Painting of Raleigh Autumn – now available as print

Painting of Raleigh Autumn

This painting is now available as signed open edition print. Print size is 12×16 on 13×19 watercolor paper. Printed with archival inks. Introductory price is $ 100 + tax for a limited time. Print can be ordered and picked up or will be shipped anywhere in US for additional $ 10. The original watercolor painting (21×29) is currently available.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

"Raleigh Autumn". 12x16 signed print on 13x19 watercolor paper.
“Raleigh Autumn”. 12×16 signed print on 13×19 watercolor paper.

 

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 for UNCONDITIONAL

Watercolor Paintings for UNCONDITIONAL

My paintings for the ArtSource Art exhibition benefiting the Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

This triptych will be on display for sale, April 11th-13th at the ArtSource in Raleigh NC. The UNCONDITIONAL art exhibit explores the unique bond between humans and pets.

If you are a pet-lover or art-lover, you will enjoy this event.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Fetch # 1. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 1. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.
Fetch # 2. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 2. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.
Fetch # 3. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 3. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.

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.

Wedding Painting at the Hudson Manor for the Southern Bride & Groom

Wedding Painting at the Hudson manor

I painted this for a Southern Bride & Groom style shoot. The theme of the shoot was New Orleans Wedding inspiration. I have been an SB&G vendor for awhile: just lovely people to work with. I highly recommend them. You can check out more information of this shoot on their blog.  I had started this painting on location and then finished in my studio. The Hudson Manor is a beautiful venue. I wanted to paint something different from what I normally paint at the weddings. So, I had the couple pose in front of this scenic view with the chapel.

Here is the team of talented vendors for this shoot:

Stylist Erin McLean Events  |  Venue The Hudson Manor  |  Photographer Brian Mullins Photography  |  Fashion Savvi Bridal and Savvi Formalwear  |  Bowties Natty Neckware  |  Florist Blossom Artistry  |  Live Wedding Painting Tesh Parekh  |  Jewelry Diamonds Direct  |   Musicians John Brown Entertainment Group  | Market Lights, NOLA Themed Accents and Hedge backdrop ThemeWorks  |  Linens, China & Table Settings American Party Rentals  |  Invitations & Menus Paperbuzz  |  Cake Sugarland  |  Masks Table of Contents  |  Bride & Groom Elevate  |  Wedding Party Models for Charity  |  Hair & Makeup Erin Doak and Danielle Duarte for Douglas Carroll Salon  |  Behind-the-Scenes Video Twenty-One Films

I accept commissions to paint live at weddings. I also accept studio commissions that are done from the photos (with photographer’s permission). You can contact me via this website and also check out my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Wedding Painting at the Hudson Manor. Watercolor on paper.
Wedding Painting at the Hudson Manor. Watercolor on paper.
Wedding painting at the Hudson Manor.
Wedding painting at the Hudson Manor. Image courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography

 

Live Wedding Painting at the Bradford by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Live Wedding Painting

I painted this as part of a style shoot at the Bradford. Many thanks to Brent Deitrich of Live View Studios for reaching out to me for participating in the French Provincial Watercolor Wedding style shoot. The Bradford is a lovely venue in New Hill NC. One of the many benefits of style shoot is meeting amazing wedding vendors. When you are working at live events, you do not always get the opportunity to meet fellow vendors. Here is the vendor team of this style shoot:

Venue: The Bradford / Event Design & Furniture: Farm & Filigree / Floral Design: Serendipity Designs / Hair & Makeup: Karen Michelle Clark / Stationery: Crafty Pie Press / Calligraphy: Serendipity Designs / Cake: Edible Art / Pastries & Macarons: La Farm Bakery / Film Lab:Photovision / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Live Event Painting: Tesh Parekh / Dress: Kirstie Kelly / Veil: Girl With A Serious Dream / Shoes: Nina Fontane / Jewelry: Glitz & Love

I wanted to do something different to add to the uniqueness of live painting. When I arrived at the venue, our beautiful model Danielle’s photo session was in the progress. I liked how she was posing, so decided to paint her. She was kind enough to hold the pose for me while I painted quickly. Brent captured me painting- thanks to him and his lovely wife Anna for sharing the images. This was an event painting, but, it fairly captures Danielle’s likeness. You can contact me for your live wedding painting or studio commission. You can also check out my new website www.liveweddingpaintings.com for more information.

 

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Live wedding painting at the Bradford. Watercolor on paper.
Live wedding painting at the Bradford. Watercolor on paper.
Danielle checking out her live painting
Danielle checking out her live painting
Finished painting on my easel.
Finished painting on my easel.
Live painting in progress at the Bradford.
Live painting in progress at the Bradford.

Bar Mitzvah Portrait in Watercolor by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Bar Mitzvah Portrait

This is one of the fastest portraits I have ever done! I created Jovon’s Bar Mitzvah Portrait in watercolor in my studio between his Bar Mitzvah ceremony and reception. I had photographer his Mitzvah portraits at the Beth Meyer Synagogue. I liked one of those images and used it as a reference. Originally, I had planned to do an oil painting but that did not work out due to my schedule. So, I painted this watercolor. I am used to working quickly when painting live at weddings and events. But, this was portrait, so likeness was important. I loved the challenge. Jovon and his family loved the painting. You can get more information about my live wedding and event painting services on my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com  A painting like this can make a unique gift and add a touch of elegance to your special occassion.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Bar Mitzvah Portrait. Watercolor painting on paper.
Bar Mitzvah Portrait. Watercolor painting on paper.

 

Courtroom Painting by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Courtroom Painting.

One of the several commissions I did last year. This one was a surprise Christmas gift! I was commissioned by the attorney’s wife to capture him presenting closing arguments in a case.  She had originally contacted me to paint live at her wedding. That commission did not work out. But, she had liked my work and so thought of this unique surprise gift after she had gotten married. This was my first time sketching in the courtroom. I carried minimal painting supplies and had to be inconspicuous. Of course, painting live is not easy. Live events are not staged and people are not posing or stationary. I had to work with limited space and had to keep up with what was going on and anticipate what may happen next. But, this challenge is what keeps me painting live! It was also interesting listening to the closing arguments from both sides as I sketched. I made couple of pencil sketches. This one I liked the best. I finished it back in the studio.  So, if you are looking for a unique gift for wedding or special event- think about live painting or studio commission. While I will continue to post my live paintings on this blog, please check out my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com There you will find all the relevant information for live paintings.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Courtroom painting. Watercolor commission on paper.
Courtroom painting. Watercolor commission on 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.