What you need to know about Live Paintings at weddings

Live Reception Painting

Hello friends !

I’m so behind on blog posts, its not even worth talking about. But here I am . So lets jump right into it.

What is live painting or live sketching ?

You may have seen it at a few weddings and if you haven’t , here’s something to consider , if you are getting married . If you aren’t , you might know someone who is and is probably considering  adding unique elements to their big day .

When an artist is hired to paint live at a wedding or any social event , it is called live painting. The idea is for the artist to capture the event on a canvas – at the event, through an artistic lens. It’s a beautiful way to commemorate the occasion on a painting.

It gives you a direct glimpse into the work process, thought process and actual working style of an artist. You can certainly let the artist know what exactly it is that you want painted on the canvas . It could be a certain part of a ceremony – something that is very important in a culture . For Hindu weddings, couples/ families revere the pheras as a sanctimonious tradition among others. For Christian weddings, it’s could be the vows . For receptions , it could be the first dance .

It’s what you want .

While the artist will capture the exact moment you’ve requested for, live painting enables the artist to have a free reign on the actual painting. You want an artist to have that ability to bring his/ her best work to the table . They’ll capture the ambience of the event , subtle occurrences that add a touch of whimsy to the painting.

Five things to know about live painting :

  1. Every artist has their own way of working . You can expect them to arrive and set up at the event and few hours ahead of the event and start painting in the venue , setting etc.
  2. as the event unfolds , you’ll see the artist add in more details. Guests can watch the painting evolve during the event . You’ll see how the artist works his/ her way through the painting and adds layers that you always wondered about.
  3. its a great way to entertain your guests , and once the artist is done with the painting,  you get to take the painting home .
  4. A painting is a very special commemoration of the event . You’ll have your photography + Videography team working hard to capture your special day . You can also add to those memories with a painting as a keepsake – a family heirloom .
  5. You don’t need a live painting or a painting for that matter .You WANT a live painting 😉


Giorgio Armani – Live Beauty Sketching

Hello lovelies,

As some of you may recall , if you saw my last post and /or on Instagram , this past Saturday , I sketched live with Giorgio Armani for their event at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Maryland. I sketched from 10:30 until 7 pm with a short break in between for a quick bite. Sketching beautiful people to music for 8 straight hours – nothing to complain about . It was a busy , fun filled energetic day as clients got their makeover done by celebrity make artist Tim Quinn and designer Jesus Estrada along with the Armani beauty team .

I was asked to create sketches of clients in about 15 minutes or less . I chose to do a mix of watercolors , ink and pens. I love doing the quick washes in watercolors and ink and refining it with pen. I started out doing 15 minute sketches , but as the day went by and it got busier in the afternoon . I had to hammer out sketches in less than 10 minutes. But, I love a challenge  🙂

Here’s some of the behind the scenes look and some of the sketches at the event. Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts !

And , thank you all for the support you’ve given me on this crazy journey of mine in the world of illustration. It almost seemed impossible when I started out, but reading your comments, emails and messages keeps me going . I truly value your support !



Live sketching with Giorgio Armani

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Friends, I am so so excited to announce that I will be working with Giorgio Armani beauty team this Saturday , June 3rd at Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland.

This is a dream come true for me and I may have danced around just a little bit when I got the opportunity.

The details of the event are below in the invite to the Born Backstage event by Armani featuring celebrity face designer Tim Quinn . If you are in the area, do stop by at the event.


I will be sketching portraits of clients at the event and I hope to see you there 🙂 Appointments are encouraged if you would like to be sketched, since it does get pretty busy . If you can’t be there , follow along on Instagram Stories for more behind the scenes from the event.