The following is part of a series featuring a leader in the art community who is on the faculty of the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in The Great Smoky Mountains, May 20-24, 2024. And join us for a pre-convention watercolor workshop session with Amit Kapoor or an oil session with Joe Paquet!
“In India, plein air painting is very popular right now. There are many small and large events that support watercolors, especially plein air. As the International Watercolor Society India president, I’ve organized five International Watercolor Festivals, in which many Indian and top foreign artists participated. We had plein air sessions and competitions as part of each.
“I also travel frequently to different countries for workshops and exhibitions, and I love to plein air paint in those places. I learn so much from painting outdoors, particularly figuring out what to add and what to delete from my compositions. In general, I’m drawn to cityscapes with figures in action, but I also love to paint harbors and boatyards, which also have great energy.
“Of course, plein air painting can be a challenge, and sometimes the weather is not favorable. The perfect day for me has not much wind and good sunlight. I find morning light the best for painting. If the conditions aren’t good for finishing a piece on location, I’ll make a sketch and go back to my studio to paint. In either case, my aim is always to capture the mood and atmosphere of the scene.”
Connect with Amit Kapoor at amitkapoorwatercolor.com.
Join PleinAir™ Magazine in the Smokies for the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo! May 20-24, 2024 we’ll have five stages with over 80 instructors, and will be painting throughout The Great Smoky Mountains, including the Biltmore Estate.