Sketching The Transcendent Sundargarh – II






Two Days of our Sundargarh sketching trip had gone in a jiffy. The first day it was all about Sundargarh town and the second day the beauty of Tangarmunda, its people and the food had left lasting impression on me. Everything from how the plan changed from Sambalpur to Sundargarh, our journey from Bhubaneswar to Sundargarh and the sketching experience had just been perfect. But the best was yet to come. Read the first part of Sundargarh Sketching Trip here Surreal Sarabgarh 09 Jan 2019 Kedar had planned a grand finale to our Sundargarh Sketching Trip. The destination was Sarabgarh … Continue reading “Sketching The Transcendent Sundargarh – II”

Sketching The Transcendent Sundargarh – I






Plan for a sketching trip of my sketching club to Sambalpur was in place; a perfect plan. Everything taken care of including stay, food, travel and even the locations that we were going to sketch at. Personally this was also going to be my first trip to western part of Odisha. Our art materials along with other not so necessary belongings had been neatly packed and we were super ready. But as it often happens with perfect plans, our plan too came crashing down in the eleventh hour. On the eve of our train journey we got the news that … Continue reading “Sketching The Transcendent Sundargarh – I”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter VII






Sin and Redemption 29 July 2017, Day 6 of the shoot After the Jnan Ghosh shoot we pushed on to Harrys’ (now called Tikkas’). The footage of earlier shoot at Harry’s had gotten deleted by mistake. Hence we were back today to shoot there again. No one really likes it when such accidents happen. I was also disappointed albeit momentarily. My first painting at Harry’s had not gone off well. It was a little overworked and I was not happy with it at all. It kept troubling me until I heard the news about the footage. After the initial shock … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter VII”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter V






Head or the Heart? 27 July 2017, Day 5 of the shoot Painting at night under outdoor lighting is an exercise in self belief. The outdoor light makes all colors look almost same. It is difficult to gauge even the tonality of the paint. In a nut shell, the visual feedback from the painting is almost gone. So you have to get a feel of how paint flows on paper and trust your instinct and go ahead with painting. Painting today evening at Vegies was no different. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II, Chapter III and Chapter IV of … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter V”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter IV






A long due wish fulfilled 26 July 2017, Day 4 of the shoot The Canteen at Nehru Museum, popularly known as “Kali Da’s”, was not on my list of places to paint; because it never existed twenty years earlier.  But when I happened to be there just five days earlier, I really did not have to think about it twice. I knew I had to paint this place. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II and Chapter III of IITKGPEPA Diary! Kali Da’s is that kind of a place that transports you back in time. It slows you down completely. … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter IV”

A Sketching Trip to Beautiful and Resplendent Mayurbhanj






Shimilipal tiger reserve in Mayurbhanj district of north Odisha had been in my bucket list for quiet a long time. But somehow luck had never been on my side and I could never make a pilgrimage to the tiger temple of Odisha. But then I had my ‘Oh Yes Finally’ moment in November this year. And it was not just a trip to Shimilpal. It was a sketching trip to the tribal hinterlands of northern Odisha. I was going to be painting in Mayurbhanj en plein air. And the icing on cake was that I made this trip with a … Continue reading “A Sketching Trip to Beautiful and Resplendent Mayurbhanj”