Few days ago I had travelled to Myrtle Beach SC for a little family vacation. I always carry my watercolors with me wherever I go! So while I enjoyed spending time with my family, I did manage to make sketches and paintings. I carried my sketch-pad and watercolor blocks to the beach everyday. I also made pencil and ink sketches. Myrtle Beach is a busy place! And it wasn’t practical to setup and easel. So, basically I worked while sitting down. Of course, I got lot of fine sand in my palette as I painted! I did not mind little bit of mixed-media! The other challenge was humidity. It really was difficult to predict how the pigments will behave. And painting on variety of paper surfaces kept things interesting!
While I painted smaller sketches on the beach, I also did couple of bigger plein air paintings from the balcony. Of course, I missed the fun of sudden waves crashing on my stuff (I may have lost a brush or two). It took me 30 mins to 3 hours to complete each painting. I did talk to some nice folks as I painted. I especially enjoyed painting lifeguards.
All the paintings are available for purchase. I will also use these paintings as reference to create bigger oil painting or two in my studio.
I sketch a lot from life. This is a good practice for when I paint live at Weddings. I will be working on a wedding painting studio commission next for Carolina Country Club in Raleigh.
– Tesh Parekh