Katie and Richie. Watercolor. 12×16. Alla Prima. I did this watercolor painting on the spot at All Saints Chapel in Raleigh. It is a beautiful church and it was a beautiful wedding. I decided to use watercolor since it allows me to work quickly and I like the spontaneous look of the finished painting. This was a surprise for the bride. I was working with Tracy Adams of Adams & Events. I arrived before the ceremony and decided to paint from the balcony. There are quite a few challenges with doing a live event painting. But, that’s what gets me out there painting.
This is my latest watercolor painting: “Suddenly…”. I have this beautiful plant hanging above the breakfast table. Sometimes the dry leaves fall on the table. I saw this little pile of picked wilted and dry leaves and it got me thinking about how events sometimes unfold. There is a little sadness in the painting but also the hope: new leaves will come. It took me couple of days (rather nights) to finish the painting. As I painted, the leaves kept wilting and drying further, while changing their shapes…
“State Capitol, Raleigh” (12×16, Watercolor) is one of my Plein Air watercolors on display at the Wake Forest Coffee Company (www.wakeforestcoffee.com) I completed this painting just few days ago. I started the painting kind of late, after circling the downtown few times, looking for a good spot to paint. The light was fading fast, so, I had to work faster than normal! By the time I was finished, street lights had come on. This is the view from Fayetteville Street. Painting in watercolors always leaves me with the feeling of wanting to paint more…
Do you believe in angels? When I was setting up to start this painting, an angel came by in her wheelchair. She told me that she was an artist once. She never imagined that she would be in an accident and lose use of her hands. She cannot paint as much now. I was busy setting up and thought of her chatter as a little distraction. I completed most of the painting on location, before a storm came over. When I was driving back, I realized that God had sent me His angel to let me know that I am doing His work, and that He paints through me. What an honor! I must paint. I finished the painting at home, sitting on my kitchen floor. The fountain was painted from the memory.
I had done four paintings as a part of Kinston CCA’s Plein Air paint out: two watercolors and two oils. All four were sold! A big thank you to Nikki Litts and Sandy Landis of Kinston CCA. Here are the images of all the paintings.
The titles and mediums are: Gordon Street (Watercolor), Red Door (Oil), Queen Street (Oil) and Queen Street Church (Watercolor). I had done a watercolor and oil each on everyday of the event. I normally like to do a watercolor first, followed by an oil. Watercolor allows me to work fast and capture the light and mood of the location. It currently takes me couple of hours to complete a 12×16 Plein Air watercolor painting. As for oils, I prefer to do Plein Air/ Alla Prima paintings on smoother canvases. For Kinston event, I did not have those so it was difficult for me to move the paint around! It takes me around three hours to complete a 14×18 oil painting. I have two of my Paint Out Plein Air paintings on display for sale at Local Color in Raleigh (http://www.localcoloraleigh.com). My next Plein Air painting event is on June 7 in Chapel Hill. This event is hosted by Chapel Hill artist Kimberly Alvis. Please visit her website for more details: www.alvisart.com
Here are the two paintings I did for the Derby Day. Both are 12×16 watercolors. Photos are courtsey of Davis Turner (Davis Turner Photography, www.davisturner.com) I am planning on participating in Casa Savilla Studio’s Au Natural painting exhibition. As a part of this exhibition, I may do painting(s) from life on June 14. Please contact Karine Thoresen (www.karinethoresen.com) for more details.
I was invited to do event paintings for NC Museum of Art Contemporaries fund raiser- Derby Day 2009. The event was on Saturday (May 2) at the Solas restaurant. It was a great event with everyone dressed up for the Derby Day. I had a great time doing two watercolor paintings. Plein Air or Alla Prima painting, especially with people as the subject, can be a challenge. I had just finished a two day Plein Air painting event in Kinston. So, I was prepared! It took me around an hour to complete the paintings. Here is a picture of me working on my first painting:
Event painting for the Derby Day
I will be posting images of the actual paintings as those become available. Kinston paint out was fun as well. I met nice folks from the Onslow Outdoor Painters Society (OOPS). I will be posting images of those paintings here as well as on my website: www.teshparekh.com