Live wedding painting commissions: what are the prices?

I get number of inquiries for live wedding painting: from Toronto to Miami and from LA to NY and even some international inquiries. The number of inquiries have gone up recently and hence I decided to share my pricing information online. If you like my work and understand my pricing, the next step will be to check on my availability for your event. If you like my work, but, are unsure about investing in my service, then read below. If price is your only concern, you are in luck: more and more artists are offering live painting and you are sure to find something that suits your budget.

First, some clarifications on what I do:

I am a fine artist and I approach live wedding paintings as commissioned work. I am not an entertainer nor a  caricaturist: if you are looking for those services or are expecting those prices, I am not your artist! My work starts with consultation, and includes regular communication with my clients as well as planners and/or venues. I also make site visits when it is feasible, to plan and prepare for my commissions. And my painting process may take anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on the size, medium, event and other factors. The work that I produce is expected to be professionally framed and displayed for years to come.

Is it worth to you?

Brides who hire me are looking for commissioned work-of-art. Wedding planning and budgeting is a complex subject, and best left to many of my talented wedding planner friends. However, from what I know: wedding budgets are spent on many items, not all of which will stay with you. Framed painting will! You may even pass on the painting to your next generation. If you are not sure, just make a list of each budget item, with cost and longevity next to those.

What are some of the unique aspects of my service?

There are many talented artists who paint live. Each artist has his/ her own unique style, process and pricing. Here is what is different about what I do:

* I offer live wedding painting in both watercolors and oils. I am one of the few artists to offer live painting in watercolors! And of course, oils are a classic medium.

* I am a full-time visual artist. My life is centered around art. My service is a legitimate business. I am dedicated to learning my craft and improving my work. I am constantly drawing and painting. If you like my work, it is the result of this dedication. I have been an artist all of my life and have been painting live professionally since 2009.

* I use artist-quality materials. This often gets overlooked! I user archival-quality supports and paints. I do not use toxic mediums or cleaners, not even odorless kind (those are still toxic!). Professionally framed and appropriately displayed planting should last for many years.

* I bring every element of fine art to my commissions: composition, drawing, value design, color scheme and brushwork. My aim is not to paint 50 chairs or 100 guests. My job is to distill the visual information in front of me, and capture the essence of that special moment on my paper or canvas.

* My process is self-contained and flexible. I do not rely on other vendors or venues for help. I carry everything I need to do my job. I can setup in a far corner and still paint what I have in mind even if the view from my vantage point if different.

* Most of my work is done from life. I use photography in some cases, but for the most part, I rely more on what I see and make my own reference sketches.

* I finish my paintings at the events. It is live painting after all, isn’t it?! If a frame is provided to me, I can even frame the finished watercolor for you (oil paintings take longer time to dry).

What about travel?

I am based out of Raleigh NC. So, for commissions outside of the Triangle area: I am no different from any other vendor you may be flying in for your event. Travel expenses may include mileage/ flights, hotel, transportation and per diem expenses. The expenses may be little or lot depending on where your event is. A painting commission in Asheville or Wilmington may cost differently from commission in Atlanta. I currently only charge for the actual travel expenses and reasonable per diem expenses, although my time investment in travel may be significant at times. All this may be worth to you, if you like my work, and are willing to look at this as investment rather than expense.

I hope this information will be helpful to you in deciding if I am the right artist for your wedding.

For my current prices, please check out the pricing page.

– Tesh Parekh

Live Wedding Painter and Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

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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Raleigh NC Live Event Artist – Live Event Sketch at Top of the Hill Restaurant in Chapel Hill

Invisible Groom. Live Event Sketch in Watercolor.
Invisible Groom. Live Event Sketch in Watercolor.

I was recently in Chapel Hill to promote my Live Wedding Paintings. I was invited by my friend Joye Speight of Virtue Events for a wedding show called “Invisible Groom”. The show was at Top of the Hill Restaurant. I enjoyed meeting many of my fellow wedding vendors and couples. And while at the event, I did this watercolor sketch! Couple of years ago, I had done a live event painting in oil at Top of the Hill restaurant. After the event, I stopped by UNC Bell Tower to do a plein air watercolor painting. I love this part of Chapel Hill. Full of life.

– Tesh Parekh

Live Event Artist and Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Raleigh Event Painter – Live Event Painting for ISES, NACE and Triangle Bridal Holiday Mixer at the Sheraton Downtown Raleigh

"Elevate Dancers". Live Event Painting. Watercolor. 16x20. Arches 140 lb CP Paper

I have been painting the ISES, NACE & TBA Holiday mixer for past three years now and have really enjoyed it. This event benefits Toys for Tots. I get to paint and meet my friends! That is a good change since when I paint plein air, I am mostly alone. I have done quite a few plein air paintings and sketches during past few weeks. And also some work in the studio. And while I have been busy with professional photography, I haven’t had the opportunity to photograph my very own recent work!

I chose watercolor medium for this event due to the amount of time- around 2 hours. 16×20 watercolor is a decent size for live watercolor painting, especially given just couple of hours.

This year’s event was at the Sheraton Hotel (downtown Raleigh). I started around 6 PM. When I arrived, first thing I saw were the beautiful dancers from Elevate. Mica and I have photographed Valerie Curran’s dancers at the Mitzvahs and Birthday parties. Before I even setup, I pulled out my sketchbook and attempted quick reference sketches in pencil. Of course, the dancers were moving fast! And apart from the movement, they were also contorting their bodies! Quite amazing to look at, but, hard to draw! But, thanks to my 3/o son, I have training in sketching people who move at 100 mph!

Below is my setup. Just before I started the painting. I used Cheap Joe’s easel. For my plein air paintings, I have been using Winsor & Newton’s Bristol easel due to its light weight (sitting on the ground to paint is also very userful!). I used Holbein paints, Isaby mops and Creative Mark Rhapsody Kolinsky brushes. The paper I used was Arches 140 lb CP.

Live event painting setup. Blank paper awaits. Artist - Tesh Parekh

I started with a pencil drawing. And by this time the dancers were gone. So, I used my reference sketches to complete the drawing. Rest of the painting was mostly from the memory. I worked fast and furious. My mops, sables and lovely wife Mica were huge help! Below is your truly, painting.

Tesh Parekh - Live Event Artist at work.

The finished painting was given away in the raffle. Here I am with the lucky winner Joye Speight (right) of Virtue Event Planning & Consulting, Inc.

Joye Speight (right) won live event painting in the raffle. Artist - Tesh Parekh

I am loving the painting journey. While the biggest reward is the learning and being able to create what I enjoy, I am also thankful for my live event and wedding painting commissions.

– Tesh Parekh

Artist & Photographer

www.RaleighWeddingPainter.com

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Live Event Painting for the Triangle Wine Experience- a video

Tesh Parekh- wedding painter. Live event painting for Triangle Wine Experience 2010.

When I paint live at weddings and events, I sometimes photograph my setup and work-in-progress paintings. But, I do not get the opportunity to capture my painting process on video. For past two years, I have done live event painting for the Triangle Wine Experience. Last year, Island Sound DJ’s & Video created a time-lapsed video as I painted. I finally got the opportunity to upload it:

As you will notice, the interior was pretty dark! Not to mention that people were in constant motion! When painting live, I do not take photos for the reference. So, I have to make many sketches and I have to sketch quickly. My latest live wedding painting commission was for a first dance. I had less than 2 minutes to sketch the bride and groom as they danced, surrounded by friends and family!

I now carry my own light for indoor location work. I have also made further changes to my easel. The traditional oil painting easel just does not work for watercolors. I had modified my old french easel, but, it still was not easy to use. Recently, I just took it apart and sorta redesigned it. Hopefully, it will inspire to paint more! The wedding painting commissions that I have completed so far were in oil. I have another watercolor commission coming up soon…

– Tesh Parekh

Wedding Painter

Tesh’s Live Wedding and Event Paintings

www.RaleighWeddingPainter.com

919-622-5399

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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

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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

“Concert at North Hills”- A live event painting by Tesh Parekh

Concert at North Hills. 13×19. Watercolor on Saunder’s Waterford 140 lb Rough paper. Painted live.

I had dreaded about making this painting! I frequently paint live at weddings & events, however, what worried me here was the complexity! I painted this as a part of North Hills plein air competition. The competition has now been open for two months. And for me, it has come down to almost last two days to get couple of paintings done. I hope to do an oil painting as well.

I had done three paintings last year, for the same competition. One painting had even won top prize in one of the categories (it was a rarity, considering that it was a watercolor!). Today, while scouting for a painting location, I met James Park. James, who is a General Manager at Mura Restaurant, had purchased one of my paintings last year. He shared a wonderful story related to my painting! Last year I had painted fountains. This year, I wanted to paint something different that would capture what goes on at North Hills. My original plan was to go out and work on couple of paintings for a week. North Hills competition is different from other competitions in that, you can paint anytime and as many times during the competition. This can potentially allow you to refine your paintings (or cheat, if you are into that sort of thing!). However, I had many other obligations which kept me from my lofty ideals. In fact, the title of this post should have been “life comes at you fast, paint faster”!

This was my first time at the Thursday evening concert. It was packed! Let me just say that people were having a good time! I had many folks who stopped by to admire my work (thank you, all!). Couple of folks even showed interest in buying it. This was not an easy painting for couple of reasons. First, the scene in front of me was really complicated. I liked the view from the other side, but, I did not like the composition that way. The light was also fading quickly. It took me around two hours to paint it and I enjoyed the experience.

I used Holbein paints with mostly subdued palette. There are no strong warm colors.

I am still working on a commissioned family oil portrait and also hope to finish couple of oil paintings for competitions. In next couple of days. Wish me luck!

– Tesh Parekh

www.teshparekh.com

919-622-5399

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