Snow painting of Charlotte North Carolina. I was in Charlotte earlier this year. Right before the Valentine’s day. You may remember the major snow and ice system we had on the East Coast! The bad weather had lasted for couple of days. I almost got snowed in but was fortunate to get home in time. I made this painting day before the heavy snow. I was in Charlotte Downtown (or Uptown). I love this part of Charlotte. Always busy with the activity. And I love painting cityscapes as much as I love painting landscapes and other subjects. It was around lunch time when the snow started falling. The early snow made streets and pavements wet and slowed down the traffic some. Snow makes everything peaceful! I did not have my painting supplies with me. So, I made this painting back at the hotel where I was staying. I painted this on 300 lb CP watercolor paper. So, it has different look compared to my plein air watercolors that are usually done on the 140 lb rough paper.
It snowed heavily next day but I was already on my way home. The snow shut everything down for couple of days. Ian enjoyed the snow days and I got more material for more paintings of snow!
I enjoy painting variety of subjects. And using variety of materials helps me develop different techniques to capture these subjects. Keeps thing interesting. I was in Philadelphia and Annapolis few days ago and look forward to painting both cityscapes and seascapes. And back home, I am enjoying painting nature. Trees and landscapes and little stories. I have also done a series of paintings of Mumbai, India and my beloved hometown of Amreli. Stay tuned for those paintings…
I did this painting for inaugural issue of the Inspire Wedding & Marriage Magazine. I was invited by Terrilynn Cook of T. Michelle Events and Stephanie Huxter. Stephanie is publisher of the magazine. This was my second event with Terrilynn (Inspire Smart Success event in Durham NC was the first one). This was a style shoot for one of the stories in the magazine: “Leaving a Legacy of Faith, Hope & Love”. The venue was the Arbors in Cleveland NC (outside Charlotte). I drove from Raleigh and arrived on location while the venue was being setup. It was exciting to be in the company of so many talented vendors! All the action shots of me painting here were captured by amazing The- Israel (Richard Israel). Brian Patnode of Whitewash Films has produced a fun behind-the-scene film of this shoot.
I was aware of the theme for my painting. But, live event paintings always have an element of uncertainty and surprise! This is true for live wedding paintings as well. Based on the time-frame, I decided to paint a watercolor on paper. I setup where I will have a good view. This was a luxury! When I paint live at weddings and receptions, I do not always have the ideal location where I can set up! There was plenty of natural light but it was overcast so I used my own light. I sketched the background before the dinner had started. The dinner party was large! During the dinner, I sketched and painted directly on the paper. This was different from my usual process of making reference sketches and then finishing my painting. The reason being the time limit. My aim was to finish the painting by end of the shoot. Which I did. Stephanie was thrilled to have the finished painting! The painting is now in her collection.Check out the images below to see finished painting and work-in-process images.
I enjoyed working with Stephanie and Terrilynn. Stephanie was kind enough to provide me ad-space in the magazine. She even designed the ad for me! I am truly grateful to both and look forward to future assignments with them. Please check out this wonderful magazine. It will inspire you.
My next live painting will be at a wedding reception in South Boston, Va. That will be a large watercolor. My latest live wedding painting was an oil. So, I am enjoying painting in both watercolors and oils and also the mix of ceremonies and receptions. I will be taking couple of days “off” soon and will be painting on the beautiful NC coast. Love painting en plein air…
Last weekend I was in Charlotte and enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day festivities there! I spent most of the day and evening in Charlotte downtown. I love Charlotte’s downtown! I have done live event painting at one of the hotels there. In fact, I will be back in Charlotte tomorrow for live event painting assignment for a magazine. I hope to spend sometime this year in Charlotte downtown and paint en plein air. The parade was fun. I did this watercolor back in my studio.
Here is a live event painting I had done at Charlotte NACE’s “My Big Fat Indian Wedding”:
I frequently travel to Charlotte for photography assignments. This year I have photographed corporate events in Charlotte and also photographed an Indian wedding in Rock Hill SC (right outside of Charlotte). And I will be back in Charlotte to photograph another Indian wedding at the Ballentyne Resort. So, it was fitting to paint live at Charlotte NACE’s “My Big Fat Indian Wedding”! As a professional photographer, I often photograph multi-day Indian weddings.
The event was Charlotte NACE’s monthly meeting at the Hyatt House. Ayesha had decorated the banquet room for this event. The food was catered by the Bombay Grille. This was a fun and educational event. Ayesha talked about various Indian wedding customs and explained many of the traditional terms. Her team participated in the event as well. There were also dance performances. Ayesha also answered many questions from NACE members.
I did this painting as a watercolor due to the short duration of the event. I kept the painting size at 16×20. I enjoyed talking to many NACE members as I painted. Mica had travelled with me for this event. We gave away 2 prints of this painting. I finished most of the painting on the location. But, due to the time-constraint, I applied finishing touches back in my studio. I will be producing the prints and look forward to sharing those with the NACE members.
Below is my setup before I started the painting. I sketched the background first and then laid some of the initial washes.
Since part of the event was by the pool outside, I had to wait before sketching in event guests. When Ayesha made her presentation, I sketched her directly on the painting. Normally, I make reference sketches. But, I had to work differently here because of the schedule. The rest was easy. Almost, easy! Working in the full color and completing many of the details.
Here I am with Ayesha. I enjoyed meeting Ayesha and her husband (glad to meet another husband & wife team!). I look forward to working with her at weddings and events.
April was a busy month for live paintings! I did a live wedding painting commission in Chapel Hill (previous post) and also did another live event painting at a Stacie Francombe and Preston Bailey event in Durham NC. I will be posting that painting next.
I have several inquiries for both live wedding paintings and live event paintings. I am hoping to get some more commissions. I also paint from reference photos.