One of the best
Carol Marine is one of my favorite contemporary artists and an inspiration to me. She was one of the early members of the Daily Painting movement, where artists would paint one small piece a day and post about it on a blog. Her work is known for powerful compositions, strong, harmonious colors, and painterly brushwork. She is also a generous and effective painting teacher and has taught hundreds of workshops across the country.
Carol Marine grew up in Texas. She studied art in college, but later said she learned nothing in school about the basics of painting; not composition, color theory, or value. Afterwards she painted large canvases and sold some in galleries, but many were disappointments.
Stumbling onto the idea of daily painting, she began creating small 6"x6" still life pieces like the two above every day while her son was napping. She worked from life, using everyday objects like dishes and food as her subjects. Marine found it invigorating to have quick results and discovered that working small helped her learn very quickly. Also, because she was painting so many canvases (200 in the first year), she was more willing to experiment and more accepting if the painting didn't work out. She called these duds "wipers", as she would just wipe off the canvas and start again.
After painting hundreds of still lifes, she expanded her subject matter to include people, cityscapes, and plein air landscapes. When possible she would paint from life, but she also painted extensively from photos such as scenes like the two images above, using what she had learned from still life painting about color, light, and shadows.
One of the things I most admire in her work is her ability to suggest complexity and movement in a painting without getting bogged down in detail, as displayed in the genre scenes above and the cityscapes below. Her brushstrokes are deft and practiced, their simplicity belaying her vast experience.
Marine's color schemes are powerful and harmonious. She is a master at depicting surfaces in sunlight and her work vibrates with the sense of strong bouncing light.
A great teacher
I was lucky enough to take one of Carol Marine's workshops before she stopped teaching. It was one of the most well-organized and clear workshops I have ever taken, and it was made even more enjoyable by her charm and good humor.
While she no longer gives workshops, Marine has made available teaching videos that each address a specific aspect of painting. She also has published several books on her work, including "Daily Painting" which contains a wealth of information about her painting process and is the next best thing to taking a workshop.
I hope you are as inspired by Carol Marine's paintings as I am. To see more of her work, visit her website at https://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/carol-marine-1. Enjoy!