LIVE PAINTING FAQs
LIVE Paintings have recently taken over the wedding industry because of the authenticity and personalization it brings to the scene. Learn more about this beautiful experience your guests will adore on your special day and the custom artwork you'll have to keep for a lifetime.
WHAT IS A LIVE PAINTING?
A LIVE Painting can capture a special day in a way that is as personal as your love story. The painting is meant to capture a scene, whether the ceremony or reception, and your guests get to experience the whole process because it all comes together onsite!
WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU PAINT IN?
For LIVE Paintings, I use high quality water-based acrylic paint on pre-stretched canvas. The paint is non-toxic and extremely quick drying, allowing for easy cleanup and transport of the painting after an event.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE
TO FINISH A PAINTING?
All of the CA-Milleworks LIVE Painting packages include 7 hours of onsite painting. This includes two hours of setup time and first layers before guests arrive and then five hours during the ceremony and/or reception. Ideally, the painting will be completed before the end of the event, however, my overall goal is to make sure the painting is perfect when I hand it over to the client. So, there are times when I take the piece home to finalize in my studio.
WHAT PAINTING SIZES DO YOU OFFER?
14x18, 16x20, 18x24, 22x28
HOW DOES PAINTING IN PERSON ENHANCE THE EVENT?
Weddings are a beautiful reflection of an eternal reality. Painting in its purest form is a quiet and gentle expression of grace. To combine the two, creates a memorable and unique experience for the people attending the wedding. It also provides quiet and reverent entertainment for those who may not particularly enjoy the dance floor, or who want to escape the claustrophobia of the crowd.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO
BOOK YOU FOR MY EVENT?
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED? AND, WOULD YOU TRAVEL TO MY EVENT?
I am based in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin, TX, but would absolutely travel to your location. Travel costs such as airfare and accommodations will be added to your package cost. Please fill out the Cloud Studio Agency Inquiry form for more information on pricing and availability.
WHAT KIND OF EVENT CAN YOU PAINT?
My specialty is weddings, but LIVE Paintings can take place at any event. Showers, birthday parties, corporate events...the possibilities are endless!
WILL THERE BE DETAILS ON FACES?
In most cases, facial details are difficult to capture during a LIVE Painting. However, I do paint the details to the extent possible: my aim is to maintain overall likeness. I take reference photos during the event to make this possible.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR SERVICE?
I use artist-quality archival materials and have minimal needs when painting on location. I just need a space to setup my easel! And, because of our record temperatures in Texas, I would also require an umbrella if an outdoor setup is necessary during the summer months. I am always seeking ways to improve and will always go the extra mile to make sure my clients have my best work. I love speaking with guests during an event to answer questions, but will never take away from the event.
WHAT DOES THE SETUP LOOK LIKE?
The set-up is quick and simple. Typically, I bring a portable wooden easel to the wedding reception (or ceremony), my acrylic paints, mason jars and brushes, and a basket/bag to hold excess materials. I never want my business to be an eye sore, therefore I take precautions to ensure my materials do not clash with the wedding atmosphere, or decorations. During our pre-event prep call, we''ll discuss details and overall aesthetic you wish to keep, and I'll follow your lead through my attire and setup.
HOW DOES THE ARTWORK ENHANCE A FAMILY'S MEMORIES OF THE EVENT?
Although most brides hire photographers and videographers to capture the movements of the wedding, I believe with one painting an artist can capture the passion and dramatic emotion of the atmosphere from a unique perspective, specific to the bride and groom’s wedding. Just as a song often recalls vivid memories to each individual listener, paintings capture a feeling, a moment and draw the observers into the emotion of the memory. Personally, I enjoy simplifying the event in my paintings to focus on the meaning of the marriage – I prefer painting the bride and groom together, captured in an ethereal setting, without guests or with a subtle few, to symbolize the unifying of their lives together.
I'M SO BUMMED YOU ARE BOOKED ON THE DAY OF MY EVENT. CAN YOU STILL DO A PAINTING FROM A PHOTOGRAPH?
Sorry I missed it! I would be happy to create a customized painting for you based on a photo. Professional photographs also provide a clearer image of the bride and groom than can be experienced at the event, which is a look some clients prefer.