Raleigh Plein Air Artist – Sunday Antique Market

Sunday Antique Market. 12x16. Watercolor on paper.
Sunday Antique Market at NC State Fairgrounds. 12x16. Watercolor on paper.
Sunday Antique Market. 12×16. Watercolor on paper.
Finally the spring has arrived in Raleigh! That means more plein air painting! I love cold weather too. But, I get busy during winter time and rarely get to go out and paint. Most of my work in winter is done in studio and at night. April is also the start of wedding painting season for me. So, I take every opportunity to paint from life. North Carolina State Fairgrounds is a busy place. I have done paintings of NC State Fair. But, not en plein air. I like the energy and excitement of this place! While I like the front of the main building, it mostly has cars parked in the front and not much happening. So, I painted this Antique market on Sunday. It really was busy! The weather was beautiful. I did not have my easel so I just sat on a bench and painted this in couple of hours. I may return with my easel so I can paint different views on bigger scale.
My work is currently on display at the Art of Style in Brier Creek, Raleigh. There will be an open house there this Saturday 3-5 PM. I also hope to do a painting or two that day for Local Color Raleigh’s annual plein air paint out. And after the open house, I am scheduled to be at the All Saints Chapel downtown for doing a wedding painting! Because of the schedule of the church and the ceremony, I won’t be able to complete the painting on location. My plan is to start painting at the Chapel and then finish it offsite. My very first live wedding painting was at this chapel! So, I am excited to see how much I have grown as an artist and as a live wedding painter since…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Event Painter