Lake Tahoe Wedding Portrait

My latest — a wedding portrait painting, commissioned by the groom as a birthday gift for his wife of seven years.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Portrait — 18″x24″, Oil-on-Canvas (Sold)

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Dale and Gretchen

Wasn’t he thoughtful to get his wife a portrait of their wedding?! It was such a lovely picture; the couple and the lake were very photogenic. And I’ve always enjoyed wedding portraits — paintings or photos. Sometimes I wonder how well I can paint someone without knowing them; but maybe it’s easier that way. I just to try and get as close as possible to the image in the photograph.

The entire transaction (initial inquiry, discussion of the painting, photo submission, commission, work-in-progress photos and payment) was done on the Internet. But since the client lives just 5 miles from my Austin art studio, Bruce and I delivered the finished wedding portrait in person. When Dale came to the door, I felt like he was already a good friend since I had spent so much time “face-to-face” with the picture of him and his lovely wife Gretchen!

When I’m painting, I do carry on quite a spirited monologue: “Oooh you’re not gonna like THAT, let’s change it”, or “Well now, lets get those highlights in your hair!” For this artist, painting portraits is a matter of pushing and pulling until “Viola! Suddenly the face has a personality shining back at me!“ Then they are REALLY in the room and it has become so much more than canvas and oil paint!

About Valerie Rawlings

Austin, Texas oil painter focusing on portraits, landscapes and still life paintings
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