Friday, 27 December 2013

Strolling through the hill-top market

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 
Watercolour painting on paper

Sharing  a very recently made cityscape  with you. This is the last post for 2013. I will share more works in the year 2014. Have a nice weekend.......... :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 ( in advance ).May this festival of joy bring peace,health,prosperity,creativity and happiness...........................:)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cityscape - Old Structures

© Shubhankar  Adhikari  2013
watercolour and pen on handmade paper

Old structures and their architectural features always motivate me to sketch and paint. While visiting historical towns and cities I always search the old buildings  with special architectural brilliance. Here I have kept my palette limited into  two colours to give more emphasis on values. 



Friday, 4 October 2013

Winter in the hills

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 2013
watercolour on paper
size 8" x 14.5"

I have been fortunate enough to experience the beauty of Jhalong on a sunny day. I painted this composition yesterday.  My artworks most strongly reflect my love for nature and travelling.They serve as a constant source of motivation and a reminder of the places.I am happy here to express my interpretation of nature's beauty with the challenge of watercolour as a media.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Acrylic landscape painting on board -Wooden Bungalows

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 2013
Acrylic painting on board (size 11" x 14")

Acrylic is one of my favourite medium for painting. This is an acrylic  painting  which I have completed recently. Working with acrylic on board is always a nice experience .

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Green Dream - Landscape in watercolour

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 2013
Watercolour painting on paper
Title - Green Dream (Size- 11" x 15" )

Here in this artwork I have used a big brush (no. 12 round brush ). I have used  sap green,viridian hue, payne's grey and hooker's green . While digging the memory of  Purulia tour, I have planned to work more on my "Bengal Landscape Series". Just stay tuned to view more of my works in future.

Monday, 8 July 2013

An old house sketch with ball point pen

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 

 Last week when I visited Taki, the heritage town of Bengal ,I noticed this beautiful  house . I have made this sketch work last week. In my previous blog post  I have alreadty mentioned about  Taki in short. In Taki I have found many old structures like this  . I have a plan to do a painting series later on.

Monday, 1 July 2013

An artful tour to Taki - a Heritage Town

© Shubhankar  Adhikari
watercolour painting  on paper ( 11" x 15")


Taki is an extremely peaceful place for plein air painting .Last week I visited Taki to do some plein air painting.
I boarded the Hasnabad Local Train from Sealdah Station,(Kolkata ) to reach Taki Road Station.From Taki Road station I took a cycle-van to arrive at the Zamindar Bari (Palatial building ) on the banks of River Ichamoti in 10 minutes. Two-third of the Zamindar Bari (Palatial building ) property has been engulfed by the river Ichamoti,still this ( Zamindar Bari -Palatial building ) is one of the main attraction here.These Zamindars ruled from the time of Mughals and served till the time of British rules. It is quite painful to see the Zamindar Baris(Palatial buildings ) are now in dilpidated state. This historical Zamindar Bari(Palatial building ) as a witness, has lot more to say, if we all are willing to listen it.
Taki is a heritage town and also the gateway to Sunderban ( Bay of Bengal ). It is situated by the bank of beautiful river Ichamoti. Bangladesh is on the other bank of the river Ichamoti. Taki Municipality is  one of the oldest municipalities in India established in1869. Taki Gov’t High School is more than 250 years old.

A boat ride on the waters of Ichamoti is an activity which I surely cannot miss for speed sketching. I sketched the house of the the fishermen, their boats ,trees near  the shore, boats dancing in the high tide. The murmuring sound of the water and a boatman singing some folk tune enchanted my creative spirit. I spent a lovely day observing, painting,sketching  a variety of birds, trees, sailing boats,motor boats etc.



After completion of my fine art related job wholeday long , I enjoyed rolls, ghugnis ,sweets and tea on the shores of Ichamoti in the evening . It was quite relaxing. As an avid fan of prawn I also tried some prawn items here. Taki is also well known for prawn.

While returning home ,I noticed this beautiful old structure near Taki Municipality. I decided that I will paint it very soon. Yesterday I have made it. In this painting I have applied scarlet lake, lemon yellow,prussian blue,burnt sienna,hooker’s green,and payne’s grey.






Sunday, 2 June 2013

A Village scene from my sketch book

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 
pen on paper 

To develop your art sketching is very important .  If you want to improve your art ,then sketch a lot . Sketching on regular basis will improve your power to compose. Do lots of doodles also. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Kolkata Cityscape - Victoria Memorial Hall

© Shubhankar  Adhikari (Artist )
Watercolour painting on paper ( 11" x 7" )


This is my recent painting on Kolkata cityscape. I always liked the architectural style of Victoria Memorial Hall. I am happy with the outcome of this artwork.In this work I have applied little bit of lemon yellow,sap green,payne's grey,prussian blue and olive green. 

Presently Victoria Memorial Hall is one of the most prominent building and also an art museum of Calcutta,under the Department of Culture ,Government of India.

Friday, 8 March 2013

How to develop your painting skills - Eleven tips

© Shubhankar  Adhikari (Artist )
watercolour painting on paper ( 11" x 7" )


How to develop your painting skills - Eleven tips

  1.  Practice a lot.
  2. Try to use the best tools you can afford for your artworks.
  3. Try to visit the art fair and galleries regularly.
  4. Mix with other fellow artists and exchange your views with them.
  5. Draw or paint regularly.
  6. Plan well before starting your art work.
  7. Read good books on art.
  8. Travel new places to increase your creative spirit.
  9. Limit your palette to increase concentration.
  10. Try to develop your own style
  11. Listen soft instrumental music in the background while working.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sketching with Indian Ink and brush


© Shubhankar Adhikari (Artist ) 2013
Ink and brush on paper (7" x 11")

Last time when I visited Chinsurah (a historical Dutch colonial town placed in Hooghly district, West Bengal , India ) , I noticed many beautifully structured houses . I took some snaps . Later I made some speed sketches with brush and Indian ink on paper. Sharing one of them with you. 

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Friday, 18 January 2013

Kolkata Cityscape - Cruiser on Hooghly river near Princep Ghat

© Shubhankar  Adhikari
Title - Cruiser on Hooghly river
watercolour paintings on paper

Happy to share with you all my first post of 2013.This painting was done by me last year.  Year 2012 was incredibly busy for me. I hope 2013 will be much busier,happier and peaceful for everyone.

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