In memory of Kyle Byrd- an oil portrait

Kyle. Oil on linen. 16x20. NFS.

Kyle. Oil on linen. 16″x20″. NFS.

First, let me introduce Kyle. I never got the opportunity to meet this young soul. All I know about him is from the people who love him. And there are so many! I asked his mom Karen Byrd to share Kyle’s story. It brought tears to my eyes:

“I would love to tell you about Kyle — he was a great kid!  Kyle was such a good baby; happy and fun and absolutely adorable.  As a toddler and little boy, he was so full of energy — he kept us on our toes ALL THE TIME!  That part never changed . . . Kyle was always what I like to call “outside the box.”  He was never a bad kid, but he always kept me hopping.  As a teenager, he was really smart.  He never had to study or work very hard, but always made excellent grades; it just came easy to him.  You just had to keep him focused so that he used his power and energy for good and not evil : )  He dabbled in about every sport at some time in his life — baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey . . . but his passions were wheels and music.  Kyle could drive anything with wheels and he could almost instantly play any musical instrument that he picked up.  When he was 2 years old, he couldn’t tell you the difference between a football and basketball or a horse and a cow, but he could drive a go cart with unbelievable skill and name all 40+ NASCAR drivers and sing the National Anthem . . . Kyle had a passion for people and for our community.  His entire life, he volunteered along side Jimmy and I at Jaycee events and charity projects — he worked on projects, coached kids’ t-ball, worked with needy kids and so much more.  Kyle also had a passion for the YMCA; he planned to be a YMCA counselor in high school.  Kyle accepted Jesus in March of 2007 at a youth retreat at our church; and he dedicated his life to God at that time, becoming very active in our youth group and with the youth puppet team.  Kyle adored his little sister and he looked after her, even though she drove him totally crazy.  Kyle was also very popular.  He was known by his friends as “The Byrdman.”  He had a beautiful girlfriend, Julieann, who is still and will always be a part of our life.  He was famous for his “neon hair” and his love of pink.  He wore pink clothes and had a pink calculator, pink notebooks and a pink ipod.  One of Kyle’s YMCA counselors said during Kyle’s funeral services “who else but Kyle could get this many ‘manly men’ to all wear pink” referring to all the men and teenagers in pink that day.  The most defining trait of Kyle would have to be his sense of humor.  He could have me so mad that I would be ready to ground him for life (or much worse) and then he would say something so totally off the wall that I would just bust out laughing…He’d do anything for a laugh.  One time, he wanted a funny Halloween costume.  That particular year, he was playing football and he had a football game that day; then he came home all sweaty from football and changed into his costume forHalloween . . . as a cheerleader.  He was so “pretty” that we had people asking us about our “daughter” — people had no idea he was a boy; and he went out with his peers like that . . . no one could believe he had such guts, but for Kyle. . . anything for a laugh.  Tesh, I miss him ever single second of every minute of every day . . . he was just a ray of sunshine, my waller monster, who loved to waller on me and hug me, unlike most teenagers, he was never embarrassed to hug and love me.  This world is a better place because of his short time here and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Kyle is blessed for the experience.  Kyle James Byrd 1/6/93 – 6/23/07 Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin & friend . . . Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God ~ Matthew 5:8″

Thank you Karen, for sharing this and for giving me the opportunity to paint Kyle.

I started Kyle’s portrait about a year ago. I was working from a digital photograph shared Karen. This was one of her favorite photos. It was taken at Kyle’s concert under indoor lighting. Kyle, being cool, had his shades on!

I wanted to do an oil portrait and wanted to do a direct painting. I could not finish my first painting while the initial stages were still wet. I decided not to paint over dried layer of paint.

So, I started a new one yesterday. And below you can see the stages of my progress. I started by painting free hand with neutral color. My plan was to follow John Howard Sanden’s system. However, since his system is for painting from life, I had to make changes as I went along. The main challenges which I faced were the quality of light in the photo and the fact that I could not see Kyle’s eyes. However, it was very rewarding doing this portrait and it was like spending time with Kyle, getting to know him.

– Tesh

My work is online at: www.teshparekh.com

Fall Plein Air paintings

These are some of my new fall plein air paintings, executed in different media: watercolor, gouache, and oil. “Plein Air” means painted outdoors. I like to paint just about anywhere. Someday I will be able to travel and paint. But, now I am enjoying painting locally. I often paint at Durant nature park in my neighborhood. It is amazing how many new things I see, every time I am out there (thank you Andrew Wyeth for teaching me how to see)! I have simplified my oil painting setup, so, I am able to execute more oil paintings outdoors. I am learning the oil palette of master artist Richard Schmid. As for watercolors, the master artist I follow is Joseph Zbukvic. Both do phenomenal work.

These paintings are available framed. Please click on the images for more information.

– Tesh Parekh

My art is online at: www.teshparekh.com

My new still life painting: “A Matter Of Time”

“A Matter of Time”. Oil on Linen. 16×20. Available. I had been working on this still life for awhile. I had done a charcoal study, which I had posted here earlier. I changed few things from the study, but, I like both the charcoal and oil versions. The watches in the painting belonged to my father-in-law. The watches and the whole painting have personal meaning for me. I created the dramatic lighting by having the setup inside a box. I finished other paintings (mostly watercolors) after I started this project, while this huge box sat in my small studio, waiting for the painting to happen. Available. Check out my other painting on this blog and on my website: www.teshparekh.com

– Tesh Parekh

Jerry’s Artarama’s Charvin contest

“Redhead” and “Still life with Camera” are my two paintings which received Honorable mention in Jerry’s Artarama’s Charvin contest. Both were painted on linen with a limited palette. I painted both in a traditional manner. These paintings are currently in Jerry’s online gallery: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/Galleries/Charvin-Gallery.html

My first sold out show in Kinston

I had done four paintings as a part of Kinston CCA’s Plein Air paint out: two watercolors and two oils. All four were sold! A big thank you to Nikki Litts and Sandy Landis of Kinston CCA. Here are the images of all the paintings.

The titles and mediums are: Gordon Street (Watercolor), Red Door (Oil), Queen Street (Oil) and Queen Street Church (Watercolor). I had done a watercolor and oil each on everyday of the event. I normally like to do a watercolor first, followed by an oil. Watercolor allows me to work fast and capture the light and mood of the location. It currently takes me couple of hours to complete a 12×16 Plein Air watercolor painting. As for oils, I prefer to do Plein Air/ Alla Prima paintings on smoother canvases. For Kinston event, I did not have those so it was difficult for me to move the paint around! It takes me around three hours to complete a 14×18 oil painting. I have two of my Paint Out Plein Air paintings on display for sale at Local Color in Raleigh (http://www.localcoloraleigh.com). My next Plein Air painting event is on June 7 in Chapel Hill. This event is hosted by Chapel Hill artist Kimberly Alvis. Please visit her website for more details: www.alvisart.com