Holly Springs, NC is a quaint town that is truly that suburb that has it all to be able to call home, but is also not to far from the big city. I paint in Holly Springs as often as I can and I enjoy the area, no matter what season. Holly Springs Cultural Center has been so kind to display my work, and will house it there until the end of the month. There are a lot of things that attracted me to the area, and you can see that through my watercolors of the area. Also, I have hung several of my most favorite paintings for you to view in oil and watercolor from my own collection. All are for sale and all can have prints made of them as well. Whenever you visit the Holly Springs Library, think of just taking a few minutes to peruse my work!
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.
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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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
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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.
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….
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…
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:
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.