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

Courtyard Wedding Reception, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at the Huntington Langham Hotel
Original plein air painting, 9 x 12 oil on linen on board

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.


  1. Lisa
    November 25, 2008

    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!

  2. MaryO
    November 25, 2008

    What an elegant memento this would provide any bride and groom! Simply beautiful, Karen.

  3. wendy
    November 27, 2008

    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!

  4. Karen
    November 27, 2008

    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.

  5. Jo Castillo
    November 29, 2008

    This is very touching. You will undoubtedly get more calls for these paintings. :)

  6. Sam Day
    June 24, 2009

    I love your paintings! these are true plein aire classics.

  7. Jane @ Why White
    May 24, 2010

    What a wonderful idea. I was looking for ideas for a new article.

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