Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Seven lessons tennis can teach you about life and career

Tennis is a highly competitive sport. If you’re not in it to win, you won’t enjoy the sport to the fullest. The sport has produced and will always produce the greatest athletes in the world. Tennis champions are beloved by fans and other athletes, too, for their physical and mental strength.
Image source: independent.co.uk

One of the most important lessons tennis can teach you is that you’re the only one responsible for the outcome of anything you’re doing. You have total control over your actions, reactions, and emotions, and it’s up to you to use them for your benefit. Vijaya Prakash-Boggala, a fan of the sport, says that it teaches you about self-awareness . It’s important to know yourself so you can improve as a player and as a person.

Failure isn’t a one-time thing. Even the best champions can lose points, games, sets, and matches, yet that doesn’t stop them from getting back up. Resilience is vital to triumph over challenges. In life and career, correct practice matters. With the right techniques taught by coaches and mentors, challenges can be overcome with confidence.

Image source: lta.org.uk
Confidence is integral in life and at work. Vijaya Prakash-Boggala says confidence and determination can set you apart from the rest, as staying focused and motivated is what will drive you to keep practicing, improving, and winning. Grand Slam wins aren’t a product of luck; they are the outcome of all the seven lessons tennis can teach individuals from all walks of life.

Vijaya Prakash-Boggala enjoys watching live sports, and tennis is one of them. For similar updates, visit this blog.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The most iconic acrylic paintings to date

Acrylic painting has a number of advantages over oil and watercolor. In fact, it combines the vividness of watercolor and the concentration of oil paints in a medium that even boasts of practical features like quick-drying application and general durability when compared to other media. It also became popular as a safer alternative for people who felt apprehensive about the continuous use of oil and the bad effects of inhaling the fumes. 

Image source: flickr.com

Development of the medium from synthetic resins already began in the 19th century, but its prevalence only happened after World War II. Its adoption by the most iconic contemporary artists of the 20th century added to its appeal. Here are some of the best acrylic paintings that marked a new era in the visual arts: 

Untitled (Black on Grey) by Mark Rothko 

One of the most luminous proponents of Abstract Expressionism, Rothko’s color field paintings are some of the best representatives of the style. The intimations of a dark landscape are unusually sharp and biting with acrylic paints. 

200 Campbell Soup Cans by Andy Warhol 

The undisputed master and champion of Pop Art, Warhol’s Campbell works are iconic images that challenge people’s view of artistic production and subject. They might also say something about consumerism, but that is for another time. 

A Bigger Splash by David Hockney

Another pillar of Pop Art, David Hockney lived in California for a long time, and it is where he conceived his swimming pool paintings, a subject that would be associated with him. This work is one of them. The brightly lit surface made possible by acrylic paints implies so much more depth and mystery. 

Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

Vijaya Prakash Boggala enjoys watching cricket, tennis, basketball, and other live sports. As an artisan at heart, he enjoys a wide array of arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. He paints and likes to use oils and acrylics on different media. To learn more about his other inclinations, visit this page.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three of The Most Iconic Oil Paintings of All Time

Oil painting is a medium preferred by a lot of artists. Among the fluid methods, it is the most flexible when it comes to the production of effects one might need to create a visual stunner. The range of possible textures and color mixtures or gradations can easily be achieved on different surfaces but most notably on canvas and wooden panel.

The art world, across centuries and traditions, was graced by a lot of aesthetically superior and provocative examples of oil painting. Here are three of the most memorable and arresting works in this medium:

Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

The Old Guitarist
This oil on panel painting by Pablo Picasso, arguably the most formidable Western artist during the first half of the twentieth century, is from the Blue Period. The temporal frame is a means of classifying works where he used a monochromatic palette, typically depicting oppressed figures and characters.
The Milkmaid
The Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer was quite famous as a genre painter of domestic interior scenes. Like a lot of his works, this painting has a photographically realistic finish that prominently features Vermeer’s keen understanding of the intricacies of chiaroscuro.
American Gothic
This iconic and quintessential American artwork by Grant Wood is representative of Regionalism, a movement that championed representational images of rural America. There is something completely anachronistic but deliciously appropriate (to the subject matter) about its style of realism, which owes a great deal to Northern Renaissance painters like Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Image source: commons.wikimedia.org

Vijaya Prakash Boggala loves oil and acrylic painting. Learn more about his other inclinations by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Pros of do(ing)-it-Yourself

Not a lot of people enjoy doing do-it-yourself or DIY projects. While such projects can be messy and time-consuming, they do bring a lot of benefits. Here’s why anyone should try building (or creating) instead of buying.

Save money. DIY projects help people save a lot of money. Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars to buy furniture or schedule repairs. But DIY allows them to save on repair service costs and other expenses.

Image source: goodhousekeeping.com

It boosts one’s brain power. DIY projects help people gain new knowledge and skills. Whether it’s just about learning new techniques or skills such as repairing broken appliances or designing and crafting projects, people hone their problem-solving and creative skills.

It keeps people active. Happy and healthy people have active minds and bodies. And doing DIY projects help people to be active mentally and physically. It also empowers people to create something out of nothing.

Image source: sunglassescheap2014.com

It can help develop or restore relationships. DIY projects are a good excuse for people to bond with their family members or close friends. When people do something together, it nurtures friendship and support.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala is a medical abstract writer based in Greensboro, NC. When he is not working, he does a lot of DIYprojects and enjoys being a father to his four-year-old son. For similar reads, visit this blog.