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Langham Huntington Hotel Wedding reception – plein air painting – Karen Winters

November 24th, 2008

Courtyard Wedding Reception, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at the Huntington Langham Hotel
Original plein air painting, 9 x 12 oil on linen on board
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This past Saturday I had the pleasure of painting at the Huntington Langham Hotel in San Marino as a participant in an “artist in residence” program. I was the participant sponsored by the Segil Fine Art gallery in Monrovia. Because a wedding reception was planned for the early evening, I passed the afternoon painting indoors and brought a photo reference to work from. As night fell, wedding guests filtered in from the ceremony which was held in the garden. Although my painting time was up, I couldn’t leave, transfixed by the beautiful party. Within a short period of time it became very difficult to see the guests, so I used a little imagination to fill in the spaces and to make up for my myopia.

I don’t know the happy couple but perhaps some day they will google their wedding date and the name of the Huntington Hotel and find this memory of a very special occasion, and I hope it will bring them a smile. I think I heard someone say that the bride grew up in Shanghai, but that was only a snippet of a conversation overheard in passing.

And yes, I would love to do this again. So if you’re planning a wedding and want a plein air painter to create a unique fine art memory of your event – in a garden, a meadow, a beach or any special place, please feel free to ask.

9 Comments »

  1. This is so lovely, Karen! I am sure you will have many takers for future wedding paintings. I’d be tempted to contact the hotel so they can let the lucky bride and groom know there is a treat awaiting them!
    Lisa

    Comment by Lisa — November 25, 2008 @ 8:53 am
  2. What an elegant memento this would provide any bride and groom! Simply beautiful, Karen.

    Comment by MaryO — November 25, 2008 @ 10:41 am
  3. Your paintings lately have been delightful. I like the mix of flat areas with textured areas. What do you think of those tables and chairs that get totally covered with white cloth for wedding receptions. I think it has a strange kind of look that would be better at the other rite of passage!
    w.

    Comment by wendy — November 27, 2008 @ 4:06 am
  4. Hi Wendy,
    I haven’t seen any chairs covered in white cloth, but white tablecloths are really very common here for all formal occasions. I think covered chairs would make me think of covering the furniture when someone goes out of town and wants to keep the dust off.

    Comment by Karen — November 27, 2008 @ 7:53 am
  5. This is very touching. You will undoubtedly get more calls for these paintings. :)

    Comment by Jo Castillo — November 29, 2008 @ 10:44 am
  6. I love the idea of having my reception painted! your painting is beautiful!

    Comment by AmyJean @RelentlessBride — January 21, 2009 @ 8:05 am
  7. I love your paintings! these are true plein aire classics.

    Comment by Sam Day — June 24, 2009 @ 10:57 am
  8. This is lovely!

    Comment by Cyprus Reviews Girl — March 21, 2010 @ 7:07 pm
  9. What a wonderful idea. I was looking for ideas for a new article.

    Comment by Jane @ Why White — May 24, 2010 @ 1:50 am

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