Landscape Illustrations as Invitation Art

“Often while reading a book one feels that the author would have preferred to paint rather than write; one can sense the pleasure he derives from describing a landscape or a person, as if he were painting what he is saying, because deep in his heart he would have preferred to use brushes and colors.” – Pablo Picasso

Several months ago, Tonya contacted me with a request for an invitation whose main focus was the artwork.  She literally wanted the artwork to encompass most of the printed space with her wording playing second fiddle to the text.


I immediately loved the idea and ran with it.

Many couples have caught on to the trend and since then Jess and I have been painting watercolor landscapes of locations throughout the country.  What most excited me about this new style is the emotion we are able to capture in a landscape.  From the passionate red cliffs of Sedona to the magical rolling hills of rural New York , every brushstroke tells a story in color and shape.


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This Michigan treeline  landscape is so full of texture you can easily get lost in the details!  The idea that guests really have to look for the wording is fun – enjoying this invitation becomes an experience!


The ariel view in this design captures a sense of granduer, while the color palette is dreamy and romantic.