Marci and Brian. 12×16. Watercolor on Arches 300 lb CP paper.
This is my recent studio wedding painting. I had photographed Marci’s wedding last year (when I am not painting, I do professional photography- www.iwpphotography.com). Marci was a wonderful bride. Many brides have their Bridal portraits photographed prior to the wedding. Marci opted to do the portrait session of her daughters. I did that on location at the Pullen Park. These portraits were presented to Brian as a surprise at the reception. Marci was very kind to us and has become a good friend. So, I decided to do this wedding painting for her.
The painting is done from one of my photos of the ceremony at the Meredith College Chapel. The ceremony was special since Marcy’s father walked her down the aisle and was also ministered the wedding! Marcy loves her family and so I decided to paint this scene which captures most of her family.
I did this watercolor painting on Arches 300 lb CP watercolor block. The 300 lb paper has its own characteristics. I have noticed that the washes dry little flat as compared to 140 lb paper. However, I enjoy painting on different surfaces. This is my first painting using Holbein watercolor paints. I am trying those because one of my favorite watercolorists- Joseph Zbukvic uses those. I love the effects which Zbukvic creates in his paintings. So far so good- I am happy with what I have learned.
Below is my initial sketch of the painting. As a practice, I always start my watercolors with a pencil drawing.
I painted this watercolor fairly tightly and over a period of few days (rather late nights!). That is something I won’t do on location!
I presented this painting to Marci as a surprise: she absolutely loved it!
If you are a bride, wedding planner, event planner or a family member, looking for a unique keepsake or gift, I would love to hear from you!
– Tesh Parekh