Monday, December 30, 2013


"Skyy" orignal watercolor by Carrie Waller 30" x 20" on Arches 260lb paper
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Holidays!  I can not believe that 2014 is knocking on our door.  2014 is already starting off with a lot of change for us.  It will be an interesting year.

Here is my newest painting "Skyy".  I painted this for my mother and father in-law.  They just celebrated their 40th anniversary.  I decided to paint a large painting for them for a combines anniversary/Christmas present.  I got delayed in starting the painting because our whole family came down with the plague right before Christmas!  So I had 6 days to finish this painting.  I paint slowly so I was pushing it.  I had a conversation with my 7 year old, hoping he would give me a nice little pep talk and assure me that I could get it done in time but the conversation went more like this, Me-"Steven do you think I will get this done in time?" Steven-"Well, Mom you have 6 days and I've seen it take you 2 weeks to get a painting that size done.  And you're not even done with the drawing, so, no, I don't think you'll get it done in time."  But even with my critic I managed to finish just in the nick of time:)

I named this one "Skyy" because most of the bottles in the painting are Skyy vodka bottles.  My in-laws had been collecting blue bottles for me.  When it came timer to set this up I thought boy they went through a lot of vodka.  But as I was cleaning all of the bottles I started seeing permanent marker notations on the bottles and remembered that these had been confiscated from the dorms at the University where my father-in-law works.  So I have a bunch of alcoholic college students to thanks for the subject matter:)

I saw on Annie Salness' blog that she shares what she's listening to while she paints so I'm borrowing that idea because she introduced me to a new podcast that I love, so I thought I would share with the class what I was listening to and watching while painting this painting.  Podcasts--Artists Helping Artsits, Alec Baldwin's, Here's the Thing.  Movies-  "The Family Stone", "It's Complicated"
TV Show--"The Foster's" on Netflix.

I'm already on to my next painting and I can't wait to share it with you.  My subject matter is something that will no longer be available in the U.S. soon, any guesses?


  1. Your painting is beautiful, as usual. I doubt your next painting will be of kolinski brushes, but that's all I could think of.

  2. I think light bulbs too. Love these blue bottles and the cast shadows are gorgeous! Glad you finished it in time, despite doubting Thomas'...I mean doubting Steven's...I mean Steven's prophecy! LOL Hope your new year's changes are all good ones.

  3. Nothing like a bit of pressure. I'm sure your in-laws will love their painting, it's so good!

  4. How about a second hint.......:) Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year ahead.

  5. We love the painting! We have hung it in the living room & decided after the Christmas things come down, we'll put the antique blue & white dishes in the china cabinet, and put a quilt in blues on the couch! Thank you so much! And Steve will always remember his RLCs on the lookout for confiscated blue bottles!

  6. Happy Anniversary to your In-laws, Carrie.....A wonderful gift!!!
    The color is absolutely outstanding!!!

  7. Beautiful painting, I love the colors - Happy New Year! xo