Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Live Wedding Painting: Taylor & Tyler

This past weekend I had the opportunity to do a live event painting at a beautiful barn wedding and wanted to share the experience with you. So much of my work is created in my studio that I wanted to try something new: Create a work of art of a special moment, live at a wedding in front of guests. I knew it would be a challenge but I never expected how much I would love it!

I arrived at the wedding venue around 2:30PM to set up and talk with the bride about the final details of the painting. She wanted the painting to be of the ceremony so I began by taking pictures on my iPad to begin working on the background.

Right before the ceremony started, I positioned myself with one of the photographers where I took the first reference picture. I've attended more weddings than I can count but it was a different experience to view the couple as a work of art. I wanted to capture a special moment between the bride and groom right after they exchanged vows.

After the ceremony, I returned to my easel to work. I was a situated in the back corner near the lounge area and cake table which was perfect!  It gave me an opportunity to talk with guests as they were mingling and explain what I was doing. Some guests visited me throughout the night to see the progression. It was really exciting to see how into it they were, especially since most people have never seen a live event painting before! I had a great time interacting with the guests, painting and listening to the live band, Bangarang!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this type of painting! Painting live challenged me to determine what was the most important to transcribe. If you follow my artwork, you know that I strive for meticulous detail and realism which usually takes about 30-60 hours to create one of my paintings. I wanted to complete most of the painting the night of the wedding (which I accomplished in 8 hours!) and it was invigorating to paint in a different style.

It was such a privilege to be apart of Tyler and Taylor's wedding. There is something magical about this painting. It captures not only the moment that they were married but also all of the planning, hard work, and vision that they created for their wedding day. It's something tangible that was made the day they were married. It holds all of the anticipation, excitement, fun and laughter that everyone experienced while celebrating the newly married couple. It's something, I hope, they will cherish for the rest of their lives together.

If you are getting married or would like to gift a couple a live event painting at their wedding, 
please contact me to set up a consultation. Email is the best way to get in touch with me: kimberlydenglish@gmail.com

Be sure to check back for the final reveal of their painting!

Photo courtesy of Dana Zarin Photography

 Photo courtesy of Dana Zarin Photography

Photo courtesy of Dana Zarin Photography

Photo courtesy of Dana Zarin Photography

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arts in Bloom Preview Event

The artists of the Salem County Arts in Bloom Studio Tour have been hard at work creating one of a kind works of art. Come meet the artists and get a preview of some of the works they have been creating at the preview event. Information for the tour is on the flyer below. 

To view the Google map of studio locations for those on May 20-21, click the link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1GG1rdwB5jmrQKe0pS6yCOnhjjFA&ll=39.61359932176869%2C-75.32990665&z=10

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tree Bark Cupcake Stand

This past weekend we celebrated our son's first birthday and I wanted to share my favorite part from his party. I contacted my friend, Janice, to see if I could rent a few pieces of her ceramic bark  collection since I was doing a woodland themed party. She agreed and I visited her gallery to pick out the pieces.

While I was there, I purchased her unique three tier cupcake stand that I had been wanting to add to my collection. Kent's birthday party was a great reason to finally purchase it! It is very versatile since it can hold over 32 cupcakes OR each of the three slices can be turned upside to serve as a chip and chip dish. The two pillars then can be used as vases for flowers.

Below are pictures of the cupcake stand and vases. To view more of Janice's work, visit her website by clicking here.

Ceramic tree bark cupcake stand

Ceramic tree stump vase

Ceramic tree stump holding rolls

Buffet featuring Janice Chassier's ceramic work.