Hashtags, Boomerang photo booths, monogrammed selfie sticks, and custom Snapchat filters have pervaded the wedding world, introducing charming new ways to share memories from your special night. Amidst all the latest tech-y diversions and breaks from tradition, it’s pretty cool that a practice as long-established and seemingly archaic as painting is trending, too.
Live wedding painting creates a rare dynamic between the artist and observer, where they can engage with each other and the art itself in a spontaneous way--a distinguished mix of exhibition and entertainment. Guests can check on the painting's progress as the night goes on, and witness the scene on the canvas developing over time. At the end, the happy couple gets to take home their new artwork that uniquely commemorates the event.
Hannah Lee and Jennie Pitts, if y’all are reading this, thank you for prompting me to give live painting a try, and for sharing your support and expertise along the way. I would highly encourage taking a trip over to their websites (linked to their names above) and checking out their outstanding work!
**UPDATE** I recently connected with a client who wasn’t interested in having her reception painted, but rather a large abstract piece, created with a pallet that featured her wedding color scheme. I LOVED this idea; it's a great alternative to painting ballrooms and decorations, and it is just as enchanting to watch unfold in real time. Send me a message if you’d like to discuss your unique vision for a live painting!