The Launch of the
‘Seven Seas Splendor’
This live event painting conveys the excitement, energy and elegance of the inaugural launch and christening celebrations of the magnificent new Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship, the luxurious Seven Seas Splendor, at Port Miami on February 21st, 2020. Congratulations to everyone at Regent and all the staff and crew of the Splendor!
Using an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Procreate painting app, I created this painting live on board the beautiful ship, capturing the night in a single artwork based on direct observation. You’ll see in the time lapse replay video above that I started as a background with Art Deco inspired textures from the carpets and decor of the Splendor and then depicted scenes in the Constellation Theater and in the Splendor, Meridian and Observation Lounges. I painted a harpist playing in the Atrium and what unfolded on the main stage of the Constellation Theater, including the welcome from Captain Serena Melani, the world’s first woman to helm a new cruise ship at launch; the invocation by Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami; the christening by ship’s Godmother, Christie Brinkley; the bottle-breaking; and a wonderful performance by a fellow Londoner, Seal, which included my painting being displayed on the main stage screen behind him (shown in photo at the top of this page).
After this event my digital painting was shared electronically with the guests.
“Thanks again for your help with our event! ..Absolutely loved your digital interpretation of the night’s festivities.”
You can get a sense of the anticipation leading up to this launch from these articles:
Virtuoso’s ‘Why We Can’t Wait for Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor’
PR Newswire’s ‘Regent Seven Seas Cruises® Announces Christie Brinkley Will Serve As Godmother To Seven Seas Splendor™’
Here are a few more photos from the evening:
Painting Captain Serena Melani
Painting in the Constellation Theater
Painting in the Observation Lounge
The bow of the Seven Seas Splendor with the Miami skyline in the background