Live Event Painting at the Arbors in Charlotte NC for Inspire Weddings & Marriage magazine

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…

– Tesh Parekh

Live Event Painter and Fine Artist

www.teshparekhart.com

Live event painting for Inspire Weddings and Marriage magazine.
“Faith, hope & love”. Live event painting for Inspire Weddings and Marriage magazine. 16×20 watercolor on paper.

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Plein Air Painting in Winter at the Durant Nature Park- By Raleigh NC Plein Air Artist

It has been a quiet winter. I have done some studio portrait commission, alla prima and live event painting work, but, not a whole lot of plein air painting. At least not as much as I would like! So when my fellow artist & photographer- Kittie Deemer called me to paint en plein air, I gladly joined her! Kttie had not painted at the Durant Park before, so we decided to paint on the Durant road side. Of course, we ended up near the lake! It was a beautiful morning! Many folks walking and hiking with kids and pets. Mostly friendly folks, except one who mumbled something about the trail being for hiking (so sorry we were taking up part of the trail!). We did watercolors.

Painting below is of my finished watercolor from this morning.

Winter morning- Durant Nature Park (Plein Air Watercolor). Artist- Tesh Parekh

Here is a studio watercolor painting I had done recently from a watercolor sketch. This one is also of the Durant Nature park. It is a different view of the lake. The tree in the foreground may seem like a compositional cliche`, but, it is a truthful depiction of what you see around the lake (see following image).

After the Sun set- Durant Nature Park (based on a Plein Air Watercolor sketch). Artist- Tesh Parekh

Here is my setup with the finished painting.

Plein air painting at the Durant Nature Park in Raleigh. Artist- Tesh Parekh

And here is Kittie working on her watercolor. Kittie had a great time painting and chatting with folks.

Kittie painting. Kittie is an Artist and Photographer.

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding and Event painter

www.RaleighWeddingPainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

Studio Apron- a watercolor sketch by Raleigh NC Live Wedding and Event Painter

I worked on this sketch for several days! I started it one night while working in my studio. I noticed this old apron hanging on a shelf and liked its form. I used dry brush watercolor technique. I started with a pencil sketch. I used limited palette of colors to lay the washes. And then built up the form with hatchings and cross-hatchings. I got really busy with photography work after I started it. I used Winsor Newton watercolors on Strathmore Series 300 CP paper. I used just couple of Winsor Newton sable brushes.

It has been a busy 2011! I started the year by finishing a commissioned oil portrait. I have worked on several photography assignments since and have blogged a lot about some of those. Although I have sketched, I haven’t been able to blog about my paintings as much.

On February 5, I will be painting live at the Triangle Wine Experience (TWE). I may do a watercolor or oil painting. I did a live watercolor painting for TWE last year. I look forward to doing another one this year.

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding and Event Painter

www.raleighweddingpainter.com

919-622-5399

email: tesh@teshfineartphoto.com

 

Studio Apron. Drubrush Watercolor painting on paper. By Tesh Parekh. (Live Wedding and Event Artist)

 

 

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

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www.iwpphotography.com

919-622-5399

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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

Moore Square- A Plein Air Painting by Tesh Parekh

Moore Square. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.

I have always wanted to paint Moore Square (Raleigh downtown). It is such a busy place.  And of course, there is the giant Acorn! I had recently done a live event painting at Cobblestone Hall, which is part of the City Market. I did this painting on a cloudy afternoon. The light wasn’t ideal for the kind of painting I had in mind. But, I guess the pain of not painting seemed to be far greater than waiting for ideal conditions!

I used Strathmore 400 series 140 lb CP paper. I had lot of difficulty handling paint on this paper surface. The painting also took longer than normal as there were many people who stopped by to ask questions and give comments! But, that is the fun of painting outdoors!

And these are the reasons for me to go out and paint again!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

919-622-5399

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

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

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

www.teshparekh.com

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

www.teshparekh.com