Saturday, December 6, 2008

Practice makes.......better?

In response to my last post, Paula Villanova reminded me of the old saw about how you can get to Carnegie Hall. The answer is "Practice, practice, practice!"

Sunny Meadow is illustrative of the "practice" aspect of my self-education. In the early days of my playing around with paint and canvas, I was completely baffled by the seemingly infinite range of greens that are possible in a landscape! After many attempts to "get is right", I ended up with Sunny Meadow. Perhaps on par with the exhilaration of riding a bike without the training wheels, I was struck by how everything seemed to click together for this piece. I am sharing it for the benefit of all those self-taught artists who despair that they will ever attain sufficient command of their materials to make anything of interest. All I can say is you MUST keep trying.

Sunny Meadow, Acrylic on canvas board, 11"x14", Not for sale


  1. This is lovely! I like the way the unseen light source is "pointed to" in a way by the shadows and the composition. Great color!

  2. Hi again, Atul. You are officially "tagged"! The rules, if you should want to play, are on my post today!

  3. Nice painting Atul. I like the direction you are taking in your landscapes. All that green can be so overwhelming, you are doing a great job with them.

  4. Vicki and Carol: Thanks for your kind words. Vicki: See my newest post, my response to being tagged.