Magunta Dayakar (Real mname: Magunta Venkata Subba Reddy) was born in 1951 in Andhra Pradesh, India.
After discontinuing his studies in graduation, he did different things in different periods. He had become a popular fiction writer in his native language Telugu, credited with thirty-five novels. He had worked as an editor and also published a feature magazine for a brief period. He scripted, acted and directed two feature films. He worked for Spectra and Coca Cola India as an artist. He ran Creative Painting School for children in Hyderabad for nearly 15 years. He believes artist must be able to do all kind of subjects from Still life to Portraits, different styles like Abstract to Realistic Painting rather than limiting himself to one or two subjects and styles, he strongly feels that is the only way any artist will be alive in his journey to understand the Science of Painting.
Most of the time he is working on writing books on painting to bring awareness about the Science of Painting. He defines science of painting as …”Just like there are Elements in Nature, there are a few elements in Art also. These elements can be played with using principles (tools) of Composition. Whatever art form you may work with, this knowledge is a must. If not, your work looks like a work of craft rather than a work of art.Now he is painting forest scenes in acrylics.Capturing light and texture are the main elements in his paintings.
Dayakar lives in Hyderabad and is spending all his time with Reading, Writing and doing Paintings. He is not interested in mixing with people, likes only to live with his work other than his family and a few friends. His paintings collected by many important clients and institutions
My Painting Approach
I paint forest scenes from imagination. When you paint from imagination you have both pros and cons. Pros are that you don’t need to follow nature or photographs to paint and if you follow them you should be restricted by their structures. But if you paint from imagination, you can create anything whatever you want. Problem also lies here. Placing all the things, they may be trees, grounds, rocks, water or any number of other things, achieving unity between them through color, texture and light is a big challenge. I used to struggle to get some fresh visuals so sometimes I would get what I imagine, sometimes won’t. I have to struggle till I get them. But in that struggle, I used to learn new lessons whether my attempts would be successful or failure. Finally, even though doing painting is a profession for me, I would treat it as a learning experience which gives me joyful moments in life.
Next question … how much time would take to finish my painting?
Very difficult to say. Some paintings take months, some take a few weeks and some would be finished in a few days. If it is a demo it would take only a few hours but if I have to get the right visual depth in painting it takes days and months. Even after that I would destroy the painting if it won’t convince me that I did the right work.
My Books on Art which are available on amazon.
How To Start A Painting And How To Plan It ?
How To Finish A Painting ?
Painting Landscapes From Imagination
Learn Composition and Create Beautiful Paintings
Simplified Color Schemes for Art Students
Capturing Movement in Portrait Painting
Who Fails As An Artist…? … One who loves his Paintings
Straight Talk On Painting and Painter’s Problems
Abstract Realistic Painting Approach: Why it is the right approach for artists?
My Paintings of Abstract Realism
How To Teach Sketching For Adults?
Character of the Creator: Do you have it in you?
On Value, Color and Composition
9 Keys to Successful Painting: For those who love to paint but don’t have the time to study the science behind painting
Some Tips, Techniques And Artistic Secrets To Paint Colorful Forest Scenes – A Short Guide for Art Students