Wedding Painting at the Sacred Heart Cathedral – by Raleigh Wedding Painter

What can be more exciting than doing a wedding painting for an artist bride?! When Celia called me to paint at her artist daughter’s wedding, I was honored! I paint in both watercolors and oils.This was going to be an oil painting. I paint oils on linen. While wedding painting is a unique service, each painting itself is unique as well! I was working with a very tight schedule and had to use my drawing skills to complete this commission. I had to overcome some of the usual and certain unusual challenges. I thank Celia for giving me the artistic freedom and supporting my painting process.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral, the smallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the country, is beautiful! I wanted to capture the beauty of this cathedral and the beauty of the wedding, together in my painting. I would get less than an hour at the Cathedral before the wedding ceremony started. So, I had started the painting in my studio. I sketched in pencils during the ceremony. This was going to be a surprise gift, so, I had setup my plein air painting box on a tripod, at the far end of the Church. For the most part, I sketched with my sketchbook in hand, to get a better view of the ceremony. I made several small sketches before and during the ceremony (I will be posting those later). One of the perks of painting and photographing professionally, is being part of special moments! I enjoyed both the ceremony and my sketching. When Lauren and Joseph walked as husband and wife for the first time, friends and family cheered, and it was time for me to get back to my oil painting!

I finished the painting in my studio. I delivered the painting to Celia at the Carolina Inn reception. The streets of Chapel Hill were busy with Tar Heels fans who were out to enjoy the ACC title game! My lovely wife helped me get to the reception on time! At the reception, we carefully put painting on the easel. Oil paintings stay wet for at least 2-3 days, before painting surface become dry to the touch. The paints will continue to dry below surface for 4-6 months, after which the painting will benefit from a coat of varnish.

As Tar Heels fans celebrated the ACC title victory, it was time for me to get some sleep! My reward for the night was creating a lasting memory for the bride and groom..

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding Painter

www.RaleighWeddingPainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

Wedding-Painting-Sacred-Heart-Cathedral-Raleigh
Lauren and Joseph. Oil on linen. 16x20. Wedding Painting by Tesh Parekh

– Tesh Parekh

One Amazing Live Wedding Painting by Tesh Parekh

Rod and Amy. Watercolor. Painted live. 16×20 on Saunders 140 lb rough paper.

I did this painting yesterday at the White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. What could be a better way to spend my day than painting?!

When I received an email from Cara  Zuehlke of A Southern Soiree about painting live at a wedding for a guest of the Bride and Groom for a unique gift, I was excited! This was just 2-3 days ago! A friend of the Groom wanted to give the painting as a gift to the very special couple.  So, after discussing the details,  it was left up to me to decide on the final size and format of the painting.

I went a day in advance to check out the church.  Based on the interior of the church, I decided to use 16×20 format, which worked out to be perfect size for the painting.  For me, the biggest decision was which paper to use.  I paint on variety of papers.  Given the current weather conditions, (steamy and hot!), I decided to use Saunders 140 lb paper.  I also used Holbein paints and my usual mop and Escoda brushes.

After completing the painting, I  matted and framed the completed painting and delivered it to the reception.   I also like to carry extra supplies in case there is a quick fix need.   So, I asked my wonderful wife to help me!  She was my attentive assistant while I painted.

The wedding start time was 6 PM. We arrived at the church at 3 PM. I setup in the balcony, next to Toni and Chris of Barton Creek’s videography setup. Shane Snider was the photographer and I look forward to seeing the shots he took while I was working. Beautiful flowers were provided by Lyn Graves, owner of Fresh Affairs.

The church is spacious with lot of little architectural details. The amount of time I had and the format of the painting allowed me to capture it all! I setup immediately and sketched the background in pencil. Painting interiors is not always easy – especially when your main subjects are yet to arrive! So, I painted some of the background and details in light washes and waited for guests to arrive. The ceremony began right on time and lasted around 20 minutes! The wedding party was big and I had to sketch everybody in quickly!

After the ceremony was over, I kept on painting. I completed the painting after 8 PM. We photographed, framed and delivered the painting to the Carolina Country Club.  The friend of the Bride and Groom loved the painting and signed it on the back, wishing the Bride and Groom well.  I am certain that they will enjoy this special gift.

The church was spacious and well-lit: a luxury for me! However, my easel was a step below me, so, I had to constantly bend as I painted! I will be on the road for couple of days, photographing a wedding ceremony.  So, I was ready to go home to rest and enjoy some family time.

I look forward to painting live: could it be your special event?

– Tesh Parekh

Artist and Photographer

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

www.teshparekh.com

iwpphotography.wordpress.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

Wedding Painting of Marci and Brian- Raleigh, NC Wedding Painter

Marci and Brian. 12×16. Watercolor on Arches 300 lb CP paper.

This is my recent studio wedding painting. I had photographed Marci’s wedding last year (when I am not painting, I do professional photography- www.iwpphotography.com). Marci was a wonderful bride. Many brides have their Bridal portraits photographed prior to the wedding. Marci opted to do the portrait session of her daughters. I did that on location at the Pullen Park. These portraits were presented to Brian as a surprise at the reception. Marci was very kind to us and has become a good friend. So, I decided to do this wedding painting for her.

The painting is done from one of my photos of the ceremony at the Meredith College Chapel. The ceremony was special since Marcy’s father walked her down the aisle and was also ministered the wedding! Marcy loves her family and so I decided to paint this scene which captures most of her family.

I did this watercolor painting on Arches 300 lb CP watercolor block. The 300 lb paper has its own characteristics. I have noticed that the washes dry little flat as compared to 140 lb paper. However, I enjoy painting on different surfaces. This is my first painting using Holbein watercolor paints. I am trying those because one of my favorite watercolorists- Joseph Zbukvic uses those. I love the effects which Zbukvic creates in his paintings. So far so good- I am happy with what I have learned.

Below is my initial sketch of the painting. As a practice, I always start my watercolors with a pencil drawing.

I painted this watercolor fairly tightly and over a period of few days (rather late nights!). That is something I won’t do on location!

I presented this painting to Marci as a surprise: she absolutely loved it!

If you are a bride, wedding planner, event planner or a family member, looking for a unique keepsake or gift, I would love to hear from you!

– Tesh Parekh

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

www.teshparekh.com

Wedding Painting of Jeffiny and Steve- a studio commission by Tesh Parekh

Jeffiny and Steve. 22×30. Watercolor.

This is a commissioned studio wedding painting of Jeffiny and Steve. I had done one of my first live event painting for Jeffiny! Jeffiny was organizing a fund-raiser for the NC Contemporaries group and had invited me to paint live for Derby Day silent auction. I recently did another live painting for NC Contemporaries.

Jeffiny and Steve had their wedding in California. Jeffiny keeps up with my art and photography on the Facebook. She liked my live wedding paintings. Since I could not paint live, a beautiful wedding painting was on her Christmas wish list! Steve wanted this to be a surprise for her. But, then he did what I do many times for my wife: he invited Jeffiny to participate in our meeting, to make sure that Jeffiny’s Christmas present will be perfect in every way!

When I paint on location, I work quickly to capture the moment. When painting in the studio I have more time to work on the drawing, composition, color scheme and details. I studied the album and digital images that Jeffiny had shared with me.

I created below two sketches for Jeffiny and Steve’s approval. They both liked the kiss sketch!

Jeffiny and Steve wanted the largest watercolor painting I could do, so I painted on a full sheet 22×30 Arches 140 lb cold press paper. Since the painting was taped down on a Gator board, the actual size is little less than 22×30. I prefer Watercolor blocks when I paint on location. The reason behind that is, I do not always know if I will use the Cold press, Hot press, Rough surface, 140 lb or 300 lb paper. Using blocks allows me to work quickly on the location. With studio paintings, I can tape down the paper of any size.

I started with the drawing. I used my sketches, album and digital images as my reference. I used washes of Raw Sienna to capture the warmth of the background and the light. I worked on this painting for several days, filling in details, glazing and refining. I used Winsor and Newton paints. The size of the painting required me to use larger brushes for the most part.

Below is the finished painting with Jeffiny and Steve. I thank them for the patronage!

If you are a bride or an event planner and looking for a unique keepsake for the special day, I would love to hear from you. I accept commissions for live and studio paintings. An original work of art makes a great gift!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

www.raleighweddingpainter.com.

Live Wedding Painting of Christine and Bob

Christine and Bob. 12×16. Watercolor.

This is my second painting at the Sutherland in Wake Forest this year. Ashley Adams of the Sutherland had invited me to paint at this Wedding which was sponsored by NACE. The Sutherland is a beautiful venue. The ceremony was outside. It was a gorgeous evening. The light was still fading fast, as you would see from the series of images below. Fortunately, there were spot lights- a luxury which is not always available to me! The tree in the back, with the white drapes, provided a beautiful backdrop.

I arrived at the venue at 5 PM, an hour before the ceremony. The image below shows my setup. I chose to compose so the couple will be off the center and I could capture the beautiful tree.

 I used Archies 140 lb rough paper block for this painting, The reason I used rough  surface was to capture the texture of outdoor subjects. I used Winsor and Newton paints. I still use French easel and really wish that I can find an easel that is easier to setup and use! I recently purchased Escoda brushes and love those! I also use Harmony Squirrel mop brushes for laying the washes.

I always start my watercolors with a drawing. Although I sometimes paint without the drawing, I would be lost without a drawing when painting a live event like wedding! I completed most of the drawing (below) and waited for the ceremony to start.

Here you can see my drawing and composition. I keep drawing of the middle ground light, since I will be sketching in bride and groom and the wedding party during the ceremony. I did not draw people in the foreground. To me, background is important since it provides the context and the visual interest. However, I try to not fuss too much with the background since the painting is not about the background! The same applies to the foreground where mostly you have friends and family. To me, the most important part of the wedding painting is the Bride and the specific moment- either during the ceremony or the reception that I want to capture.

Image below shows the completed painting.

Once the ceremony started, I quickly sketched in the wedding party. I made mental notes of colors and tones. I start my painting process with the broad washes. I use mop brushes to cover my painting quickly. Once, I had the washes completed, I refined the colors and tones of various parts. I normally repeat this process until I am happy with what I see. At this stage, I switch to my pointy Escoda brushes, so I can draw and paint at the same time!

I finished the painting with final details. Christine came and peeked at her painting once while I was in the process of finishing it. It was after 7 PM, when I matted and framed the painting! As you can see from the below image, it was completely dark, except for the spots!

Here you can see that the light is gone! Chairs are folded and stacked up! In the ideal world, you have the same light on your subjects and the easel. In the real world, it is on one or the other! But, I was honored to have captured the wonderful moment in Christine and Bob’s life. Now, framed and behind the glass.

I delivered the painting to Jennifer Jones (the Sutherland) for display at the reception. I had the opportunity to meet many NACE members and even some press folks. Many shared their kind words.

Christine was very thankful and that is my reward.

If you are a bride, or an event planner, I would love to hear from you. I accept commissions for both live and studio paintings. I am almost finished with a large studio commissions which I will be writing about next.

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

Live Wedding Painting at the Matthews House in Cary

Pam and Dick. 12×16. Watercolor.

This is one of the live wedding paintings that I had done last year. It was early fall and the wedding ceremony was at the Matthews House. The Matthews house is a beautiful place- one of the places which I may paint Plein Air, if not painting live wedding. The outdoor weddings bring all the elements of Plein Air painting! The air was cool and misty, light fading fast and there were still some bugs buzzing around my easel!

This painting was a surprise for the bride, so, I had seup at a place that was not easily visible. But, I could see the ceremony from my view point. Since the light was fading, I went ahead and sketched the drawing and painted some of the background. The ceremony was a blur for me! By the time the ceremony was over and I had put finishing touches on the painting, it was dark!

Rev. Kayelily Middleton (raleighweddingblog.blogspot.com) was the wedding minister and she was kind enough to share below image of me working on the painting. I have changed my painting materials and process since- I am a lifelong student!

 I accept both live painting and studio commissions. Currently, I am working on a large watercolor wedding painting of Jeffiny and Steve. I am also working on a large family portrait in oil (it has nine family members). I will be posting those when completed.

You can view my portfolio of Wedding and Event paintings at: www.raleighweddingpainter.com Please contact me for the prices.

Gotta go paint!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

Snow, the Sutherland and Live Wedding Painting of Jeanie & Mark

Jeanie & Mark. Watercolor. 12×16.

Jeanie & Mark. Watercolor. 12x16.

After doing many indoor wedding and event paintings, I had the opportunity to paint a live wedding outdoors. With snow on the ground! Jeanie and Mark had their wedding reception at the Sutherland. The Sutherland is a beautiful historic venue in Wake Forest. I was working with Ashlee Adams and Jennifer Jones of the Sutherland.

It had really snowed the night before and part of the morning. So, everything was covered under a white snow blanket! The place looked beautiful- if I weren’t painting a wedding, I would have painted it Plein Air! The reception was outside the building, under a heated tent. I found ideal location to be in a corner behind DJ Jim’s setup. The heated tent was very comfortable. However, cold air would come in every now and then from under the corner. And standing in one place for a long period does not help. This is where the experience of painting Plein Air came in handy! I had my toe warmers in the bag (thank you, wife!).

I had decided to paint the first dance. Many times, I start drawing and painting immediately. In this case, I did a preliminary drawing but waited for the first dance, so, I could place  couple in an ideal position. The dance went by quickly- I had mere minutes to sketch the couple. Rest of the painting flowed in from there. The sunlight kept on coming in and out, so, I had to glaze the painting couple of times to get the depth.

I was painting on Arches Hot Pressed 140 lb block. Mostly to control the textural effects. I completed the painting in less than two hours after the dance started. As is my practice, I photographed it, and framed it.

Images below show my setup and view from my easel, before the reception had started.

– Tesh Parekh

I accept studio and live wedding & event painting commissions!

www.teshparekh.com

Wedding painting at St. Mary’s Chapel

Leigh and Tony. 16×12 Watercolor. Painted live at St. Mary’s Chapel in Raleigh, NC.

This is my latest wedding painting. I was working with Cara Zuehlke of A Southern Soiree. St. Mary’s Chapel is beautiful. It reminded me of All Saints Chapel where I had done a wedding painting earlier.The chapel was decorated beautifully, both inside and outside (if I had time, I would have painted outside as well!).

I arrived 90 minutes before the ceremony. The spot where I could setup my easel was between the last pew and the heating unit. I had to keep twisting for two hours to look at what I was painting and to reach my watercolor block and painting supplies! At this time of the season, it gets dark quickly. So, the only source of light was the overhead indoor lights: beautiful, but not bright enough for painting. Getting accurate tone and color temperature was not easy! But, that is the fun of painting on location!

When you look at any wedding scene, mere thought of painting so many details, and people can be terrifying. I like to plan ahead, say my prayers and then dive-in! I do my work with complete faith. At one point, I felt I was not going to have enough time to finish the painting. Talk about the stress! But, I am also a professional photographer (www.iwpphotography.com) and familiar with the stress! So, I kept on painting! I work quickly and the only thing important to me is capturing the romance of bride and groom uniting in front of their beloved family and friends. It is a beautiful thing!

I completed the painting few minutes after the ceremony was over. I photographed it, framed it and delivered to Cara in time for the reception. The reception was at Hotel Umstead.

I had the opportunity to meet Rev. Barbara Lodge (www.ncweddingminister.com) and Anne Duncan (St. Mary’s). Nice ladies- I look forward to working with them again.

If you are interested in commissioning me for this unique service, please email me at: tesh_photo@yahoo.com (this makes a great gift to bride and groom!). You can see my work online at: www.teshparekh.com

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

www.facebook.com/teshparekh

www.iwpphotography.com

Wedding Painting- Wendy & Steven

Wendy & Steven. Watercolor. 11×14. This is a wedding painting of Wendy & Steven. I love doing wedding & event paintings. I paint on location as well as in studio. Location paintings are done from life, without the aid of any reference material. I usually arrive an hour before ceremony. I find the best location to paint from and finish preliminary drawing and painting before the ceremony starts. The challenge is painting bride & groom with the wedding party, as well as some of the attendees! There is not much time, so, I have to work quickly. But, this is what makes painting on location so special and it gives the painting a unique fresh look.It takes me few minutes after the ceremony to complete the painting. I immediately frame the painting and it is ready for display at the reception!

If you are a bride and are interested in capturing your special day in work of art, please contact me. If you are already married (congratulations!), I accept commissions for studio work. I also accept commissions for portraits. I have 2009 pricing on my website: www.teshparekh.com I will be updating the website for 2010 prices.

I work with wedding & event planners.

– Tesh Parekh

My art is online at: www.teshparekh.com

Wedding painting at Haywood Hall

Lindsey and Jon. Live wedding painting. Watercolor. 12×16. I did this painting on Saturday at the Haywood Hall. This was an outdoor wedding so weather was a factor: rain was in forecast! It did look as if it was going to rain. And wind blew hard every now and then. But, when you paint outdoors, you are like the couple uniting: you are in lap of the God! You say your prayers and take the plunge with utter faith! I did this painting sitting down in the dirt. I am not a painter in Tuxedo! As I painted, ants climbed into my easel. And wind blew leaves and dust into my palette. It all mixed into my paints and is now part of Lindsey and Jon’s painting…

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com