Ramkinkar Baij's watercolors represent his immediate response to the rural environment around Santiniketan. His restless bold strokes, executed on the spot with great speed, beautifully capture fleeting moments of light and form of the ever-changing Indian landscape.
K.G. Subramanyam, the artist and critic describes how Baij depicted the comparitively bare landscape around Santiniketan: "Each little detail came to throbbing life. The modest trees bristled up with a primitive vigor and the foliage took on a new sheen and vivacity. The sky played hide and seek with the barren earth...the seasonal nuances came out with great authenticity. In his company, we saw nature in a new light." (K.G. Subramanyam, 'Ramkinkar: The Man and his Work', Lalit Kala Contemporary 30, September 1980, p. 33)