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Natural Style Paintings

One of the most popular questions I’m asked about my services is : “What does the natural option look like?”

Today on the blog, I’ll be spotlighting paintings from a few of my favorite events to illustrate exactly what a natural painting looks like, and describe the process behind it. Read on to learn more!

I Booked a Natural Painting, What Can I Expect?

When you book a natural painting with me, it means that your painting will be painted mostly on-site. This is the perfect option for you if you want to capture the whimsy of the event, but aren’t concerned with the articulate, refined details. I paint what I see, capturing the memory and experience in an authentic, natural way at the actual event site. I paint free hand, in the moment, taking it back to the studio to master detail only in the couple and the florals.

 Kelly and Steve’s Quail Ranch Wedding. Studio detail added in couple, florals, and general finishing touches.

Kelly and Steve’s Quail Ranch Wedding. Studio detail added in couple, florals, and general finishing touches.

What’s the Benefit of a Natural Painting?

One of the best things about the natural option is the paintings have a loose, airy feeling that is romantic and dreamy.  It’s a simple way to capture the memory of you as a couple if you don’t feel the need to include specific guests or details.

With a refined painting, additional portraiture and detail are added as well as some re-arranging, so it requires much more time to master the final piece.

What Does a Natural Painting Look Like?

To illustrate what a natural painting looks like, please feel free to peruse paintings captured live on site:

Tanya and AJ’s wedding reception

 “This was a surprise gift for my husband on the day of our wedding. He was speechless and so were a lot of our guests at the event. The painting included our first dance and both of our daughters in there. How amazing to have this piece of art hanging on our wall for years and years to come. It truly is priceless, we both fell in love with it.” Tanya and AJ, Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego

“This was a surprise gift for my husband on the day of our wedding. He was speechless and so were a lot of our guests at the event. The painting included our first dance and both of our daughters in there. How amazing to have this piece of art hanging on our wall for years and years to come. It truly is priceless, we both fell in love with it.” Tanya and AJ, Bahia Resort Hotel, San Diego


Alin and Sahand’s wedding reception in downtown Los Angeles:

 “I’m so happy you mastered our painting right on the spot! We will always love it!!” – Alin and Sahand, Maguire Gardens, DTLA

“I’m so happy you mastered our painting right on the spot! We will always love it!!” – Alin and Sahand, Maguire Gardens, DTLA


Megan & Adam’s wedding at the Vibiana, DTLA

 “As the parents of the bride, we wanted to gift our daughter and her husband something that would last a lifetime.  Everyone who witnessed her painting at the wedding were in awe…they couldn’t believe she was transforming a moment into a lifetime memory. The portrait was stunning…and every time I look at it (now at my daughters house), I smile and reflect back to a milestone event that we cherish.”  ~ Megan & Adam’s wedding at the Vibiana, DTLA

“As the parents of the bride, we wanted to gift our daughter and her husband something that would last a lifetime.  Everyone who witnessed her painting at the wedding were in awe…they couldn’t believe she was transforming a moment into a lifetime memory. The portrait was stunning…and every time I look at it (now at my daughters house), I smile and reflect back to a milestone event that we cherish.”  ~ Megan & Adam’s wedding at the Vibiana, DTLA

To recap the difference between a natural and refined painting ~ in a natural painting, the style is poetic and illusive, not descriptive or detailed. It’s closely related to the spirit of impressionism, and documents the scene as it unfolds, resembling the actual event. I paint the people where I see them, and because of this technique I’m unable to re-orchestrate the scene.

I hope this post was helpful, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.