The Wedding Painting Relationship – Featuring the ceremony of the Stansfield Sweethearts
“But, once the realization is accepted that, even between the closest human beings, infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky!”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Part of what makes a painting is not just what an artist puts on canvas, but the negative space within and around the image. The empty spaces are just as much a part of the painting as the spaces filled with color, texture, and detail. In this sense, relationships mirror paintings; the distance and empty space are part of the composition. As a live event painter, all of the events I witness – celebrations, weddings, corporate events, gatherings that commemorate milestones and memories – have a particular color to them, a background against which the contrast of an image takes shape.
I start with a mood, a tone, and that creates a foundation that eventually grows and develops into a collage of images that captures the entire event. This is one of the things that makes my work unique; I create an overview of the evening. I piece together multiple images over the course of the night and use symbols and visual metaphors to emphasize the overarching mood.
Painting a wedding between Christmas and New Years was great fun. It had the warm afterglow of Christmas color with bright, celebratory splashes of berry to mark the beginning of a New Year. It connected the dots between holiday, ceremony, and new beginnings.
The Wedding painting details.
• Brick background gave a warm coloring to the painting
• Colored stained glass created a unique altar design and backdrop for both the ceremony and reception
• At the ceremony, the guests’ hands raised in prayer to create a special moment
• Beautiful, vivid rose petals against a dark, wood floor
• Black and white photos of past memories that lined the walls
• Wedding cake with fresh rose décor
• Greenery with red & berry accents
• White flowing entrance curtains.