Painting of NC State Capitol for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Last week, I was invited by Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) to paint at their annual meeting. The meeting with art theme was held at the Raleigh Convention Center. I painted 16×20 watercolor of the NC State Capitol. I decided on this view since it seems to be painted less than the other views. I had seen this view on a rainy day. I am working on a large watercolor of the State Capitol. I love painting cityscapes and Raleigh downtown offers me this opportunity. I painted this watercolor rather quickly. It took me little over an hour, while chatting with event guests. I was glad to see many of my friends and fellow artists who stopped by. I thank Jim Colman of Jim Colman Photography for providing the image of me painting. Both prints and original painting available.

After the rain- NC State Capitol. 16x20. Watercolor.
After the rain- NC State Capitol. 16×20. Watercolor.
Painting for Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
Painting for Downtown Raleigh Alliance. At the Raleigh Convention Center. Image courtesy of Jim Coleman Photography

– Tesh Parekh

Live Event Painter and Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Drybrush Watercolor Painting by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Driftwood. 21x29. Drybrush watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Driftwood. 21×29. Drybrush watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

One of my largest drybrush paintings. I saw this driftwood on the Hilton Head beach earlier this year. Ideal subject for drybrush painting. I started this painting before Christmas and then got real sick so had to wait almost a week before I could finish it. I used limited palette of just 4-5 colors on a heavy weight paper. Many of my new paintings in 2013 will be on full sheet watercolor paper. I will also be doing figurative work. My first show will be at the Cotton Company in Wake Forest. I am also excited about new inquiries for wedding paintings- for live as well as studio commissions. I am hoping to get more of those commissions in 2013. I will be writing more on that unique service later…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Watercolor paintings of Wake Forest – by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Bend in the road. 14x21. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Bend in the road. 14×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh
House by the railroad. 14x21. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
House by the railroad. 14×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

I live close to Wake Forest where I have had couple of art shows. The Cotton Company will be hosting another one in January, 2013. Earlier, I had posted recent paintings of Joyner Park in Wake Forest. I also love Seminary. Here are two paintings from area around the Seminary. I have always wanted to paint old house by the railroad. I liked how it looked at dusk. Although it shares the same title, it was not inspired by Edward Hopper’s oil painting! I was happy to have finished entire painting without masking the railroad tracks! Or using gouache. I often use gouache for accents, but, I can’t seem to accept the idea of using masking! I change things around as I paint. And using masking will not work with that. For me.

I used only three colors to paint “Bend in the road”. I wanted to keep focus on the road and trees on each side. As with every watercolor, I learned a thing or two from these paintings. I am amazed at this wonderful medium!

If you live in Raleigh area, I will be having an open house tomorrow, December 19, at the Crabtree Chiropractic Building from 6- 8 PM. I will be showcasing and selling my recent and old works. Both originals and prints will be available…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Raleigh Downtown at Christmas – A watercolor painting by NC Fine Artist

Raleigh Downtown at Christmas. 14x21. Watercolor and Gouache on paper.
Raleigh Downtown at Christmas. 14×21. Watercolor and Gouache on paper.

This is the view of Raleigh Downtown from NC State Capitol. Painted on a tinted paper with both watercolor and gouache. Gouache was used for creating lights and accents in the painting. This is one of my several paintings of Raleigh downtown. I often paint there en plein air. I did a sketch yesterday evening in half an hour! This studio painting took me three to four days to complete. I have plans for more paintings of Raleigh downtown! The original is available and I plan to sell prints as well. Please contact me for prices. The painting will be on display at my next open house on December 19 @ Crabtree Chiropractic Building in Raleigh. The address is 4517 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612. 6-8 PM. See you there…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Event Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Secret Creek Autumn – A gouache panting by Raleigh NC fine artist

Secret Creek Autumn. Gouache on paper. 21x14. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Secret Creek Autumn. Gouache on paper. 21×14. Artist – Tesh Parekh

This painting was inspired by Thomas Moran! Thomas Moran is one of my favorite artists. I am amazed by his watercolor and gouache paintings. His oil landscapes are simply beautiful! One of his oil landscape is in the collection of NC Museum of Art. Sadly, NC Museum of Art does not have a single watercolor painting, of any artist! I am hoping that will change one day soon. I would love to see watercolors of Sargent, Homer, Wyeth, Moran, Turner or Victorian masters in NC Museum of Art.

This painting is of Secret Creek. Durant Nature Park in Raleigh. I saw this view at dusk few days ago. I wanted to capture fall colors and decided to use Gouache. I have made Gouache paintings in the past and have to admit that it is not an easy medium to control! But, there is a benefit to studying works of master like Moran as compared to watching DVDs that claim to teach you “How to paint Watercolors in two days” or “How to paint trees” and so on! So, I worked patiently through some early disasters and mistakes. I started with a drawing on tinted paper. I soon lost the drawing under the layers of opaque paint. I recovered some of that from wiping the paint off. But, most of the drawing was achieved with paints. I am happy with the result. I consider this to be one of my best Gouache paintings.

Next painting awaits on my easel…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Joyner Park, Wake Forest – A watercolor painting by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Evening at Joyner Park. 14x21. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Evening at Joyner Park. 14×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

I was at Joyner Park in Wake Forest couple of days and saw this beautiful evening light. I love this park with open grounds, old structures and pecan trees. I did not have my painting supplies, so, I returned next evening. Originally, I wanted to do a quick gouache painting, since I was using tinted paper. But, I got busy making fairly detailed drawing and it got dark pretty quickly! So, I decided to finish the painting back in my studio, I did setup in the parking lot and made a quick watercolor sketch of the amazing dusk light! Painting in semi darkness! That will be another painting someday. I finished this painting late night or in the early morning, whichever way you call it. I have been painting late due to my recent schedule. In the morning, it is like opening a present…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Event Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

 

Submerged – A watercolor painting by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Submerged. 14x21. Watercolor on paper. Artist  - Tesh Parekh
Submerged. 14×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

I am fascinated by trees and leaves! Fortunately for me, Durant Nature Park has plenty of both! I love painting there and also making studio paintings of things I observe there. There are layers of leaves in this painting. I painted four or five leaves and let watercolors paint the rest!

Most of the fall colors will be gone soon. Then it will be time to paint bare trees…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Raleigh Downtown on a Rainy Day – A watercolor painting by NC fine artist

Raleigh Downtown on a rainy day. 21x14. Watercolor on a paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Raleigh Downtown on a rainy day. 21×14. Watercolor on a paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

Rain. Autumn. Raleigh downtown. State Capitol. What is not to like?! This was not an easy painting! I had to really work at it to make it all fluid! One thing I have learned about watercolors is that each painting requires a different plan of attack! What worked yesterday may not work today. Different humidity. Different temperature. Every little thing affects how the paint flows and dries. All you can do is try again tomorrow…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Painting Commission of Home by Raleigh Fine Artist

Fleming Home Commission. Watercolor on paper. 11x14. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Fleming Home Commission. Watercolor on paper. 11×14. Artist – Tesh Parekh

A client recently commissioned me to paint this portrait of her childhood home. This will be a gift to her mother. I worked from the photos. When painting buildings, my goal is to make a painting and not architectural rendering. I want to capture the likeness and character of the place but do not want to make it a boring rendering! I created composition from the reference images. I kept important details but changed couple of things to make an interesting portrait. I provided work-in-progress images to the client. I am quite happy with the finished painting.

A painting like this can make a great gift! I accept commissions for wedding paintings, and portraits of people, pets, places and just about anything that can be important to you! I can also make digital print of the finished painting so that family members can enjoy it! I also sell digital image for use in holiday/ thank you cards.

Happy Holidays!

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist and Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Mumbai watercolor by Raleigh fine artist

Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11x21. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh

Apollo Bunder, Mumbai on a hazy and hot later Sumer day. I saw this view on my recent trip to India. The islet is Middle Ground Coastal Battery. One of my many Mumbai paintings. I am working on some more paintings of South Mumbai. I love the old Victorian and English architecture of many of the buildings.

– Tesh Parekh

Artist and Live Wedding Painter

www.TeshParekhArt.com

919-622-5399