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 VI






The Insignificant One 29 July 2017, Day 6 of the shoot When sun comes out after continuous rains of almost a week, it really does look bright and glorious.  The light looks fresh and the greenery even fresher. Which is how it was today morning -the lush green Jnan Ghosh stadium washed in the ochre light of the sun was a stunner. And when nature is at its best you know who the only real artist is. Also read the Prologue , Chapter I , Chapter II, Chapter III, Chapter IV and  Chapter V of IITKGPEPA Diary! As I approached Jnan Ghosh stadium today … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter VI”

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”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter III






Saying a Prayer 25 July 2017, Day 3 of the shoot It had been two days since our last shoot and the rain God has not been benevolent. To be fair, He had been kind for some time and we had shot at Harry’s yesterday under a light drizzle and fading light. But there was a goof up. The footage had gotten deleted by mistake. These were not good signs. Hence, I had prayed really hard this morning, and guess what -it was answered! Also read the Prologue , Chapter I and Chapter II of IITKGPEPA Diary! In the afternoon I saw sun’s … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter III”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter II






The Memory Remains 23 July 2017, Day 2 of the shoot As predicted by the weatherman, the rain continued to pour. But we had a plan in place. And that plan was to paint at Azad hall where we would be able to get some cover. But I was not really ready for the cover under which I finally painted today. (Please read the Prologue and Chapter I of IITKGPEPA Diary before continuing!) After a hearty breakfast at TGH I started off towards Azad hall with my umbrella. As I walked towards my hall of residence memories were starting to come … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter II”

IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter I






The story always begins here 22 July 2017, Day 1 of the shoot Today was the day when shooting for IITKGP En Plein Air project was planned to begin. And it did begin today, but not as planned. At least that’s what I thought. (Please read the Prologue to this story first!) The shoot was supposed to begin at Jnan Ghosh Stadium at 6:00 in the morning. With butterflies in my stomach, all I could do last night was to keep turning sides in bed. Trying to check the time every now and then also did not help my cause.  And … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Chapter I”

Watercolor Workshop for School Children at Ahmednagar






I have always conducted watercolor workshops for adults only. Well, there have been  young people in my workshops before. But never below the age of 15. I don’t believe in ‘teaching’ art to kids. I think when you teach art to children you take away their imagination and originality. So my workshop for children always has been more exploration and fun oriented. I don’t stick to a particular painting medium when conducting workshop for children. It more dynamic and fluid in terms of mediums. But in February this year, for the very first time I conducted a watercolor workshop for … Continue reading “Watercolor Workshop for School Children at Ahmednagar”

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”

The Creative Process – Painting Outdoors






“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” -Cezanne The sparkling morning dew on the grass that’s still refreshingly damp to touch. The whispering wind that caresses, carrying on with it the faint whiff of wildflowers and the sounds of roosting birds. The rains that darken the sky, mist the horizon and tap a melody over rustling leaves. This is what the artist is faced with when painting en plein air – where all his senses of sight, smell, sound and touch are continuously engaged, where he is in direct contact with nature’s life force. … Continue reading “The Creative Process – Painting Outdoors”