Live Event Paintings Captures Your Real-Time Romance

Gail Fitzpatrick paints keepsakes of weddings as they unfold.

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A photo is worth a thousand words, but have someone at your wedding who is live painting, and that will start a conversation.

Gail Fitzpatrick captures the spirit of your wedding in an elegant full-size painting that she creates while celebration unfolds.

“A local bride had heard about the idea in her research, and sought me out in 2006, asking if I would paint at her wedding reception in Boston,” says Fitzpatrick, owner of Live Event Paintings. “The concept was new to me, but once I met with her, the idea really clicked. The enthusiastic reactions of the wedding couple and their guests convinced me that this was something I wanted to be a part of.”

Armed with a stretched canvas, acrylics, and a keen artistic eye—which comes from her background in landscape and portrait painting, and study at Cornell School of Fine Arts—Fitzpatrick sets up her easel and gets to work wherever you want her. Perhaps it’s a work of art of your reception dance floor or a lovely cocktail hour on the veranda. All she needs is a four-by-six foot area, and she’s good to go.

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A painting done on location evolves on the canvas just as the event takes place around you. Fitzpatrick is especially interested in finding the vitality in a scene.

“During the event, I capture the energy, people in motion, and the excitement and interest all around me. That’s something that I cannot get by looking at a photo,” she explains.

Guests are always curious and engaged as they watch her at work, often returning several times to see the painting take shape. And in three to six months, you can see the final work of art.

The price range for Fitzpatrick’s paintings is $2,500 to $5,000, depending on location, painting size, number of guests, and so on. Live Event Paintings can also provide stunning print reproductions of the original, from frameable giclée prints to reproductions on canvas, as well as note cards—thank-you cards, anyone?

From who wore what to dance floor twirls, this truly is some real-time romance.


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