Life Is Art
Thank you so much for your interest in a live wedding painting! You can view more of my live paintings HERE! Please shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Bailey contacted me about six months ago to book a live painting at her fall wedding in Sumter, SC. As we chatted on the phone, we went over color schemes, decor, composition ideas, and all of the fun wedding details she wanted to make sure that I included in her live painting.
As I drove up the long, tree lined driveway towards a big white tent set in front of a gorgeous white plantation home; I started to envision my painting coming to life. Even though I had arrived early before any of the guests were there, I could almost hear the music playing, feel the excitement in the air, and if I closed my eyes I could hear the laughter and chatter amongst friends and family.
Eager to get started painting the decor and setting, I quickly set up my easel and canvas only to realize that I had forgotten my palette. Thankfully, the sweet caterers gave me a plate to use for the evening - nothing like improvising on the job. :)
I dipped my paintbrush into a lovely shade of blue-violet and began silently praying blessings over my painting, the evening, and Bailey and Myles' marriage. Something about painting in front of a crowd makes me a little bit nervous, but I've learned to convince myself that I'm just excited! I've always found that I calm down as soon as my brush hits the canvas. :)
I typically paint for a two-hour time block during the reception. After the wedding I take the painting back to the studio where I'll add the finishing touches, paint all of the edges, and seal it. Once I've finished working on the piece, I'll email a proof to the Bride and Groom for them to approve. After everything is finished, we pack it up and ship it to them so that they can enjoy a special piece of art that was created at their wedding!
I haven't finished the painting from Bailey and Myles' wedding yet, but I will add it to this post as soon as it's completed!
Last month, I had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with the team at AmericasMart for VOW: New World of Bridal. VOW is a 4-day show in Atlanta that debuts fashion designers' bridal/formal wear lines from around the globe.
It was such an honor to create a floral painting specifically for the event that was used as the artwork and decor throughout the show.
My paintings were enlarged to cover the building, wrap the elevators, and serve as the backdrops for window displays. They also used my designs for promotion on their website, print invitations and programs, and special thank you gifts for attendees.
I will never forget the butterflies in my stomach, as I stepped into the building and saw my florals in a larger-than-life format. It was completely surreal and one of my most favorite collaborations that I've done so far in my career.
In addition to creating the artwork for the event, the team at AmericasMart Atlanta invited me to live paint during the runway show. I absolutely love live painting and jumped at the opportunity, because really - who could say no to fashion + art?!
Check out some of my photos from the evening! I'm still finishing up the painting that I started that night, but I will be posting the completed piece soon! Once it is finished, AmericasMart will be hanging my artwork in their permanent collection, so if you're ever at market you will be able to see my painting on display!
I had a sweet client reach out to me to paint the wedding shoes of her sister-in-law for a Christmas gift and it truly touched me more than she could ever know.
As I was sketching and designing this piece, I was chatting with my husband and commented, "It honestly surprises me when people want to hire me to paint something that they've never seen me do before. I've never painted a pair of shoes in my life! I don't even know what these are going to look like." Michael, being the sweet supportive husband that he is, just smiled and said, "Brooke she's seen your other work and she wants to see what you decide to do with those shoes. She wants to see what you create, because she loves what you do!"
So, I've been thinking about it ever since and I've decided that one of the greatest parts about being an artist is the opportunity to paint commissions! I know not every artist will tell you that, but for me... I just can't even tell you how much it means to me when people entrust me to create a painting to commemorate a special time in their life. A painting that will forever be with them in their homes.
It's just such a privilege. It's such an honor and a privilege to be an artist and I'm so humbled for the opportunity to walk beside y'all. To be invited to take part in your lives. Invited to be a part of your story, to comment on your most favorite moments in time. It's a blessing and it's something that I will always treasure, so thank you!
Hi friends! If you're going to be in the Greenville area anytime during the month of September, be sure to check out my art show at the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville!
The Gallery is located downtown on Main Street near the Hyatt. So, grab a coffee and wander on over! Michael and I finished installing the show on Sunday and it will be up until October 3! The gallery is open daily from 10 - 6 pm and Sundays from 1 - 5 pm.
Stay tuned for details on the reception!
I'm so excited to share my feature in the Greenville Journal with y'all! The reporter was so great to visit me at home in my studio. We had a wonderful chat and I absolutely love the way she brought this whole article together!
You can read the article below, find it in print in the Greenville Journal, or access it online by clicking here!
Art has always been the choice for Artisphere Crowd Favorite winner
By Cindy Landrum – Updated July 23, 2015
Source: Greenville Journal
C. Brooke Ring likes to ‘paint things that make people happy’
C. Brooke Ring has always wanted to be an artist, but her career as one got off to an accidental start.
While she was a student at Furman University, a friend asked her to custom paint a cooler for her. When that friend posted a photo of her handiwork online, others asked how they could get one for themselves.
Ring started selling the coolers on Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. Ring, who studied painting and graphic design, now sells her original paintings on the site.
“I’m launching my career at the right time,” said Ring, a 2012 Furman graduate who works as a graphic designer at Shannon Forest Christian School. “Social media has changed everything for artists. Artists have all these avenues for selling and connecting with customers online that they didn’t have before. I can reach a wider audience than I would if I had to rely on having my work in galleries.”
Ring was the Crowd Favorite winner in the Greenville Journal’s Facebook contest for Artisphere’s Artists of the Upstate juried exhibition. Her husband, Michael, actually submitted the entry.
“As a new young artist, it’s intimidating to enter a juried show because you face rejection,” she said. “I was kind of hesitant and nervous. Getting in and being selected the Crowd Favorite winner was affirmation that this is what I need to do.”
Instead of painting scenes on coolers, Ring’s work now consists of acrylic florals, marshes, beach scenes and abstracts.
“I like to paint things that make people happy,” she said. “My art won’t be dark and depressing. I want to remind people of happy times. My art is more of a happy, cheerful, uplifting brand.”
Ironically, the piece that earned Ring the Crowd Favorite was not a floral, marsh or beach scene. She painted “Ram’s Skull” for her husband’s “man room.”
“I’ve started working on a few more Southwestern manly pieces,” she said.
Ring’s background as a graphic designer informs her painting.
“It’s an interesting marriage,” she said. “I can see and appreciate clean lines. I have very straightforward compositions. I think in terms of a grid. I like simplified backgrounds. A lot of it is intuitive because of my graphic design background.”
Ring said she sees herself painting more abstracts and she wants to get more neutral colors in her palette. “I want to be more mature in color,” she said.
Before she started working as a graphic designer at Shannon Forest, Ring taught middle and high school art for a year.
She also teaches painting classes at Vino and Van Gogh.
Ring said during the next year, she will look to do more exhibits and would love to have her work in a gallery.
“I’ve never wanted to be anything other than an artist,” she said. “I’m fortunate to be an artist right now. It’s in to be crafty. There’s a huge movement toward makers. It’s a huge blessing to be an artist now.”
I'm so humbled and honored to announce that my work was awarded the Greenville Journal "Crowd Favorite" Award in Artisphere's Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition!
I'm so thankful to each and every one of you for all of the love and support you've shown me! It's such a blessing to be able to do what I love and it's truly a dream come true!
The Greenville Journal will be doing a featured story on me and I cannot wait to share it with all of you!
Hip hip hooray!! It's a Mother's Day Giveaway!!
And I'm selecting TWO lucky winners!!
... so, there are two chances to win!!
1. Follow me on instagram @chelseabrookering and repost this photo (it's posted on my account) with the hashtag #CBRgiveaway
2. Sign up for my newsletter at the bottom of the home page of my website!!
Winners will be selected on Sunday, May 3rd!!
*hint* Do both and double your chances to win!!!
2015 Artisphere Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition
I'm so excited to share that my work was selected to be a part of the 2015 Artisphere Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition! The exhibition will be on display during Artisphere (May 8 - May 10) in the Founder's Room above Larkin's in Greenville, South Carolina!
"Ram's Skull," 2015, C. Brooke Ring, Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" x 1.5"(d)
You can visit the Greenville Journal's Facebook page to vote for my work to win the "Crowd Favorite" prize!
The 2015 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition is a local art exhibition presented by Artisphere (supported by grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council). Open to artists 18+ living within a 35-mile radius of Greenville, SC, this juried exhibition seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by artists of Upstate South Carolina. The 2015 Artists of the Upstate exhibition will be on display in the Founder’s Room above Larkin’s on the River restaurant (318 S. Main Street, behind the Peace Center). Hours of operation:
- Friday: 12PM – 5PM
- Saturday: 11AM – 5PM
- Sunday: 11AM – 5PM
Today, I'm so thankful for my two working hands and the abilities the Lord has given me. I'm so humbled and thankful to be able to use these gifts to glorify Him and bring honor to his name. I would like nothing more than for "Him to become greater, and for me to become less." (John 3:30)
It's such a privilege to be an artist and to take a blank canvas and turn it into a beautiful work of art. I've never felt as close to my Creator, as I do with a brush in my hand. It's in my meager moments of creativity I see the most awe striking glimpses of who He is... of how beautiful and glorious He is... of how thorough and complete He is.. how "He knit me together in my mother's womb.." (Psalm 139:13) and how "He makes beauty from ashes" (Isaiah 61:3).
I love taking a blank canvas with nothing on it, praying over it, and painting something on the blank white space... but my very favorite thing to do is take an old, ugly, shoved in the back of closet, forgotten painting and making something new from it. My very favorite paintings have innumerable layers, horrible pasts, thick paint, underlying brush strokes, and lots and lots of colors showing through. It's those paintings that are the most unique and priceless. They could never be imitated or repeated. They are perfect and complete and lacking nothing...
Jesus will not give up on us. He won't shove us in the closet or forget about us. He won't be scared away by muddy paint or too many mistakes or screw-ups. He is thorough and He is complete. And He will make beauty from those ashes.
"He makes everything new" (Revelation 21:5) and "Everything beautiful in its time"(Ecclesiastes 3:11).