Monday, February 24, 2014

Commissioned work

Hi Everyone,
"412 S Cedar St." 10" x 13" watercolor by Carrie Waller

I have taken a break from my regularly scheduled program to complete this commission.   I had a lot of fun painting this because it is so different from my normal paintings.  I will say there is a challenge trying to make this kind of painting as dramatic as my still life paintings, especially because I didn't take the reference photos.  The reference photos were challenging so I was so thankful to Debra Keirce for telling me that she used Google Maps when she was doing this kind of work.  I could kiss her for telling me this because what a difference it made.  Google Maps is so great because you can get the street view and from all different angles.



  1. Very nice Carrie, I love it! I also do home portraits, and I do refer to Google maps as well. One thing you will want to watch though, is that Google maps may not be up to date with their image. Watch for changes in the home like overhangs, windows, shutters, trees gone or new ones planted, etc. I use the maps as a guide, but still refer to supplied photos for the current look of the home & landscaping.

  2. Nice Carrie, I bet the owner's will love it.

  3. What a great idea! I wouldn't have thought of it either. And it's lovely Carrie - they must be thrilled :0)