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”

On Education System in India






It is a well known fact that the current education system in India is a derivative of the education system put in place by the British during their rule. The system put in place by the British was mainly to reduce their administrative costs by producing low to mid level government officials. Unfortunately we still follow a similar style of education today. All it aims at doing is to produce job ready professionals. Below are a couple of the main features of the British education system that is prevalent even today. Our curriculum evaluates people on individual basis. There is … Continue reading “On Education System in India”

Why I Paint What I Paint (And Don’t Paint What I Don’t)






I Don’t Paint to Make a Political Statement No I don’t paint to address social issues. Neither do I paint to make a political statement. First of all I do not understand politics so well. All I understand is politics divides people. In today’s world of allegations, counter allegations, media choreographed events and heavily opinionated individuals I just don’t know what the truth is. Today someone makes me believe in something strongly, only to find out the very next day that it was all propaganda. With my limited knowledge about the world it also becomes extremely difficult to make a … Continue reading “Why I Paint What I Paint (And Don’t Paint What I Don’t)”

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”

The Creative Process of making Art 2 : Reinventing Oneself






There are times when you could be at the top of your game. Painting well, painting in a good rhythm, creating masterpieces on a regular basis. But still the satisfaction of creating them is a short lived one. This little voice in your head starts whispering in your ear and keeps telling you that you have become too comfortable. And when that happens it is a tricky area to be in for an artist. You know you are in a good place and common sense tells you to enjoy it as long as it lasts. But then the creator inside you … Continue reading “The Creative Process of making Art 2 : Reinventing Oneself”

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”