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One Painting A Day: A 6-Week Course in Observational Painting--Creating Extraordinary Paintings from Everyday Experiences (One A Day) Paperback – 1 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538300
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Absolutely delightful. Those two words are a perfectly fitting description of a readable, approachable and highly enticing new 'how-to' book about painting by Cleveland artist Timothy Callaghan." — Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

"Painter Callaghan challenges readers to complete one painting a day for six weeks. Aspiring artists are encouraged to draw inspiration from the people, places, and objects they encounter every day. The 42 exercises (one per day) are meant to be done in a quick, spontaneous fashion and on a small scale. Chapters are divided among three sections—still life, landscape, and portraiture—and provide many fresh approaches along the way. Successful examples completed by the author and six other artists generously illustrate this guide. VERDICT This course-in-a-book can help the busy hobbyist painter build or re-establish the discipline crucial to any creative practice." — Library Journal

About the Author

Timothy Callaghan is a painter who lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He received an MFA from Kent State in 2005 and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999. Presently, he is a visiting professor at Oberlin College and an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cuyahoga Community College. Callaghan has exhibited his work in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City. The Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Art Association have collected his work, and he is represented by William Busta Gallery in Cleveland. Visit him online at http://www.timothycallaghan.com and http://timothycallaghan.tumblr.com.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2014
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One Painting A Day is more of an ideas book rather than an instructional book. There are some tips here and there but not much on the more technical stuff, the techniques.

The drawing subjects are split generally into three themes: still life, landscape (private and public spaces) and finally portraiture. The suggestions on what you can draw are like things inside your home, the scenes around your neighbourhood, inside cafes or shops, portraits of yourself, friends, colleagues, family, etc. I suppose there's no difficulty at finding things outdoors to draw even if you can't follow exactly the suggestion, for example, I don't have a studio or backyard.

The last section on portraiture has 12 days which I think is too much. Most involve painting different people in your life, and portraits of celebrity, strangers, pets.

Author and artist Timothy Callaghan uses mostly gouache and acrylic for the examples, including those from guest artists. Most of the examples presented look like they are observational drawings. You definitely need the basics on drawing before you can get started.

Making one painting a day is a challenge. Tremendous motivation is required. Maybe this book can provide you with some, and also some ideas along the way.

Also check out One Drawing a Day, One Watercolor a Day, Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art and 男の絵日記―15分で描くライフスケッチ for more ideas.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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After the excellent 'A Watercolor a Day' and 'A Drawing a Day', I was so looking forward to this publication. But I was so disappointed. It makes the misguided assumption that we all want to paint principally still lifes, endless rooms and almost realistic portraits, all in the same style, too. There is little real instruction as to painterly technique, and, worse, little allowance for the individual to make his/her own choices and markmaking. There is no reference at all to abstract techniques. For me, a boring, repetitive and uninspiring book. I regret buying it.
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Has given me the push to start painting every day, with no need for complicated subjects or planning. A book to inspire spontaneity!!
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HASH(0x8ed0bb28) out of 5 stars Ideas for one painting a day 7 Mar. 2014
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One Painting A Day is more of an ideas book rather than an instructional book. There are some tips here and there but not much on the more technical stuff, the techniques.

The drawing subjects are split generally into three themes: still life, landscape (private and public spaces) and finally portraiture. The suggestions on what you can draw are like things inside your home, the scenes around your neighbourhood, inside cafes or shops, portraits of yourself, friends, colleagues, family, etc. I suppose there's no difficulty at finding things outdoors to draw even if you can't follow exactly the suggestion, for example, I don't have a studio or backyard.

The last section on portraiture has 12 days which I think is too much. Most involve painting different people in your life, and portraits of celebrity, strangers, pets.

Author and artist Timothy Callaghan uses mostly gouache and acrylic for the examples, including those from guest artists. Most of the examples presented look like they are observational drawings. You definitely need the basics on drawing before you can get started.

Making one painting a day is a challenge. Tremendous motivation is required. Maybe this book can provide you with some, and also some ideas along the way.

Also check out One Drawing a Day, One Watercolor a Day, Freehand: Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art and 男の絵日記―15分で描くライフスケッチ for more ideas.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ed0bb7c) out of 5 stars Not very good. 31 Jan. 2014
By Pandalana W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I did not find this particularly inspiring. There were more exercises towards the beginning then a lot of duplicates at the end as if the writer ran out of ideas. About mid way through the book is landscapes; home landscape, utopian (backyard) landscape, living room, studio space, kitchen, porch...then public places; café, shop, diner, etc....then portraits, self, friend, peer, stranger etc 8 of them...and then 7 more portraits in the last chapter (so 15 of the days are portraits). I should have looked at it more when I first got it because I would have sent it back.
HASH(0x8ed1236c) out of 5 stars Absolute Garbage 17 Dec. 2015
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Absolute garbage, this book offers no insights or tips into the painting process or how to create the images in the book, it merely suggests locations to do paintings. One example in the book just tells you to find a corner of your house and paint the interior; no tips or step by step process into how to create the picture, just go to a corner and paint.

The pictures themselves are not even that complex, they are flat and crude.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7501ec) out of 5 stars Look at the whole book before you buy - library or bookstore 26 Feb. 2014
By devoted reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There are some pretty illustrations. Some of them even motivate me to paint as soon as possible.

But, overall, I consider this book pitiful compared to hundreds of other books that are available for much lower price and are much longer.

My main objection is that the "instruction" part of the book would read something like this if the instruction were about
"How to Learn to Drive a Car" ......
Get into the car.
Drive around a while.
If you can, drive a little every day.

So glad I borrowed this from the library. Even if you have money to burn, this barely makes a decent "coffee-table book."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f517dbc) out of 5 stars Enjoyable & Supportive 20 Feb. 2014
By Sharon Delgado - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed this series of books (one drawing a day/one watercolor a day...). I don't have much experience with acrylic or gouache; the subtle differences/best practices. This gentle book has been moving me through painting, art and design foundations as well as the nuances of medium at the same time. My work in other mediums will likely improve because of these exercises/explorations in painting with this guidance.

I recommend this book for an intermediate artist or someone looking to get reacquainted with painting.
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