"Colette + Alex", oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
"Amy + Grant", charcoal and graphite on canvas, 16" x 16"
Oh, wedding season. One of my favorite things about being in my mid twenties is the over-the-top amount of weddings I attend. While naturally I enjoy the happiness (and love) of the couple and their overall celebration, I am always intrigued by the location of these blessed vows. What made the couple decided on this church (or synagogue, reception hall, hotel, etc.. you get my point here, trying to combine politics + religion is not the easiest task)? Family? Ease of Location? Special meaning to the betrothed? Whether the reasoning is ever revealed or not, the question alone inspires me enough to depict the location in my own way with hope that my gift will continue to inspire the couple.
"Colette + Alex", as I am sure you have guessed, is named after the now married couple. I chose to continue with my usual medium and style along with a bright color palette for this piece simply because it suited the couple the most (I've discussed many times how one of my main goals is to make my work, especially a piece meant for a specific viewer, to truly honor their life and intention. This was no exception). I lucked out with knowing the significance behind this church's location: the bride's family was a part of the parish, and the groom had proposed at the location. Thus, this place was one that glued the couple, and was a place of joy and new life. The couple themselves is also young and very much in love, to the point that you could feel the excitement bouncing off of them on the day of their wedding (Ok, I know this is probably something we would expect from any couple about to marry, but this was particularly picturesque). Therefore, I wanted the piece to capture all of that with color and application; love, excitement, and the beginning a life together.
Now, after saying that, I'm sure the next piece has you thinking, "Is this couple sad?" My intention with "Amy + Grant" (created with charcoal + graphite on canvas) is to make the piece mimic an old photograph, to give the image a timeless, classic appeal. I was attracted to the gorgeous long patterns of the windows, and the gracefulness of the shadows the tree makes over the church. I do not know the intention for the location, but I do know Amy and Grant, a couple who have been together for a decade, and thus seem to have a timeless, graceful, and tender excitement as their wedding approaches. My hope then is to have made this piece a tribute to that feeling, to keep as a timeless momento of the occasion.