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 painted this live at the opening reception of Mims House in Holly Springs, NC. This beautiful historic home was built in 1840 and is now an elegant venue for Weddings & Events. I made a pencil drawing outside in the light drizzle and then finished painting it indoors during the event. As a fine artist, I paint variety of subjects in Watercolors and Oils. I love painting architecture of historic and modern buildings, as much as I love painting live at the weddings. Next month I will be in South Boston, VA to paint live at a Berry Hill Resort wedding reception. I look forward to it…
The 2015 has started well! Many exciting paintings coming this year! I will be off to many new plein air adventures and will be doing new stuff in the studio. While I draw a lot, this year I have been doing many tonal drawings: both studies and finished pieces. I look forward to sharing those.
I will be painting live at the beautiful Berry Hill Resort in May. This will be my second live wedding painting commission there- both commissions being for the Anderson family!
I wanted to thank Sarah Beth Thie of the We Tie The Knots for including my live wedding painting on her blog. You can read her blog post here:
I painted this for a Southern Bride & Groom style shoot. The theme of the shoot was New Orleans Wedding inspiration. I have been an SB&G vendor for awhile: just lovely people to work with. I highly recommend them. You can check out more information of this shoot on their blog. I had started this painting on location and then finished in my studio. The Hudson Manor is a beautiful venue. I wanted to paint something different from what I normally paint at the weddings. So, I had the couple pose in front of this scenic view with the chapel.
Here is the team of talented vendors for this shoot:
I accept commissions to paint live at weddings. I also accept studio commissions that are done from the photos (with photographer’s permission). You can contact me via this website and also check out my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com
I painted this as part of a style shoot at the Bradford. Many thanks to Brent Deitrich of Live View Studios for reaching out to me for participating in the French Provincial Watercolor Wedding style shoot. The Bradford is a lovely venue in New Hill NC. One of the many benefits of style shoot is meeting amazing wedding vendors. When you are working at live events, you do not always get the opportunity to meet fellow vendors. Here is the vendor team of this style shoot:
I wanted to do something different to add to the uniqueness of live painting. When I arrived at the venue, our beautiful model Danielle’s photo session was in the progress. I liked how she was posing, so decided to paint her. She was kind enough to hold the pose for me while I painted quickly. Brent captured me painting- thanks to him and his lovely wife Anna for sharing the images. This was an event painting, but, it fairly captures Danielle’s likeness. You can contact me for your live wedding painting or studio commission. You can also check out my new website www.liveweddingpaintings.com for more information.
This is one of the fastest portraits I have ever done! I created Jovon’s Bar Mitzvah Portrait in watercolor in my studio between his Bar Mitzvah ceremony and reception. I had photographer his Mitzvah portraits at the Beth Meyer Synagogue. I liked one of those images and used it as a reference. Originally, I had planned to do an oil painting but that did not work out due to my schedule. So, I painted this watercolor. I am used to working quickly when painting live at weddings and events. But, this was portrait, so likeness was important. I loved the challenge. Jovon and his family loved the painting. You can get more information about my live wedding and event painting services on my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com A painting like this can make a unique gift and add a touch of elegance to your special occassion.
One of the several commissions I did last year. This one was a surprise Christmas gift! I was commissioned by the attorney’s wife to capture him presenting closing arguments in a case. She had originally contacted me to paint live at her wedding. That commission did not work out. But, she had liked my work and so thought of this unique surprise gift after she had gotten married. This was my first time sketching in the courtroom. I carried minimal painting supplies and had to be inconspicuous. Of course, painting live is not easy. Live events are not staged and people are not posing or stationary. I had to work with limited space and had to keep up with what was going on and anticipate what may happen next. But, this challenge is what keeps me painting live! It was also interesting listening to the closing arguments from both sides as I sketched. I made couple of pencil sketches. This one I liked the best. I finished it back in the studio. So, if you are looking for a unique gift for wedding or special event- think about live painting or studio commission. While I will continue to post my live paintings on this blog, please check out my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com There you will find all the relevant information for live paintings.
So, I have finally done it- plein air painting at the State Fair! And it was as much fun as taking my 6 y/o son Ian to the fair. I have been to the fair for many years and we have taken Ian every year. He loves the fair! I had always wanted to paint at the fair en plain air (I had done a studio painting earlier).
I went to the fair three times this year: once with Ian and Mica and then twice to paint. I was lucky to have beautiful weather. Visit with Ian was for the family fun. The food, rides, exhibits and walking around. My other two visits were to paint. I painted State Fair #2 & 3 on my first plein air adventure at the fair. Many people stopped by and shared kind words. When I walked around carrying my easel and painting supplies, I realized how big the fair was! The fair offers incredible array of subjects. So, I was not satisfied with just two paintings and had to return to paint more! During m second plein air adventure at the fair, I painted State Fair #4 and also made pencil sketch and drawing. Just when the light was almost gone, I painted “Smoked Turkey Legs”. I learned few new things about watercolors and plein air painting. And had great time interacting with people who had stopped by. And those are the reasons enough for me to go back next year!
I am excited to announce the launch of my new live wedding paintings website www.liveweddingpaintings.com . This new site is focused on my live wedding painting services and portfolio. This current site will continue to showcase my fine art work. The new site was designed by my wife and manager- Mica Parekh to provide clear and detailed information on my painting process, and commissions. If you have subscribed to my current site to get updates on my live paintings, I suggest you please register with the new site to get latest updates.
I painted this for Apara Pochiraju of LadyBird Events as a part of her Styled Shoot. The event took place at the Cypress Manor in Cary NC. The theme was South Asian wedding. Each year I photograph several Indian weddings and so I know the excitement of being part of those! I start and finish my live paintings at the weddings. That is a challenge and Indian weddings bring added complexity. So I had looked forward to this Styled Shoot. The shoot was scheduled for two days, first day being the ceremony. I painted the reception next day. My wife Mica was a big help with this painting. She took care of everything else, so, my job was to simply paint! We arrived ahead of the shoot so I can find good location. The venue looked beautiful. I had decided on doing a watercolor on paper. I worked on my drawing and painting in some of the background while waiting for the models to arrive. I finished the painting in my studio. This was due to my schedule and schedule of the shoot. I finish my live paintings at events.
It was nice meeting many vendors at this shoot and my painting was made possible by their talents and services. The beautiful outfits were from Posháác by Prem. I look forward to working with owner/ designer Premal Bdiani at future events.