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Painting in the Studio this Morning

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One of the things that I like about Autumn and the changes of the season are the shorter days and low laying light.  Sure, this means I have less time to paint using this light but it also means that I can intensify the time I spend painting.  So I bundle up and open my studio windows to get lots of fresh air since I’m using oil paints.

This morning I’m working on a wedding commission for a client in the US.  I’ll be able to show it to you later as it’s a surprise for their spouse.

Have you got any questions about painting commissions or my event painting services here in Italy? Go ahead and leave a comment below, I’ll get back to you soon.

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Live Wedding Painting at Villa Balbianello in Italy

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Landing on the docks at Villa Balbianello was like stepping into a fairytale.  This 18th century Italian villa built on a promontory on Lake Como with its carefully cured garden is the ideal luxury destination wedding venue.

I was there to captrue a young American couple’s afternoon ceremony and I couldn’t have been happier to paint here.  Gemma and her team from My Lake Como Wedding made sure all the details where in place: florals, aperitifs, table settings and caterers ensuring the couple’s day was truly unforgettable.

They chose the Loggia for their ceremony with its ivy covered arches and breathtaking view of the lake.  I arrived about 3 hours before to set up, sketch the scene and paint the afternoon glow and would continue through the evening.  One of the things that I enjoyed about painting in such a festive moment was being able to talk with the guests and family members, answering questions about the painting and chit chatting about Italy. Most of the painting was done that evening and the final touches were painted in the studio in the following weeks.  Looking forward to my next Lake Como wedding!

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Live Painting at Tenuta Vitalonga Winery near Orvieto

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June 2nd is the Festa della Repubblica in Italy, a national holiday to celebrate the birth of the repubblic.  I was invited to do a Live Painting by Brumalia, an Umbrian cultural association that is specialized in experiential tourism & events such as traditional Umbrian cooking classes, winery tours and so much more.

Tenuta Vitalonga is a winery owned by the Maravalle family located in Ficulle just north of Orvieto in Umbria.  It’s a boutique winery set in a natural landscape of extraordinary beauty, where the western border of Umbria meets Tuscany.

That afternoon they put together a sweet lunch paired with their exquisite wines.  I painted their dessert event and jazz entertainment which included a tasting of their dessert wines.  It was an easy going commemorative event with friends and family enjoying a lovely day in an Italian countryside location. I captured the happiness and mood of the day!

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Choosing Your Live Wedding Painter in Italy

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How to Choose the Perfect Live Wedding Painter

You’ve just set your wedding date in Italy, Europe or maybe the UK and you’re starting to organise and think about the many details it’s going to involve: flowers, favours, your color theme, entertainment, catering, you know what I mean.  Whether you’re a recently engaged couple or an experienced wedding planner specialised in destination weddings, how do you go about choosing the right Live Wedding Painter for your special day?

Here are a series of points to keep in mind when hiring a Live Wedding Painter:

  1. Visit their website.  Is it neat, organized?  Does it have personality and a style of its own?  Does it look happy?  Does it communicate serenity?  Does the painter look friendly and natural?
  2. Have a look at their gallery of paintings and ask yourself,  Is this a style that I like? Would I want their work hanging in my home?  Is it cheerful and fresh?
  3. Have they got an online shop?  What does their feedback say about them as a person.  Are they “super easy to work with” and is their customer satisfaction rating 5 stars?
  4. Where are they located? Will they travel to my venue?
  5. If you’re having a international destination wedding it may be a plus to have an Live Painter that speaks different languages and be able to communicate and interact with your guests.
  6. Contact them with any of your questions and notice the tone they answer you in.  Do they answer you right away? Are they courteous.
  7. Ask them for references and or images of other live painting events they have painted.
  8. Once you’ve decided which one is the best for you, you’ll want to ask them for their pricing.  But beware of low pricing!

Event painting is lots of fun for your guests but it is a skill that takes professional training and thousands of hours to hone. A professional Live Wedding Painter arrives 3-4 hours prior to the start of your event in order to set up and start sketching and painting the background of your painting.  He or she will continue painting for another 4-5 hours and will eventually complete your painting in the studio the following weeks adding precious details and finishing touches.

In the end you’ll have a one of a kind work of art that captures your special day on canvas.

If you have a personal experience hiring a Live Wedding Painter in Italy, Europe or the UK please share it with me in the comments below.

Thank you!

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