One from my series of misty watercolor landscape paintings. Early December in North Carolina. I was at the Durant park. The air was cool and crisp. I could almost taste the mist. Everything seemed so quiet. I know this place well but suddenly everything seemed mysterious! Visibility was low but I could see the fallen leaves on the ground as I walked around. Those looked clean and wet. Walking around was like walking in a dream. Everything looked so different. Mostly monochromatic with few color accents here and there, When I painted this landscape, keeping everything soft was a challenge. I worked in multiple layers to achieve the right values.
My latest watercolor paintings are departure from my usual style. I am really interested in exploring my medium to the fullest. I study Victorian artists for clues. Again, my aim is to find tools and techniques that help me convey the story I want to paint. Does mixing Chinese white help? Mix it. How about Gum arabic? Or Titanium white? Just do what it takes! I know purists, societies and exhibition committees frown upon these practices. But, so what? It is just a painting.
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!
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.
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
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