Sunday, 8 November 2015

Rural India - A village scene painting in watercolour

Title -" Rural India"
Painting on paper (11" x 7")
© 2015 Shubhankar  adhikari 

Happy to share with you a very recent work on Rural India. Wishing you all a very "Happy Diwali". 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Auto in the city - watercolour sketch

                                               Title - "Auto in the city" 
watercolour and pen on paper (size 6"x 4")
© 2015 Shubhankar  Adhikari

Sharing a very recent artwork on city auto service. I have used here  pen and  watercolour. Auto sevices are one of the most inevitable part of the city life. Many commuters have to rely on this service because other services are not always available everytime. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Busy traffic at Dalhousie Square , B.B.D.Bagh , Kolkata

Painting on paper
Title - "Busy traffic at Dalhousie Square"
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

This is another watercolour painting I have done recently. Dalhousie square is one of the busiest place in Kolkata. For numerous reasons  I have to visit here occasionally. In this composition I have intentionally used the white while painting the bus and the zebra crossing.  

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Amidst Nature

Watercolour painting on paper ( 14" x 11")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari  2015

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

10 Tips - How to care your fine art brushes

Like many artists I have a special emotional bond with my brushes.I love them all for their individual shape,balance,degree of spring,weight etc. As we know tools are very important for developing and maintaining our work and style, so we should  give much more emphasis on caring our precious brushes . Here in this blog post I am sharing some  painting brush caring tips which I have experienced through my own artistic journey.

10 tips are as follows :

1. Don't allow your paint to dry out on your paint brushes.

2. As soon as your work is over you should clean your brushes properly. Don't procrastinate  in this regard.

3. Never keep your brushes vertically in water or solvent.

4. Always purchase best quality brushes if affordable.

5. While painting  use porcelain brush holder or other brush holders  to prevent your brushes from damage.

6. Never ever rest your brushes bristle down , it can prove fatal .

7. You can use your crusty and frayed brushes for alternative purposes ,so don't throw them away.

8. Always reshape your brushes immediately after cleaning. This exercise will keep your brushes in order to perform their highest potential.

9. Don't pull on the bristle while cleaning the brushes. Never allow the pigment to come on the ferrule while painting.

10. Always use best quality brush storage system like holders ,zip up case,folding wallets,wooden or metal cases to prevent your precious brushes from damaging.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hill Townscape

Watercolour painting on paper 
© Shubhankar  Adhikari 2015

As you know hill townscape is one of my favourite subject to paint. Sharing another hill townscape based on Mirik,Darjeeling ,India. Enjoying the monsoon these days. 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Kolkata Cityscape - Elias Road , Agarpara

Watercolour paintings on paper (11" x 7")
© Shubhankar Adhikari 2015

Recently visited Agarpara's famous Giribala Temple beside the holy river Ganges.When I was entering the temple through Elias road , I noticed this beautiful Shiva Temple standing beside the road .I planned immediately that I should paint it.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


Watercolour and pen on paper (11" x 7")
Title - Entrance
©  Shubhankar  Adhikari

Sharing a recent work from "Door & Entrance " series 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Kolkata Suburbs - Agarpara ,North Station Road, Madhyapally - Watercolour

Watercolour art on paper (11" x 7.5")
Title- Kolkata suburbs - Agarpara - North Station Road,
© Shubhankar  Adhikari

Happy to share a recent work on Kolkata Suburbs. Presently working on Kolkata and its surroundings. Here I have painted Agarpara's North station road ( near Madhyapally ). This is one of the busiest road in  Agarpara. This road linked the Agarpara Station with B.T.Road. North Station Road is the life-line of Agarpara. Many beautiful multi-storied buildings have been constructed recently by demolishing the old ones. Agarpara is well linked with Sodepur, Belghoria, Kamarhati, Panihati, Dunlop, Barrackpore, Barasat, Madhyamgram, Shyambazar,Sealdah,Dumdum and other parts of Kolkata by frequent bus and train services. Holy river Ganges is flowing beside the Agarpara town. Agarpara's Giribala Temple complex is one of my favourite place  for doing  some open air sketching,drawing and painting and enjoy the mesmerising  view of Ganges.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Visited Ganges near Giribala Temple Ghat , Agarpara ,Elias Road ,Kolkata to gather some creative inspiration

Last friday morning I visited Giribala Temple and also the adjacent ghat at Agarpara ,Elias road, Kolkata. I was mesmerized by the view of river Ganga (Hooghly)  here. The place was very quiet . Some people were sitting on the steps of the ghat. A boat is also visible here. I have gathered many creative  ideas from here. Later I will convert those ideas into paintings. Already I have completed two works .I will post them afterwards.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Visited a village near Kolkata to do some open air painting

Last week  I visited a beautiful village near Kolkata. The place was surrounded by coconut trees,paddy fields, village huts, ponds,bamboo trees ,birds,cows, etc. The place was very calm and quite , so I felt no problem doing my painting works. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Playing raga Ahir Bhairav on my sitar

Ahir Bhairav is one of my favourite raga. I often like to play this raga in the morning. After my each day riyaz (practice) I often create some new paintings on paper or canvas. 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Busy creating new compositions on my sitar

Busy creating some new compositions based on different Indian Ragas. Here in this image you can see my sitar is waiting to be played by me in my music room. My music room is one of my favourite place ,where I used to keep myself busy practicing sitar for hours. It helps me to give better performance  in the concerts. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Busy in creating a new artwork inside my studio

                                                          © Shubhankar  Adhikari

Busy inside my studio ...........creating new solo show is knocking at the door.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Unforgettable Jalpaiguri , Northern West Bengal

watercolour and pen on paper (11" x 7.5")
© Shubhankar  Adhikari
Title - Unforgettable Jalpaiguri

This is a work on which I have used only pen and watercolour. I made the initial sketch with pen then applied watercolour step by step. Old building with different architectural flavour always evokes me to paint and draw. I noticed this beautiful building while travelling beside the river karala. I turned nostalgic immediately. I have a plan to visit Jalpaiguri again to collect some fresh inspiraton from nature.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Rural India - a village scene

watercolour & pen on paper

After coming back from Dhamakhali trip  I was so inspired that I could't resist myself from creating more artworks. This is a scene  which caught my attention when I was just passing by a village near Dhamakhali area. The place was surrounded by greens,wetlands and endless beauty. The rural people were engaged in their day to day activities , fishermen were busy with their fresh catches. The day was partly cloudy so you can see some patches of clouds in this composition.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Visited Dhamakhali - an artful tour

Dhamakhali Ferry Ghat

Riverside view  - Dhamakhali

Visited Dhamakhali to enhance my creative inspiration from nature. The tour was a majestic one.Our bus took 4 hours from Kolkata to reach Dhamakhali. I walked for an hour beside the riverside.Cool breeze was flowing then. Many boats were passing beside.Other side of the river is Sandeshkhali. I made some speed sketches while sitting beside the river. Two to three hotels were available for night staying but I preferred to return Kolkata on that day. The tour was really memorable. I will share more images and paintings in future.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Saraswati Puja 2015 celebrated

  Saraswati Puja 2015  held  in my studio. Some of  my students, friends and well wishers were present in this occasion. 

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year 2015

Wishing all my friends,followers,students and well wishers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2015
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