Today morning at COEP, Pune, with Puen Urban Sketchers.
I pass by this dilapidated house every day on my way home from work. This is one of the houses marked for demolition. Since no one is in a hurry to demolish them, these houses are rotting and crumbling on their own. These provide excellent opportunities to study textures.
Drawn using pens, inks and watercolors.
Today I chose a higher vantage point to do my lunchtime sketch. I was sketching these bunch of taparies (roadside tea and snack stalls) from one of the muti-level car parks. 10 mins into the sketch, and there was a sudden commotion below. Anti encroachment van of the municipal corporation had arrived to act on the illegally set up stalls!
As the vendors ran helter-skelter to salvage what they could from the hands of law, the scene quickly changed. The van stayed for almost 15 mins, confiscating some goods, and leaving ruined stalls behind.
I am sure the stalls will be back in a couple of days to serve the IT professionals too much disillusioned with their office canteens!
Yesterday I took a stroll with my sketchbook in my hand post lunch. I came across this tiny temple, not more than 6-7 feet in height. It was nestled in a banyan tree, and even some banyan tree roots had penetrated the marble of the temple.
As I started rapidly sketching the temple stading on the footpath, the caretaker Mr Jagtap arrived and offered me to come inside and sketch. Since he did not have a chair, he made a makeshift one for me using few planks and made me sit comfortably. He showed me his sketchbook.
He is also fond of sketching and was really happy to see me sketch. After I had to abruptly stop due to arrival of sudden monsoon showers, he even brought me tea. It was such an interesting and touching experience. It seems sketching has become the new universal language 🙂