Plein Air Watercolor Paintings and Sketches – Raleigh NC Fine Artist

I am catching up on posting my finished paintings of 2011! Here are my plein air watercolor paintings and sketches. I am enjoying painting on locations. Helps me when I have live wedding painting commissions! Originals and prints are available. Enjoy…

– Tesh Parekh

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Don Cesar Hotel. 10x14 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. Last year, I did photography and video assignment for the Lotus Survival Foundation. The foundation's first retreat for the breast cancer survivors was in St. Petersburg, Florida. I worked most of the time, but, managed this sketch one evening. I loved the golden sand and the beautiful building. I hope to do a live wedding painting there someday soon...
Raleigh Rickshaws. 12x9 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. I started this piece as a pencil sketch and finished in the studio from memory.
Joyner Park afternoon. 10x14 plein air watercolor on paper. Joyner Park in Wake Forest is my favorite location for portrait sessions. A plein air painting this time. I liked the light of the day.
Kites, Lake Crabtree. 10x13 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. I was looking for something to paint. I walked around the Lake Crabtree park and couldn't settle on anything to paint. It was really windy too! I was tired when I saw people flying kites. I loved kites when I was a kid. I have done several paintings of kites. I grabbed what I could find in my car, and made this sketch.
NC State Capitol- view from New Bern Plaza. 11x13 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. You can't paint Raleigh Downtown without painting the NC State Capitol!
The Wishing Tree. 9x12 pencil drawing on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. Few weeks ago, Mica and I had photographed a family at the Shelly Lake. We liked this tree and captured several images around it. Later, I returned to make a pencil sketch. It is a reference sketch for one of the paintings I am working on. I liked using very sharp pencil on a smooth surface. I love to draw.
Castaway. 10x15 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. My last plein air piece of 2011! Another windy and chilly evening! I had seen this lonely tree couple of times before. It was a little bit of hike to get to it. I travelled light and was happy to finally paint it.
Upper Lake Evening. 10x15 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. Painting en plein air is like learning a visual language. You have to find ways to paint things quickly. I like how I could abstract distant foliage. Quite different from painting every little detail. Watercolor is amazing that way.
Still Thirsty. 9x12 plein air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. Another favorite from last year. I started this sketch while the light was fading. I had very little time. I finished the painting in my studio. I like how I was able to capture the light. This is my third painting of this tree! My first one was a plein air watercolor and the second one was a plein air oil.
Evening shadows. 11x14 Plein Air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. One more of my Durant park paintings. I liked the light and shadows on leaves on the ground,
NC State Capitol- from the Bicentennial Plaza. 10x14 Plein Air watercolor. Artist - Tesh Parekh. One of my favorites from the last year! I was visiting one of the museums prior to a corporate event photography assignment. I liked the fall colors and the beautiful light, It was really windy, so, I painted this standing and holding my sketchbook.
Pine Knoll Shores morning, 9x11 Plein Air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. I did photography sessions on the beach last summer. I painted this in the morning in the blinding Sun! I also did an oil painting of Pine Knoll Shores (After The Storms) in my studio.
Sandling Beach, Falls Lake. 9x11 Plain Air Watercolor. Artist - Tesh Parekh. Sandling Beach was busy over the Memorial Day weekend! I managed to start this sketch while playing with Ian. Finished in my studio later, to add few details.
Homestead Christmas Tree 2011. 12x16 Alla Prima watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. I did this alla prima painting during my recent visit to the Homestead resort in Hot Springs VA. I worked on this painting for couple of nights. I hate to use the masking and did not want to use Gouache, so, I painted around all the trimmings. Lesson in the patience! I hope to do a live wedding painting at this beautiful venue.
Fletcher Park. 9x12 Plein Air watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. This is my second plein air sketch of the Fletcher Park in Raleigh. I painted it first for Local Color Raleigh's (Art Gallery) Plein Air Competition. It was cold when I did this sketch. And windy.
Lower Lake Afternoon. 9x12 Plein Air Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh. I did this sketch in 2010 but did not publish it earlier. As you may have noticed, Durant Nature Park in Raleigh is one of my favorite locations to paint! What I like about this place is more trees and less people...
Rain and Raleigh Downtown. 14x5 Plein Air Watercolor. Artist - Tesh Parekh. What can be more fun than painting a watercolor when it is raining?! It started to rain while I was in the middle of sketching. I stayed under a tree and continued to paint. That is the Museum of Natural Sciences...

Studio Apron- a watercolor sketch by Raleigh NC Live Wedding and Event Painter

I worked on this sketch for several days! I started it one night while working in my studio. I noticed this old apron hanging on a shelf and liked its form. I used dry brush watercolor technique. I started with a pencil sketch. I used limited palette of colors to lay the washes. And then built up the form with hatchings and cross-hatchings. I got really busy with photography work after I started it. I used Winsor Newton watercolors on Strathmore Series 300 CP paper. I used just couple of Winsor Newton sable brushes.

It has been a busy 2011! I started the year by finishing a commissioned oil portrait. I have worked on several photography assignments since and have blogged a lot about some of those. Although I have sketched, I haven’t been able to blog about my paintings as much.

On February 5, I will be painting live at the Triangle Wine Experience (TWE). I may do a watercolor or oil painting. I did a live watercolor painting for TWE last year. I look forward to doing another one this year.

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding and Event Painter

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

 

Studio Apron. Drubrush Watercolor painting on paper. By Tesh Parekh. (Live Wedding and Event Artist)

 

 

Game in the park- a plein air watercolor sketch by Tesh Parekh

Game in the park. 9×12. Plein Air watercolor.

This has been a good week- I have been painting everyday! I painted live for the Raleigh City Museum on Friday. We had a Mother’s Day Photo Shoot on Sunday. In the afternoon, I went to the Durant Nature Park. I love this park. It is closer to where we live. It is not the world’s most scenic place! But, it is in my backyard and I love it! Besides, Andrew Wyeth created masterpieces painting his backyard! And he is my hero.

I hiked along the Secret Creek trail. It is a beautiful trail. But, it was too dark to paint on the trail. I did see a portrait photo shoot going on along the trail. Looked to me like the available light was being used for the shoot. As a professional photographer, I always get curious about some of the stuff I see! When the light levels are too low for the naked eyes- can one really get any light on the subjects? I mean I know that fast lenses can help, but, still? May be some folks have magic tricks. I would probably use flash/ strobe- that is my trick. The trail ends near play area. I saw folks playing volleyball and I loved the action and the evening light. So, I sat down there and made this little sketch. I used Strathmore 300 Series sketchbook. I like how this paper handled the paint. Next day I went to Jerry’s Artarama and bought bigger sketch pad. I also bought 400 series paper, but, it handled the paint entirely differently! With watercolors, every painting is a battle- what works today may not work tomorrow! Wind, temperature, humidity, water- they all keep you on your toes!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

919-622-6399

Backseat painting: pages from my sketchbook

One of the joys of being both a father and an artist is being able to draw and paint my son. Of course, he is active even when he is sleeping! So, I have to wait for the right moment to capture his precious childhood. I made quite a few sketches of him when he was a new baby. Mostly, becuase he slept a lot! I recently did this watercolor sketch when we were driving around to go to a pumpkin patch, and he had fallen alseep in his car seat. Of course, my wife was driving and I was in the backseat. I used a watercolor pen to do this sketch and it was quite fun! In the past, I have done his pencil, charcoal and even ballpoint pen sketches in the backseat of a moving car, but, this is my first watercolor sketch. I guess if I quit backseat driving, I will be able to paint more…

– Tesh Parekh

My art is online at: www.teshparekh.com