Friday, September 7, 2012

Why Daily Painting Works

"Blue Plums"Jullian Merrow-Smith

I follow Julian Merrow-Smith's blog Postcards From Provence  judiciously.  I can't tell you how much I love his paintings!  I can't wait until he posts the next one for me to savor on-line.  Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy one of his beautiful paintings.  But I did buy his book so I can enjoy beautiful pictures of his work.

But the interesting (and encouraging thing) is that Julian did not always paint to the caliber that he paints today (IMHO).  When he started "painting a day" (actually about 5 paintings per week) back in February of 2005, his work was not of the same quality that it is today.  Below is an example of a painting he did very early on.

PomegraniteJullian Merrow-Smith

Now don't get me wrong, this is a very nice painting.  But to me it is not of the same quality as the ones he puts out today.

You can look at the progression of his work here.  It is amazing how he has developed over time.

And that is the key I think.

Over time.

Over seven years of painting a day.

Below is a picture of one of Julian's paintings at about the same place in time where I am in my "daily painting" adventure.

Figs and MirabellesJullian Merrow-Smith

So those of us who paint should be encouraged by the success of Julian.  We can know that if we keep at it we can continue to improve.

So go paint something!


  1. You're absolutely right,and what a brilliant example too!! His work is amazing!

  2. I agree completely! And it is a fun process, too! Thinking of you today, Karla. I hope your exhibition/show is going well! Looking forward to hearing all of the details.

  3. I am right with you on this Karla! He has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I look forward to every new post. I too had noticed how his work has evolved and it is very encouraging.:) Can't hurt that he lives in a charming old house in the south of France... sigh... :)

  4. What a great post, Karla. I follow Julian's work too, and it's so encouraging for me as a painter to see its progression over time. I think you said it perfectly - if we keep at it we can continue to improve. Thanks again for the creative boost! ♥


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