Holly Springs Cultural Center is home to my newest paintings of the surrounding area

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!

 

Flag of Lodge #115, Holly Springs, NC. 11x14. Watercolor on paper
Flag of Lodge #115, Holly Springs, NC. 11×14. Watercolor on paper
Mims House, Holly Springs, NC. 9x12. Watercolor on paper
Mims House, Holly Springs, NC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper

Boats, waterfronts, beach and sand watercolor art by Tesh Parekh

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.

-Tesh

 

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Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor. Plein Air. I painted this scene from the balcony. Started one evening and finished next morning. Original and Prints available
Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
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Southport Painting 16X20 Watercolor Original and prints available
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Southport ll – Watercolor – 16×20 Original and Prints available
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Harbor painting – Watercolor – 16×20 Original and prints available
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Feeding the seagulls. Watercolor painting on paper.
Feeding the seagulls. Watercolor painting on paper. My son Ian on the Wrightsville Beach NC. Original and Prints available
Boats at the Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper.
Boats at the Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper.
Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Myrtle beach evening. Gouache on paper.
Myrtle beach evening. Gouache on paper. Original and Prints available
Old Yacht Basin. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper.
Old Yacht Basin. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper. Original and Prints available
Southport Sunset. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper.
Southport Sunset. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper. Original and Prints available
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Summer on the water original watercolor ~ Original and prints are available
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11x21. Watercolor on paper.
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11×21. Watercolor on paper. Original and prints available
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Myrtle beach on a cloudy day 16×20 Original and prints available
Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and Prints available
Myrtle Beach Landscape #2. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Myrtle Beach Landscape #2. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and prints available
Beach Scene. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Beach Scene. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and prints available
Beach Chairs. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Beach Chairs. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Prints available
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New Bern in the morning 16″x20″ Original and prints available
"Dusk- New Bern". 9x12. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Dusk- New Bern”. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and prints available
"Marina- New Bern". 12x16. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Marina- New Bern”. 12×16. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and Prints available
"Docked- New Bern". 16x12. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Docked- New Bern”. 16×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and prints available
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Catamaran at dusk 12X16 Original and prints available
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“Wilmington Waterfront”. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein air. Original and Prints available
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Yellow Flag. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor. Plein Air. The lifeguards were very helpful and I am glad I could capture this pair. Original and Prints available

North Carolina Landscape Drawings by Raleigh Fine Artist

North Carolina Landscape Drawings

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

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Please contact me to purchase Originals, Prints and Licensing Rights

Waiting for the spring. 11x14.25 Drawing. Graphite on paper.
Waiting for the Spring. 11×14.25 Drawing. Graphite on paper.
Roots. 10x14 Drawing. Graphite on paper.
Roots. 10×14 Drawing. Graphite on paper.

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

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Please contact me to purchase Originals, Prints and Licensing rights

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

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Please contact me to purchase originals, prints and licensing rights

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

Plein Air Oil Painting “On The Edge” by Raleigh Fine Artist

Plein Air Oil Painting

This is late season portrait of the North Carolina winter. Ground covered with leaves and bare trees. I painted this at one my favorite spots at the Durant Nature Park. I will be doing more plein air painting in oils this year. My interest, as always, is in creating traditional art. I am not interested in broken color effects or masterful brushwork or brilliantly transparent passages. I do not use paint thinners, mediums or any other secret ingredients when I paint in oils. So, my goal is to cover the painting surface with paint layer without worrying about special effects. If the painting turns out to be good, it is simply by-product of focused observation followed by simple execution.

I used Charvin paints for this painting. It is painted on Winsor & Newton canvas panel. I had applied oil painting ground on this panel few months ago. This year is going to be busy for plein air painting. So, I will be certainly exploring more painting surfaces.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

"On the Edge". 8x10. Plein Air Oil Painting on panel.
“On the Edge”. 8×10. Plein Air Oil Painting on panel.

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.

 

Watercolor Paintings of Autumn by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Watercolor Paintings of Autumn

More paintings of beautiful North Carolina fall! I love the colors of North Carolina Fall. Last year, I did many plein air paintings during the fall. Plein air pieces are normally quarter to half sheet in size. I wanted to capture autumn’s glory on larger scale. So I painted below pieces in my studio. All the paintings were painted on full sheet of Arches Cold Press 140 lb paper. Due to the scale of the paintings and the amount of water I used, I had to stretch the paper. I have tried different ways of stretching the paper. The only stretching technique that has worked for me is Nita Engle’s technique. Nita has shared this technique in her book. This technique keeps the paper flat during the painting process. Arches Cold Press paper, once stretched, is a joy to use. It takes the washes and lifting well.

I have been trying new paints, and papers. And although I have achieved good results on variety of surfaces, I have liked Saunders and Arches papers the best. For drawings, I have recently started using Stonehenge paper and love it.  One of the new surface I have tried this year is Ampersand Aquabord, This is certainly a unique surface which I will be writing about later.

The paintings below are from the Durant Nature Park and other areas of Raleigh NC.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Autumn Gold. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Gold. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Dusk. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Dusk. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Glow. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Glow. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Burst. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Burst. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Mist. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Mist. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28

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.

Plein Air Paintings of North Carolina Autumn by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Plein Air Paintings of North Carolina Autumn.

2014 was a good year for plein air painting. I had continued painting en plein air, well into November. Of course, late in the year, weather can be a challenge. So, I had to prepare well to paint outdoors. Paintings posted here were painted mostly at the Durant Nature Park in Raleigh. I had to walk on trails around the park, so, I had also simplified my painting gear. I was surprised at what I could do on location with minimal gear. After months of enjoying nice weather, painting in 40+ degree weather for couple of hours was quite a change! But, I enjoyed it. I also did a painting or two in gouache. Most paintings were completed entirely on location. Others were mostly done on location and then finished in the studio. I have done many fall paintings in the studio. But, the plein air experience is quite different. Nothing compares to the cool autumn air and painting under falling leaves. A painting or two were even done sitting on the ground. It was like painting sitting on a magic carpet of colorful leaves…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Autumn Morning. Watercolor painting on paper.
Autumn Morning. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fall creek. Gouache painting on paper.
Fall creek. Gouache painting on paper.
Autumn gold. Watercolor painting on paper.
Autumn gold. Watercolor painting on paper.

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Autumn at Upper lake. Watercolor painting on paper..
Autumn at Upper lake. Watercolor painting on paper..
Autumn dusk at Lower lake. Gouache painting on paper.
Autumn dusk at Lower lake. Gouache painting on paper.
Falling leaves. Watercolor painting on paper.
Falling leaves. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hanging on. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hanging on. Watercolor painting on paper.
The wishing tree. Watercolor painting on paper.
The wishing tree. Watercolor painting on paper.
The refuge. Watercolor painting on paper.
The refuge. Watercolor painting on paper.