Taratories Blog

Custom Wedding invitation

Recently these two love birds got married and I was able to make their wedding invitations a little more personalized that the typical invitation. I used photographs of them to work from in their wedding attire and painted them separately in their oval frames.  

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I love how they turned out on the wedding invitations! I just think it is such a unique idea and the watercolor sketches really make them lighthearted and fun!

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They even used them for the cake toppers!  I love it when things are repurposed for different uses like this.

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I used the original painting that I did for the commission as a gift to the lovely couple.  I also included the addition of a portion of a bible verse and their wedding date.  It was such an honor to be part of their special day in this small way!  

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Live Family Sketching

This week I had a fun evening of live fashion sketching!  I went to a local house and joined a family in a birthday party get together.  I have never done live fashion sketching for a family like this before and it was a really fun experience!  At the end of the 4 hours I felt like I was part of the crew, they were so inviting and so fun!  They came over to me and posed for me as I needed them.  I even used a photo to add a family member into the painting who wasn't able to attend the party.

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That night I painted 18 people total from the family!  This is a great way to capture a group of people in a loose and fun way instead of the typical photograph.  Doing quick sketches really pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to try and capture the essence of the person instead of every detail. 

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If you are interested in having this done at your next party or event, please email me at taratories@gmail.com to start the conversation!

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All framed up outside of the room I painted! 

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Oh The Heart

This week I had the privilege to be featured in a wedding blog found on www.ohtheheart.com  which featured different ways to preserve your wedding bouquet... make sure you check it out!  Featured on there were my custom watercolor wedding bouquets which I love painting so much!  I can work from any photo to bring you a beautiful painting that can be cherished for years to come.  

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What makes these paintings so special?  Flowers are such an integral part of your wedding, but after the wedding the flowers die and most of us throw them away.  That's why preserving your bouquet is so important and really makes a lovely gift for yourself or someone else.  Here is where you can find out more and place your order for one today... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing at Dawn

This past week I was able to work on a fashion illustration of a beautiful couple.  This was a commissioned piece for someone who gave this to them for their wedding shower. The person who commissioned this from me showed me some different photos that I could work from and this one grabbed my eye immediately.  It was full of love and light, and I knew this was the one that I wanted to use as reference.

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The sunlight peeking through the trees in the background inspired me to make the circular design behind her into a watercolor sun.  I also added some watercolor grass to ground them, tie them together, and add some more color. Of course, I added touches of gold to it which is always my favorite part. I think this was such a unique and thoughtful gift to give this couple and I love that they will have a piece of art commemorating the beginning of their lives together.  

To commission a custom fashion illustration, email me at taratories@gmail.com and we can start the conversation!

"Dancing at Dawn" 8X10

"Dancing at Dawn" 8X10