My kids and I spent 3 days in Mysore. I sketched the famous Mysore palace, with it's over-the-top mix of architectural styles. I learnt that only the Taj Mahal gets more visitors than this Palace. It certainly felt like that: the Palace grounds were packed with tourists just lounging around, enjoying the palace, and going on elephant and camel rides. Like good tourists, we did all of that.
Here is a gopuram or gateway to the palace grounds. The palace is surrounded by huge walled grounds, and each side of the wall has one of these large elaborately carved gateways. When I sketch in India, I often debate about whether to leave in or eliminate the multitude of powerlines, electricity poles and cellphone towers that "blight" the landscape. But almost everytime, I end up leaving them in because they are so integral to the urban landscape. Not beautiful, not well thought out, just always there, almost like a cliche.
A quick sketch in the palace atrium, with it's turquoise and red pillars and stained glass skylight. This palace deserved long, deeply observed sketches. But every time I settled down to a sketch, my kids would disappear into the crowds, and I just had to resort to quick little captures.
And what is a trip without a sketch involving food? The famous Mysore Bonda, that must be eaten hot. Dipped in coconut chutney and spicy lentil sambhar.
Many more sketches from Mysore, here on my blog.