One of the several commissions I did last year. This one was a surprise Christmas gift! I was commissioned by the attorney’s wife to capture him presenting closing arguments in a case. She had originally contacted me to paint live at her wedding. That commission did not work out. But, she had liked my work and so thought of this unique surprise gift after she had gotten married. This was my first time sketching in the courtroom. I carried minimal painting supplies and had to be inconspicuous. Of course, painting live is not easy. Live events are not staged and people are not posing or stationary. I had to work with limited space and had to keep up with what was going on and anticipate what may happen next. But, this challenge is what keeps me painting live! It was also interesting listening to the closing arguments from both sides as I sketched. I made couple of pencil sketches. This one I liked the best. I finished it back in the studio. So, if you are looking for a unique gift for wedding or special event- think about live painting or studio commission. While I will continue to post my live paintings on this blog, please check out my new website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com There you will find all the relevant information for live paintings.
2014 was a good year for plein air painting. I had continued painting en plein air, well into November. Of course, late in the year, weather can be a challenge. So, I had to prepare well to paint outdoors. Paintings posted here were painted mostly at the Durant Nature Park in Raleigh. I had to walk on trails around the park, so, I had also simplified my painting gear. I was surprised at what I could do on location with minimal gear. After months of enjoying nice weather, painting in 40+ degree weather for couple of hours was quite a change! But, I enjoyed it. I also did a painting or two in gouache. Most paintings were completed entirely on location. Others were mostly done on location and then finished in the studio. I have done many fall paintings in the studio. But, the plein air experience is quite different. Nothing compares to the cool autumn air and painting under falling leaves. A painting or two were even done sitting on the ground. It was like painting sitting on a magic carpet of colorful leaves…
These are the paintings of my hometown of Amreli. This was the place where I was born and where I grew up. I have not visited Amreli for many years (couple of decades to be exact). My brother and sister now live in Mumbai and they often travel there with my Dad. We no longer own our childhood home. But, we have many relatives and friends who live there. My sister was in Amreli few months ago and sent me photos she had taken with her cell phone. I was amazed at how this place still looks the same. When we were growing up, not seeing any changes and growth was disappointing. And now it feels kind of comforting to know that it is not much affected by the twenty first century. As I painted these watercolors from my sister’s photos, it was like taking a walk down the memory lane. It took me back to the streets and my childhood home. I remember running bare feet on those streets and later on riding bicycles. Many streets did not even have names…
Earlier this year, I was in Southport NC for the international paint out. Southport is one of my favorite places to paint. The town hosts plein air paint outs twice a year. This gives artists opportunity to paint this beautiful place. The paint out was followed by a wet paint sale.
I had arrived in Southport on Friday evening. The weather was beautiful so I was able to finish two paintings before it got too dark to paint. Next day I started early to capture the morning light. When I paint on location, I like to capture different times of the day. The light changes constantly, so, I like to work quickly. I finished three paintings on Saturday. This has been a busy year for painting en plein air. After the Southport event, I also went to Wrightsville beach and Galas VA for different plein air events.
And back home, I have been busy painting on location at the Durant Nature Park as well as Raleigh downtown. Meanwhile, the studio work continues as well. I am also working on several holiday commissions. More on those later this monght.
So, I have finally done it- plein air painting at the State Fair! And it was as much fun as taking my 6 y/o son Ian to the fair. I have been to the fair for many years and we have taken Ian every year. He loves the fair! I had always wanted to paint at the fair en plain air (I had done a studio painting earlier).
I went to the fair three times this year: once with Ian and Mica and then twice to paint. I was lucky to have beautiful weather. Visit with Ian was for the family fun. The food, rides, exhibits and walking around. My other two visits were to paint. I painted State Fair #2 & 3 on my first plein air adventure at the fair. Many people stopped by and shared kind words. When I walked around carrying my easel and painting supplies, I realized how big the fair was! The fair offers incredible array of subjects. So, I was not satisfied with just two paintings and had to return to paint more! During m second plein air adventure at the fair, I painted State Fair #4 and also made pencil sketch and drawing. Just when the light was almost gone, I painted “Smoked Turkey Legs”. I learned few new things about watercolors and plein air painting. And had great time interacting with people who had stopped by. And those are the reasons enough for me to go back next year!
I was in Galax VA few weeks ago for the Mt. Vale Vineyard plein air paint out. The paint out was to benefit Chestnut Creek School of Arts. This was my first time visiting beautiful Galax VA. The view from the winery is simply breathtaking! I met and painted with many new artists. This was a very fun and relaxed event. And the school staff was very helpful. It got cold and windy which made it a very memorable plein air event. There was an awards ceremony followed by the live auction.
I finished three paintings while dealing with the elements. The first one was the morning view. I finished that before lunch. I started the “Mountain Road” before lunch and finished it after the lunch. A nice lady saw my painting unfold and decided to purchase it before it went for the auction. In the few minutes I had before the auction, I started and finished my third piece- the beautiful afternoon view.
“Morning, Galax VA” won the Judge’s Choice Award. This painting and “Afternoon, Galax VA” are available and I will donate part of the proceeds to the Chestnut Creek School of Arts for the commission I would have paid at the auction.
I hope you are having an amazing Holiday season! If you keep up with my art (thank you!), you may have noticed that I have been painting more and more. I have done number of watercolors (and some oils) in studio and plein air. Not to mention the sketches which I normally do not publish due to the volume (I do those to hone my skills). I have sold quite a few paintings, prints and usage rights this year. I am thankful to all my collectors, art patrons and supporters.
As an artist, my first priority is to paint! So, I do not always get to update my website, blog and other online portfolios with my latest finished paintings. However, I normally post updates on my current work. If you will like to stay connected, there are many ways to keep up with my latest work:
My fine art website: www.TeshParekhArt.com (you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive monthly updates and invites to special events)
Wrightsville Beach Paintings from the recent plein air paint out. The paint out was hosted by the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. This was a two day long plein air event, followed by a Wet paint sale. This was the first paint out for the Musuem and it turned out to be a real success. Around 30 artists participated and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Congratulations and many thanks to Madeline Flagler and the team. You can read more about this event in the Lumina News.
Wrightsville Beach is one of our family favorites for vacations and short trips. My son Ian loves playing in the surf there. I have done his studio paintings on the beach, but, this was my first time painting en plein air there.
I made six paintings during the paint out. Originally, I had planned to do couple of oil paintings, but, ended up doing only watercolors. Which was great- I was able to move around and capture different places as well as different light. I love boats so had to get those in! I painted from the South Channel Park, Wynn Plaza, and Johnnie Mercer’s Pier. All I did was paint! From first thing in the morning till the light faded and I no longer could see! I enjoyed meeting many new artists and art-lovers who had stopped by.
Two of my pantings are on the display at the Museum along with works of other fine artists. These pantings will be on sale there till December. Please contact me to purchase originals or prints.
From the warm weather of the Wrightsville Beach I had headed to fall weather in Galax VA following weekend. Those paintings coming next…
Amanda Baxley of Raleigh has won the first giveaway from Tesh Parekh, Artist
It is funny how the winner of this painting came today to pick up her print ~ the FIRST day of the NC State Fair. She loves the fair, always has and when she saw this painting for the first time at one of my pop-up gallery showings, she instantly fell in love. She was one of the very first people to sign up for my newsletter, and when it came time to pull the name for the first giveaway, when I saw her name in my hand (we did the drawing the old fashioned way), I was so excited. Amanda would ask me about the painting every time she saw me and she was just couldn’t believe it when we called her to tell her she had won. She, like many others, probably thought that never in a million years would she win, but she did. She enjoys getting my newsletter via email, just once a month, that showcases the beautiful work that I get to paint each day. You as well can subscribe for my newsletter HERE and maybe you will win a print when we draw in December. Well, time for me to get back at it ~ I can’t wait to show you what I have been working on for the past two weeks!
Above is the original piece that the print was made from ~ the original is available for sale. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the print.
I had done few Mumbai watercolor paintings back in 2012. I was there visiting my family. My watercolor setup is highly portable: I can paint almost anywhere! Of course, it was not easy painting in Mumbai. It was difficult to control the paint due to humidity. Back in my studio, it is relatively easier and I am able to paint on bigger scale. Here are two recent paintings of the Gateway Of India. The first one is full sheet and the second one is half sheet. The Gateway of India is a busy place! And it was HOT when I was there. Mumbai never slows down and only slightly cools down during the winter. Both the originals are sold but prints are available. I am working on more paintings of Mumbai. I have also done several paintings of my hometown of Amreli. I will be posting those next.