I love the creative ideas clients come to me with for commissioned watercolor gifts! This client is the mother of the bride. The idea was for a surprise anniversary gift for her daughter and son in law.
Their wedding invitation used thermography for the text and was a simple text only design printed on a thick white board. The idea was to paint their reception site on their invitation. They got married at the popular gothic style castle in the Philadelphia suburbs called the Merion Tribute House.
I met with the client in person and we excitedly went through her wedding photos from her daughter’s wedding. I shared a couple of sketched layouts and we decided to go with the layout above because it was the most colorful. The Merion Tribute house, being castle like, has a lot of gray stonework, so zooming in on the beautiful red door, stained glass windows, and greenery around the entrance brought a lot of nice colors to the watercolor. As you can see in one of the zoomed in photos, I added some silver metallic watercolor to the windows which added a nice shimmer to the piece.
What I liked about this project was that it was very similar to what I create for clients for their wedding invitations but it was almost like a retrospective because the wedding had already occurred.