Secret Creek. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. En Plein Air.
This is my latest watercolor. I painted this plein air at the Durant Nature park. I had been painting outdoors for last few days. My hope was to have at least one new painting which I can submit to Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC). I decided to submit this along with the “Beaufort Sunset”. “Beaufort Sunset” is a gouache painting on a board.
I have made several paintings at the Durant Nature park and hope to make many more. Visiting the same place to paint has been helpful: it has taught me to view the reality in different ways. Of course, the challenge is always to capture on the paper what I visualize. So, the development of skills is very important to me. It is a long process.
This is another painting done on an overcast day. There is a small trail which runs along the creek and it is called “secret creek trail”. On the one side of the creek is this trail and on the other side is the city street! Trees and wild life on one side and houses on the other side. For the most part, you can hear the water running, but, occasionally, you also hear men and machines. I liked the spot where the light was filtering from the top through an opening. I did this painting on Arches 300 lb CP paper. I have been painting on bigger size papers and have been for fortunate to complete my paintings in 2-3 hours. There are theories in the art world about what size paintings sell better. I am learning to ignore those! For now, I want my artistic preference to dictate the size. There is also a theory that unless it is Oil on linen or gallery wrapped canvas, it is not art! I paint in oils, but, for different reasons. I would rather keep learning to make the best art- regardless of the medium!
I was happy with the painting so I have submitted it to WSNC. Of course, WSNC does not require the painting to be plein air work. It can be done in the studio. But, if I can paint outdoors, why not? I would like to keep photography as a separate career.
This week looks busy with chores and weather- I am planning on painting thorugh both!
– Tesh Parekh
Poison Ivy Point. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. En Plein Air.
I did this painting last week at the Blue Jay Point county park in North Raleigh. It is a beautiful park with play areas and trails and it is on the Falls lake. It was a cloudy afternoon. I walked along the Blue Jay Point trail. The short trail ends at the lake. And it is full of poison ivy! There are quite a few warning signs posted. I painted not too far from those! And hence, I made up the name- Poison Ivy Point! Only sound I would hear were the fish jumping and occasional boaters. Very quiet and tranquil otherwise.
I used Arches 300 lb CP paper and Winsor & Newton paints. It is useful for painting techniques which are different from the 140 lb paper. With watercolors, every time I learn something new! I did another painting the next day. I have entered that painting (“Secret Creek”) in Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual competition, along with the “Beaufort Sunset”.
I am continuing to work on a fairly complex commissioned family oil portrait. My next projects are the couple of oils and watercolors for painting competitions this month.
I am off to play with the paints!
– Tesh Parekh
Beaufort Sunset. Gouache. 20″x16″. Available.
This painting has received honorable mention in Jerry’s Artarama’s Turner contest. I paint in both transparent watercolors and gouache. I sometimes use gouache for accents in my transparent watercolor paintings. Although gouache is considered to be similar to transparent watercolors when thinned, I do not agree with that. In my opinion, just like Acrylics, Gouache has completely different characteristics. Thining with water does not make either medium behave like true transparent watercolors!
This painting is based on reference materials from my trip to Beaufort, NC (there is also a Beaufort in SC). Beaufort is a beautiful little coastal town. The Inn where we had stayed was right on the waterfront. I remember watching the beautiful sunset with my wife.
The painting is done on a watercolor board. I stayed up till early morning to finish it.
Another painting that received honorable mention in the same contest is “Been there” (below):
– Tesh Parekh