I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
Last year I had painted this en plein air. It was just fabulous! This is the studio version. My second painting for Visual Art Exchange’s annual Scope exhibition. Loved painting this in the studio as well. I look forward to Local Color Raleigh’s annual Paint Out this Saturday! I could not participate last couple of years. It is going to be busy day! After the paint out I have opening of my show at the Art of Style in Brier Creek. And then I head on to the All Saints Chapel to start a wedding painting, Because of the schedule of the Church and ceremony, I will finish the painting offsite.
I was recently in New Bern for Holiday Art and Gift show. I had always wanted to paint New Bern and this gave me an opportunity! Because of the show schedule, I had to paint in the morning and evening. And paint quickly!
“Dusk- New Bern”. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh
I painted this after the show. I had about 30 minutes at the Marina! But, I enjoyed working quickly and learned a thing or two.
“Docked- New Bern”. 16×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh
I painted this during the day while my wonderful wife- Mica stayed at our booth. These sailboats had docked at the Union Point park. The water was high that day. And I got flooded once! My supplies, and easel got a good soaking and I lost a watercolor block! But, I kept on painting. The boats sailed off at some point, but, I had a good drawing and tonal design in place by that time.
“Marina- New Bern”. 12×16. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh
This is my brave effort at painting quite a few boats in short amount of time! Another painting done after the show. 30 minutes. Slightly larger than the previous one. I was forced to use 300 lb paper since I lost my 140 lb watercolor block in the flooding! It is amazing what you can do with watercolors in short amount of time! Of course, if you are willing to take a bold approach.
“New Bern Morning”. 12×21. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh
I saw this morning view of New Bern from my hotel and it was breath-taking! I had to wait for couple of days before I could paint it. Again, I had to work quickly while working on a slightly larger scale (almost 1/2 sheet). Mother Nature and Watercolors- two of the best teachers one can have.
I hope to take these sketches, memories and other references back to my studio and work on several other paintings of beautiful New Bern.