Have you considered commemorating your special day with a painting? - Joan Vienot painting
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There is a difference, an intimacy, when the painting is created on-site, in the moment, en plein air, when the artist is immersed in the sights, the sounds, the decor, the music, the tenderness of the moment.

Joan Vienot is that artist.

An accomplished plein air painter, Joan is able to capture the atmosphere and the essence of the moment, unobtrusively completing a good portion of the painting right there at your event. Interested guests will have opportunity to watch as the painting progresses from the initial lay-out to the colors and textures of the surroundings and decorations, and finally to the block-in of the figures where she will finish details in the studio. 

To discuss Joan Vienot’s live wedding painting rates and availability, please make an inquiry here.

Joan Vienot | Wedding painter as seen on The Knot

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“Our live event painter captured our wedding in such a unique way. I will cherish this for the rest of my life.”

Alex Anne escorted to her wedding

16 x 20, Alex Anne & Garrett

Alex Anne requested a commemoration of being escorted into her wedding by her father. I had to imagine where and how she would be staged when I set up the painting, and then take photographs of the exact moment which was only a few seconds, and then paint her in after the fact. In the initial plein air painting, I found that she had to be placed lower on the plane, and the only option for framing would be a float frame, so I repainted the scene in the studio, raising her in the picture plane to allow for better framing, the image above. You can see detail from the plein air work below. The bride was happy to receive both paintings! Alex Anne and Garrett’s wedding is featured in The Knot magazine, Fall 2017. Click here to see the article and my blog about it.

Wedding Painting Alex Anne Garrett en plein air detail

Oil Painting of Brian and Megan Robertson's First Dance

24 x 20, Brian & Megan

This oil painting was a surprise gift from the bride’s parents to the lovely couple. Michele and Skip and the florist and event coordinator kept me out of all of the reception lay-out sketches and pre-wedding communications, and we corresponded privately, so Megan and Brian knew nothing of me being there until they actually walked back to the dance area, and found me hard at work! I completed the basics en plein air, and when I got back to the studio, I put more of a glowing white behind the couple, framing their heads with a heart shape in the leaves. The wedding was coordinated by Defining Moments Weddings & Events.

Plein air painting of first dance at wedding, unfinished
Oil painting of Tamera and Cody Miguez's first dance at their weddingreception in Gulf Place in Santa Rosa beach, Florida

30 x 24, Cody & Tamera

Tamera asked me to capture the “fabulousness” of the decorations, for her first dance with Cody, above. A guest whispered to me that I needed to paint in a rainbow somewhere, to represent Tamera’s dear departed grandmother. For that challenge, I found a glint of light running up and down the edge of the near vase, and painted a prism of color into that glint. See if you can find it. I painted the edges of the canvas as an extension of the painting, seen in the detail shot below. The wedding was coordinated by The Eventful Planner.

Cody and Tamera wedding painting, wrapped edges detail

Oil Painting of Couple Dancing Outdoors by Bridge, Impressionist Style

10 x 8, George & Kris

Kris sent me images of paintings showing the styles of art that she liked. Many were from the impressionist period, so I worked in that style for this painting of Kris and George. Kris and George’s reception was in the gardens of Monet Monet, coordinated by Grayton Beach Catering.

Oil painting of Hunter and Meredith dancing outdoors at Grayt Grounds in wedding reception - final piece

8 x 10, Hunter & Meredith

Meredith and Hunter’s painting was a surprise gift from Meredith’s mother. It was painted in the gardens of Monet Monet in the Grayton Beach area.

Live Event Painting Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only paint weddings, or other events too?
I paint many types of events. I am happy to commemorate your ceremony, reunion, celebration or special day with a plein air painting!

How far in advance do I need to book my live event planning?
There are many variables, including travel, but typically we need to confirm the date a minimum of 3 months prior to the event.

Are you willing to travel outside of Florida for events? What about out of the country?
Yes! Travel can increase the planning time needed and cost—please submit an inquiry here to discuss.

How much does live event painting cost?
The cost of live event painting includes many considerations—amount of time, size of work, and location of event are a few. 

Have more questions?
Give me a call and we can discuss the specifics of your wedding or event needs. (850) 259-8394 

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