Descanso Gardens Rosarium Wedding Painting – Live event wedding painter

Descanso Gardens Rose Garden (Rosarium) Wedding
16 x 20 oil on canvas
Live event painting

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I had the honor of painting this live event at Descanso Gardens for some dear friends who are also collectors of my work. The occasion was the marriage of their daughter to a fine young man. The party was going to be in the evening which presented certain strategic challenges – namely, painting at the time of day that the light was changing the most rapidly. The bride and groom couldn’t be dancing in the dark under the pavilion while the sun was still shining brightly. Nor would it make sense to paint the whole thing in the dark, because then the beautiful garden couldn’t be seen. We decided on a twilight look, and I painted the garden as rapidly as I could right after the ceremony, knowing that I could always paint the sky in later. It was a lovely occasion, and one that I hope they will always remember with romantic notions, whenever they look upon the painting of that day.


  1. annie
    August 3, 2011

    What a perfect solution, Karen. Dancing in the lighted pavilion with that lovely twilight glow outside…they will always feel renewed when they look at it. Such a lovely memory picture.

  2. joyce
    August 4, 2011

    So beautiful! What a wonderful idea to have you painting during the event and such lovely artwork as a keepsake.

  3. Karen
    August 4, 2011

    Thank you Annie and Joyce. It’s a win win win for everyone. A unique wedding gift that will never get broken or thrown away, an heirloom for the family one day, entertainment for the guests and joy for the painter, too. And the people commissioning the painting don’t have to worry about another wedding guest giving a duplicate (like toasters!) Live event painting is THE most challenging form of plein air painting, however. You have to be fast, accurate, flexible, and be friendly and charming to the guests while under the stress of changing light and limited time.

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