I was back in Kinston this year for the annual plain air paint out. Last year my painting “Rainy Day in Kinston” had won the first place. The painting was sold and was the poster for this year’s annual Kinston BBQ festival. It had rained last year everyday of the paint out. So, I had painted sitting in my car. It was almost a repeat this year! first day the weather was storm but it cleared up. I painted “Gordon Street” in the morning. I had done one of my first paintings at the exact same location back in 2009. I was right near Chef & The Farmer. In the afternoon I headed to the Brothers Farm in La Grange NC. Kinston CCA has added this location as part of the paint out. Over the years, I have enjoyed working with Kinston CCA team. They are very helpful and make artists feel at home. Brothers Farm is full of painting subjects! Many old structures, tractors, pigs, chickens and sunny bits. I had limited time so I decided to paint open view from the farm. This was an oil and I used custom primed linen. I returned next day to the torrential rain. So, here I was again painting from my car! I had always wanted to paint the Heritage Street just to capture those poles and wires! This painting ended up winning the second place. The contest was judged by artist John Poon. I was back in Raleigh so missed the judging and awards ceremony. Couple of my paintings are still available with Kinston CCA. I plan to be back in 2017…
I have been painting beautiful town of Southport for few years now. The town invites artists to plein air paintouts and wet-paint sales every spring and fall. I have enjoyed painting this quaint town and am thankful to many art patrons who have purchased my original paintings. This year, I did two watercolors and one oil. I did oil painting on Friday and watercolors on Saturday. The oil painting sold on the same day and watercolor sold at the Wet-paint sale. This year, I decided to change locations and compositions of my paintings. I have always painted water and boats- so, Bay Street painting was a definite change! It is possible that I may be doing a live wedding painting at the Gazebo next year!
Lately, I have been making custom surface for my oil paintings. I usually paint on oil-primed linen. And now I apply titanium or lead ground to make a smoother and less absorbent surface. This makes a marked difference for all prima and plein air work. I haven’t settled on the ideal surface for my watercolors yet. I usually do plein air work on rough surface. Southport watercolors above were done on cold-pressed surface. I very rarely use hot-pressed surface for pen air work. I stick with Arches most of the time and sometimes Saunder’s Waterford. When I paint figures and nudes during my life drawing/ painting sessions, I use many different varieties. More on that later…
One from my series of misty watercolor landscape paintings. Early December in North Carolina. I was at the Durant park. The air was cool and crisp. I could almost taste the mist. Everything seemed so quiet. I know this place well but suddenly everything seemed mysterious! Visibility was low but I could see the fallen leaves on the ground as I walked around. Those looked clean and wet. Walking around was like walking in a dream. Everything looked so different. Mostly monochromatic with few color accents here and there, When I painted this landscape, keeping everything soft was a challenge. I worked in multiple layers to achieve the right values.
My latest watercolor paintings are departure from my usual style. I am really interested in exploring my medium to the fullest. I study Victorian artists for clues. Again, my aim is to find tools and techniques that help me convey the story I want to paint. Does mixing Chinese white help? Mix it. How about Gum arabic? Or Titanium white? Just do what it takes! I know purists, societies and exhibition committees frown upon these practices. But, so what? It is just a painting.
Egg Tempera Painting “Flow” by Raleigh Fine Artist
I have been interested in Egg Tempera paintings ever since I saw Andrew Wyeth‘s Egg Tempera paintings in his Autobiography. North Carolina Museum of Art has 3 Wyeth tempera paintings. I often visit there to admire Wyeth art in person. Couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see more of Wyeth tempera and watercolors at Brandywine River Museum of Art. Wyeth never talked much about his technique. Most of what I have learned about Egg Tempera technique is from Robert Vickery’s book. And recently, from watching Colin Fraser video. Apart from the Wyeth inspiration, Egg Tempera appeals to me as an ideal medium for certain subjects.
It has taken me many attempts and failures before I could successfully complete my first Egg Tempera painting. I had to deal with challenges of materials as well as lack of good advice. But, the biggest challenge I faced was my own inability to learn from the medium and my own attempts. Egg Tempera has its own unique qualities: but, it is no different from Oils and Watercolors in many ways. It is not a magical medium. A good painting in Egg Tempera will require all the attributes of a good painting in any other medium. And most important of all, it requires: patience! Being patient when you are learning. Egg tempera does not fit today’s assembly line process of making, publishing and selling paintings. This is also not a “painterly” medium and hence you are unlikely to draw a crowd of spectators wanting to watch you paint!
“Flow” was inspired by the light: both the quality and flow. I was traveling last year with Mica and Ian. We were in the Bryson city. Ian and I were making sketches of each other in that little sketchbook. And Ian had recently started to drink tea (more for the process of making tea than actually drinking it!). Later after Christmas, I started this painting. I spent more than a week working on it. It wasn’t an easy process but, I made it work in the end. At a different level, this painting symbolizes my own flow with my creativity.
Of course, I am planning my next Egg tempera painting already…
Rain, Rain, ok……even more rain! What were we going to do? Bruce and Carol had been planning this wedding as an outdoor wedding all along and I think would have still had it outside even it did continue to rain! But, the sky brightened up just in time and made for the most amazing setting for this couple ~ as if it had been ordered! This couple waited a long time to get married and it just worked out so perfectly. The property was beautiful ~ The Weymouth Gardens were just amazing and the rest of the grounds were just as nice. BnB Catering not only catered the event, but was with Bruce and Carol all the way in planning this wedding, bringing their dream of there wedding to life! Congratulations to Bruce and Carol and wish you many many years of love and happiness. – Tesh
Holly Springs, NC is a quaint town that is truly that suburb that has it all to be able to call home, but is also not to far from the big city. I paint in Holly Springs as often as I can and I enjoy the area, no matter what season. Holly Springs Cultural Center has been so kind to display my work, and will house it there until the end of the month. There are a lot of things that attracted me to the area, and you can see that through my watercolors of the area. Also, I have hung several of my most favorite paintings for you to view in oil and watercolor from my own collection. All are for sale and all can have prints made of them as well. Whenever you visit the Holly Springs Library, think of just taking a few minutes to peruse my work!
I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
I had the honor to paint LIVE for the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau for an event that they sponsored for MPI Carolinas Chapter at The Durham Hotel earlier this month. I love corporate painting opportunities as much as painting at weddings ~ its such a different view, different feel, but in the end the result is the same. I completed this LIVE 16×20 painting in oil before the end of the event. April Ellerbe, with The Durham CVB was gushing with thanks even before the painting was complete and was so excited that it would be a fine art piece for the CVB that they would treasure for many decades to come! MPI-CC has a great group and they all were very kind to come up and take photos and ask questions while I painted ~ that is of course why I do what I do! The Durham Hotel was beautiful and its’ staff eager to please and they have exciting plans for the roof top where I was painting that evening. Be on the lookout for all that they are going to be doing in the coming months. The view is amazing and I hope to return to paint other events there in the near future! Thanks to IWP Photography & Video for the great photos!
I love to draw. I always carry a sketchbook and do line drawings all the time. Lately, I have been enjoying mass drawings, mostly plein air. My favorite place is Durant Nature Park. But, I also draw when I am in Raleigh Downtown. I prefer graphite but also use charcoal. I will be posting pages from sketchbook sometime. Here are couple of finished studio drawings. I wanted to capture North Carolina winter landscape in monochrome. “Waiting for the Spring” was inspired by a spot with exciting texture. When I saw it, everything was dry. Bare tree, and dried vines everywhere. It took a while to figure out how I was going to capture all of that. “Roots” was inspired by tree roots along the Secret Creek. There are quite a few exposed tree roots along this creek.
Both the drawings are on Arches 140 lb HP paper. This is a lovely paper. I use Stonehenge paper for plein air graphite drawings and Strathmore paper for plein air charcoal drawings.
This year I will be working on few landscape oil paintings in my studio. My inspiration for landscape paintings is works of Thomas Moran. I admire his oils and watercolors. One of his beautiful paintings is in the North Carolina Museum of Art.
– Tesh Parekh
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My latest studio watercolor paintings of Raleigh. I have aimed to capture seasons and light in my paintings. I wanted to paint the “Mami Nora‘s” smoke against the early spring background. I also like Mami Nora’s delicious food and colorful building. “Railroad to Raleigh” is a view from the Boylan Bridge. From late Fall. “Capitol Morning” is from late winter morning. I liked the morning light and shadows. I used a new brand of paper- Moulin Du Roy. 140lb Rough surface. The surface is quite rough. Great for quick and impressionistic effects. “Snowbound” is a painting of my own street. February snow. I was walking home after taking Ian to his friend’s house. I liked those tire tracks in the snow.
I will be painting more cityscapes and seascapes this weekend in Kinston NC and Beaufort NC. Both are hosting plein air paint outs. I can’t wait….
– Tesh Parekh
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