Monday, April 12, 2010

New Wedding Paintings

An intimate wedding at the Northwoods Resort in Big Bear, CA gave me the pleasure of driving up on a very beautiful day, with crystal blue skies and even patches of snow! The room had a nice "rustic elegance" and the wedding theme & decor tied-in perfectly with the forest setting. That's the bride's father playing the piano in the foreground, and her mother to the left of him with the video camera. I also painted a wedding "runner" (but round), which the couple stood on while exchangeing vows under the arch. More details on this wedding in the next blog...

A trip to San Antonio, Texas gave me the honor and joy of painting a wedding reception held in the historic Coates Chapel, built in the 1870's, with the most beautiful stained glass windows. It is part of the campus of the Southwest School of Art and Craft in the old, downtown section of the city.

Leonesse Cellars, a winery in Temecula, California, was the unique, festive setting for this wedding reception painting. I loved how the wedding cake was showcased on a wine barrel!

The Bell Tower in Rancho Santa Margarita was the setting for this beautiful outdoor wedding. You'd never know it was raining, and the ceremony was held under a tent. That's the beauty of a painting-- you can leave out the stuff you don't want!

Here are the photos that her photographer (Hazelnut Photography) took during the reception while I was finishing the painting:

For information on any of the venues:

Northwoods Resort, Big Bear, CA:

Leonesse Cellars, Temecula, CA:

Visit the bride's blog for info on the location at the Bell Tower in Rancho Santa Margarita:

She blogged about me, too! Just go to:

Type in my name, and you can find all the blog postings. I really appreciate the cross-promotion that blogging offers.

For information on Hazelnut Photography:

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Yorba Linda Wedding Reception

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of painting a wedding reception at a beautiful, exclusive spot; The East Lake Clubhouse; in Yorba Linda, California.

The entire back wall had floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water.

This cake topper delighted the guests, knowing the couple waited years to get married, and were big fans of opposing hockey teams!

The tight quarters of the room required that I paint from a spot in the foyer. Here is my view under the staircase immediately outside the reception hall. Good thing it had windows!

This is what the view looked like when I arrived at 4pm to begin painting. The challenge of painting an outdoor background is the changing light. My assignment was to capture the bride and groom during their first dance.

Would they arrive soon? The sun was going down fast!

And the Christmas lights were coming on, casting a colorful reflection on the water.

"At last"! No, seriously-- that's a song!

The final outcome contained the many changing elements of the day. The bride was thrilled with the painting, and that I also captured the humorous cake topper, ever-so-subtly painting the message, "Go Ducks" into the tablecloth for the bride's team.

I love my job as a live event wedding painter! It is such a happy way for me to be an artist!