I took hundreds of photos that day, close-ups of the horses, paying attention to the colours and shapes elegantly moving around in front of me and learnt of the love story between Odette, Horses and Pedro! I'm always enchanted by the story of how people become so skilled in their zone of genius, how they naturally inspire others and share their love.
I jumped at the opportunity to design Odette & Pedro's wedding invitations. Something I don't ordinarily do, but I'd seen such gorgeous photographs of both of them in action as they'd performed at shows, I had a few creative ideas immediately and couldn't wait to try them out.
Then the unusual idea to paint live at the wedding developed. I tried to throw Odette off the trail by suggesting that I'd use acrylic paint and capture the wedding scene, the gorgeous view of Vejer de la Frontera and all their beautiful guests. When really I wanted to paint her horse in oil paint, try a new style and really connect to what she loves.
This coincided with my attendance at the Norfolk School of painting for nine month diploma in oil painting. There I learnt oil studio craft, art history, technical skills, colour theory, composition design and exercised my creativity. This was the perfect timing and environment to develop my skills for a contemporary painting for the wedding. Months went by with some triumphs and many disasters as I practiced my oil skills.
The time finally arrived to commit to an idea and style, I decided to undertake an active study of Christian Hook's style that captures movement. Then I just had to get to Spain, buy the materials and start the work one week before the wedding day .... I will let the film tell you the rest of the story x