|"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.
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 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 Mirabelles||Jullian 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!