Triangle Wine Experience 2011- A Live Event Painting by Raleigh NC Live Wedding and Event Artist

This was my second year painting live for the Triangle Wine Experience. Last year, I had done a 11″x14″ watercolor. This year, I decided to do an oil. I visited the location in advance to checkout lighting and find a good spot. ISES team had really transformed the inside of a warehouse! I used 16″x20″ linen. I also carried my studio floor lamp. Indoor events are difficult to paint! Especially formal events with subdued lighting! Oil painting is especially challenging because of the glare.

I started the painting by toning the linen. I painted rough under-painting in Transparent Red oxide. It was still early so most folks were not yet sitting at the table. My solution was to do pencil sketches of people in action while I waited for the under-painting to dry little bit. Then it was painting in full color. Of course, in such environment, it is hard to judge hue, value and intensity! You have to find a way to create depth in the painting. One advantage of oils is the slow drying. Watercolors will dry faster (but, not fast enough when you need!). However, it is easier to lay quick washes with watercolor! Not so with oils! Filling up linen with details and brush-stroke was a long process! I really sweated with this painting!

I had the painting finished, photographed and framed in time for the auction. My hope is that it will get a good price for the Frankie Lemmon Foundation. I am glad to be part of this event to support a great cause.

I am keeping busy with painting and photography! I have many inquiries for painting live at weddings and events. I hope to travel more this year for commissions. I am constantly learning. And that is a good thing…

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding and Event Artist

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

Painting your Wedding and Event live in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and beyond…

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This is part of the scene I painted! Photographer- Tesh Parekh

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Triangle Wine Experience 2011. Live Painting. Oil on Linen. 16"x20". Painted live on location in Raleigh NC. Artist- Tesh Parekh

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Finished painting on the easel- ready for the auction! Photographer- Tesh Parekh

Live Event Painting for ISES/ NACE/ TBA Holiday Party at Crabtree Marriott- by Raleigh NC Live Wedding and Event Painter

 Leon Jordan’s Continentals Orchestra, Live Event Painting, 12″x16″, Watercolor on Arches 140 lb CP paper.

This was my second year doing live painting for ISES, NACE amd TBA annual holiday party. The party was for Toys for Tots benefit.

As always, I enjoyed meeting my fellow professionals. The party was held at Crabtree Marriott Hotel . My friend Jule Lee is a Sr. Exec at the hotel. The food was fabulous!

Last year I had picked different composition. This year I decided to paint the orchestra. There were quite a few musicians! I had about 30 minutes to do a pencil sketch. Below is my setup before I started the painting:

As with any indoor live painting, the challenge is always the lighting! But, I was fortunate to find a spot with decent light on my watercolor block and palette. I also carry portable light, but, it can be a distraction to the well-designed party lighting. So, I avoid it, if possible.

Of corse, the orchestra folks were in constant motion and were off the stage well before I finished the painting! So, painting from memory was a necessity. I had the painting finished and framed, in time for door prizes. Taylor Pittman of Taylormade DJ Services won it! Below is my finished painting in the easel (orchestra had returned to the stage):

I am excited about 2011! I have received many inquiries about live wedding paintings and also started booking brides. If you are a bride who is looking for something unique, a live wedding painting is worth considering! Most of the wedding budget is spent on guests, while a live painting not only captures the wedding through artists’s eye, but also lasts forever!

I have also been doing plein air work. Below is one of my favorite recent watercolor sketch:

Tesh Parekh

Professional Artist and Photographer

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

www.teshparekh.com

www.iwpphotography.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

Sasha Souza at the Cobblestone Hall- a live event painting by Tesh Parekh

Sasha Souza at Cobblestone Hall. Live Event painting. Watercolor. 11×14.

Sasha Souza is one of the premiere event designers and a top innovator in the wedding industry. She is one of only a handful of wedding designers who have been named a Master Bridal Consultant, the highest designation given by the Association of Bridal Consultants. Souza is the recipient of numerous awards including the Special Events Magazine Gala Award winner for “Best Dining Tabletop Design”, Event Solutions Magazine “Designer of the Year” and three ISES Westie Awards

The Greater Triangle North Carolina Chapter of the International Special Events Society (ISES) hosted “Emerging Trends with Sasha Souza ”

This event was held at the Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh. This is a brand new venue- ideal for weddings and events.

ISES had invited me to paint live at the event. Earlier in the day, I had photographed Sasha’s lunch with ISES and TWCE members at 18 Seaboard Restaurant. We will be posting images of that event on our photography blog: iwpphotography.wordpress.com

Sasha was scheduled to present at 7 PM. I setup earlier to get started with the drawing and composition. Due to the length of the event, I decided to use 11×14 format. I used Holbein watercolors, Saunders Waterford 140 lb rough surface paper, and mostly Escoda brushes- my new favorites!

Image below shows completed drawing.

As with many indoor events, the difficult part is the lighting. In the beginning I had outside light on my setup. Once the Sun went down, there were many sources of light- each with different color temperature! But, live event painting is like a roller-coaster ride: once you are buckled-up and rolling, all you can do is have fun!

I enjoyed meeting my friends at ISES and many nice folks who stopped by to see me work. I wouldn’t say this was the easiest painting, but I think I have captured Sasha well- see the image above! This painting was presented to Sasha at the end of the event. She shared many kind words. I enjoyed listening to her while I was painting.

We have her latest book “Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design”- I look forward to reading it!

This has been a good week for painting. Today I drove to Kinston for the Kinston CCA annual paint out. I did two paintings: 16×20 oil on linen and 13×19 watercolor on paper. I will be posting those later.

Tomorrow I will be in Wilmington to sign limited edition prints of my painting “Building Dreams”. This watercolor was selected for the 2010 Parade of Homes magazine cover. Check my blog later for more information on this painting.

As an artist, I enjoy painting all subjects: portraits, still life and landscape. However, I love painting from life the most. Both plein air painting and live wedding & event painting offer me the opportunity to do just that! I accept commissions and I travel!

– Tesh Parekh

919-622-5399

www,teshparekh.com

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

Event Painting for Triangle Wine Experience and ISES

Triangle Wine Experience 2010.  Watercolor. 11×14.  

Triangle Wine Experience 2010. Watercolor. 11x14.

The Raleigh-GT chapter of ISES, in Raleigh, NC,  put together a great event for the Frankie Lemmon Foundation called Triangle Wine Experience on February 6, 2010. The Foundation invited me to paint live for the charity auction. The ISES team created a beautiful ballroom, full of fabulous wine, food and friends.   As usual, my challenge was indoor lighting: not enough light, color temperature of the available light and shadows on my setup! I snapped couple of photos to show how dark it was inside the venue. The first one below shows my easel in the right hand corner at the bottom. The next image shows completed painting: the light on my painting is from my hand-held off-camera flash. 

Maybe I should eat more carrots! Thankfully, I was helped by videographer’s light during the initial stages. He did a time-lapsed recording of my painting- I hope to see it! 

I picked 11×14 format due to the schedule. I used Archies Hot Pressed block. It is good to paint on different surfaces. Each one has different characteristic. 

I love painting at Weddings and Events because I love painting from life. It also challenges me to find solutions for problems I face with location painting. I am never satisfied with the final result- that is a reason good enough for me to keep painting. 

It was good to see all my friends from ISES. I thank all who stopped by and shared kind words. Someday, I will carry portable lighting (in addition to easel, backpack, portfolio to carry paper and framing supplies, camera bag…). 

Well, I am off to eat some carrots- see you at the next event! 

– Tesh Parekh 

I accept commissions for studio and live paintings… 

www.raleighweddingpainter.com 

www.teshparekh.com

Live Event painting for ISES/ NACE/ Triangle Bridal Holiday party

ISES, NACE and Triangle Bridal hosted their annual holiday party on December 8 at Marriott in Raleigh. As a professional photographer (www.iwpphotography.com), I am a member of ISES- International Special Events Society (http://www.ises-gt.org/). I did a live watercolor event painting at this party. Carrie Peele of Blue Diamond Limo won this painting in a raffle! This was a great event. Although I painted for the most part, I enjoyed meeting many wonderful professionals. I also had the opportunity to photograph my painting process:

Here I have setup my easel and I am ready to start. I was painting on a 12×16  Arches CP 140 lb watercolor block. This blank rectangle piece of paper can be terrifying! Especially, when you look at what is in front: semi dark room filled with decorations and guests who are constantly moving. The lights are constantly changing. A bright red beam of DJ’s lights danced on my paper every few minutes and blinded me!

I use a French easel. I have modified it for my use. I do not find it easy to setup and would be happy to build my own someday. I paint on watercolor paper of different brands (Arches, Fabriano, etc.), textures (cold-pressed, rough, smooth), sizes and weights (140 lb, 300lb). I use single sheet as well as blocks. I keep an old fruit jar for water. I use Weber’s leakproof palette (this is a recent upgrade from my $2 palette!). I use mop brushes as well as synthetic brushes. I also use Sword liners- with these brushes I can paint really fine lines. It is important for me to have the brushes which can hold their point, as I “draw” with my brushes when I paint. I use Winsor & Newton watercolors. I probably have more colors than I need!

My next step was to analyze the scene and decide what I was going to paint. I spend enough time planning my process: what I am going to include, what I am going to leave out, what color scheme I will be using, what is the tonal scheme going to be, which parts will be painted wet-in-wet, which parts will be painted wet on dry, and so on. I do not start the painting until I have made at least some of these (if not all) decisions in my head. The next step was drawing. I use any pencil which is in my backpack and is sharp enough: HB, B, 2B, etc. (I do not use harder one- H, 2H, etc.). Drawing is very important to me. Success of my kind of painting depends on good drawing. This is one of the reasons I constantly practice drawing. Sorry, there are no shortcuts here! Here is my completed drawing. I am ready to use colors now.

I started with thin washes of colors. Lights were brightly colored, coming from many directions and changing constantly so the popular theory of “cool light, warm shadows” was useless here! I had to observe the scene long enough and make mental notes and memorize color schemes. It is difficult for me to describe my choices of colors.From Joseph Zbukvic I have learned to think of colors as: light or dark, cool or warm. When I am painting, tone is more important to me than colors. It took me around 90 minutes to complete the entire painting. I had the opportunity to chat with many nice folks (try that standing next to DJ’s fancy music system! However, that was not as bad as being on stage with Salt-N-Peppa snapping photos at G105’s Second Chance Prom! I had serious ringing in my ears after that!).

One good thing about watercolors is the drying: painting was ready for framing almost immediately! I matted and framed the painting and handed over to raffle folks. Here is the completed painting.

If you would like to commission me for your Wedding or Event, please email me: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com (this also makes a great gift!) .I also work with Event planners. You can see samples of my work at: www.teshparekh.com

Happy Holidays!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com