I admire the celebrant who journals during the process of planning, hiring, delegating, dressing, marrying, partying, and honeymooning. Ultimately, there is very little time, lots of noise, and an enlisted army of talent to help make the memories one would put down to pen and paper stick in the minds of all who participate. In this way, it seems that journaling is not necessary or timely. In this way, live event painting is.
Throughout time we’ve had music and feasting to celebrate our lives. Flowers have always symbolized birth, death, marriage, and royalty; think of the Dutch with their tulips. One such lasting form that predates the beloved work of talented photographers and videographers, and is now making a massive resurgence, is that of the painter. When battles were won, courting and ceremony were underway, and messages were being passed between the afterlife and earth; painters told the story
Though the techniques and elements have evolved in movements and genres over the years, there has always been this form to bring our stories into works of art. In a painting, simple brushwork can show the power of the colors, the angle of a posture easily identifiable as a familiar friend, the energy and life of music, the texture of those big moments within. Live event painting, as it is referred to today, provides the staging of a sophisticated, patient, driven observer with guests standing by, as layer upon layer build from start to finish in one evening. Whether the desire of the most unique and tasteful element is sought to dazzle guests, or the wish to begin or continue a union of building an art collection that starts with a professional life-lasting oil is the goal, live event painting serves to build memories from the first brush stroke to the conversations evoked as this painting adorns a home.
As a live event painter, I love sharing my training and eye filtered through my passion to connect and celebrate with incredible people. I love to bring the tradition dating back thousands of years into the contemporary affair. Unique to this newer form of painting, the personality of the artist is key in building the family that makes an event smooth, mind-blowing, and visionary. It is my honor to keep your diary for you and to tell your story in a way that words cannot possibly do, just as the greats urged us to understand.
by Andy Greenlee