Commission: The Swearingens (Engagement Portrait)

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You know when you find those strangers online but you're pretty sure that, given the opportunity, you could be best friends? That's how I felt as soon as I pulled up Jen's navy-and-white wedding website. Right from the get-go I found out we share an affinity for Italian food and even had similar tastes in clothes!  

A friend of hers (who also happens to be a friend of mine) commissioned a watercolor of one of her engagement pictures to give as a wedding gift. Because Jen has such classic tastes, her friend asked if we could do a greyscale painting that would almost be more like a black-and-white photo. I was a little worried that some of the nuances of watercolor would get lost in black-and-white, but it ended up being one of my favorite paintings to date. The colors (or lack thereof!) put all the emphasis on the two of them in the sweetest of poses. And that's what it's all about, right?