My parents, Rodney and Phebe (Fleming) Bennett, were married on March 25th, 1955 at the First Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. They are still together! When they had been married 50 years, I had the great blessing of visiting the church and videotaped a tour.
This is one of my favourite paintings I have ever done! I learned this technique in a workshop in 2007 taught by my art professor/mentor at Chemeketa Community College. Jane Lieber Mays taught me to draw. She gave me the foundations and beginnings of a beautiful relationship with ART. To this day I still hear her voice when I draw and I still use this painting technique as one of my favourites. Jane also taught this wonderful workshop in which I learned that, contrary to popular belief, oils and acrylics can work together successfully... if done right.
I did this painting from a photograph I took from my mother's wedding album. I cropped it to give the desired perspective. I was later heartbroken to learn that the old woman I cropped from the image was in fact my dear great grandmother Phebe Maud Montgomery Stearns. Gramma... I am so sorry!!! If I had known, I would have left you in!
Here are the different stages of the painting. I worked on it in the studio at school and I had a few fellow classmates who enjoyed stopping by to see my progress. It was a labour of love!
It was submitted it to the student gallery exhibit and was rejected. There were a few people/admirers quite upset about that. BUT... I had my justice... this painting was accepted and shown in two juried art shows that same year.
The Wedding Party was first exhibited at the Arbor Cafe (no longer existing) downtown Salem. Mom and Dad both came to the opening.
|Me with both paintings|