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Live Event Painting 101

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January 2, 2022

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i'M COURTNEY KIBBY

They all raised their eyebrows when I unloaded my easel at that first wedding…

…but then I started painting…

And hey couldn’t get enough of seeing the sweet couple love story come to life through watercolor live event painting…

And this blog I am sharing the most important things you need to know about live event painting so let’s go.

Why live event painting?

With a photograph or with a group of photos you get beautiful details, and you get to relive those moments over and over.

But with a painting, you get a treasure that you don’t just take out every once in a while. The painting is an heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

It can hang in your house for your whole life and be a conversation starter — a beautiful way to remember the way your beautiful love started even on the most challenging days. Live Wedding Painting, or live event painting, is so much more than just a painting.

Live wedding painting captures the essence of your day, the magic of your love story, and the feelings of your happiness so that you can relive that magical moment for the rest of your life.

Because the details are lovely — but it’s not the details that make you remember why you married your person. While they’re beautiful, it’s the love and connection it’s that deeply rooted love that makes all the difference in your life and love story.

It’s also one of the most happening ideas to add to your wedding day according to Brides, Southern Bride, and Brides of Oklahoma.

Grab your free fine art wedding guide today!

What is your painting style?

“Impression — I was certain of it. I was just telling myself that, since I was impressed, there had to be some impression in it … and what freedom, what ease of workmanship! Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape.” — Claude Monet

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I think of myself as a modern impressionist. I have always loved classical art and I have loved learning about the master painters and when I look at the impressionist I feel like my work falls squarely into that category.

There are lots of different styles of art, and if you want a super realistic painting then that is not what I do. Instead with impressionism what you get is the feeling of the moment the essence the impression if you will of the moment in time you get your moment frozen in time.

And the best part about it is it doesn’t have a shelf life because styles come and go but impressionism has stood the test of time And continues to be a popular painting style.

How do I choose a size? 

OK choosing a size is so much fun! The thing most people do wrong when choosing artwork is getting something too small for your space. For a piece of art like this? You want to display it prominently in a place of honor, and you definitely don’t want it too small.

All of my packages are completely customizable so you can measure your space and have the perfect size for your have now (and the one you’ll have in the future!)

What if you make mistakes? Do you panic? 

Honestly, if I were working in acrylic or oil I could fix my mistakes. BUT the beauty of watercolor (and part of the reason I fell in love with it was) is that there aren’t fixes — it’s a one shot wonder.

You only have one shot to get it right, and that’s what I think makes watercolor the most impressive of all the mediums (or ways to paint). There’s no way to outsmart it or fix mistakes. As someone who loves competition and the thrives under pressure, knowing that it has to be perfect the first time makes me excited! 

Here’s the other thing: I have 3 kids 6 and under and have painted with them in tow for the last 6 years. One of my superpowers is working quickly in a time crunch while under pressure and intense scrutiny. 

What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Without a DOUBT my favorite part of painting weddings is seeing the look on my clients faces when they see their wedding day come to life through watercolor.

It’s a memory they will cherish their whole life long, and seeing their faces lights me up. 

How do you choose what to paint? 

I work with the bride and groom to choose the *perfect* moment to paint. Sometimes that means pulling together a few different ideas to make the painting just right. Remember, your photographer takes care of the detail shots. 

A painting isn’t as much about the details as it is about capturing the deep love you share.  I have the ability to bring in people who may not have been front and center on the scene, to rework a moment to make it perfect, or to paint it exactly as a moment frozen in time.  

Whatever you choose, your painting doesn’t have a shelf life, so you can rest assured that it will not only last for generations, but that the story you tell about your wedding day will age like a fine wine and get even better every time you see the painting and remember your day. 

Do you ever paint more than one painting in a night? 

Honestly, that’s completely up to the couple, the size, and the time allotted for the painting process.  

I want to be sure that the *main* painting is perfect and finished by the end of the night, so adding more would be possible, but would likely be completed in the studio. 

However, painting different moments for an entire wedding weekend (rehearsal dinner, brunch, wedding) would be totally reasonable and can be part of your custom collection. 

Does the couple have to stand still while you paint? 

Absolutely not! I take videos throughout the first look (if you have it, but I highly recommend it), the ceremony, and the reception. Impromptu video helps me to get different poses that I might not normally see in my camera roll. 

I mean, if you want to go classic, by all means you can stand there the whole time in the same pose, but we may want to do that on a day that isn’t your wedding day 😂

Can you sneak a lost family member into the painting? 

Absolutely. Let me know before the painting and we can work out the finer details. 

Do you travel for weddings? 

Yes! I go wherever your love story takes you. Anywhere in the world, let’s paint your wedding.

Do you paint LGBTQ+ weddings? 

Yes! My calendar is open to anyone, but I serve only a few couples a year on a first come first served basis, so getting on my calendar early is key to securing your spot. 

Do I need to know my date and venue before contacting you? 

Because I only serve a few brides a year, there is some flexibility, but yes, in order to secure your date you will need the actual date and venue before your spot can be booked.   

For travel and logistics to schedule your live wedding painting, I need to know the date and location before we can sign a contract. 

How much do your paintings cost? 

All live painting packages begin at $3500, and I only take on a few clients a year so I can serve you beautifully. Booking your spot early is key to making sure you have your date reserved

Grab your free fine art wedding guide today!

What’s one piece of advice for couples interested in a live event painting or live wedding painter? 

If you want to hire a live painter, plan for it early. Live painting is a phenomenal and timeless addition to your reception. There aren’t many of us—we book our available dates early and quickly.  

Also, be sure you love the style of the artist painting your wedding. You’ll be living (and loving) this painting forever, so you want to love the style.  For example, if you want hyper-realistic painting, don’t choose an abstract artist as your painter. Or if you want a watercolor look, don’t choose an oil painter.

Look at their portfolio, ask questions, and choose the best fit for you. 

Live wedding painter in black dress paints a styled shoot at The Mansion at Woodward Park, Tulsa

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