The florals, the linens, the just-right lighting all filling in the spaces between the people in place to celebrate you.
The details you've dreamt of for years all serve as the foundation I build your live painting on.
You two take center stage on your canvas, and your celebration is painted all around you.
I believe in celebrating. All of the moments. No matter the size and no matter who sees. I believe in keeping the magic behind your celebration alive. I see constantly my canvases connect beyond the couple, provide a time capsule of an occasion and allow the party to live on forever.
Your wedding day captured. In paint.
I arrive an hour or two before your guests. During that time I’m visually taking in all the best parts of the setting and mentally starting to lay it all out on your canvas. This, the details you’ve carefully curated and dreamt of, is the foundation for the story of your celebration.
The set up
As guests arrive and settle into your bash, I keep painting them as I see them, greeting each other with a hug or a handshake, finding their seats. They often come see what I’m doing and at that point in the process I hear lots of “I’ll check back on the painting” or “I can’t wait to see it”.
The early birds arrive, the early layers go on
You've created the best day ever, now in full swing. The energy is up, the conversations are loud, the drinks are flowing and I’m noticing killer outfits, hearing great stories about the couple, your event is in full swing swirling around me…. And I keep painting it. All of it.
The paint is flowing
The “moment” for the couple to be painted happens, and I stop what I’m doing on the canvas, I study the couple, I snap a bunch of pics on my phone and watch how the two of you interact with each other, how the light sculpts you, how you look at each other and forget that every eyeball in the space is on you. I scan the scene to see where the close family members are…. Sometimes emotions are stirred, sometimes parents look on raising a glass, several guests are recording their own versions on their phone. It’s all getting painted.
I get back to work after that moment, painting what I’ve seen, using the photos I took to combine the right facial expression with the appropriate twirl of the body and the swoosh of the jacket… The finished piece needs another hour or two and it’s turned over to the couple as things begin to wind down.
The wrap up
A PEEK inside my creative process
your story on canvas
during your celebration.
A seamless live event experience, where every detail is carefully captured on canvas.
Get to Know Cindy
More than your live painter, your newest biggest fan cheering you into your next chapter.
"Cindy did a live painting of our wedding & we absolutely love it! She captured every detail of our day and so many of our loved ones. Our guests loved checking in on the painting throughout the night and seeing it come to life. The end result exceeded our wildest dreams and we will cherish this masterpiece the rest of our lives! Worth every penny!"
"She captured every detail of our day and so many loved ones."
"This lady... there isn't enough space for me to tell you how amazing she is.. this painting will forever be my favorite "money spent" on this day!
Everyone was in awe of her skills at capturing every special moment and person. Thank you so much!"
"This painting will forever be my favorite money spent on this day!"
"Cindy did a live painting of our wedding and we absolutely love it! She captured every detail of our day and so many of our loved ones. Our guests loved checking in on the painting throughout the night and seeing it come to life. The end result exceeded our wildest dreams and we will cherish this masterpiece the rest of our lives! Cindy is worth every penny!"
"I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! It was so cool to see the process unfold and everyone loved watching it throughout the night!"
Details details details! Amazing details! This couple has to be over the moon on this beauty!
We are in awe of Cindy's pure talent - she is so gifted and I hope she realizes what a blessing she is to others.
You are AMAZING! So thankful to have you join us- your work is incredible and will be cherished by Ryan and I (and anyone that sees your work hung up above our staircase) for many years to come! Thank you again!!
"This lady... there isn't enough space for me to tell you how amazing she is.. this painting will forever be my favorite "money spent" on this day! Everyone was in awe of her skills at capturing every special moment and person. Thank you so much!"
Weeks later and we still talk about how amazingly talented you are. We will never be able to tell you how special it is to us. It will truly be cherished forever.
" I want to have a wedding again just so you can paint my wedding!!!"
My wife and I love our painting! That dip was for you!
Cindy was seriously the highlight of my evening!
We will treasure this forever.
I just love how you capture the feel of a wedding!
The best gift we got was by far this masterpiece.
I cannot imagine a more perfect, treasured keepsake of her biggest day.
I had done creative work for a family in their home and their children’s rooms for years, they were hosting an event for their business and asked me to come and paint during their event. I thought they were crazy, I didn’t think it was possible, but that was the first one. Kevin and Kristin, I will sing your praises forever!
01. HOW DID YOU START LIVE PAINTING?
Great question! It depends on the client, some opt for multiple canvases to tell the various parts of their stories events, some people go for a single canvas to encompass a bit of everything.
02. How many canvases will you do in one setting?
I do travel! I arrive onsite 1 to 2 hours before your guests arrive. In that amount of time I’m picking my best viewpoint to capture your celebration, I’m getting my pallet and space prepared, and I begin painting the space, laying out the just-right perspective as the foundation to continue painting as I see your guests begin trickling in.
03. DO YOU TRAVEL AND WHAT TIME WILL YOU START?
As long as I can remember. With a mom that was constantly crafting and re-decorating our home, and a dad that was a fine craftsman and woodworker, I always had access to creative supplies. I don’t really remember painting this but my grandpa had a very primitive painting of a human figure I had done, maybe around 3 years old(?) hanging in his office for years.
I am a full-time artist #sograteful Painting events and weddings, selling prints of some AroundTown originals, helping others find their inner creative, and keeping up with your requests to come paint your bash have grown to a solid and thriving (and incredibly fulfilling) business.
04. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PAINTING?
I work on site for approximately 6 to 8 hours, and 99.7% of the pieces are done by the time your event is wrapping up. I’m often asked how I paint so quickly, and honestly I'm not sure, call it the creative zone, or the ability to multi-task. It definitely took some practice, the first few live paintings I did were not done on site. So I worked harder, trusted my academic training, settled into the flow of the event, and just paint. To this day, I find myself getting too wrapped up in details that may not matter, and I catch myself getting frustrated and feel like I am stalled, I say a prayer and take a deep breath, I often have a conversation with someone who comes up and has a question for me, and then I get back to the canvas and before I know it - the painting is complete!
05. WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE AND HOW DO YOU PAINT SO QUICKLY?
I encourage my clients to weigh in as much as they would like before I show up. You design and direct your live painting, I just paint! Otherwise I paint things as I see them… little kids running around past their bedtime, a couple snuggled in in deep conversation, older relatives that are part of your party. There has been months of planning and plenty invested to make your celebration happen, I want to include as much of it as possible in your artwork.
06. How do you know what to paint?
I'm on social media, mostly Instagram and some Facebook. And the feed is usually finished work, the stories are the behind-the-scenes and daily grind stuff.
If you have a date that you are even thinking about for a live painting, submit your request for more information on my contact form. The calendar fills up fast and I would love to be there for you if at all possible!
07. How do I find out more?
01. The couple wanting an interactive element to their wedding reception to engage and entertain guests.
02. The newlyweds wanting a super unique conversation piece in their home to relive their best day ever
03. The creatives hosting a bash knowing a live painting will bring the just right vibe for their long-awaited celebration
04. The couple getting married in the cathedral their families have attended for generations, guests will see the ceremony painting finished during the reception
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