A few weeks back, I received an email from artist Flora S. Bowley and I knew you all just had to see her amazing work. As a wedding gift for close friends, Floral, an artist from Portland, OR, setup her easel and painted "live" during a friends wedding. The resulting piece was inspired by the ceremony and painted during the couple's reception, at full display to all their invites guest.
A semi-abstract and organic take on the wedding, Flora used a combination of sketches from the ceremony along with words and the couple's wedding vows. The piece that resulted has become a cherished posession for the couple.
When Floral got in touch, it hit me that I had seen the work of another artist, Anne Watkins, from New York who works on-site as paints live watercolors at events. Anne's style is quite different from Flora's - her work suggests a glimpse into one aspect of the day; bridesmaids in a line, the band setup to play, the first dance...
Her work captures an instant without fuss and offers a momentary glimpse into a key detail, captured in time.
I adore both of these artists for the care and love they put into their work – both offer us a very intimate look and an artistic interpretation into another couple's celebration. Having them paint your wedding would result in a beautiful keepsake and for a very close friend, offers a truely unique and one-of-a-kind gift.