What do you create?

I paint a single, original composition of your wedding with the theme of your choice in watercolor. Though any image desired is possible, I find emphasis on the bride is typically the most desired and appropriate.

How do I book you for my wedding?

All bookings require a signed contract and a 20% deposit. contact me for more information.

How much do you charge for a wedding?

Wedding pricing is based on your wedding date and location. Off-peak discounts are available.  Please contact me for a customized quote! Below is pricing for 1st quarter, through March, 2018.

What types of payment do you accept?

You may pay your deposit and balance payment by personal check, money order, cash, or Paypal.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes, all events require a non-refundable 50% deposit to secure your date and time. The deposit must be submitted with your signed contract.

When is the balance due?

The balance is due 14 days prior to your wedding. If you are booking for your wedding less than 30 days in advance, the full balance is due with your contract.

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What types of weddings do you paint for?

I’m happy to provide artwork for traditional and non-traditional ceremonies.

How far will you travel for my wedding?

Although most of my weddings are in the Midwest, I am available anywhere in the US and internationally for destination weddings. Please contact me for details!

Where do you set up?

Setup location is agreed upon before the wedding.

Do we have to provide you with anything for set-up?

No, I provide my own easel and equipment.

Will people be able to view you working?

Absolutely! Painting is entertainment and often gathers curious onlookers.

What do you wear for weddings?

I wear a white shirt with black pants and tie along with an aqua blue vest and a black apron with my logo on the front.

What style of art do you create at weddings?

The main image choice of style is watercolor on cold press (smooth) watercolor paper with light pastel accents. The individual sketches are pastel  pencils on toned paper.

Will we meet with you before the wedding day?

Meeting is preferred to properly discuss personal desires, details and such.

Options are available

Options are available including landscape images of your venue. All images on this site are original creations of Michael McFarland Studio of Fine Art, LLC.

What to look for in a painting

Simplify the theme. Keep it fresh with focused detail. Let the backgrounds display action. Avoid still-life stiffness. These and more guide my decision-making.

Keep it simple

Think of an artist as a juggler. The fewer the items to juggle–the better the juggle. Further, the more objects in a given space, the smaller the size of the objects. Think of what is more important–loved ones or furnishings?

Bridal portraits are also available!

Some basics on color

There’s colorful, and then there is gaudy. Color is observed by the surrounding light. This light bathes everything in a particular hue. Limit the colors provided when possible. It adds realism and viewers are more at ease with like colors and tones.

Regarding Composition

Think of which people would be most appreciated in a painting and inform the artist ahead of time. It would be a shame if the artist focused on a stranger, a frenemy or similar. Again, it’s highly recommended to avoid that common trap of painting everything. Finally, the more stuff in a painting, the smaller the main subject–the bride and groom.