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”

Watercolor Technique Series 4 – Brushwork






So what is Brushwork after all and why it should be such a big deal while painting in watercolor? Brushwork can be defined as the process of applying paint on canvas/paper using a brush.What contributes the final outcome of brushwork in a painting (in context of watercolor technique) are amount and consistency of paint in the brush, the shape and size of the brush, wetness and surface texture of the paper, angle of the brush to the paper while applying paint, motion or movement of the brush, pressure of the brush on the paper, speed of the brush on paper, how … Continue reading “Watercolor Technique Series 4 – Brushwork”

The Creative Process of Making Art 1 : Generic Creative Process






As an artist, there is this particular question that I often face from different people on a daily basis. I am sure all my artist friends around the world must be facing this question too. And the question is “How muchtime do I typically take to make a painting”! I generally answer this question as, “Anything between a few minutes to a few years”. And then the eyebrows start to get raised. The Creative Process People often look at the time taken to make a piece of art as when a person is actually painting. And that time for me ranges from a … Continue reading “The Creative Process of Making Art 1 : Generic Creative Process”

Watercolor Technique Series 3 – Glazing






This is the third post of Watercolor Technique series and in case you have to gone through the earlier two posts (watercolor wash technique and wet in wet watercolor technique) I highly recommend you do so as these techniques are prerequisite for learning glazing watercolour technique. Glazing is a watercolor technique in which a layer of thin transparent paint is laid down over another layer of paint without disturbing it. Glazing is used for many purposes. You can use glazing to build up tones, adjust colors, mix colors on paper. You can also use glazing to get color depth and movement in … Continue reading “Watercolor Technique Series 3 – Glazing”

Watercolor Technique Series 2 – Wet in Wet






In my last post on Watercolor Technique I wrote about the Watercolor Wash technique. While wash technique gives luminosity or transparency to watercolor paintings, wet paper techniques like wet in wet create mystery and softness. If Wash technique is the heart of watercolor painting then Wet in wet technique could be called soul (or vice versa). In this technique watercolor paper plays a major role in the final outcome. Paper with more surface texture (rough and cold pressed) and more cotton content (100% cotton paper works best) is suitable for this technique. But you can try this technique on hot … Continue reading “Watercolor Technique Series 2 – Wet in Wet”

Watercolor Technique Series 1 – The Watercolor Wash






A few days back a young and enthusiastic painter asked me about the watercolor technique I have used for a particular piece he seemed to like. Unfortunately I disappointed him by not answering the question because I myself did not have a clear answer to the question. When I paint I am really not thinking in terms of watercolor techniques. I am thinking in terms of the result that I want to achieve (sometimes my thinking is too abstract to be understood even by me). For example I think “I need a soft edge here”. I do not think “I need to do wet … Continue reading “Watercolor Technique Series 1 – The Watercolor Wash”