My Elizabeth City paintings from last year. Painted plein air for the Splash paint out. “Safe Harbor” won third place. “White House” and “Mariner’s Wharf” currently available with Arts of the Albemarle. Other two paintings were sold and are available as prints.
This was my first time visiting and painting beautiful Elizabeth City. I painted for one and half days. First day was stormy! What can you do? Just paint when the rain stops or paint in the car (I am quite used to painting in the car). I enjoyed my stay in this little town and plan to be back later this year for the plein air printout again.
Egg Tempera Painting “Flow” by Raleigh Fine Artist
I have been interested in Egg Tempera paintings ever since I saw Andrew Wyeth‘s Egg Tempera paintings in his Autobiography. North Carolina Museum of Art has 3 Wyeth tempera paintings. I often visit there to admire Wyeth art in person. Couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see more of Wyeth tempera and watercolors at Brandywine River Museum of Art. Wyeth never talked much about his technique. Most of what I have learned about Egg Tempera technique is from Robert Vickery’s book. And recently, from watching Colin Fraser video. Apart from the Wyeth inspiration, Egg Tempera appeals to me as an ideal medium for certain subjects.
It has taken me many attempts and failures before I could successfully complete my first Egg Tempera painting. I had to deal with challenges of materials as well as lack of good advice. But, the biggest challenge I faced was my own inability to learn from the medium and my own attempts. Egg Tempera has its own unique qualities: but, it is no different from Oils and Watercolors in many ways. It is not a magical medium. A good painting in Egg Tempera will require all the attributes of a good painting in any other medium. And most important of all, it requires: patience! Being patient when you are learning. Egg tempera does not fit today’s assembly line process of making, publishing and selling paintings. This is also not a “painterly” medium and hence you are unlikely to draw a crowd of spectators wanting to watch you paint!
“Flow” was inspired by the light: both the quality and flow. I was traveling last year with Mica and Ian. We were in the Bryson city. Ian and I were making sketches of each other in that little sketchbook. And Ian had recently started to drink tea (more for the process of making tea than actually drinking it!). Later after Christmas, I started this painting. I spent more than a week working on it. It wasn’t an easy process but, I made it work in the end. At a different level, this painting symbolizes my own flow with my creativity.
Of course, I am planning my next Egg tempera painting already…
My latest studio watercolor paintings of Raleigh. I have aimed to capture seasons and light in my paintings. I wanted to paint the “Mami Nora‘s” smoke against the early spring background. I also like Mami Nora’s delicious food and colorful building. “Railroad to Raleigh” is a view from the Boylan Bridge. From late Fall. “Capitol Morning” is from late winter morning. I liked the morning light and shadows. I used a new brand of paper- Moulin Du Roy. 140lb Rough surface. The surface is quite rough. Great for quick and impressionistic effects. “Snowbound” is a painting of my own street. February snow. I was walking home after taking Ian to his friend’s house. I liked those tire tracks in the snow.
I will be painting more cityscapes and seascapes this weekend in Kinston NC and Beaufort NC. Both are hosting plein air paint outs. I can’t wait….
– Tesh Parekh
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I hope you are having an amazing Holiday season! If you keep up with my art (thank you!), you may have noticed that I have been painting more and more. I have done number of watercolors (and some oils) in studio and plein air. Not to mention the sketches which I normally do not publish due to the volume (I do those to hone my skills). I have sold quite a few paintings, prints and usage rights this year. I am thankful to all my collectors, art patrons and supporters.
As an artist, my first priority is to paint! So, I do not always get to update my website, blog and other online portfolios with my latest finished paintings. However, I normally post updates on my current work. If you will like to stay connected, there are many ways to keep up with my latest work:
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Amanda Baxley of Raleigh has won the first giveaway from Tesh Parekh, Artist
It is funny how the winner of this painting came today to pick up her print ~ the FIRST day of the NC State Fair. She loves the fair, always has and when she saw this painting for the first time at one of my pop-up gallery showings, she instantly fell in love. She was one of the very first people to sign up for my newsletter, and when it came time to pull the name for the first giveaway, when I saw her name in my hand (we did the drawing the old fashioned way), I was so excited. Amanda would ask me about the painting every time she saw me and she was just couldn’t believe it when we called her to tell her she had won. She, like many others, probably thought that never in a million years would she win, but she did. She enjoys getting my newsletter via email, just once a month, that showcases the beautiful work that I get to paint each day. You as well can subscribe for my newsletter HERE and maybe you will win a print when we draw in December. Well, time for me to get back at it ~ I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on for the past two weeks!
Above is the original piece that the print was made from ~ the original is available for sale. Please contact me at email@example.com for more information on the print.
Last year I had painted this en plein air. It was just fabulous! This is the studio version. My second painting for Visual Art Exchange’s annual Scope exhibition. Loved painting this in the studio as well. I look forward to Local Color Raleigh’s annual Paint Out this Saturday! I could not participate last couple of years. It is going to be busy day! After the paint out I have opening of my show at the Art of Style in Brier Creek. And then I head on to the All Saints Chapel to start a wedding painting, Because of the schedule of the Church and ceremony, I will finish the painting offsite.
Easter mist over Raleigh. 11×21. Watercolor on paper.
I love painting cityscapes. The aerial view of Raleigh is one of my favorites to paint. I saw this view on Easter. It had been raining and was misty. I painted this in my studio. This is one of the two paintings I plan to enter into Visual Art Exchange’s annual Scope exhibition. The painting is mostly abstract. There is no way I will paint thousands of homes, building, trees, streets, cars and everything else that is part of this view! I let water do most of the work. Wasn’t easy but I had to keep working until I could achieve the effect I was after.
Finally the spring has arrived in Raleigh! That means more plein air painting! I love cold weather too. But, I get busy during winter time and rarely get to go out and paint. Most of my work in winter is done in studio and at night. April is also the start of wedding painting season for me. So, I take every opportunity to paint from life. North Carolina State Fairgrounds is a busy place. I have done paintings of NC State Fair. But, not en plein air. I like the energy and excitement of this place! While I like the front of the main building, it mostly has cars parked in the front and not much happening. So, I painted this Antique market on Sunday. It really was busy! The weather was beautiful. I did not have my easel so I just sat on a bench and painted this in couple of hours. I may return with my easel so I can paint different views on bigger scale.
My work is currently on display at the Art of Style in Brier Creek, Raleigh. There will be an open house there this Saturday 3-5 PM. I also hope to do a painting or two that day for Local Color Raleigh’s annual plein air paint out. And after the open house, I am scheduled to be at the All Saints Chapel downtown for doing a wedding painting! Because of the schedule of the church and the ceremony, I won’t be able to complete the painting on location. My plan is to start painting at the Chapel and then finish it offsite. My very first live wedding painting was at this chapel! So, I am excited to see how much I have grown as an artist and as a live wedding painter since…
On a recent trip to Chapel Hill, I saw this beautiful evening view of the UNC Bell Tower. I always carry my watercolors with me and really wanted to sit down to paint! However, finding parking was a challenge! And outdoor light does not last while you are driving around to find parking. I got my opportunity again few days later. I was at Top of The Hill Restaurant Bridal Show (actually it was a show for Grooms!) to promote my live wedding painting. I did a live event sketch while I was at this event (the event was organized by Joye Speight ot Virtue Events). And then headed out to paint the tower. It was a Sunday, but, parking was still hard to find! It is a busy area! Full of activities. I walked around to find this view. It was a beautiful evening. Little chilly. I finished most of the painting on location. It got dark, so, I headed home. I added details back in my studio.
If you collect original watercolors, plein air work, Chapel Hill art or UNC art, this will be a great piece for your collection. The original painting is available, and I am also offering prints of different sizes. In fact, you can order prints of any of my paintings. Please contact me for details.
Last year, I had painted Jennifer & Ben’s wedding ceremony at University UMC on Franklin Street. I also have a plein air painting of Franklin Street available. 2013 wedding season will start with a live painting in Asheville area.