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Egg Tempera Painting “Flow” by Raleigh Fine Artist
I have been interested in Egg Tempera paintings ever since I saw Andrew Wyeth‘s Egg Tempera paintings in his Autobiography. North Carolina Museum of Art has 3 Wyeth tempera paintings. I often visit there to admire Wyeth art in person. Couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to see more of Wyeth tempera and watercolors at Brandywine River Museum of Art. Wyeth never talked much about his technique. Most of what I have learned about Egg Tempera technique is from Robert Vickery’s book. And recently, from watching Colin Fraser video. Apart from the Wyeth inspiration, Egg Tempera appeals to me as an ideal medium for certain subjects.
It has taken me many attempts and failures before I could successfully complete my first Egg Tempera painting. I had to deal with challenges of materials as well as lack of good advice. But, the biggest challenge I faced was my own inability to learn from the medium and my own attempts. Egg Tempera has its own unique qualities: but, it is no different from Oils and Watercolors in many ways. It is not a magical medium. A good painting in Egg Tempera will require all the attributes of a good painting in any other medium. And most important of all, it requires: patience! Being patient when you are learning. Egg tempera does not fit today’s assembly line process of making, publishing and selling paintings. This is also not a “painterly” medium and hence you are unlikely to draw a crowd of spectators wanting to watch you paint!
“Flow” was inspired by the light: both the quality and flow. I was traveling last year with Mica and Ian. We were in the Bryson city. Ian and I were making sketches of each other in that little sketchbook. And Ian had recently started to drink tea (more for the process of making tea than actually drinking it!). Later after Christmas, I started this painting. I spent more than a week working on it. It wasn’t an easy process but, I made it work in the end. At a different level, this painting symbolizes my own flow with my creativity.
Of course, I am planning my next Egg tempera painting already…
My latest studio watercolor paintings of Raleigh. I have aimed to capture seasons and light in my paintings. I wanted to paint the “Mami Nora‘s” smoke against the early spring background. I also like Mami Nora’s delicious food and colorful building. “Railroad to Raleigh” is a view from the Boylan Bridge. From late Fall. “Capitol Morning” is from late winter morning. I liked the morning light and shadows. I used a new brand of paper- Moulin Du Roy. 140lb Rough surface. The surface is quite rough. Great for quick and impressionistic effects. “Snowbound” is a painting of my own street. February snow. I was walking home after taking Ian to his friend’s house. I liked those tire tracks in the snow.
I will be painting more cityscapes and seascapes this weekend in Kinston NC and Beaufort NC. Both are hosting plein air paint outs. I can’t wait….
– Tesh Parekh
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This painting is now available as signed open edition print. Print size is 12×16 on 13×19 watercolor paper. Printed with archival inks. Introductory price is $ 100 + tax for a limited time. Print can be ordered and picked up or will be shipped anywhere in US for additional $ 10. The original watercolor painting (21×29) is currently available.
More paintings of beautiful North Carolina fall! I love the colors of North Carolina Fall. Last year, I did many plein air paintings during the fall. Plein air pieces are normally quarter to half sheet in size. I wanted to capture autumn’s glory on larger scale. So I painted below pieces in my studio. All the paintings were painted on full sheet of Arches Cold Press 140 lb paper. Due to the scale of the paintings and the amount of water I used, I had to stretch the paper. I have tried different ways of stretching the paper. The only stretching technique that has worked for me is Nita Engle’s technique. Nita has shared this technique in her book. This technique keeps the paper flat during the painting process. Arches Cold Press paper, once stretched, is a joy to use. It takes the washes and lifting well.
I have been trying new paints, and papers. And although I have achieved good results on variety of surfaces, I have liked Saunders and Arches papers the best. For drawings, I have recently started using Stonehenge paper and love it. One of the new surface I have tried this year is Ampersand Aquabord, This is certainly a unique surface which I will be writing about later.
These are some of my favorite paintings of Raleigh. The larger paintings were done in the studio and others were either completely done en plain air or started plein air and finished in the studio. North Carolina autumn is simply magical. Crisp cool air and beautiful colors everywhere. And while autumn landscapes are perfect subjects at that time of the year, I also love painting cityscapes and streetscapes. Studio paintings were done from the references and the only challenge was may be the scale of the paintings. But, I was fascinated by the light outdoors and the experience of painting in freezing cold. As with my autumn landscapes, I used minimal painting supplies. Being prepared to deal with the weather was the key. After I had started painting “View from Blount Street”, it started to rain. So, I finished it sitting in my truck! One of the reasons I love watercolor medium. It allows me to adapt to changing conditions outdoors. While painting Christ Church, it rained on me and my painting and the final painting has rain drops mixed in! Each plein air painting brings back many memories of the experiences I had while being out there. The winter has slowed down my plein air adventures. But, I hope to be out soon to capture the winter light. Meanwhile, I am working in my studio and have done several large studio paintings that I will be posting soon…
Watercolor painting of Durant nature park. I was there painting yesterday and finished a 22×30 plein air watercolor. This painting was done in the studio. I saw this deer one day. Limping along the edge of woods. I love this park. Very quiet. I see new things to paint whenever I visit (it is not very far from where I live). Seasons provide me inspirations for painting the same subjects differently. Everything is lush green at this time of the year. I see deers many times when I am there. I used 300 lb watercolor paper for this painting. I use this paper sometimes for plein air work too. There is a benefit of using the same materials for every painting- you can concentrate entirely on the subject. But, my experience is that this limits the subjects I paint and techniques I use to convey stories. Watercolor painting allows me to work quickly when working en plein air. And when working in the studio, I can slowly paint some of my subjects. I can do dry brushing, for example. And using different papers, paints and brushes help me.
I have been painting more than before and having a good time doing so! New for me this year is going to be painting on larger scale more often. I paint half sheets when painting on location and paint half or full sheet when in studio. I will be painting full sheet watercolors on location. What I like about painting on this scale on location is that, it allows me to learn the brush work. Studio work on any scale can be slower and I can get bogged down in details and in creating finished work. Work done on location is different. I have limited time to capture what I am after. So, I have to work quickly and find ways to paint details using visual language. I use bigger brushes when painting this way. I have also pared down my setup so I can carry everything when I am wandering around the woods. While I have always wanted to paint on bigger scale en plein air, I was more enthused by my recent trip to the Brandywine River museum. Andrew Wyeth has always been my hero and this was the first time when I got to see his watercolors in person. I was amazed at the scale of his paintings- both egg tempera and watercolors. I also got to see some of the paintings that I have never seen online or in printed media before. I am also a fan of N.C. Wyeth and other artists of his era and so enjoyed looking at those paintings as well. I really loved works of Howard Pyle, William T. Richards and Dean Cornwell (one painting- badly crackled but beautiful). I did not get to see some the Andrew Wyeth drybrush paintings which I have always wanted to see. But, that may be a good reason to visit there again!
I love painting cityscapes as much as I love painting landscapes and seascapes. I have painted Raleigh both en plain air and also in my studio. This is a small sketch I had down awhile ago. The downtown was decorated for holidays. And I loved the evening light. I always have my sketching supplies with me. I can work fast with watercolors! I sat down somewhere on the City Plaza and made this sketch in about half an hour. All of my Raleigh paintings are available as prints and I also have some originals available…
My winter cityscape of Raleigh – “Winter Evening, Raleigh” is part of Visual Art Exchange‘s “Primary” show. This 21×14 watercolor on paper is a moody atmospheric painting of Raleigh Downtown. Winter blues! I thought it was appropriate choice for this show. The show opens on First Friday.
I am hoping to travel to the coast in next few days. So, it will be time for plein air painting on the beach and studio work when I am back. Last year, I painted quite a few plein air pieces while “vacationing” in Myrtle Beach. Have already sold some of those.
This year I have been traveling for live wedding painting commissions. My next commission will be in South Boston, VA. I look forward to it!
This is my second wedding painting of the beautiful All Saints Chapel (Raleigh NC) in last few days! Last week I had painted Ashley & Chris’s wedding live there. Kathe and Todd’s painting is a studio commission. I used reference photos to create this painting. However, the painting is not a copy of photo! I looked at many images to create the composition that best captures beautiful wedding ceremony. Once I had worked out the composition, I made a very detailed pencil drawing. I painted in multiple sessions and finished the painting in many layers. This is different from when I paint live at the weddings. When painting live, I have to work quickly. So, although there are layers of paints, brush strokes are more important when painting live. My aim is simple: to create a beautiful painting that is one-of-a-kind and that captures the story.
While I love painting live, studio commissions are important as well. There are occasions when I am not available to paint live, or the wedding happened in the past.
Next month I will be painting live at the North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh NC. That will be live oil painting of a first dance…