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.

 

Courtroom Painting by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Courtroom Painting.

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.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Courtroom painting. Watercolor commission on paper.
Courtroom painting. Watercolor commission on paper.

 

Plein Air Paintings of North Carolina Autumn by Raleigh NC Fine Artist

Plein Air Paintings of North Carolina Autumn.

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…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Autumn Morning. Watercolor painting on paper.
Autumn Morning. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fall creek. Gouache painting on paper.
Fall creek. Gouache painting on paper.
Autumn gold. Watercolor painting on paper.
Autumn gold. Watercolor painting on paper.

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Autumn at Upper lake. Watercolor painting on paper..
Autumn at Upper lake. Watercolor painting on paper..
Autumn dusk at Lower lake. Gouache painting on paper.
Autumn dusk at Lower lake. Gouache painting on paper.
Falling leaves. Watercolor painting on paper.
Falling leaves. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hanging on. Watercolor painting on paper.
Hanging on. Watercolor painting on paper.
The wishing tree. Watercolor painting on paper.
The wishing tree. Watercolor painting on paper.
The refuge. Watercolor painting on paper.
The refuge. Watercolor painting on paper.

Watercolor paintings of India

Watercolor paintings of India.

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…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Pencil drawing for The Tower.
Pencil drawing for The Tower.
The Tower. Watercolor painting on paper. This is the tower of Amreli.
The Tower. Watercolor painting on paper. This is the tower of Amreli.
J.C. Watercolor painting on paper. My Dad walking down the street where we grew up.
J.C. Watercolor painting on paper. My Dad walking down the street where we grew up.
Pencil drawing for J.C.
Pencil drawing for J.C.
The Door. Drybrush watercolor on paper. The back door to my childhood home. Like rest of the old town, it still looks the same.
The Door. Drybrush watercolor on paper. The back door to my childhood home. Like rest of the old town, it still looks the same.
Amreli Street. Watercolor painting on paper. Dusty street of Amreli. Still looks the way I remember it.
Amreli Street. Watercolor painting on paper. Dusty street of Amreli. Still looks the way I remember it.
Wash Day. Watercolor painting on paper. Clothes are still hand washed and dried on the clothes line.
Wash Day. Watercolor painting on paper. Clothes are still hand washed and dried on the clothes line.
The Window. Watercolor painting on paper. Window of my childhood home.
The Window. Watercolor painting on paper. Window of my childhood home.
Five Dry Taps. Watercolor painting on paper. This was the bath in my childhood home. Those taps were always dry.
Five Dry Taps. Watercolor painting on paper. This was the bath in my childhood home. Those taps were always dry.

 

Southport NC Plein Air Watercolor Paintings

Southport NC Plein Air Watercolor Paintings.

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.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Evening, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.
Dusk, Southport. Watercolor painting on paper.

 

Plein Air painting at the State Fair

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!

Below paintings are currently on the display at the Fidelity Bank in Wake Forest. All the paintings are available as originals and prints.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Smoked Turkey Legs. Watercolor painting on paper.
Smoked Turkey Legs. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #3. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #3. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #2. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #2. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #4. Watercolor painting on paper.
State Fair #4. Watercolor painting on paper.
The Ride. Pencil drawing on paper.
The Ride. Pencil drawing on paper.
State Fair #5. Pencil drawing for the watercolor.
State Fair #5. Pencil drawing for the watercolor. The painting will be finished soon.

Plein Air painting in Galax VA

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.

More pantings to come…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Mountain Road, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.
Mountain Road, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Galax VA. Watercolor painting on paper.

Staying connected with my art

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)

My Blog:  www.TeshParekhArt.com/blog

My Live Wedding painting website: www.liveweddingpaintings.com

Fine Art Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teshparekhart (new fans and likes are always welcome!)

My Live Wedding painting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/liveweddingpaintings  (new fans and likes are always welcome!)

Instagram: teshparekh

Twitter: @teshparekh

Tumblr: http://teshparekh.tumblr.com

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/teshparekh

Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/teshparekhart/

YouTube: my new video channel will be coming in next few months!

I have probably missed out some social media sites but I am sure that you will be able to stay connected at one of the sites listed above!

Here is one of my latest studio painting that is in the progress:

Raleigh Autumn. Watercolor on paper. Work-in-progress. 22x30.
Raleigh Autumn. Watercolor on paper. Work-in-progress. 22×30.

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Wrightsville Beach Paintings

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…

– Tesh Parekh

Fine Artist

www.TeshParekhArt.com

Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Early Morning, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Afternoon, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Sunny Day, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Fishing at the Pier, Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.
Wrightsville Beach. Plein air. Watercolor painting on paper.

Winner announced for my first print giveaway!!!!

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THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED!!!!

Amanda Baxley of Raleigh has won the first giveaway from Tesh Parekh, Artist

Amanda Baxley winner of print

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!

 

State Fair by Tesh Parekh
State Fair by Tesh Parekh

Above is the original piece that the print was made from ~ the original is available for sale.  Please contact me at tesh@teshfineartphoto.com for more information on the print.