Live Painting Part I: Bartram's Garden
The second wedding I came to, paint brush in hand, I decided to arrive even earlier for several reasons. The first being that about half an hour is eaten in setting up, and secondly that this particular scene, I knew was going to involve a lot of sketching up front.
The Moorestown Community House was indeed what drew my attention to painting this particular wedding. I'm a sucker British and American architecture between the 1800-1940s, so needless to say I couldn't wait to start this painting.
I knew this painting was going to take a considerable amount of time to set up, but I deliberately didn't want to start the sketch until I arrived on site. My husband so kindly offered to come with me for this wedding, which helped considerably in setting up my table and easel.
Since this is my first go round at this, I have an easel my in laws gave me, a drawing board from when I was about ten years old, and an antique table from my grandmother. And all my paint brushes and pallets and paint and extra paper in case something went terribly wrong and I had to start over. Happily, once again, nothing went wrong.
Here I am getting some color on before the ceremony starts.
When I draw, I usually use an architectural scale as my straight edge. In my Interior Design studios they strictly forbade us from ever doing this. But since I'm not actually drafting- I say this rule does not apply. And call it habit, but I'm rarely without a scale; I carry baby scales in my purse, and larger scales in my tote bags. THIS time-- I was without my scale. Which, considering the particular subject matter was disastrous.
But happily, my husband has the same scale-carrying tendency as I do, and had an engineering scale in his truck. So I began sketching away and some ladies were passing by on a walk, and one of them noticed I had a scale and showed me hers too!!! She had just picked it up from a local yard sale. Is this not such a strange coincidence?? Clearly, God was just making sure that I had a straight edge for this painting!
The day began as a bit of a grey one, but as I kept drawing and as the ceremony time crept closer the sun came out with such brilliance! And I was so excited to see how beautifully it hit the building and all of the events as they unraveled.
Look at these super cute flower girls!! It is always a feat getting flower girls down the asile- and it never gets old. These girls were extra precious.
Beyond the scene- I was such a happy camper when the bride and groom came over after the ceremony to see the painting. I had never met Antonia and Kyle before I saw them walk down the aisle and say their vows- but I was overwhelmed with excitement and happiness for them. I felt a little bit as though I was meeting celebrities!
I mean let's be honest, they KIND of are aren't they!? And as I talked with them and gushed over Antonia's gown ( I mean, HOW stunning!) I felt this rush of gratitude that they had me at their wedding to capture the day! It really is such an honor to be invited to paint one of the most important moments of someone's LIFE!
You can see how enamored I was with them here.
Here's the final piece!!!
Now here are some glamour shots from the rest of the day, that I just couldn't help but share-- Alison Dunn takes the most beautiful photos! You can see even more on her blog here.
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Ceremony + Reception – Moorestown Community House \\ Coordinator – Sensational Host \\ Florist – Michael Bruce \\ Bakery – Sweet T’s Bakeshop \\ DJ + Photobooth – Ira Mashioff \\ Hair + Makeup – Dollface by Monica \\ Dress – Maggie Sottero \\ Shoes – Jessica Simpson \\ Suits – Calvin Klein \\ Photographer- Alison Dunn Photography