Although my husband and I are many years away from retiring (unless we hit the lottery!), we talk a lot about new hobbies that we would take up in our golden years so that we stay healthy. One new hobby I thought I would take up would be painting.
I love the idea of painting, and I really liked it in art class in high school. But, I always struggled with it and never felt like it “clicked” with me. I thought in my older age I would be able to devote the amount of time, money, and energy to painting.
After reading Daily Painting, I’m considering picking up a paintbrush much, much sooner. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started, but I found that I was super inspired by the concept. Basically the author suggests that you make the time to create small art every day (or as much as you can) so that over time you hone your style and improve your skills.
The book is fabulous and laid out well. She starts with how she got into the habit of daily painting, then moves onto tools, subject matter, art 101, to photographing, posting, and selling your work. There is so much information and I love how it builds up to pretty much a general step-by-step overview of everything about painting. This format works for a complete beginner like me.
I also liked that she included other artists to talk about their practice too. It’s nice to have some variety and how artists approach their work in different ways.
Not only have I learned a little bit more about art, but I’ve also gained a greater appreciation for the process. I feel like I can apply the habit of doing something creative daily like in my blogging/writing to my other arts like scrapbooking and needlework.
I’m left feeling really inspired after reading this book. It touches on just enough for me, and makes painting approachable and not overwhelming.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.