This pretty bride was a delight to paint. If she had actually posed live, she would have had to stand still for more than 45 hours! However, she carefully selected an inspiration photo from the many taken before her wedding. I work very slowly when doing a portrait-- It must be precise. I especially enjoyed working on the lace.
This portrait was commissioned for the celebration of a beautiful woman's birthday-- A "big" one, though she looks much younger, both in real life and in paint. The inspiration photo was taken at a festive event on a cruise. The background of the photo has a lot of red in it, and some unidentifiable ship equipment. For the painting, the background colors were chosen to fit with the room where it is displayed. The mossy greens are a flattering-to-the-face choice, as well.