Boats, waterfronts, beach and sand watercolor art by Tesh Parekh

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.

-Tesh

 

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Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor. Plein Air. I painted this scene from the balcony. Started one evening and finished next morning. Original and Prints available
Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
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Southport Painting 16X20 Watercolor Original and prints available
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Southport ll – Watercolor – 16×20 Original and Prints available
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Harbor painting – Watercolor – 16×20 Original and prints available
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Feeding the seagulls. Watercolor painting on paper.
Feeding the seagulls. Watercolor painting on paper. My son Ian on the Wrightsville Beach NC. Original and Prints available
Boats at the Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper.
Boats at the Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper.
Gateway of India. Watercolor painting on paper. Original and Prints available
Myrtle beach evening. Gouache on paper.
Myrtle beach evening. Gouache on paper. Original and Prints available
Old Yacht Basin. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper.
Old Yacht Basin. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper. Original and Prints available
Southport Sunset. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper.
Southport Sunset. Plein Air. Watercolor on paper. Original and Prints available
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Summer on the water original watercolor ~ Original and prints are available
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11x21. Watercolor on paper.
Apollo Bunder, Mumbai. 11×21. Watercolor on paper. Original and prints available
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Myrtle beach on a cloudy day 16×20 Original and prints available
Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Myrtle Beach Landscape #1. 16×20. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and Prints available
Myrtle Beach Landscape #2. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Myrtle Beach Landscape #2. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and prints available
Beach Scene. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Beach Scene. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Original and prints available
Beach Chairs. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air.
Beach Chairs. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Plein Air. Prints available
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New Bern in the morning 16″x20″ Original and prints available
"Dusk- New Bern". 9x12. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Dusk- New Bern”. 9×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and prints available
"Marina- New Bern". 12x16. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Marina- New Bern”. 12×16. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and Prints available
"Docked- New Bern". 16x12. Watercolor on paper. Artist - Tesh Parekh
“Docked- New Bern”. 16×12. Watercolor on paper. Artist – Tesh Parekh Original and prints available
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Catamaran at dusk 12X16 Original and prints available
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“Wilmington Waterfront”. 15×22. Watercolor on paper. Plein air. Original and Prints available
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Yellow Flag. Myrtle Beach SC. 9×12. Watercolor. Plein Air. The lifeguards were very helpful and I am glad I could capture this pair. Original and Prints available

Raleigh Watercolor paintings by NC Fine artist

Raleigh Watercolor Paintings

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

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Please contact me to purchase Originals, Prints and Licensing rights

Mami Nora's. Watercolor on paper. 10.5x14
Mami Nora’s. Watercolor on paper. 10.5×14
Railroad to Raleigh. Watercolor painting on paper. 21.5x14
Railroad to Raleigh. Watercolor painting on paper. 21.5×14
capitol Morning. 14x21. Watercolor painting on paper
Capitol Morning. 14×21. Watercolor painting on paper
Snowbound. Watercolor painting on paper. 21x14
Snowbound. Watercolor painting on paper. 21×14

Watercolor painting of Annapolis MD

Watercolor painting of Annapolis MD

I was in Annapolis last year on my way back from Philadelphia. I am working on series of paintings of both Philadelphia and Annapolis. Annapolis is a beautiful coastal place. Many things to paint! I liked this evening view of the Main Street and St. Anne’s Parish. Annapolis downtown is always busy. Many shops, restaurants and beautiful waterfront. I hope to return there soon to paint en plein air. Meanwhile I am enjoying pleb air painting season back home. I just returned from painting in Southport NC and I am headed to Kinston and Beaufort this weekend. So many paintings to paint…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Please contact me to purchase originals, prints and licensing rights

Last light, Annapolis MD. Watercolor on paper. 14x21.5
Last light, Annapolis MD. Watercolor on paper. 14×21.5

Watercolor paintings of Mumbai CST and Day Laborers

Watercolor paintings of Mumbai

Mumbai offers an incredible array of subjects to paint. Seascapes, cityscapes, figures and so on. In “Mumbai CST” I wanted to capture glorious architecture of the bustling train station. I plan to pain entire building one day. “Day Laborers of Mumbai” captures daily grind and reality of many in this hot and humid place. These are studio paintings. Imagine painting en plein air in Mumbai! It is on my list! Meanwhile, I am enjoying plein air painting season here in North Carolina. I was in Fuquay-Varina past weekend for the annual Paint-off. I will b in Southport, NC this weekend and will continue printouts for couple of more weeks.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Mumbai CST. 12x16 watercolor on paper.
Mumbai CST. 12×16 watercolor on paper.
Day Laborers of Mumbai. 21x14 watercolor on paper.
Day Laborers of Mumbai. 21×14 watercolor on paper.

Watercolor paintings of Chapel Hill by North Carolina Fine Artist

Watercolor paintings of Chapel Hill

After doing many paintings of Raleigh, I am finally getting around to painting Chapel Hill!

I have been exploring new paints, and papers. For the University UMC painting, I used new (to me) QoR paints. I need to paint more before I decide on using this range long term (I normally use Holbein and Winsor & Newton).

I painted the “Carolina Inn Evening” on Ampersand Aquabord. This is a unique surface! The paint handling was quite different from watercolor papers which I normally use. I have several reasons to explore this surface:

(1) Plein Air: I normally paint on un-stretched watercolor paper en plein air. This works fine for smaller sizes. However, at sizes bigger than quarter sheet, the paper does cockle. Most of the times, this is not an issue. However, it does make painting difficult under humid conditions. This should not be a problem for Aquabord.

(2) Framing: I frame all of my work. This does get expensive and time consuming. Framing becomes bigger challenge for plein air contests and wet-paint sales. Aquabord can be framed like Oil paintings- without the mat and glass.

(3) Contests: traditional watercolor paintings, by nature, are subtle. This subtlety is lost many times on folks judging plein air and other art contests. I often see badly painted oil paintings being awarded top prizes- just for being painted with oils! Not enough attention is paid to framed (or un-frmaed) works on paper. I do not wish to change my painting style just for the sake of art contests! I work in traditional manner, and do want my paintings to have a fair chance in contests. So, I am open to try surface other than the paper.

Of course, this was my first painting on Aquabord. So, I have a long way to go before I make my final decision about its long-term use. Here are my brief observations:

(1) Warping: the board did warp very slightly initially. Leaving it flat for couple of days seems to have fixed it. I guess I can also use 1.5″ or 2″ deep panels. Of douse, this also depends on how I want to frame my work.

(2) Framing: The big one! I am following instructions on the Amersand website. I have applied Krylon UV Archival Satin varnish. I am yet to apply Golden Polymer UVLS Satin varnish. Not sure how this process will work for plein air contests and wet-paint sales. I may contact Ampersand to get their tips.

(3) Storage: I store my watercolors flat (with or without mat). Paintings on Aqabord will require more storage space and better handling.

(4) Paint handling: I like to draw (sometimes in detail) before I start painting. The drawing was not easy on this surface. I used softer lead (4B)- most of the drawing came off during initial wash. I did not fix the drawing since I was unsure about the paint handling after applying the spray. Paint handling was very different from my favorite papers. I was not sure what the washes were doing! I had to apply the washes very carefully as underlying layers seem to come off. Lifting the paint was easy, when I needed to. The board seemed to stay wetter longer. However, I like how the finished painting looks. Initial varnish seems to have saturated the colors even more.

So, I will be certainly painting more on the Aquabord. I will be trying Gouache, and Drybrush techniques over next few days. And I also plan to use it en plein air.

I am also exploring  another Ampersand product- Claybord. I am working on my first Egg Tempera painting on Claybord. More on that later….

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Chapel Hill University UMC. 9x12. Watercolor painting on paper.
Chapel Hill University UMC. 9×12. Watercolor painting on paper. Painted with QoR paints.
Carolina Inn Evening. 11x14. Watercolor painting on Aquabord.
Carolina Inn Evening. 11×14. Watercolor painting on Aquabord.

 

Watercolor Paintings for UNCONDITIONAL

Watercolor Paintings for UNCONDITIONAL

My paintings for the ArtSource Art exhibition benefiting the Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

This triptych will be on display for sale, April 11th-13th at the ArtSource in Raleigh NC. The UNCONDITIONAL art exhibit explores the unique bond between humans and pets.

If you are a pet-lover or art-lover, you will enjoy this event.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Fetch # 1. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 1. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.
Fetch # 2. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 2. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.
Fetch # 3. Watercolor painting on paper. 9x12.
Fetch # 3. Watercolor painting on paper. 9×12.

Watercolor Paintings of Autumn by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Watercolor Paintings of Autumn

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.

The paintings below are from the Durant Nature Park and other areas of Raleigh NC.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Autumn Gold. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Gold. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Dusk. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Dusk. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Glow. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Glow. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Burst. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Burst. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28
Autumn Mist. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21x28
Autumn Mist. Watercolor painting on Paper. 21×28

Paintings of Raleigh En Plein Air and in Studio by North Carolina Fine Artist

Paintings of Raleigh En Plein Air and in Studio

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…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Raleigh Downtown Autumn. Watercolor painting on paper.
Raleigh Downtown Autumn. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morgan Street. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Morgan Street. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
NC State Capitol Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
NC State Capitol Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
View from Blount Street. Plein air watercolor painting on paper.
View from Blount Street. Plein air watercolor painting on paper.
Christ Church. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Christ Church. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Hargett Street Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Hargett Street Evening. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Raleigh Downtown. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Raleigh Downtown. Watercolor painting on paper.

 

Hayes Barton Evening. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hayes Barton Evening. Watercolor painting on paper.
RDU Takeoff. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
RDU Takeoff. Plein Air Watercolor painting on paper.
Salisbury Street. Watercolor painting on paper.
Salisbury Street. Watercolor painting on paper.
Raleigh Snow. Watercolor painting in paper.
Raleigh Snow. Watercolor painting in paper.

Live Wedding Painting at the Bradford by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Live Wedding Painting

I painted this as part of a style shoot at the Bradford. Many thanks to Brent Deitrich of Live View Studios for reaching out to me for participating in the French Provincial Watercolor Wedding style shoot. The Bradford is a lovely venue in New Hill NC. One of the many benefits of style shoot is meeting amazing wedding vendors. When you are working at live events, you do not always get the opportunity to meet fellow vendors. Here is the vendor team of this style shoot:

Venue: The Bradford / Event Design & Furniture: Farm & Filigree / Floral Design: Serendipity Designs / Hair & Makeup: Karen Michelle Clark / Stationery: Crafty Pie Press / Calligraphy: Serendipity Designs / Cake: Edible Art / Pastries & Macarons: La Farm Bakery / Film Lab:Photovision / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic / Live Event Painting: Tesh Parekh / Dress: Kirstie Kelly / Veil: Girl With A Serious Dream / Shoes: Nina Fontane / Jewelry: Glitz & Love

I wanted to do something different to add to the uniqueness of live painting. When I arrived at the venue, our beautiful model Danielle’s photo session was in the progress. I liked how she was posing, so decided to paint her. She was kind enough to hold the pose for me while I painted quickly. Brent captured me painting- thanks to him and his lovely wife Anna for sharing the images. This was an event painting, but, it fairly captures Danielle’s likeness. You can contact me for your live wedding painting or studio commission. You can also check out my new website www.liveweddingpaintings.com for more information.

 

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Live wedding painting at the Bradford. Watercolor on paper.
Live wedding painting at the Bradford. Watercolor on paper.
Danielle checking out her live painting
Danielle checking out her live painting
Finished painting on my easel.
Finished painting on my easel.
Live painting in progress at the Bradford.
Live painting in progress at the Bradford.

Bar Mitzvah Portrait in Watercolor by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Bar Mitzvah Portrait

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.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Bar Mitzvah Portrait. Watercolor painting on paper.
Bar Mitzvah Portrait. Watercolor painting on paper.