Scott and Heather’s First Dance

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the holiday season and had a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate. I know I certainly did! Now that Christmas is behind us, I can (finally) start sharing the paintings that were Christmas gifts for various people.

My best friend Shelby’s brother got married recently, so as a Christmas gift for her new sister-in-law, Shelby asked me to do a painting to commemorate their wedding. I was more than thrilled to take this on, although I will admit that I was a little hesitant since I don’t usually paint people, unless they’re very abstract. I knew it was important that the bride and groom look recognizable, so I figured it would be a good challenge. Shelby e-mailed me at least 20-30 photographs from the wedding so that I had an idea of the venue and of course all the people involved. We decided on a scene from their first dance, with all the immediate family members in the background.

Some of the photos that I worked with
Some of the photos that I worked with

I started by painting a rough background of the venue, which was inside a tent.

Background
Background

Then I added some details to the tent, such as the banners and windows.

Details added to the background
Details added to the background

Next, I added a first sketch of Scott and Heather.

Added a rough sketch of Scott and Heather
Rough sketch of Scott and Heather

Then I gave them some skin. How considerate of me.

Added some skin to the couple
Scott and Heather with some skin

Then I started adding the families in the background. I started with a rough sketch of the Mussers.

Starting to paint the Mussers
Starting to paint the Mussers

Then starting adding Heather’s family.

Heather's family

I worked on these 9 people for awhile, slowly building them up. I also wanted to add some of the décor from the wedding, such as a really neat table made out of barrels, as well as show the centerpieces, and a normal table.

Both families are complete
Both families are complete

And finally, the finished product:

18x24" Acrylic on Canvas - Scott and Heather's first Dance
18×24″ Acrylic on Canvas – Scott and Heather’s first Dance
Zoomed in on Scott and Heather. Aren't they beauts?!
Zoomed in on Scott and Heather. Aren’t they beauts?!

Zoomed in on Heather's family

Zoomed in on Scott's family
Zoomed in on Scott’s family
Side-view - I extended the painting along the 1.5" deep edges so that it doesn't need a frame
Side-view – I extended the painting along the 1.5″ deep edges so that it doesn’t need a frame
Side-view of the other side
Side-view of the other side

And again, the finished painting.

18x24" Acrylic on Canvas - Scott and Heather's first Dance
18×24″ Acrylic on Canvas – Scott and Heather’s first Dance

Congratulations Scott and Heather! I hope you two have a wonderful life together. This was a joy to paint for you two, and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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One thought on “Scott and Heather’s First Dance

  • September 18, 2013 at 5:47 am
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    Totally magnificent! Really, your work is magnificent. So much more precious than a photo.

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