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 – Prologue






02 May 2017, Day of Trial Shoot “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – The Alchemist May be this is really how it works after all! I can’t say for sure, and only time will tell;but till now there have been enough indications to prove it; and I am slowly turning into a believer. As a plein air painter and a KGPian, I have always wanted to come back and capture the different moods of our campus in real time on canvas. I probably started thinking about it more than seven … Continue reading “IIT KGP En Plein Air Diary – Prologue”

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”

Updates on IIT KGP En Plein Air Project






On 21st July 2017 when I set out to IIT Kharagpur for En Plein Air project I realized was not travelling alone. I was travelling with the wishes as well as expectations of a large community of IIT-KGPians. There were different facets of KGP life that each of them wanted to see through my paintings. I must admit it did make me little nervous. The other realization was, I was not going there just for IIT-KGP En Plein Air project. There were a few of my contemporaries who wanted to relive their KGP times through me. And I have been unfair to … Continue reading “Updates on IIT KGP En Plein Air Project”

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”