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The Wedding Series #3 - Darren & Tenille by Simon Aberle

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This is a series I started shortly after my older brother Darren’s wedding in March this year.
I couldn’t afford a wedding present for him and I felt terrible about it, so I decided to start drawing a belated wedding present for them.
This is the work that I am most proud of to date.
I started the first one in April and finished the last one in June.
It was an epic body of work that I had to keep going back to between commisions. I have been dying to post this first installment since I finished it on April 20th 2009, but restrained myself until all three were completed.
Special thanks to Mark at Perceptions Photography for giving me permission to use the reference photo (which you can see on his website)

Derwent Pastel Pencils and Windsor & Newton Pastels on Beige Canson Paper
Completed 18th June, 2009

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I am a South Australian practising artist specialising in graphite pencils and soft pastels. I take portrait commissions and can be contacted at or


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  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloover 5 years ago

    Magical! The colors are divine. Beautiful works of art :-)

  • Thank you so much for commenting :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Joseph Barbara
    Joseph Barbaraover 5 years ago

    Simon, I must congratulate you on this exceptional work of art. The expression of happiness on their faces is amazing. I don’t believe one can compare it to any monetary gift. I’m sure they’re going to be delighted to own this masterpiece. Well done and take care, Joseph.

  • Thanks Joseph :) They were literally speechless when i presented it!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Kym  Breeze
    Kym Breezeover 5 years ago

    You should be so proud of yourself and your work this is amazing…I struggle to do portraits so am really in awe of your work….this is up there with the best I have seen…I am sure they will love the belated gifts. cheers

  • Thanks for the awesome comment! I appreciate that so much :)
    They do love it, I presented it two days ago, and they are thrilled :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Julia  Thomas
    Julia Thomasover 5 years ago

    Nice to see you using some colour! The lace of the dress is just so well done! The expression you have captured is fabulous. It is so alive…nice to see you happy with your work again it comes across and gives it soul :)

  • Thanks! Yes it’s great to finally have a bit of freedom to experiment with pastels.

    – Simon Aberle

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Huntover 5 years ago

    amazing work, Simon. It’s flawless! I’m very impressed.

  • Thanks Douglas!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Absolutely magic! All the details are so perfect! They must be ecstatic about such a unique and priceless gift. It is so beautiful and I can’t stop gazing at it!!!! Congratulations Simon.

  • They are very happy with it, as am I. Thanks for all of your support and inspiration Lynda :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonover 5 years ago

    Unbelievably great Simon!! This is better than any wedding gift ever!

  • Thanks so much!
    I believe a proffessional photo is great for weddings, but I’d like to branch out into this area more in art. I think married couples would adore a hand drawn picture :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 5 years ago

    A fantastic work of art Simon – you’re a very clever fella.

  • Thank you brian. I appreciate that!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning! Again, you’ve captured a very tender and special moment in time for this lovely couple. Beautiful work.

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Jo Hawkins
    Jo Hawkinsover 5 years ago

    Oh that is the best present that anyone could want for thier wedding! you are fantastic.

  • Thanks Jo :)

    – Simon Aberle

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