Tuesday, August 3, 2010

My Muses - Elesha the Beautiful Bride

As you may already know I've been trying to regularly update my blog with 'My Muse' features, a little insight into some of the lovely people I work with day to day and the work we've created together.

I very recently worked with Elesha to create a memento of her beautiful wedding day as a gift for her husband, as you can see she was a fabulously glamourous and beautiful muse and a pleasure to paint!  There are a lot of 'hidden' details in Eleshas painting - or rather details that don't show up well on a scanner or photo so sadly are lost on the version you can see here. I used white paint on white paper to create subtle stars and sparkles which catch the light in different ways, plus a little bit of added silver glitter to highlight her sparkly tiara, shoes and buttons on the dress.

Elesha kindly wrote the following :-

Following my recent wedding, I was finding it quite a challenge to carry on with 'normal' life away from the glam world of diamantes and all things wedding related, and still now find myself reading some online blogs and websites, many of which are very inspirational and provide great links for not only all things 'wedding' but general gorgeousness too.

I discovered Charlotte after reading a feature on the Rock n Roll Bride blog, and realised that I had also seen some of her work on the beautiful Love my Dress blog too. I checked out her website, and loved the styles used for her illustrations, I particularly loved the glamorous burlesque paintings and the way in which this style is incorporated into the bridal portraits.

I made an initial enquiry to Charlotte, who was very helpful in providing information regarding different choices I had with regards to a commission. We discussed various options and Charlotte came up with lots of ideas which sounded wonderful and my decision was made - I couldn't wait to see these ideas come to life! I sent through just a few photographs and within no time at all, I received a couple of sketched ideas which looked fab, after a few small tweeks, the design seemed perfect.

When I received my painting, I was thrilled - the detail was fantastic, the subtle colours, textures used and added glitter looked amazing.

Thank you Charlotte for painting my wonderful portrait, I can not recommend you enough. It's great to have alternative ways of remembering our Wedding, and I think this just may be my husband's favourite  :)  

A huge thank you to Elesha for being my muse and for writing such kind words for my blog!

Eleshas' gorgeous Wedding Photography is by the talented Steve Gerrard.



Anonymous said...

A wonderful painting of my beautiful wife, showing her wedding outfit perfectly - particularly the hold ups and garter :)
Another great reminder of our fantastic wedding day, cheers Charlotte! Dan x

FINDINGS said...

I love these! I especially love the softer ones that look like you did them on film. So classic!

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Loulabelle said...

Wow your work is stunning! I think I'm going to have to start saving for my own wedding illustration now that I've seen this :o)

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