Earlier this year, I was in Southport NC for the international paint out. Southport is one of my favorite places to paint. The town hosts plein air paint outs twice a year. This gives artists opportunity to paint this beautiful place. The paint out was followed by a wet paint sale.
I had arrived in Southport on Friday evening. The weather was beautiful so I was able to finish two paintings before it got too dark to paint. Next day I started early to capture the morning light. When I paint on location, I like to capture different times of the day. The light changes constantly, so, I like to work quickly. I finished three paintings on Saturday. This has been a busy year for painting en plein air. After the Southport event, I also went to Wrightsville beach and Galas VA for different plein air events.
And back home, I have been busy painting on location at the Durant Nature Park as well as Raleigh downtown. Meanwhile, the studio work continues as well. I am also working on several holiday commissions. More on those later this monght.
I was in Galax VA few weeks ago for the Mt. Vale Vineyard plein air paint out. The paint out was to benefit Chestnut Creek School of Arts. This was my first time visiting beautiful Galax VA. The view from the winery is simply breathtaking! I met and painted with many new artists. This was a very fun and relaxed event. And the school staff was very helpful. It got cold and windy which made it a very memorable plein air event. There was an awards ceremony followed by the live auction.
I finished three paintings while dealing with the elements. The first one was the morning view. I finished that before lunch. I started the “Mountain Road” before lunch and finished it after the lunch. A nice lady saw my painting unfold and decided to purchase it before it went for the auction. In the few minutes I had before the auction, I started and finished my third piece- the beautiful afternoon view.
“Morning, Galax VA” won the Judge’s Choice Award. This painting and “Afternoon, Galax VA” are available and I will donate part of the proceeds to the Chestnut Creek School of Arts for the commission I would have paid at the auction.
Wrightsville Beach Paintings from the recent plein air paint out. The paint out was hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. This was a two day long plein air event, followed by a Wet paint sale. This was the first paint out for the Musuem and it turned out to be a real success. Around 30 artists participated and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Congratulations and many thanks to Madeline Flagler and the team. You can read more about this event in the Lumina News.
Wrightsville Beach is one of our family favorites for vacations and short trips. My son Ian loves playing in the surf there. I have done his studio paintings on the beach, but, this was my first time painting en plein air there.
I made six paintings during the paint out. Originally, I had planned to do couple of oil paintings, but, ended up doing only watercolors. Which was great- I was able to move around and capture different places as well as different light. I love boats so had to get those in! I painted from the South Channel Park, Wynn Plaza, and Johnnie Mercer’s Pier. All I did was paint! From first thing in the morning till the light faded and I no longer could see! I enjoyed meeting many new artists and art-lovers who had stopped by.
Two of my pantings are on the display at the Museum along with works of other fine artists. These pantings will be on sale there till December. Please contact me to purchase originals or prints.
From the warm weather of the Wrightsville Beach I had headed to fall weather in Galax VA following weekend. Those paintings coming next…
Amanda Baxley of Raleigh has won the first giveaway from Tesh Parekh, Artist
It is funny how the winner of this painting came today to pick up her print ~ the FIRST day of the NC State Fair. She loves the fair, always has and when she saw this painting for the first time at one of my pop-up gallery showings, she instantly fell in love. She was one of the very first people to sign up for my newsletter, and when it came time to pull the name for the first giveaway, when I saw her name in my hand (we did the drawing the old fashioned way), I was so excited. Amanda would ask me about the painting every time she saw me and she was just couldn’t believe it when we called her to tell her she had won. She, like many others, probably thought that never in a million years would she win, but she did. She enjoys getting my newsletter via email, just once a month, that showcases the beautiful work that I get to paint each day. You as well can subscribe for my newsletter HERE and maybe you will win a print when we draw in December. Well, time for me to get back at it ~ I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on for the past two weeks!
Above is the original piece that the print was made from ~ the original is available for sale. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the print.
Watercolor painting of Durant nature park. I was there painting yesterday and finished a 22×30 plein air watercolor. This painting was done in the studio. I saw this deer one day. Limping along the edge of woods. I love this park. Very quiet. I see new things to paint whenever I visit (it is not very far from where I live). Seasons provide me inspirations for painting the same subjects differently. Everything is lush green at this time of the year. I see deers many times when I am there. I used 300 lb watercolor paper for this painting. I use this paper sometimes for plein air work too. There is a benefit of using the same materials for every painting- you can concentrate entirely on the subject. But, my experience is that this limits the subjects I paint and techniques I use to convey stories. Watercolor painting allows me to work quickly when working en plein air. And when working in the studio, I can slowly paint some of my subjects. I can do dry brushing, for example. And using different papers, paints and brushes help me.
I have been painting more than before and having a good time doing so! New for me this year is going to be painting on larger scale more often. I paint half sheets when painting on location and paint half or full sheet when in studio. I will be painting full sheet watercolors on location. What I like about painting on this scale on location is that, it allows me to learn the brush work. Studio work on any scale can be slower and I can get bogged down in details and in creating finished work. Work done on location is different. I have limited time to capture what I am after. So, I have to work quickly and find ways to paint details using visual language. I use bigger brushes when painting this way. I have also pared down my setup so I can carry everything when I am wandering around the woods. While I have always wanted to paint on bigger scale en plein air, I was more enthused by my recent trip to the Brandywine River museum. Andrew Wyeth has always been my hero and this was the first time when I got to see his watercolors in person. I was amazed at the scale of his paintings- both egg tempera and watercolors. I also got to see some of the paintings that I have never seen online or in printed media before. I am also a fan of N.C. Wyeth and other artists of his era and so enjoyed looking at those paintings as well. I really loved works of Howard Pyle, William T. Richards and Dean Cornwell (one painting- badly crackled but beautiful). I did not get to see some the Andrew Wyeth drybrush paintings which I have always wanted to see. But, that may be a good reason to visit there again!
I have painted the Myrtle Beach in watercolor before, but this is my first Myrtle Beach painting in Gouache. I love Myrtle beach, so no wonder I love painting it! Couple of years ago, I had made several plein air paintings when I was there (imagine painting watercolors on the beach, few feet away from the splashing waves!). I have sold many of those. This painting was done in studio. I wanted to capture the evening light on those clouds, so, I decided to use gouache. I sometimes use gouache to add little accents to my watercolors. And I also create complete paintings in gouache. Although some artists compare gouache to both oils and watercolors, my experience is different. I also know many purists frown upon using gouache in watercolor paintings. But, all of my favorite artists used gouache: Winslow Homer, Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Turner, Thomas Moran and the list goes on!
I used off-white paper for this painting. Not the smooth kind that is normally recommended for gouache paintings. The challenge for me when painting in gouache is that, unlike watercolors I lose my drawing quickly and unlike oils, it is harder to “draw” with the paint. So, for me patience is the key when painting in gouache.
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Fall. Trees. Fallen leaves. Fallen tree. One of those will be enough for me to make a painting! This painting has all! I started this watercolor on location at the Durant Nature Park. I used hot-pressed watercolor paper. I love the smoothness of this paper as I can draw details. And I love to draw! Painting on smooth surface is different from the usual rough surface that I use, especially when painting en plain air. And then there is the usual challenge of painting hundreds of leaves! But, watercolor is amazing that way. This was half sheet and the light was low. So, I finished this painting back in my studio.
Another favorite place of mine! Wilmington. The Cape Fear riverfront is always busy with activity. You can paint the boats. Or people. Or both. Not to mention historic homes. Of course, when the evening light is fading, you have to quickly find your subject. I was there with my artist friend Bernie Rosage Jr. We had driven to Wilmington after painting in Southport for couple of days. I liked the shape of USS North Carolina and decided to paint it. We setup and got to work while chatting with curious tourists and passersby. Next morning we continued our Plein Air painting adventure at the Arboretum. While I paint in Studio, I like my outdoor studio more…
I love Southport! This small coastal town in North Carolina is famous for being the filming location of many movies and TV shows. And for us artists, it offers a wide variety of subjects. The City of Southport hosts paintouts each year. I had my first opportunity to participate last year and then again this year. The format of the paintouts was artist-friendly. And local patrons were there for the support. I enjoyed painting with my fellow artists and also enjoyed meeting many patrons. I had painted four pieces over the course of one and half days and was fortunate to have sold all!
The images I have posted here are from the paintout last year. Mostly painted around the same locations and at the same times. When I look at all the pieces, I can see how my style has evolved. Since I sketch a lot, I can see that my drawing has improved. I have also learned to take the time and enjoy the whole process.
From my recent trip to Asheville NC. I love Asheville! I had done live wedding painting there recently. And also photo sessions in the surrounding area. Simply beautiful. I did this painting while on a trip with my wife. She was photographing AENC’s annual meeting. One evening we went to the downtown. It was busy! I loved the energy of that place. Needless to say, I will be painting cityscapes and street scenes of Asheville downtown.
When painting mountains, Thomas Moran comes to mind. I admire his brilliant oil and watercolor landscape paintings. His drawings are amazing as well. We are fortunate to have one of his seascapes in North Carolina Museum of Art. While his paintings are breathtaking to look at, artists like myself always get amazed by his techniques. Many of his oil paintings are on large-scale and perfect in every way. How did he achieve those results? Only life-long dedication to art will hopefully provide answer to that question…