July 1, 2021
It may surprise you but this bridal portrait wasn’t a commission, nor was it of a bride that I knew. It actually was a way for me to push the limits of my painting and make something that I thought would be truly beautiful. I wanted to branch out from just doing over the shoulder portraits to making a painting that really captured all of a bride. After perusing through the catalogs of some of my favorite dress designers I landed on Monique L’Huillier’s “Magnificent” gown!
This dress was beautiful, stunning, and full of detail. Lace covers the entire dress and challenged me to give texture in a way that wasn’t overly detailed, nor too abstract. I had to give the impression of delicate lace overlaying smooth fabric. Hours working in the studio yielded an incredible contrast of movement and texture (not without plenty of hard work and moments of agony haha).
I wanted the background to match the rich colors while making the whites of the dress feel as though they were glowing. A deep blue was the perfect choice and brought it all together, allowing the warm reflective wood floor to speak volumes, drawing your eye throughout the painting. I find that challenging yourself as an artist can yield the most beautiful rewards at times!