. *I am taking 2015 off to focus on my own work, and will decide at the end of that year what teaching will look like for me going forward.

Will you do a workshop in my area?

I am happy to add you to my list to consider, but when I am doing workshops, I mostly like to do them locally or in Texas where my family lives.

How long does it generally take you to finish one of these small paintings? 

It took me 20 years to get to the point where I can paint one small painting in 1 to 3 hours. : )

How do you photograph your paintings?

I go outside with my (automatic digital) camera & art. I find a spot in open shade and prop my painting up with something so it doesn’t fall/blow over, and nothing is in front of it. I make sure my painting is not facing any light source (the sky, or even a window that is reflecting the sky). I sit down and rest my elbows on my knees to steady my camera. Then I zoom in a little since my camera is defaulted to wide-angle (most are). I square the painting in my LCD panel, hold my breath, and take a picture. I take several just to be safe. I open my picture in Photoshop (or Picasa – free from google). I crop it, change the image size (to about 1000 pixels per side) and use Image>Levels to make values “right”. I adjust colors if they need adjusting. Finally, I save (for web) as a .jpg (no less than 70%). For WAY more info see my ArtByte on photographing and editing small paintings.

How long does it take each day to post your painting?

It takes me about 15 minutes. Sometimes it takes a little longer as I agonize over what to write under my painting. : )

What kind of setup do you use for plein air painting?

I use an Art Box from Art Box & Panel Co. I prefer the smallest size (mini).

How did you set up your email list?

I use www.constantcontact.com but I recommend Feedburner as an easier, cheaper alternative. To set up Feedburner go to the "layout" page of your blogger blog and choose to "add a gadget," then "follow by email."

Do you ever do demos?

Yes. I have a few free ones, and two (so far) in ArtBytes with a voice over that you can buy for $10/ea - my Apple Painting Demo and Orange Slice Demo.

Where/how did you learn to paint?

I went to the University of Texas at Austin but learned nothing there. My professors were only interested in developing the concept behind the painting, rather than teaching us the basics of design, composition, etc. I want to make a living doing what I love most - painting! I learned by poring over art magazines and books, studying and copying work that struck me, and experimenting a lot. Painting every day is the best thing I do towards improving!

What does your shadowbox look like?

It is a really cool box invented/built by my husband. It is constructed of pvc pipe and plywood, is lightweight and mounted on a heavy duty tripod so I can raise and lower it to get just about any angle on my still life. You will find instructions and pictures in my free Shadowbox ArtByte.

Do you plan to release a DVD or instructional book?

I just wrote a book for Random House. It's called Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive and Successful Artist, and you can order it on Amazon. : )

17 comments:

Barbara Tibbets said...

Hi Carol,
I love your answer to "how long does it take to do a small painting", 20 years! I'll try that with my 30 years of painting! Love your work.

Deborah Kirkeeide said...

Carol, I love your ArtBytes on Daily Paintworks and would recommend them to everyone! I have done 3 of them and I'm learning so much. What a great way to share your experience, especially for those of us that haven't been able to get into your workshops. Thank you for this wonderful resource!

Deb

Julie Mai said...

You mention in your new tutorial to only post work on your Blog that you are proud of. In your early blog years, how did you handle this. My understanding is that you committed to a painting a day to "improve" That suggests to me some possible "failures, or work you weren't proud of. Did you post anyways? Did you redo? How did you handle this. I am considering a blog, and willing to be vulnerable, but not if my honesty is going to be damaging. Julie Mai

Carol Marine said...

Great question, Julie! When I first started posting on my blog I had a lot more wipers in a day than I do now! I tried then to only post what I was proud of, but I admit my standards have gone up since then. Then I probably wiped 1/3 of what I painted. Now it's probably only 1/5. I also was almost always ahead with my paintings, so if there was one I didn't wipe, I had a few days to think about whether it was post-worthy.

Julie Mai said...

Thanks Carol. My guess is to be a few days ahead of your posts is helpful, especially since your paintings are selling before the paint dries! Thanks again.

Eugene Veszely said...

G'Day Carol,

I too am looking at joining DPW. Before I do I was wanting to sort out some details, specifically postage.

I seem to recall you had a picture of the painting in a box ready to go, but I cant find it...anyway I went to my local post office and they either had boxes that seemed much too large or were too small. They also showed me the padded envelopes but they didnt look sturdy enough.

Can you please show me(us!) a more detailed look at how you go about packaging your paintings so they stay safe during postage?

Eugene

RonGrauer said...

RonGrauer, CA. Carol, your work is superlative. One in 5 is a dud... wow. that's terrific. You're fortunate, (which means you've worked very hard) to be able to paint so well, so fast. I paint so slowly that is I had a dud rate like that I'd go broke. I sure envy and admire your skill and ability. Another fifty years and you'll be about my age and I'd bet, one of the country's finest painters. RonG

Cindy Ratliff said...

I enjoyed the paintings oh Germany in summer! My son studied Engineering there last summer and fell in love with the countryside especially. He will return to study German in Munich this summer. Would love to someday purchase a lovely painting of the German countryside! I have so enjoyed my evening reviewing your paintings. Thank you for sharing!

Kelly said...

Hi Carol,

In regards to your palette, do you mind confirming whether you recommend Utrecht's Alizarin Crimson, or Permanent Alizarin Crimson? I'm new to oil paints and not sure how much of a concern lightfastness is in the Alizarin Crimson pigment (PR83) in this medium. Thanks very much!

Carol Marine said...

Hi Kelly! Honestly I don't know just HOW much to worry about lightfastness, but to be on the safe side I do buy the permanent version. Hope that helps. : ) -Carol

Jane Turnquist said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your art tutorial, how to sell your art work on line. It's very informative and helpful. You and your husband are the best! God bless you both!

Jane Turnquist

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol, Long ago I read about an H frame studio easel with a counter balance that you recommended. How was the maker?

Thanks, Kathyrn

Carol Marine said...

Hi Kathryn! I have a Sorg H frame that is fabulous! http://www.studioeasel.com/ If you buy it straight from David Sorg, he gets a bigger cut, and he's very very nice to talk to. : )

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol! I am sure that you get asked all the time and have probably answered this question before, "Where do you find your solid colored coffee mugs, saucers, and vases? I have looked and i am having a really hard time finding these things. I am so inspired by you and would love to start daily painting. I wanted to find a few things to get me started ... Thank you, Kym

Gigi Ortwein said...

Hi Carol, I'm curious about your palette -- no greens? Do you always mix your greens?

Carol Marine said...

Hi Gigi! Yep, I always mix my greens. And oranges and purples. : )

Sandra Scofield said...

Carol, the book is fabulous. I just ordered copies as gifts for several friends who feel intimidated by painting, but want to do it SO much. And the book is so generous--really, it has all the great things you taught me in a workshop, minus your ebullience, precise feedback, and contagious optimism. I'm happy to hear that 2015 is for YOU. Since I spend almost half my time in Portland, though, I hope I'll have a chance to see you (short workshop?) in 2016.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to ease out of teaching, too (writing) so I can Just Paint.