The world of weddings and bridal continues to grow and grow as more and more vendors and services come up with more and more ways to make your wedding day both special and spectacular. One of those recent services to pop up on the weddings and event landscape is something called live event painting. It’s essentially what you would think it is; an artist comes to your wedding and paints the events as they happen. After the wedding the artist does detail work and touch- ups and by the time the painting is finished, the couple is left with a one-of-a-kind piece of art that represents their special day.
I had the opportunity to meet one such artist at a local vendor event, and I am happy to share with you all a little bit more about what she does.
Patricia Bennett has been painting events since 2012 when she painted her grandmother’s 97th birthday party to rave reviews. She is a trained artist who in addition to live event painting teaches drawing and painting to aspiring artists. She paints anything from weddings to corporate galas.
Patricia meets with her clients prior to the event to get a feel for what is most important to them, and what they would like to see depicted in the painting. She focuses on what is beautiful and notes that “anyone wearing a red dress will probably be in the painting as well.”
She arrives to the venue several hours before the event starts in order to paint the background and get a feel for the space. This allows her the opportunity to see the event take-shape. She is able to see the care and planning that goes into the décor and the dedication and skill of each vendor.
As the reception takes place Patricia paints her overall impression of the event focusing again on what is most important to her clients. She enjoys the opportunity to talk with guests as she paints and what she most loves is that “this is one of the most important days of the couple’s life together, and I get to be present to depict it on canvas.” She gets to be both an observer and a participant at the event as she chats with guests and they discover themselves in the picture.
When the wedding is finished she takes the painting back to her studio to make the finishing touches. The process can take anywhere from ten to sixty hours of work, depending on the desired level of detail, and when it is finished the result is a lasting piece of art meant to be handed down for generations to come.
And for those who might be skeptical of the necessity of such a service it is that heirloom quality that really makes the painting worth it. It is one-of-a-kind, handmade and an instant family treasure. After all, how many people can say they are in a painting? And how many people besides kings and queens could ever say their wedding was commemorated in such a way? Patricia Bennett gives you both those thrills and offers a rendering of your day that sees and captures something beyond the scope of a photo lens. She gives you the impression of the day. She gives you the tone and feeling and emotion and she gives you the opportunity to spot yourself and your guests in the canvas.