I am accepting Holiday commissions! Please contact me for painting of people, pets, homes, weddings and boudoir. I can work with the photos and also schedule a photo session. An original commissioned painting will make a great gift for you or a friend/ family member. I offer commissions in watercolors, oils and pencil.
– Tesh Parekh
Award-Winning Fine Artist & Live Wedding Painter
Available for People, Pet & Home Portrait commissions
This oil portrait commission was a Christmas gift for Julia’s grandparents. I was commissioned by Julia’s Dad- Andrew. Based on our consultation meeting, we had decided to do a photo session. We had also decided on the size and medium. Andrew loved one particular image, so, we decided to use that one as a reference. I used stretched linen. When I paint in oils, I do not use thinners or painting mediums. So, I have to work with drying rate of the paint layers. I also rely more on the brushstrokes as I am not using thinned paint. I was able to complete the commission right in time. Andrew approved the final painting and he shared that Julia’s grandmother was in tears when she saw it! That is my ultimate reward. I accept portrait commissions in both watercolors and oils. And if you are looking for Wedding painting commission information, you can contact me via this website or checkout my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com
This is one of the fastest portraits I have ever done! I created Jovon’s Bar Mitzvah Portrait in watercolor in my studio between his Bar Mitzvah ceremony and reception. I had photographer his Mitzvah portraits at the Beth Meyer Synagogue. I liked one of those images and used it as a reference. Originally, I had planned to do an oil painting but that did not work out due to my schedule. So, I painted this watercolor. I am used to working quickly when painting live at weddings and events. But, this was portrait, so likeness was important. I loved the challenge. Jovon and his family loved the painting. You can get more information about my live wedding and event painting services on my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com A painting like this can make a unique gift and add a touch of elegance to your special occassion.
This is an oil portrait of my son Ian! I frequently sketch him from life. That practice helps me sketch when I am painting live at weddings and events! This portrait is based on an image I had captured while he was standing by the front door, curiously observing the world outside.
I paint portraits in both oils and watercolors. Portrait commission, like wedding painting commission makes a great gift. Please contact me for pricing.
Departed. 15×22. Watercolor on Fabriano 300 lb HP paper.
Some painting ideas are like a splinter under your skin! This one came to me when my wife was in a hospital several years ago. From the hospital room window, I could see a helicopter sitting on top of a building. originally, I wanted to somehow include it in the painting, but, then dropped the idea. It would make the painting too busy.
To me, painting is a visual language. And I am still learning. So, it has taken me this long to finally make the painting. In between, I made quick pencil sketches while visiting some folks at hospitals. Last month, I made little more detailed pencil sketches when my wife was in hospital again. I wanted to paint on the spot. But, hospitals aren’t an easy place for that sort of thing! The final painting is done from a combination of my sketches, memory and imagination. It took me a while to find the right composition, too. And of course, the influence of Andrew Wyeth is obvious. Someday, I will master the medium of watercolors the way he did.
I know it is not a pretty painting. Certainly not the kind anyone will want to hang over mantle! But, it is a truthful depiction of my emotions. When you are sitting alone in a hospital room, watching your loved one, it is not always a happy feeling…
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!
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!
First, let me introduce Kyle. I never got the opportunity to meet this young soul. All I know about him is from the people who love him. And there are so many! I asked his mom Karen Byrd to share Kyle’s story. It brought tears to my eyes:
“I would love to tell you about Kyle — he was a great kid! Kyle was such a good baby; happy and fun and absolutely adorable. As a toddler and little boy, he was so full of energy — he kept us on our toes ALL THE TIME! That part never changed . . . Kyle was always what I like to call “outside the box.” He was never a bad kid, but he always kept me hopping. As a teenager, he was really smart. He never had to study or work very hard, but always made excellent grades; it just came easy to him. You just had to keep him focused so that he used his power and energy for good and not evil : ) He dabbled in about every sport at some time in his life — baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey . . . but his passions were wheels and music. Kyle could drive anything with wheels and he could almost instantly play any musical instrument that he picked up. When he was 2 years old, he couldn’t tell you the difference between a football and basketball or a horse and a cow, but he could drive a go cart with unbelievable skill and name all 40+ NASCAR drivers and sing the National Anthem . . . Kyle had a passion for people and for our community. His entire life, he volunteered along side Jimmy and I at Jaycee events and charity projects — he worked on projects, coached kids’ t-ball, worked with needy kids and so much more. Kyle also had a passion for the YMCA; he planned to be a YMCA counselor in high school. Kyle accepted Jesus in March of 2007 at a youth retreat at our church; and he dedicated his life to God at that time, becoming very active in our youth group and with the youth puppet team. Kyle adored his little sister and he looked after her, even though she drove him totally crazy. Kyle was also very popular. He was known by his friends as “The Byrdman.” He had a beautiful girlfriend, Julieann, who is still and will always be a part of our life. He was famous for his “neon hair” and his love of pink. He wore pink clothes and had a pink calculator, pink notebooks and a pink ipod. One of Kyle’s YMCA counselors said during Kyle’s funeral services “who else but Kyle could get this many ‘manly men’ to all wear pink” referring to all the men and teenagers in pink that day. The most defining trait of Kyle would have to be his sense of humor. He could have me so mad that I would be ready to ground him for life (or much worse) and then he would say something so totally off the wall that I would just bust out laughing…He’d do anything for a laugh. One time, he wanted a funny Halloween costume. That particular year, he was playing football and he had a football game that day; then he came home all sweaty from football and changed into his costume forHalloween . . . as a cheerleader. He was so “pretty” that we had people asking us about our “daughter” — people had no idea he was a boy; and he went out with his peers like that . . . no one could believe he had such guts, but for Kyle. . . anything for a laugh. Tesh, I miss him ever single second of every minute of every day . . . he was just a ray of sunshine, my waller monster, who loved to waller on me and hug me, unlike most teenagers, he was never embarrassed to hug and love me. This world is a better place because of his short time here and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Kyle is blessed for the experience. Kyle James Byrd 1/6/93 – 6/23/07 Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin & friend . . . Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God ~ Matthew 5:8″
Thank you Karen, for sharing this and for giving me the opportunity to paint Kyle.
I started Kyle’s portrait about a year ago. I was working from a digital photograph shared Karen. This was one of her favorite photos. It was taken at Kyle’s concert under indoor lighting. Kyle, being cool, had his shades on!
I wanted to do an oil portrait and wanted to do a direct painting. I could not finish my first painting while the initial stages were still wet. I decided not to paint over dried layer of paint.
So, I started a new one yesterday. And below you can see the stages of my progress. I started by painting free hand with neutral color. My plan was to follow John Howard Sanden’s system. However, since his system is for painting from life, I had to make changes as I went along. The main challenges which I faced were the quality of light in the photo and the fact that I could not see Kyle’s eyes. However, it was very rewarding doing this portrait and it was like spending time with Kyle, getting to know him.
“Waiting”. 8×10. Watercolor. Available for purchase via Safe Haven for Cats live auction. This is the painting I just did for the auction. I used my friend Courtney Banko’s beautiful image as a reference. Earlier I had done two more paintings from her images. Those were for the SPCA auction on Oct 4. I like the cat in the painting but what got me interested was also the texture of those wooden boards. I had a good time doing this painting. Here is the link to live auction info.:
I hope you will buy this painting and support Safe Haven for Cats.