Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sepia Pears

"Sepia Pears" 7.5" x 8.5" original watercolor by Carrie Waller
Day 18/30
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Today I started teaching private lessons with a student.  The first painting I have my students do is a monochromatic painting (with the exception of the background which is a sepia/indigo mix) in sepia.  I do this so that students can learn to establish their values immediately.  Plus it eliminates having to think about mixing colors because you only get one.  I have always loved sepia paintings.  I spent the first 6 mos to a year to a lot of sepia paintings when I first started painting.  I have talked with other artists that began that way as well.

We had a good first lesson and I'm looking forward to working with him.

These are 4 monochromatic paintings that I did from architectural details I found all over Europe.  I was always on the hunt for these round details.  The top one from was a church in Cambridge, England, the next one down was found in Prague, the 3rd one down was a manhole cover in Paris (they design everything), and the bottom one was from the Palace Versailles.

These have hung in every house we have lived in during our 12 years of marriage and I will not part with them:)



  1. There is something about a sepia painting isn't there? I love them too! And what a great way of starting off your student. He has a great teacher, that's for sure! :0)

  2. What a lucky student! I wish I could find a mentor to meet with regularly. I think it would help me a lot.

  3. Lucky student is right! I love the old sepia and black and white photos of my family. It's a cozy and sometimes mysterious feel it gives to the photo.

  4. Those paintings are wonderful Carrie, you've inspired me to try a monochromatic painting, thank you.

  5. These are really beautiful Carrie. I love color so much, I haven't thought to do paintings using only one color. I'll have to try it because the results are very intriguing.

  6. Lucky student! I love hearing about your process, Carrie. It's inspiring to see how you use your beautiful artwork on your walls, also.