Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Kolkata City Life - North Bengal bound super-fast express bus leaving Kolkata

Pen and watercolour on paper (11" x 7")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is a work I have done with pen and watercolour. North Bengal is one of my favourite travel destination. I prefer train services but sometimes due to unavailability of train tickets I have to avail the bus services for North Bengal. 

Thursday, 23 October 2014


Watercolour painting on paper (11" x 7")
© Shubhankar Adhikari
" Happy Diwali " to all my followers ,fans,well-wishers , friends and students.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Beach Road, Visakhapatnam

Watercolour on paper 
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Here I have used watercolour and pen on paper. In this composition you can see that the sun is in full swing . Beach road is one of my favourite travel destination in Visakhapatnam city. Firstly when I visited this place , I was simply spellbound to see the beauty of Bay of Bengal. I made some fast sketches sitting there. I also took some photos for future references.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Hill top market near Mirik, Darjeeling,West Bengal

watercolor and pen on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is a composition based on a local market on the way to Mirik from Siliguri. I have used watercolor and pen for this work. Hill top markets are one of my favourite subject. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kolkata bound Super Fast train departing Tatanagar Junction - watercolour art

© Shubhankar  Adhikari 
watercolour painting on paper 

While  returning from Tatanagar to Kolkata I had to wait for the train, as the train was two hours late. I made some fast sketches while waiting. Later on I converted those sketches into painting in my studio. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

New Delhi bound Super-fast train leaving Kolkata station

Watercolour painting on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is a work with watercolour and pen on paper ,created by me  years back. Indian Railways .....one of  my favourite mode of transport. I love to paint trains,locomotives,railway tracks ,station scenes etc. While waiting for the trains in the stations, I always love to sketch the incoming and outgoing trains,passengers,porters,stalls etc. 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Wooden Bungalow

Watercolour painting on paper 
© Shubhankar Adhikari 

I always like to draw wooden houses,bungalows and buildings. Here I have painted a wooden bungalow on a clear day. In Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal , we often get similar kind of wooden houses,rest sheds,bungalows,tourist lodges . Staying their is a thrilling experience no doubt.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Townscape - Chinsurah, Hooghly, West Bengal

watercolour painting on paper 
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

While on the way to Bandel Church from Hooghly Imambara , I noticed this beautiful building proudly standing beside the road. I took a snap without delaying. Afterwards I used this snap as a  reference to complete this painting in my studio. 

Here in this work I have drawn the building with ball point pen . Afterwards I have applied the watercolour carefully on the paper. As the paper is not a handmade paper so I have to take extra care to bring the effect of light in this composition. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Watercolour Naturescape

Watercolour painting on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This naturescape was created by me last week. You can see the spontaneous flow of the colours on the paper because I have used a very loose watercolour  approach here. This is a fully imaginative work. 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Mahishadal, Rajbari ( Palace) Purba Medinipur, West Bengal -Watercolor Sketch on paper

© Shubhankar Adhikari 
Watercolour sketch on paper

This is a fast sketch of Mahishadal Rajbari made by me in the year 2010. I think Mahishadal Rajbari is one of the finest place for the artists and nature lovers to enjoy the vast water bodies, gardens,trees and historical bulidings. The place is very calm and peaceful, perfect for doing open air artworks.

Mahishadal is famous historical place situated in Haldia subdivision of Purba Medinipur district in West Bengal. It is just a three and half hours drive  from Kolkata. An excellent weekend gateway for artists,musicians,nature-lovers,film-directors,coaches, poets, writers,composers,photographers,players,students,academicians,and tourists.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Kolkata City traffic at Gariahat Crossing

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

Gariahat crossing is one of my favourite spot in Kolkata  for getting some motivation  to paint busy city life. Here you can view the city traffics coming from Rashbehari Crossing. Trams are also there because  Ballygunj tram depot is nearby. 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Cityscape - Simhachalam, Visakhapatnam City suburb, Andhra Pradesh

watercolour and pen on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is a watercolour  townscape  of  Simhachalam, Andhra Pradesh. Simhachalam is a beautiful place situated near Visakhapatnam City. The place is surrounded by beautiful hills and also famous for Simhachalam Hindu Temple .

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Kolkata Cityscape - A city tram heading towards southern Kolkata

Watercolour painting on paper 
© Shubhankar  Adhikari 

Sharing another painting from "Kolkata cityscape series". We are aware that  Kolkata is the only city in India where trams are still running  actively. I always like to travel Kolkata by trams, because they are comfortable and pollution free. Still I get very nostalgic when I hear the sound of the bell of a tram. Here in this painting I have depicted a tram passing through the evergreen Kolkata maidan area. Trams are very frequent in this route. 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Indian village scene

watercolour painting on paper 
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Sharing another painting  from Rural India series. This is a scene of a village in Howrah district ,West Bengal. I always love to paint Indian villages. Here you can see village dwellers are busy with their household activities. The presence of strong light made the painting more vibrant.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Still Life Work

Watercolour painting on paper (11" x 14")
© Shubhankar Adhikari

Doing lots of still life painting these days. Spending more time in my studio these days. The scorching heat outside preventing me to do open air works. So for next two months I will confine myself in the studio for the hot summer. Have a plan to do lots of still life works each day.  

Monday, 14 April 2014

Still Life painting

watercolour painting on paper (14" x 11")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Happy to share this recent still life work with you.
Wishing  all my followers ,friends ,students, well wishers a very happy Bengali New Year .

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Rural India - a village scene

Painting on paper (watercolour )
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is one of my favourite composition. I always love to visit  Indian village areas. People   with different religions live here peacefully and amidst sweet amity. Often we can get the breathtaking view of the local river running by the side of the village. It looks nice from a distance. 

During various festivals the villagers enjoys within themselves. Different cultural functions are held throughout the year. Village fair is also an important recreation in the life of villagers. I have a dormant desire in the core of my heart to paint more from the life of  village people.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Palatial Entrance

© Shubhankar  Adhikari
Painting on paper (watercolour )

Finished this work last week.............. Happy to share with you all............Have a nice weekend :)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Still Life

Painting on handmade paper (watercolour )
(size- 22" x 15")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Very recent work.......happy to share with you all. You can view more similar work like this in near future.......so stay tuned. :)

Monday, 17 March 2014

A Lonely Lighthouse

Painting on paper (watercolour)
Title - A Lonely Lighthouse
© Shubhankar  Adhikari 

This is a fully imaginative work created by me last week. It was the result of the inspiration  I had gained  by visiting a lighthouse in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh.
In the Indian coastal side , we can get these types of lonely lighthouses  standing firmly against all the climatic disasters. This is quite inspiring to me. When I visited Visakhapatnam last January , I noticed two light houses there.

First time in my life I had entered into a lighthouse in Visakhapatnam .  I perched the top of the the lighthouse to see the "Bay Of Bengal" from here. A breath taking view of the sea  was waiting for the visitors . I captured many shots . Cool gentle breeze was passing by. The day was sunny. I was deeply motivated by the scenic view from there . The Lighthouse is situated on the hill top. The big ships were looking like a small ant from there. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mumbai bound super-fast train leaving Kolkata.......watercolour painting

watercolour painting on cartridge paper  
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Trains are always my favourite subject for painting. This is a painting which I completed yesterday. I always love to travel by train rather than plane. In near future I have a plan that I will do a solo exhibition based on my train paintings. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

A busy city road just after sudden downpour

Watercolour painting on handmade paper ( 14" x 11")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

The things are going very busy around here. Started some new projects. Also busy with my musical experiments . Recently composed some new musical piece on my sitar and started recording. Also preparing myself for my own solo exhibition . Working regularly to finish my paintings for the exhibition. Busy with my Institute also. Teaching  students on regular basis.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Abstract Landscape

Watercolour Painting on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari 

The idea of this abstract landscape came in my mind when I was just roaming on the beautiful Yarada Beach in Andhra Pradesh near Visakhapatnam. I have mentioned in my previous post that I have recently toured Visakhapatnam , Rushikonda,Yarada beach,Shimachalam, Bheemlipatnam and other beautiful places in Andhra Pradesh . 
Yarada Beach is one of the beautiful beach I have ever seen in my life. Perfect spot for open air painting. The beach is very lonely .Surrounded by blue hills and coconut trees.The view of  Bay of  Bengal is awesome  from the Yarada Beach. Next time when I will visit Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu,Karnataka, Kerela 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Village Huts

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

Completed this work last night. I have painted here a  typical village scene . Wet on wet method has been applied in the backgound of the huts. 

Monday, 10 February 2014

Simhachalam Hill bus terminus, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Painting on paper
© Shubhankar  Adhikari 

Recently I visited  Visakhapatnam for an art related project. The tour was really unforgettable. The place is really nice for open air painting. I have visited Rusikonda, Bheemli, Simhachalam Hill,Lord Varaha Narasimha Swami's Temple, Ross Hill,Yarada village,Yarada Beach,Kailasagiri Hill,Tennati Park,VUDA Park,R.K.Beach, Light House,Dolphine Nose Point, Hindustan Ship Yard,Araku Valley and many other places. The weather was perfect for the tour. The people here are very well mannered ,helpful,disciplined and hardworking. APSRTC bus services are one of the best bus services I have ever seen in my life. 

The view of Bay of Bengal from R.K.Beach,Rushikonda,Yarada Beach and Bheemli is breathtaking. Visakhapatnam Railway station is also very beautiful and well maintained. I reached VIZAG  by Chennai -Santragachi AC Bi-weekly Super Fast Express. Visakhapatnam 
city is surrounded by small and big hills. I caught the bus 900k from APSRTC bus terminus for Bheemli. The tour was a majestic one. The bus runs through the Beach road for an hour. On the way you can view the hills of Kailasagiri,Rushikonda and Bay of Bengal simultaneously. 

Visakhapatnam or Vizag is really a paradise on earth. You can find here lakes,cool beaches,vallies,caves,rivers,forests,parks,big ships,light houses,mountain ranges,sanctuary,mountain railway (Visakhapatnam to Kirandul ) ,museums and many other interesting things. 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Way to the hill top

© Shubhankar  Adhikari
Paintings on paper 

In northern part of the West Bengal we can find these types of  wooden houses. They are the feast for the eyes. Every time when I visit these beautiful places I can't prevent myself from sketching,drawing and painting. Really these places are the  constant inspiration for my creative journey. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Wishing you all a Happy & Prosperous New Year 2014

Wishing all my friends,followers,fans,students and well wishers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014. Thanks for your continuous appreciation and support. 
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