Jeanie & Mark. Watercolor. 12×16.
After doing many indoor wedding and event paintings, I had the opportunity to paint a live wedding outdoors. With snow on the ground! Jeanie and Mark had their wedding reception at the Sutherland. The Sutherland is a beautiful historic venue in Wake Forest. I was working with Ashlee Adams and Jennifer Jones of the Sutherland.
It had really snowed the night before and part of the morning. So, everything was covered under a white snow blanket! The place looked beautiful- if I weren’t painting a wedding, I would have painted it Plein Air! The reception was outside the building, under a heated tent. I found ideal location to be in a corner behind DJ Jim’s setup. The heated tent was very comfortable. However, cold air would come in every now and then from under the corner. And standing in one place for a long period does not help. This is where the experience of painting Plein Air came in handy! I had my toe warmers in the bag (thank you, wife!).
I had decided to paint the first dance. Many times, I start drawing and painting immediately. In this case, I did a preliminary drawing but waited for the first dance, so, I could place couple in an ideal position. The dance went by quickly- I had mere minutes to sketch the couple. Rest of the painting flowed in from there. The sunlight kept on coming in and out, so, I had to glaze the painting couple of times to get the depth.
I was painting on Arches Hot Pressed 140 lb block. Mostly to control the textural effects. I completed the painting in less than two hours after the dance started. As is my practice, I photographed it, and framed it.
Images below show my setup and view from my easel, before the reception had started.
– Tesh Parekh
I accept studio and live wedding & event painting commissions!