Capturing a special moment

Another successful live event painting! The event was a wedding reception held at the beautiful stables on the grounds of Cheekwood, a botanical gardens here in Nashville.

I am getting lots of inquiries on how I go about doing a live event painting. I first go to the event site earlier in the day to view the setting and determine where the best place for me to set up my easel and capture the overall feel of the event. For wedding receptions, I love painting the party scene, and energy of the evening. Next I quickly sketch out the layout of the painting. The night of the event, I arrive about an hour early to start the painting and work on the background. Then as the guests arrive and the party starts, I add the people. The bride and groom LOVED the painting, and especially loved how I captured the first dance. A few pictures from the night…

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2 Responses to Capturing a special moment

  1. Stacy Wiatrak July 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Deann’s event painting was a highlight at our daughter’s wedding, and a surprise gift from her siblings. They were speechless when they realized she was there and were so thrilled with the painting. When they left to drive back to Atlanta before their honeymoon, it was the one thing they had to take with them immediately. The painting was beautiful and her presence at Cheekwood was enchanting. Thanks Deann! <3

    • Kiera July 1, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I second all of it! My husband and I were so touched by my siblings for such a sentimental gift, and we LOVED the end result! It’s hanging in our living room. Our guests loved watching Deann paint and the entire project really added a lot to our reception. -Kiera (the bride)

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