Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

I’ve been admiring WedLuxe magazine since…well, a long time.  When their editor contacted me to collaborate on a unique project,  I nearly fell over.  Well no, not really but I did seriously drop everything and reply immediately! A moody story emerged as Angela described the famed photographer Fred Fraser who would capture everything on a centuries old camera.  She spoke of expert stylists who were to select every Art Nouveau-esque detail from head to toe and then… she asked me to paint.  Magic words, I never tire of hearing – Kristy would you paint something for us?  Yes, yes, always yes.

The idea was to meld a painted image with a still image.  I created three paintings, each harking to certain Nouveau styles.  One more pattern, than traditional painting, the other an artful frame of watercolor brushstrokes.  Look on…

Drawing inspiration from Art Nouveau masters like Mucha, I chose this wild garden look with defined linework and a bold emerald green palette.

This framed look is soft and romantic while bold and detailed at the same time.  Wispy watercolor swirls melt into strong floral shapes with black ink brushstrokes.

Possibly my favorite shot…

I adore seeing my painting at such a large scale…

Lastly, “Linger” drew its inspiration from the peacock feather.  Fluid brushstrokes and dot detailing created a dynamic look full of movement…

Thank you again to the WedLuxe team for the opportunity to paint and to Fred Fraser for the gorgeous images!  XOXO

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