You may not have the best view of the event! I know… but how can you paint what you can’t see? Good question. Due to a million and one things that go into having a successful wedding like seating, flowers, photographers, wedding planners, the aisle, bathrooms, the bar, the rings etc… I was placed off to the right side of the seating area near where people entered the venue. This was cool in a way because people got to catch a glimpse of the painting as they arrived but it didn’t give me the best view of the ceremony as I painted. The saving grace here is to use a camera, phone or iPad to take photos as a reference so you can settle back into your seat and paint your little heart out.
The weather is always changing! Duh, but… when I arrived at the Culver City, Los Angeles location I set up my easel and supplies and I was in full sun (hello sunscreen) which wasn’t that conducive to getting started but as the sun moved I was able to sit comfortably and get my painting done. As many people know who live in California while most of our days are beautiful and sunny it can get chilly at night in the winter and by 5pm the sun was down and a chill had hit the air. Yes, I’m a delicate flower so I was SO happy that I dressed in layers… when I got there it was blazing hot so I took off my sweater and was down to my collared shirt and when the chill hit I layered back up. Pack layers, ya’ll!
Let there be light! Did you know most wedding ceremonies take place at sunset? Yes, I do… I mean they do! So you will start painting during daylight and end in total darkness. I had received this advice beforehand so I knew to pack an art light but I didn’t have anywhere to plug it in once I was there. And running a long extension cord would have ruined the look of the venue so I’d recommend anything battery operated that doesn’t make you look like a coal miner.
Arrive early! My plan was to arrive two hours early to pre-paint the venue. That might seem like a long time but it ain’t! Man, did that time fly! #1 because some of that time gets eaten up by unpacking the car, finding the correct parking, unpacking and setting up your space. Then you’re taking photos and getting started so I’d say try to get there 3 or 4 hours ahead if possible. I know some venues don’t allow you to get there that early so you have to work with what you got but just like a job interview always better to arrive way early then cut it too fine and have pit stains in the interview.. or chic wedding.
Under promise and over deliver! This is just a personal mantra but I’d rather really impress people than disappoint them so I didn’t promise the painting would be done the night of. Maybe I’ll get to a point where that is my goal but for my first live wedding painting I preferred to leave it open ended. Plus I like to varnish/seal my paintings when I’m done with them and there’s no way I could have done that at the wedding. So I got about 3/4’s of the painting done on site/live but then I finished it at my studio and sealed it and hand-delivered the finished product 5 days later! When you think about it this is pretty cool because most wedding photographers take 2 months to get the photos back to the newly married couple but their original painting they get to hang up almost immediately! I love me some instant-gratification!
Interested in booking me to paint your wedding? Let’s talk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maybe you’ve heard the term Shop Small before but never really put much thought into it. Well this holiday season your #1 way to boost those karma points is to shop small with a local artisan or craftsperson. Instead of just grabbing some stuff at the mall, Target or TJ Maxx find an artist and buy a handmade, one of a kind item! It may seem like a lot of work… you might be saying” “But I don’t have time to go to an arts and crafts fair and walk around for 3 hours and find some stuff to wrap up for Christmas!” OR “I can’t afford to buy my family art from an art gallery. Too fancy!” OR “I don’t live in a town where people sell their wares!” Well guess again…Read More
Ever buy a cute print or an original piece of art on paper and then not know how the heck to showcase the thing you spent your hard earned dollars on? I get it! Framing can be a little overwhelming with all the size options, matte or no matte and the various styles of frames out there but I’ve come up with an inexpensive and easy way to get the job done… oh, and did I mention QUICK too!?Read More
We could all use some hacks to make healthy choices in our lives. Sometimes it’s just easier to do what we’ve always done, live the way we grew up and not really make a connection between why you feel sluggish and how you live your adult life. I, for one, could go forever without drinking a glass of water, or exercising (eww) or leaving the house but as an adult I know I need to stop living like a 12 year old. Here are 5 super easy healthy hacks to start tomorrow…Read More
I don’t know about you but sometimes painting and creating can be a fight but that’s okay. I think the older I get (34) the more and more I just start to give in to the process. I’ve known this for a while but it comes in waves. You must truly respect the process of creating and realize that every painting will go through the ugly stage but can you hang in there and keep working on it even though your instinct is to douse it with a tub of gesso like… now!? …Read More
About a year ago I decided to call my agents and tell them I would be "booking out" meaning I wouldn't be available for auditions for the inevitable future. This was a HUGE decision since I had moved to Los Angeles in 2008 with $1,000 in my bank account and a dream of making it big (preferably in my own hit comedy series)!Read More
As an artist obviously inspiration is very important and while I receive inspiration from trips I take and my environment and animals and even my dog I also gather a lot of inspiration from other artists that I admire! I've been a long time fan of Andreina Bates and over the last couple years we've exchanged messages of encouragement. Andreina has a very distinct style and I love her paintings. I like how her paintings have a very free and expressive look while still being recognizable for whatever subject matter she is painting. In my painting I'm always striving to be more free and loose and Andreina has nailed it. If you are interested in checking out her work here is her website: https://www.andreinabates.com/ or find her on social media. I'm a fan!
After working with Adore Your Walls for a print sale I did in late April I realized that people really want to support original art but sometimes budget is a consideration. Why not buy a fun, vibrant piece of art from an artist rather than getting a mass-produced piece from TJ Maxx or Target? This made me think that I wanted to try creating some smaller mini-pieces that would all be priced $120 and under (including shipping within the USA). Here are the pieces I made and I hope you like them! All these area available on my SHOP Animals page :)
Hey ya'll... I can say that because I just visited Austin, Texas! Can you believe I had never, ever set foot in Texas before? The city was full of hip bars and restaurants and culture. It seemed like everywhere I looked there was another chic coffee shop, tap room or juice bar. Everything had a very hipster vibe and a lot of the city seemed to have an artsy feel. I was only there for two nights so I didn't have time to do everything but here's some musts...
1. Visit now (April) because the weather was great! Sunny days and a nice breeze but not too hot. We hear that once June hits it will be a nightmare so go now!
2. Hip restaurants! A couple we tried were The Launderette near Lady Bird Lake and Sawyer and Co. Both had a cool, hip retro feel and the food was good. We also went to Shady Grove which had more of a relaxed country feel but had a lovely big patio and the bathroom was a converted Airstream!
3. Texas Barbecue. When in Texas... we heard that Franklins was super popular but the wait is about an hour and a half so we opted for Terry Blacks (locally recommended) which by the way is also a top rated BBQ place and we walked right in. This place was really cool inside and the BBQ was really good. I'd never had Texas BBQ so I wasn't sure what to expect. We tried the sausage and brisket along with many sides. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our tummies!
4. Bars and Tap rooms! Boy do they like to drink in Texas. Go big or go home, right? So many cool bars on 6th and 7th street downtown plus all over the city in little niche neighborhoods. Also, I noticed a lot of games at all the bars which was fun. HUGE adult size connect four, beer pong and more. Also, pretty much every bar we went to had a stage so a lot of cool live music. My favorite was Austin, Eastciders because I don't like beer and LOVE cider so this was perfect for me!
5. Improv! We only got to hit up 2 improv theaters when there but a definite must if you want to laugh. First we went to Coldtowne and this was a small venue but friendly folks and laughs to be had. The second night we went to the Fallout Theater and this show was excellent! Both have bars so you can enjoy a drink while watching and laughing.
6. Nate's in Buda. This is further South from the actual Austin city limits but we found a really nice place called Nate's. Very cool hip bar with a sprawling patio with plush seating where you can sit in the breeze and let your city-troubles wash away.
7. Crawfish! Truth be told I didn't actually order any Crawfish but a nice local couldn't finish his and offered his leftovers to me. Usually I don't go around eating stranger's leftovers but when in Texas try Crawfish! The nice local taught me how to open the thing up and it was pretty tasty... only thing missing in my opinion was some melted butter. Yum, yum!
8. Bikes and scooters. All over the city you would see abandoned electric razor-type scooters and you'd see people zooming around on them all over. They seemed like they could get around really easily and I guess you can leave them and they'll get picked up? We are still wondering about that part...
9. Downtown, Austin. Fun to walk around and see all the offerings the city has to offer.
10. The people! I didn't come in contact with one person who was mean, negative or nasty albeit I'm sure they exist but everyone was super friendly and eager to give us their recommendations!
Thanks, Austin... we will see you next time!
It's time for another art muse!! I've been tracking Megan Carn for a few years now and she's not only got a very unique, colorful style but she's one of my fellow artists that are being featured on a new curated art website called: Huntley Belle Designs! Megan has a very distinct look to her fun, confectionary paintings of animals and other fun things like sushi!Read More