En Plein Air in Cary

This was my second time participating in Town of Cary‘s Annual paint out (their 6th one).

It was a beautiful day in May! Quite warm! I completed two watercolors. Both were painted on a paper mounted on panel.

The first painting is of the Heater Park. I loved the shadows and beautiful greens of the spring. The painting is currently on the display at Annelore’s German Bakery.

Heater Park Cary
“Heater Park” 18×24 plein air watercolor painting by Tesh Parekh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second painting is of The Cary Theater and is also on the display there! I  painted this on the Chatham Street across from the theater. I was lucky to find a shade! The downtown was busy!

The Cary Theater
“The Cary Theater” 11×14 plein air watercolor by Tesh Parekh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paintings are available as originals and prints (please contact me). Paintings will be part of auction and gala on June 7th, 2019. More information  here.

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekhart.com

Wilmington Paintings

Wilmington Paintings

Recent Wilmington Paintings. I love Wilmington! I use every opportunity to visit there! I also like to make a stop there when I go to Southport or one of the beaches.

These paintings were executed en plein air as well as in the studio. Continuing my tradition of painting on the water street, “Henrietta III”, “Water Street”, and “USCGC Diligence” were painting on the Water Street. Henrietta III has been one of my favorite subjects to paint in Wilmington. Sadly, Henrietta III is no longer in Wilmington. I used Rublev paints for this plein air watercolor. Water Street is always a busy place. River traffic on one side and street traffic on the other side. USCGC Diligence was a new subject for me (I have painted USS Battleship North Carolina before). What I remember about painting  “3rd Street” is that it was hot and humid! “New Hanover County Courthouse” is painting of the same street from the other direction and I painted it in the studio. “Cape Fear Memorial Bridge” is also a studio painting. I had painted this as a background of many paintings- this painting is of the bridge itself. I painted it in many layers. I had passed by Kenan Memorial Fountain many times, this time I decided to setup my easel and paint it! I loved the evening light. This was earlier this year at the Easter. “Wrightsville Beach Evening” is a studio painting. I painted it in many layers. Summer is here and I look forward to visiting Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach! Of course, there will be more plein air paintings and more studio work as well…

– Tesh Parekh

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"Henrietta III, Wilmington NC". 12.5x16.5. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“Henrietta III, Wilmington NC”. 12.5×16.5. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"Water Street, Wilmington". 16x20. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“Water Street, Wilmington”. 16×20. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"3rd Street, Wilmington". 16x20. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“3rd Street, Wilmington”. 16×20. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"Wrightsville Beach Evening". 14x18. Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“Wrightsville Beach Evening”. 14×18. Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"Cape Fear Memorial Bridge". 13x19. Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“Cape Fear Memorial Bridge”. 13×19. Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"New Hanover County Courthouse". 13x19. Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“New Hanover County Courthouse”. 13×19. Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"USCGC Diligence". 14x11. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“USCGC Diligence”. 14×11. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available.
"Kenan Memorial Fountain, Wilmington". 11x14. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available. Wilmington Paintings.
“Kenan Memorial Fountain, Wilmington”. 11×14. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper. Available.

Philadelphia paintings

Philadelphia paintings

I have been doing a series of Philadelphia paintings and these are two from last year. From my trips to this beautiful city couple of years ago. Although I had been there few times in the past, this time I had opportunity to visit downtown and see amazing architecture of historic buildings. I was there with my family and we all enjoyed our short stay. We had stayed close to the City Hall so I got to admire it everyday. In fact, I could see it from the hotel window.

I often paint cityscapes and streetscapes. I live in a City so this is an obvious subject for me to paint. The tall building offer many verticals. And then there is movement- cars and people are always on the go. And a place like Philadelphia also offers interesting architecture. And sometimes, the light and shadows create interesting patterns.

I have planned more paintings of Philadelphia. And I would love to return there may be for a longer period.

I recently returned from my trip to New York city and look forward to creating a series of paintings from that trip…

– Tesh Parekh

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"Philadelphia City Hall". Watercolor painting on paper. 19x13. Philadelphia paintings
“Philadelphia City Hall”. Watercolor painting on paper. 19×13. Available.
"City Hall Afternoon, Philadelphia". Watercolor painting on paper. 19x13. Available. Philadelphia paintings.
“City Hall Afternoon, Philadelphia”. Watercolor painting on paper. 19×13. Available.

Raleigh Art – Paintings of Glenwood South

Raleigh Art – Paintings of Glenwood South

My Glenwood South paintings from the last year. I painted these as part of Wednesdays on Glenwood. I was invited by Niall Hanley and  Shop Local Raleigh. Many artists participated on Wednesdays. I enjoyed painting with artists I already knew and also made new friends- Lisa Gaither, Leslie Pruneau and John A Samosky.  We would mostly hang around the Hibernian Pub but later I also ventured to other locations. I finished first two paintings (“Happy Hour” and “Hibernian Pub”) on location. I made reference sketches on location for the other paintings and finished those in my studio. Hampton Inn Raleigh Downtown hosted a show of our paintings and also purchased two of my paintings (“Peace Street Bridge” and “Glenwood South Evening”).

Many years ago I had painted around this area for Local Color Gallery‘s plein air paint out. Glenwood South has really grown since. Many new developments.

– Tesh Parekh

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Raleigh Art - "Happy Hour". 10x14. Watercolor on paper.
“Happy Hour”. 10×14. Watercolor on paper. Alla Prima/ Plein Air
Raleigh Art - "Hibernian Pub". Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available
“Hibernian Pub”. Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available. Plein Air.
Raleigh Art - "Tucker Street Evening". 14x11. Watercolor on paper.
“Tucker Street Evening”. 14×11. Watercolor on paper.
Raleigh Art - "Peace Street Bridge". Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
“Peace Street Bridge”. Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
Raleigh Art - "Glenwood South Evening". Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.
“Glenwood South Evening”. Watercolor on paper. Original sold- prints available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Watercolor paintings by NC Fine artist

Raleigh Watercolor Paintings

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

Fine Artist

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Mami Nora's. Watercolor on paper. 10.5x14
Mami Nora’s. Watercolor on paper. 10.5×14
Railroad to Raleigh. Watercolor painting on paper. 21.5x14
Railroad to Raleigh. Watercolor painting on paper. 21.5×14
capitol Morning. 14x21. Watercolor painting on paper
Capitol Morning. 14×21. Watercolor painting on paper
Snowbound. Watercolor painting on paper. 21x14
Snowbound. Watercolor painting on paper. 21×14

Watercolor painting of Annapolis MD

Watercolor painting of Annapolis MD

I was in Annapolis last year on my way back from Philadelphia. I am working on series of paintings of both Philadelphia and Annapolis. Annapolis is a beautiful coastal place. Many things to paint! I liked this evening view of the Main Street and St. Anne’s Parish. Annapolis downtown is always busy. Many shops, restaurants and beautiful waterfront. I hope to return there soon to paint en plein air. Meanwhile I am enjoying pleb air painting season back home. I just returned from painting in Southport NC and I am headed to Kinston and Beaufort this weekend. So many paintings to paint…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

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Last light, Annapolis MD. Watercolor on paper. 14x21.5
Last light, Annapolis MD. Watercolor on paper. 14×21.5

Watercolor paintings of Mumbai CST and Day Laborers

Watercolor paintings of Mumbai

Mumbai offers an incredible array of subjects to paint. Seascapes, cityscapes, figures and so on. In “Mumbai CST” I wanted to capture glorious architecture of the bustling train station. I plan to pain entire building one day. “Day Laborers of Mumbai” captures daily grind and reality of many in this hot and humid place. These are studio paintings. Imagine painting en plein air in Mumbai! It is on my list! Meanwhile, I am enjoying plein air painting season here in North Carolina. I was in Fuquay-Varina past weekend for the annual Paint-off. I will b in Southport, NC this weekend and will continue printouts for couple of more weeks.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Mumbai CST. 12x16 watercolor on paper.
Mumbai CST. 12×16 watercolor on paper.
Day Laborers of Mumbai. 21x14 watercolor on paper.
Day Laborers of Mumbai. 21×14 watercolor on paper.

Painting of Raleigh Autumn – now available as print

Painting of Raleigh Autumn

This painting is now available as signed open edition print. Print size is 12×16 on 13×19 watercolor paper. Printed with archival inks. Introductory price is $ 100 + tax for a limited time. Print can be ordered and picked up or will be shipped anywhere in US for additional $ 10. The original watercolor painting (21×29) is currently available.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

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"Raleigh Autumn". 12x16 signed print on 13x19 watercolor paper.
“Raleigh Autumn”. 12×16 signed print on 13×19 watercolor paper.

 

Watercolor paintings of Chapel Hill by North Carolina Fine Artist

Watercolor paintings of Chapel Hill

After doing many paintings of Raleigh, I am finally getting around to painting Chapel Hill!

I have been exploring new paints, and papers. For the University UMC painting, I used new (to me) QoR paints. I need to paint more before I decide on using this range long term (I normally use Holbein and Winsor & Newton).

I painted the “Carolina Inn Evening” on Ampersand Aquabord. This is a unique surface! The paint handling was quite different from watercolor papers which I normally use. I have several reasons to explore this surface:

(1) Plein Air: I normally paint on un-stretched watercolor paper en plein air. This works fine for smaller sizes. However, at sizes bigger than quarter sheet, the paper does cockle. Most of the times, this is not an issue. However, it does make painting difficult under humid conditions. This should not be a problem for Aquabord.

(2) Framing: I frame all of my work. This does get expensive and time consuming. Framing becomes bigger challenge for plein air contests and wet-paint sales. Aquabord can be framed like Oil paintings- without the mat and glass.

(3) Contests: traditional watercolor paintings, by nature, are subtle. This subtlety is lost many times on folks judging plein air and other art contests. I often see badly painted oil paintings being awarded top prizes- just for being painted with oils! Not enough attention is paid to framed (or un-frmaed) works on paper. I do not wish to change my painting style just for the sake of art contests! I work in traditional manner, and do want my paintings to have a fair chance in contests. So, I am open to try surface other than the paper.

Of course, this was my first painting on Aquabord. So, I have a long way to go before I make my final decision about its long-term use. Here are my brief observations:

(1) Warping: the board did warp very slightly initially. Leaving it flat for couple of days seems to have fixed it. I guess I can also use 1.5″ or 2″ deep panels. Of douse, this also depends on how I want to frame my work.

(2) Framing: The big one! I am following instructions on the Amersand website. I have applied Krylon UV Archival Satin varnish. I am yet to apply Golden Polymer UVLS Satin varnish. Not sure how this process will work for plein air contests and wet-paint sales. I may contact Ampersand to get their tips.

(3) Storage: I store my watercolors flat (with or without mat). Paintings on Aqabord will require more storage space and better handling.

(4) Paint handling: I like to draw (sometimes in detail) before I start painting. The drawing was not easy on this surface. I used softer lead (4B)- most of the drawing came off during initial wash. I did not fix the drawing since I was unsure about the paint handling after applying the spray. Paint handling was very different from my favorite papers. I was not sure what the washes were doing! I had to apply the washes very carefully as underlying layers seem to come off. Lifting the paint was easy, when I needed to. The board seemed to stay wetter longer. However, I like how the finished painting looks. Initial varnish seems to have saturated the colors even more.

So, I will be certainly painting more on the Aquabord. I will be trying Gouache, and Drybrush techniques over next few days. And I also plan to use it en plein air.

I am also exploring  another Ampersand product- Claybord. I am working on my first Egg Tempera painting on Claybord. More on that later….

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Chapel Hill University UMC. 9x12. Watercolor painting on paper.
Chapel Hill University UMC. 9×12. Watercolor painting on paper. Painted with QoR paints.
Carolina Inn Evening. 11x14. Watercolor painting on Aquabord.
Carolina Inn Evening. 11×14. Watercolor painting on Aquabord.

 

Paintings of Raleigh En Plein Air and in Studio by North Carolina Fine Artist

Paintings of Raleigh En Plein Air and in Studio

These are some of my favorite paintings of Raleigh. The larger paintings were done in the studio and others were either completely done en plain air or started plein air and finished in the studio. North Carolina autumn is simply magical. Crisp cool air and beautiful colors everywhere. And while autumn landscapes are perfect subjects at that time of the year, I also love painting cityscapes and streetscapes.  Studio paintings were done from the references and the only challenge was may be the scale of the paintings. But, I was fascinated by the light outdoors and the experience of painting in freezing cold. As with my autumn landscapes, I used minimal painting supplies. Being prepared to deal with the weather was the key. After I had started painting “View from Blount Street”, it started to rain. So, I finished it sitting in my truck! One of the reasons I love watercolor medium. It allows me to adapt to changing conditions outdoors. While painting Christ Church, it rained on me and my painting and the final painting has rain drops mixed in! Each plein air painting brings back many memories of the experiences I had while being out there. The winter has slowed down my plein air adventures. But, I hope to be out soon to capture the winter light. Meanwhile, I am working in my studio and have done several large studio paintings that I will be posting soon…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Raleigh Downtown Autumn. Watercolor painting on paper.
Raleigh Downtown Autumn. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morgan Street. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Morgan Street. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
NC State Capitol Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
NC State Capitol Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
View from Blount Street. Plein air watercolor painting on paper.
View from Blount Street. Plein air watercolor painting on paper.
Christ Church. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Christ Church. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Hargett Street Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Hargett Street Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Raleigh Downtown. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Raleigh Downtown. Watercolor painting on paper.

 

Hayes Barton Evening. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hayes Barton Evening. Watercolor painting on paper.
RDU Takeoff. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
RDU Takeoff. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Salisbury Street. Watercolor painting on paper.
Salisbury Street. Watercolor painting on paper.
Raleigh Snow. Watercolor painting in paper.
Raleigh Snow. Watercolor painting in paper.