Drake and Dash. Live Wedding Painting. Watercolor. 13×19. Venue: The Pavilions at the Angus Barn (Raleigh, NC). Artist: Tesh Parekh
This was my first time painting at the Pavilions– a beautiful venue! I thank Drake for giving me the opportunity to paint this special occasion! I also thank Kelly Joslin of the Angus Barn for her help before and during the event.
I paint in both oils and watercolors (see my portfolio). Drake’s preference was a watercolor. She also wanted me to paint the reception. Her special request was to also paint wedding guests dancing.
It was unusually cold outside. But, inside of the Pavilions was nice and cozy! The reception was scheduled to start at 7:30 PM. I arrived earlier to find a good spot. I carried a portable light with me since the ambient lighting was dim inside.
I made reference pencil sketches before the reception started.. The view inside was not only dark for a painting, but also complicated! It took me bit of planning to work out the composition. I painted the ceiling with big ass fan (yes- that is the name of the fan!).
When the first dance started, I made pencil sketch for my reference. And when the guests started to dance, I made additional pencil sketches. I love these reference pencil sketches as much as I love finished paintings! My subjects are always in constant motion, so, I have to sketch quickly. So, my pencil sketches have the energy which is not always visible in the paintings. I practice to work quickly with a pencil when I sketch my 3 y/o son! Good drawing is the foundation for my paintings.
I was glad to show the work-in-progress to Drake and Dash. I heard nicest things about this couple, while I painted. I had many guests who stopped by to look at my work and offer kind words. And the Angus Barn team frequently checked on me.
I finished the painting before end of the reception. I framed and photographed the painting. Drake was pleased with the painting. The finished painting was displayed on the easel.
Twenty-One Films has captured my painting process on the video- I look forward to watching their beautiful work.
I used Holbein paints, Winsor & Newton/ Isaby/ Creative Mark brushes, and Arches 140 lb CP paper for this painting. I had broken my old easel during previous live painting! So, I used Cheap Joes new Signature Field Easel. This easel is similar to the Joseph Zbukvic easel. But, it is small and flimsy for my kind of use. So my search for good easel continues!
I did not rely on the photos for this painting (although sometimes it is necessary).
I love the challenge of painting live! With the God’s blessings, I will continue to learn new ways of painting and my techniques will get better. But, my prayer is to always have the most important ingredient- my faith…
– Tesh Parekh