Books

How To Start A Painting And How To Plan It ?

Few Words before you start this book

How to plan a painting and how to start it? Many art students face this question whenever they start a painting. No matter how many times they may have painted before, they will always face the same question.
Why is this? Even after doing so many paintings, why are they facing this problem? The answer is … lack of planning.
Yes. It’s lack of planning. Doing painting is not purely an emotional act, it has its own science. That science will explain you actions and reactions of elements and principles of art. If we understand it, it will guide us on how to plan a painting. If we know about that, there won’t be any confusion on how to start and finish a painting.
In this book, I am explaining a few of those things to guide the student to understand “How to start a painting and how to plan it?”
So follow them, in due course you will get a grip on the secrets to a successful painting.
I restricted this book only to explain to you, how to start a painting and how to plan it? In this book, I am not explaining anything about how to finish a painting, that I will write in another book. In each book I would like to limit the content only to one or two key points about the painting. If I try to explain more concepts, students will not be able to absorb them. Then it won’t be of any use, neither for me writing on it nor for the student. This book is restricted to …’ HOW TO START A PAINTING and HOW TO PLAN IT?’

How To Finish A Painting?

My first book is ‘How To Start A Painting And How To Plan It?’, It focuses on the importance of planning a painting with Value, Color and Composition. This is the follow-on book. Although this book is self-contained, I suggest whoever is reading this book to read the first book first, they will find more use by reading the two books together.
In each book, I would like to limit the content only to one or two key points about the painting. If I try to explain more, students will not be able to absorb them. Then it won’t be of any use, neither for me writing on it nor for the student. This book is also restricted to a few issues like mixing skin tones for middle tone, light tone and dark tones, painting approaches for eyes, mouth, nose and other parts of the face and to ‘what is required to give a finishing feel to a painting?
Important thing is … This is not a step by step book which shows illustrations of few steps of doing a painting. I don’t think they are much useful to learn. This book is not on how to paint, its about what one should know to do a successful painting.
There is no other way than this. I believe
in this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          – Magunta Dayakar

Painting Landscapes From Imagination

This is the third book in “Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series” . In this book, I am writing about ‘Painting from Imagination ‘ . This book is for art students and artists. This book is mainly concerned with how to achieve imagination skills along with power of imagination and is followed by a demo of landscape painting from imagination.

Learn Composition And Create Beautiful Paintings

Learning painting is so simple and yet so complex. If you are on the right path it’s simple, if not a life time is not enough. I am trying to show the right path through my series of books “Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series”. This is the fourth book in this series. About this book Writing a book on composition, explaining it in the simplest way possible, most difficult things these are. Many painters study composition but studying is different from understanding it. Without understanding it in depth, you will never become good at applying it in your painting. Many art students and painters face the problem here. They will study it, they will try to memorize all those approaches of composition but in the end they will miss something in their work. Then they will struggle a lot to know what went wrong but it’s futile. They will become desperate, depressed and would lose their confidence about using composition in their work. Why does it happen? Reason… Instead of understanding the essence of composition they will study its structure. Here the problem lies. When you are working, you have to use composition spontaneously. To use it spontaneously you should understand its essence rather than studying its structure. This is the key to use composition effectively. In this book I am trying to make you understand its essence in a simple way.

Simplified Color Schemes For Art Students

Learning painting is so simple and yet so complex. If you are on the right path it’s simple, if not a life time is not enough. I am trying to show the right path through my series of books “Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series”.
This is the fifth book in this series.
About this book
We should know how to mix colors to capture light through a simple approach without worrying much about color theories. And at the same time how to use colors in our paintings related to subjects we are painting. This usage of colors in a painting related to subject is called color schemes. I am explaining in this book how to use these color schemes in a simple approach which can be used easily even by beginners.
Every painting needs a color scheme. Without that paintings won’t have balance, harmony and unity. Result will be lifeless paintings.
This book is about this topic…

Capturing Movement In Portrait Painting

This is not the book for someone looking for a step by step approach on how to do portrait painting or for information on mixing skin tones or sketching the head or other aspects of how to do portrait painting. This book is exclusively about how to capture Movement in portrait painting.

This is the sixth book in ‘Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series’.
I have written a book ‘ How to start a painting and how to plan it? ‘ That is book one in my art class series, which explains how to plan and start a portrait. And also I have written on mixing skin tones in book two of my art class series titled ‘ How To Finish A Painting?

Painting a portrait means creating Life. If not, it has no purpose. But when you are trying to capture movement in a portrait, there is always a possibility of losing features of the subject to a certain extent. Then the client will reject your work. But at the same time, if you don’t get movement in portrait, it will become static. People also will not respond to it. It’s like tightrope walking.

To explain how to overcome this problem, I took as an example, a portrait which I painted a few years ago. Because of expression on the subject’s face, it is a complicated subject for any portrait artist. That is the reason for me to choose this one to explain about the adventurous journey to achieve Movement in portrait painting.

Finally I would like to say that every portrait is a challenge, however skilled you maybe. To face this challenge one should learn as many tricks as possible, just like a magician. We, artists do the same by creating on canvas.

Who Fails As An Artist …?  … one who loves his paintings

This is my seventh book. This is my master piece like Behrman’s painted last leaf on the wall in the story of ‘The Last Leaf.’

In my childhood, I read American writer O. Henry’s short story ‘ The Last Leaf ‘. In that story a young woman Johnsy is seriously ill with pneumonia. She believes that when the ivy vine on the wall outside her window loses all its leaves, she will also die. Everyday a leaf drops from the vine. Behrman, an old artist, who lives in the basement of the same apartment, always used to say that one day he will paint his master piece, came to know Johnsy’s belief about the last leaf of the ivy vine. He paints a leaf in that rainy night on the wall with perfect realism as if it is a real leaf where ivy vine lies. The next morning when Johnsy saw that last leaf did not fall from the ivy wine, she starts to recover from her illness but Behrman, who caught pneumonia while painting the leaf, dies. But he painted his master piece which saved a life.

This story inspired me a lot. As an artist and writer, I always dreamt of painting a master piece like Behrman’s painted leaf. This book is my Painted leaf.

After creating a master piece like this at the fag end of my life, there is nothing left to excite me to write any more. All my previous books dealt with technical aspects of color, composition, imagination and portrait painting. But this book is different, rather than concentrating on technical aspects of painting like my other books, this book focuses on understanding painting. This is about what one should do to become a true artist.

I hope this short book will inspire you to get in depth insight in both art and life.

Straight Talk On Painting and Painter’s Problems

What more we want from life?
(Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 9)

This is the eighth book in Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series. I have written this book in question and answer format, based on the conversations in my class room and excerpts from my magazine interviews. Whatever I have written here, I have chosen very carefully, making sure the content is useful to one who reads this book. You can read this book from start to finish or you can dive in and read specific chapters of interest, without losing context.

I would like to share with you one incident at this moment. This incident happened some time in 1978. For some time in those days, I had only one dress to wear. I had no second dress. I had no money to buy. Luckily one day I got some money. That money was sufficient enough to buy two dresses. But I was in confusion to buy dresses or not, because I wanted to buy art books. Finally I bought art books, rather than dresses. That kind of attitude led me to a point where now I have enough knowledge, to write books on art. People whom I know or people who knew me earned money whereas I earned knowledge. Ultimately it’s your attitude which will make you what you are.

But the truth is, if you earn money you have to protect it because it’s existing outside. If you earn knowledge it will protect you because it’s existing your inside. Depending upon one’s understanding about life, people choose different paths to live. Finally it’s your character which will decide which path you will take.

If you want to be successful you should put your mind, your resources, everything on what you want to achieve. You should not bother about failures. Remember … every failure is a new lesson. If you learn as many lessons as possible you will become creative. To evolve you should continue your learning forever.

And you may work hard, you may have put all efforts to be the best, but you may not be successful in terms of financial returns. Earning money is different from mastering painting, To earn money you need marketing skills. Some people will have it, some won’t. In the end it doesn’t matter. If you are really good, this way or that way you will survive. More than money, it is the strength of character you have developed in your struggle to master your craft is what will make your life joyful. What more we want from life?

My Books on What is Painting and How to Learn it? (Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 9)

This book is about the description of my books and a few excerpts from them. These excerpts will give insight into the technical and creative aspects of painting and at the same time they will assist you to know what you can expect from these set of books.

It is also important for me to inform you that my books are written to explain the approaches for doing successful paintings rather than provide step by step examples which I don’t believe will be much useful. And also I am not using my books to show case my paintings. Some of the examples I am using in my books may not be beautiful, because not every beautiful painting will serve as a good example to explain the science behind painting approaches. I am only using those paintings which are useful to explain painting approaches in depth.

Abstract Realistic Painting Approach: Why it is the right approach for artists? (Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 10)

This is my tenth book. In fact, I wanted to stop writing after my ninth book. But suddenly one thought crossed my mind, “I have not written about one important issue. That is, what is the best approach to paint?”. I felt it is a must for me to write about it to get the satisfaction of having written about all the essential things for learning painting. This small book is about it.

As a professional artist as well as a fiction writer I have the habit of writing only about the essence that the reader or student needs to know and not give unnecessary detail, which will dilute the topic. This approach will help the student to understand the essence of the subject. Once he understands the essence of the subject, it would be easy for him to study it in depth.
So in the same way, in this book ‘ Why Abstract Realistic Approach ‘, I am explaining the essence of “The right way to paint”.

Character of the Creator: Do you have it in you? (Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 11

A dialogue with you …


When I am writing a book on creativity I also need to be creative in writing a book on that subject. So I have written in an unique approach. This is simply a no-nonsense book.
I wrote all my previous books also in the same approach. This approach will help the reader to understand what I am trying to communicate.
Read this book. You will feel, you will experience what is creative thinking and what kind of character one needs to think like that. Then a question will arise slowly in you …
” Do I have it in me? ‘

My Paintings of Abstract Realism (Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 12)

This book is a collection of my Abstract Realistic Paintings.
Creating realistic illusion by juxtaposing abstract shapes is called as … Abstract Realism.
I have written about what abstract realistic painting approach is in my 10 th book titled “Abstract Realistic Painting Approach – Why it is the right approach for artists?”

How to Teach Sketching for Adults through 4 Simple Lessons and a few guidelines on painting (Magunta Dayakar Art Class Series Book 13)