Creating Light

18th century great English painter Joshua Reynolds said ‘A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great.’ He used to create light in his paintings for his composition requirements. Here the key lies …’ Creating the light for composition requirements.’

The same I did here, ‘ Creating Light for My Lightscape Compositions. ‘

Lightscape  Artist:Magunta Dayakar

I am revealing a great secret to creating a successful painting and why they are priceless.

Landscape  Artist : Magunta Dayakar

Every painting is a struggle, however experienced the artist maybe. Success comes rarely, most of the times it is dissatisfaction. Don’t call it a failure … it is dissatisfaction. That’s why whenever I started a painting I won’t think about how to finish it, just I will sail with it. New shapes will emerge, sometime after they will disappear, again some new shapes emerge … this play will go on …. In this process many images will appear, disappear on canvas, finally in a wonderful moment the canvas will come alive with life. It’s like the moment a baby comes out of mother’s womb. That is the moment I experience eternal joy. That is the moment which boosts confidence in my artistic skills.

This is the secret of creating a successful painting. Out of that great eternal struggle, when artist feels satisfaction … that moment is priceless. So that painting is also priceless. Whether it is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, they come out of the same process and become priceless.

When an artist paints a picture …


View    Artist: Magunta Dayakar

When an artist paints a picture, it has to achieve two things.
(1) It should create an illusion for the Viewer, that he is a part of the scene.
(2) At the same time he should feel what he is seeing has been painted by an artist.

Modern Art … What is it?

Composition  Artist:Magunta Dayakar

One day a young lady came to me.

” I want to learn Modern art. ” She asked me.

” What do you mean by Modern art? ” I asked her.

” … modern art … modern art … ” she didn’t know what to say. Simply she was bewildered.

I waited for her reply.

After few moments of confusion, she came out with an answer. ” Modern art is … something, artist expresses in a free manner, which does not need to follow any rules. ”

” Which rules are you talking about? ” I asked her, trying to know what’s in her mind.

” We don’t need to bother about drawing, we don’t need to worry about strict painting methods. Just we paint the way we like. ”

I didn’t talk anything immediately. I was silent for some time, then I asked her, ” Who said to you modern art is like that? ”

” … many artists said. ” a little bit of hesitancy in her voice.

” It’s a wrong notion, ” I tried to explain her in a sympathetic tone. ” whatever happened in art in the period of 1860 to 1970, related to experimenting with different materials, ideas was called Modern art. So many isms and styles were there. Every artist understood the rules. You could not call them as rules, call them as ‘ Language of art’. Take for example Picasso, do you think he didn’t apply the rules in his works? He applied it in every work of his. Not only he, other artist’s also did the same, whether they are Abstract art, Fauvism, Futurism, Expressionism, Suprematism or Surrealism, whatever they are, those artists followed language of art, which you called Rules. So if you want to learn modern art, first you learn language of art. Then whatever way you want to express your emotions, you go with it. ”

Again a few minutes silence,

She asked me, ” I have understood what you said is true but … I am confused. Then why are they saying that you can learn modern art without bothering about any rules? ”

I smiled at her, and said… ” Ignorance. ”

The Magic of Composition

Here… you see the magic of Composition. If the painting is composed well, every part of that painting will itself become a painting. I have divided one of my paintings ‘ The Evening ‘ into seven parts. All of these parts have become seven paintings. See them all here. This is the Power of Composition. Composition is the key to structuring a painting, just like grammar is the key to any language. All great masters worked this way. Why not we?

Part 1