Ambassador of the Week: Sagnik Biswas

Meet Sagnik Biswas, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!

Fernhill, Ooty (12”x16”): Built in 1844 in a Swiss cottage style as the summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore, the Fernhill spreads across a whopping 50 acres covering many small hillocks & pastures within its premises. Serving as a popular tourist resort now, it draws huge crowds every summer, despite its disrepute as a hotspot for paranormal activities. Excellent restoration and upkeep have still kept the property a delight to paint.

If architecture is my first love, then painting is a close second.
It started with a visit to Uffizi in Florence, whence I discovered the true power of painting – a tool that can be used to record memoirs for myself or to compose a meaningful communique for others …

Over the years, I have read & learned a lot about painting – while much of it I could use in my artwork, some has flown into art blogs & art-related articles I have written in magazines or for my website

Shooting Spot, Ooty (12”x16”): Located 15 km from Ooty town, Wenlock Downs or The 9th Mile Shooting Spot is a popular location for Bollywood films & is responsible to some extent in shaping the common vision of “natural beauty” through their portrayal in these blockbusters. This vast parkland has a spectacular view of the lake & trails for horse riding.

My influences have been many & varied – like the “storytelling” of Aban Tagore to the “visioneering” of Robert Wade, the romanticism of Turner to the spontaneity & directness of Sargent.

As an artist, as far as possible, I don’t interpret or “simplify” my subjects as I feel that would be like distorting the reality – a disservice to the audience & a compromise to myself. I have a strong belief that if something has caught my attention or has delighted me in some way, then it could have the same effect on someone else too provided I can capture it the way I have seen it. And that is my only goal in painting.

Pine Forest, Ooty (12”x16”): A must-visit for all nature lovers is the Pine forest – nestled between Ooty & Thalakunda in the Nilgiris. While some trees are about to cross 1000 years, most of the trees are already 4000 years old! Common varieties are Siberian Dwarf, Ponderosa & Potosi Pinyon ranging from 3 to 80 meters in height. Through these ancient trees, one could often catch a breathtaking glimpse of the Sandy Nulla reservoir down below. The ever-changing pattern of the crisscrossed light here is always a delight to paint.

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PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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