Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Charlotte Atkinson who creates live Wedding Paintings, a truly unique and beautiful reminder of your love-filled day.
Imagine capturing your dream day as a beautiful Wedding painting, created live at your reception by an artist and who uses brushes and paint to capture the scene.
Charlotte Atkinson is an award winning published artist and illustrator, who was in the ‘Top Ten Best selling British Artists ‘2004 by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Winner of several awards, she has captivated the imagination of international art markets for over a decade with her highly collectable prints.
I hand you over to Charlotte to tell you all about her thriving Business…
Who are you, and what do you do?
I am Charlotte Atkinson – Live Wedding Painter for wedding receptions.
I am usually commissioned by couples or family members as a surprise gift to create a live Wedding Painting.
I also create portraits from wedding photographs, illustrate for magazines, venues and suppliers.
When and why did you start your Company?
I have been a professional artist for 20 years published and selling my prints to galleries internationally.
I started Watercolour Weddings after I was commissioned to paint at a wedding reception in Mayfair, the reaction was incredible and I realised the uniqueness of what I had created.
A wedding has all the elements for a perfect composition- romance, family, friendship and love!
It was an amazing feeling creating a bespoke gift, the guests loved watching and it was a lasting reminder for the couple as it was painted on their day.
What inspires you?
Where I live on the South Devon coast is beautiful, as are the people and that inspires me.
Style, Colour, Italy, are all inspirations too and I’m all about celebrating the beauty of love, romance and art !
Do trends influence your work?
A case of art imitating life – my wedding paintings are painted from life as it happens so they include unique personal details of the day and the couples individual style.
I like to think my work has a timeless feel.
My wedding painting style is influenced by 1920’s fashion illustrations, I love that era of style and elegance.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement professionally was being listed in the Top Ten Best Selling British Artists in the UK – no mean feat as galleries across the country voted in their thousands.
What do you see as the future of your Company?
Pursuing my passion for creating bespoke artwork is my only goal.
I love the idea of creating a painting to be handed down as a family heirloom.
I have paintings by my grandmother and friends of mine, they thrill me whenever I look at them and are my most treasured possessions.
Portrait of a wedding
Using her lifelong passion for figure drawing, which she has perfected in Florence Italy, Charlotte offers Live Wedding Painting –a full day experience usually given as a gift from the family to the happy couple.
Her artistic talent provides unique entertainment for guests and acts as a great ice breaker as they can chat and watch the painting progress throughout the reception.
Armed with her easel, paints and brushes, she stays in one spot to blend into the background at the reception and is happy to paint whilst the photographer or videographer works around her.
At the end of the day the finished painting is displayed on an easel for guests to admire as they depart.
“One of the wonderful things about having a painting created live is that I can include anything memorable about the day in any order as I see it – usually this includes the venue in some way, the happy couple together with a few guests, the cake and the colour scheme,” explains Charlotte.
“I usually meet with the couple beforehand to see the best view for the painting. I have previously painted from balconies,inside marquees and sometimes outside undercover to include the venue as the background.”
What an incredible service. Art is so romantic anyway but to have someone capturing this most special time through the medium of live wedding paintings is just extraordinary.
How amazing to look at your own personal artwork you can hand down through generations to your family.
Want to learn more about Charlotte’s unique wedding service? Why not take a look at her Portfolio.
To Contact Charlotte Atkinson – Live Wedding Painter
Phone: 01548 562243 or 079433 77711