The Raleigh Big Garden Party- a live event painting by Tesh Parekh

The Raleigh Big Garden Party. 13×19. Watercolor on Saunder’s Waterford 140 lb rough paper.

Last year I had done a plein air watercolor painting of Raleigh Rose Garden (see one of my earlier posts). When I heard that Tobi Gowen was looking for artists to paint live at the Raleigh Big Garden party, I was excited!

The Raleigh big garden party was organized to promote Raleigh little theatre, the Raleigh rose garden, Raleigh little theatre productions and the Raleigh garden tour.  The theme of the party was Italian. Many artists painted live at this event: Heather Robinson, Rebecca Worters, Laura Azzi and Winnie-Ferguson. I also had the opportunity to meet Nancy Stolfo-Corti. Nancy is the author of the book “The Other Side of Tuscany”. The live music was provided by Mebanella.

It turned out to be a beautiful evening! The weather cooled down and it did not rain. Many folks stopped by to see my painting. My good friend Robert Johnson kep me company. Robert Johnson is the Principal of Triangle Public Strategies, LLC.  He assists organizations with fundraising, advocacy, and grant writing services.

Watercolor is my preferred medium for painting live weddings and events. I like it for couple of reasons. I like painting people: watercolor allows me to paint people quickly. I am also able to paint on sizes 11×14 and bigger. I am perfecting my oil painting techniques and will eventually paint live events in both watercolors and oils (I do plein air paintings in oils).

I used Saunder’s paper, Holbein paints and Escoda brushes. Although the painting looks colorful, I had used mostly muted colors. I will be donating this painting to Raleigh Little Theatre.

If you are looking for a live event artist for your wedding or event, please contact me!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

First Friday at Raleigh City Museum- A Live Event Painting by Tesh Parekh

First Friday at Raleigh City Museum. 11×14. Watercolor. Painted live.

Raleigh City Museum is hosting an exhibition of Plein Air paintings. This is a juried exhibit which includes paintings of different parts of the Capital city. My two watercolors are part of this exhibit- “State Capitol, Raleigh” and “Raleigh Downtown”. The “State Capitol, Raleigh” was also earlier juried into 2009 NC State Fair and Halle Cultural Center’s  juried exhibit in Apex.

The museum’s curator- Ladye Jane Vickers had requested artists to paint live for the First Friday opening reception. I volunteered to paint but had no idea what I was going to paint! I arrived at the museum around 6 PM. The museum is on Fayetteville Street which was busy. There were many folks out for the First Friday. It was a beautiful evening which I would have loved to paint outside. Inside, I had the opportunity to see and admire works of my fellow artists. One other artist was doing a still life painting demonstration.

I decided to paint the musicians who were providing evening entertainment. I used 11×14 Saunder’s 140 lb Rough Waterford paper. Nowadays I exclusively use Holbein watercolor paints and Escoda brushes. Although I paint on different papers. I have learned this system from Joseph Zbukvic and it works well for the location work. It took me around 90 minutes to finish the painting. Many folks stopped by, and I also met Rick Bennett. Rick is a watercolorist and heads Visual Art Exchange’s Plein Air group.

It is a nice little painting. I am going to frame it and give it to the museum store.  I have enjoyed plein air painting for last few days. I did a small painting on the Mother’s Day and a half sheet painting today. I will be posting those on my blog as well.

I accept commissions for live wedding & event paintings and studio work. And I travel!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

919-622-5399

Fletcher Park morning- A Plein Air painting by Tesh Parekh

Fletcher Park Morning. Watercolor. 12×16. Plein Air.

Local Color gallery of Raleigh hosts their annual paint out in April every year. I have participated for last three years. The first year was a learning experience as I was absolutely new to the plein air painting! My tools and techniques have completely changed since. I normally complete two paintings during the paint out: a watercolor in the morning and an oil in th

e afternoon. This year, I wasn’t sure if I could participate: I was scheduled to photograph a Bar Mitzvah party on the same day. Fortunately, the paint out location and the Bar Mitzvah party were both on the Glenwood Avenue. So, I decided to do a watercolor in the morning. In the ideal world, you get to paint what you want, where you want and paint till you are happy with the final result. Not so in the real world!

I had my watercolor paper stamped by the gallery, first thing in the morning. I had the opportunity yo meet many artists who are member of the gallery. Mary Beth Owen-Zdanski informed me that she had bought my watercolor from last year. Thank you, Mary Beth! She is a Ceramic Artist. You can see her work here: http://bit.ly/cZgKmj

I decided to paint at the Fred Fletcher park. This is a beautiful park. If you have not visited it, I highly recommend it. I had done another plein air watercolor their earlier- “Homework on the grass”. Although I love to paint cityscapes, I had to keep things simple today. I did the painting on a 12×16 Saunders Rough paper. I used Holbein paints. This was my first plein air painting using both. I like how the Holbein paints granulate. It creates interesting textural effects. As for the Saunders, it may take some practice to master it. I am learning about painting tools used by Joseph Zbukvic. I absolutely love his style and studying his work has certainly helped me improve my plain air work.

I had less than 90 minutes to start and finish the painting. I frequently paint live at Weddings and Events (www.raleighweddingpainter.com) and hence used to paint in short amount of time. My process is the same: analyze the scene, start with a good drawing and washes, develop the tones and then complete the small details and final touches. I would have loved to paint little longer. However, I was happy with the final result.

Will it win anything? Watercolors have a bad track record locally! Especially, mine! My next competitions are at the North Hills mall and in Kinston. May be spirits of Andrew Wyeth, Sargent and Homer will descend upon me and teach me how to paint in watercolors…

– Tesh Parekh

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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

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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 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