Carol Marine has written several books about her technique for improving. Her technique is quite simple: painting small paintings everyday. Marine is very encouraging of artists in every form and level.
One thing that has always bothered me are art teachers who don’t always embrace newcomers or anything new into their world. I have heard countless stories of people who believed they weren’t creative or artistic because they were grossly discouraged to learning techniques about art. Carol Marine is not like that. She strives to help anyone become a better painter.
I took a painting class in college and found this book to be an excellent refresher about techniques and tools. The book covers everything from canvas and brushes to selling art online, and modern marketing tactics.
The author tells her really interesting story about studying art formally in school.

Check out Carol Marine’s blog here: http://carolmarine.blogspot.com/