Watercolor study

watercolor study sepia

sepia study for watercolor paintingI have been working on a new watercolor painting.

Cepia Study for Watercolor painting

sepia study for watercolor paintingThrough the class that I am taking, Linn is helping us to learn how to take notes about the details,

Watercolor study

sepia study for watercolor painting and to look for light and shadows.

sepia study for watercolor painting

sepia study for watercolor paintingI love the idea of working in Cepia tones.


sepia study for watercolor paintingLocated in lovely Sandwich is this wonderful old museum.  A Cedar Shake roof


sepia study for watercolor paintingand rusting hinges on the door and windows only add to it's New England charm.


sepia study for watercolor paintingI chose Hoxie House as my subject.  It is situated on a tree lined driveway,


sepia study for watercolor paintingoverlooking a beautiful pond.


sepia study for watercolor paintingSome preliminary sketches with my brush,

sepia study for watercolor painting

sepia study for watercolor painting

sepia study for watercolor paintingThen I edited it to bring out even more shadows.

sepia study for watercolor painting

DSC00362I will keep you updated on my progress.  I am taking this one slowly and really enjoying the process.

Hoxie House in Sandwich, Massachusetts is the one of the oldest houses in the USA.  This house dates back from the late 1600's and is furnished with objects from that time.  The place has always fascinated me, and I can't help but wonder what memories this cottage holds.   If you click HERE, you can see lovely panoramic views. If you are someone who loves American history, here is the timeline for this house, and the surrounding historical places.

The song for this post is Pilgrim.

It's Monday so it must be Mosaic Monday over at Mary's place.
Tete said...

Very nice, can't wait to see what you end up with.

Carousel Dreams said...

Your painting looks incredible - and such a beautiful home to paint...thankyou so much for your kind words on my little blog - they made my day x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Karen dearest, again, I am reminded of my time in Mass. growing up. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but I "grew up" in Massachusetts where my imagination started to kick in, seeing such beauty. This is going to be a wonderful project for you dearest, and a marvelous journey for us all to watch. Keep up! Anita

Ann Nichols said...

This is just beautiful! The house is from the late 1600's... and I thought I had my hands full renovating a 150 year old home!
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Anja said...

To study your post needs a little bit time to see your progresses. Very nice idea to mix your paintings with fotos of what you painted.

Dishesdone said...

It's a beautiful process, each one is stunning. Looking forward to seeing the finished project, just beautiful so far!

Snap said...

Karen, this is wonderful. I'm enjoying the process, too! Happy you are enjoying your class.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful art...it's wonderful to see your inspiration and the steps you take! Happy Monday! ♥

Vee said...

Oh I really like what you are learning... Hoxie House is such a charming, old place. It must've been well-built and well- maintained to have lasted so long. Enjoy your project...it looks so November.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

What a lovely house and I'm in love with your watercolour of it. The soft sepia tones are perfect.

Custom Comforts said...

How beautiful! I've always wanted to do watercolors, but just never had the time and was afraid I wouldn't be any good at it. Your work is just gorgeous!
I'm your newest follower.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Loved seeing the creativity develop in your studies!!! You must have a great teacher ...
Have a wonderful week!!!

Cinner said...

Wow I love the sepia tones, love this old house. I can't wait to see your finished painting. good luck, hugs.

eileeninmd said...

Your artwork is wonderful. I love the window, the Hoxie House is a lovely place.

Sarah said...

What a treasure trove of a post. I like to see how an artist looks at things to interpert through their brush and paints. You are very talented. What a wonderful way to learn. Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Karen, amazing work as usual. I love your subject matter, too. These old places have so much character and charm, and Hoxie House is very wonderful. Years ago, I went to school with a boy by that surname.

Have you ever seen the Whipple House in Ipswich? It might be the oldest colonial home in America. I think that's what I read. We saw it on our trip up East. John Whipple is one of my NE ancestors. My goal is to some day get to Watertown and tour the old cemetery there. I'm interested in some early graves in it.

If only I had known half of what I know now when I toured New England!


Sheila :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wonderful watercolors Karen! I like the vintage look of sepia. Happy MM!

Kathleen Grace said...

I am seeing this after the finished product, catching up after class and waiting in the school library for my sweetie to get out of class! Do you paint over the sepia or is it just to work out your light and shadows before doing the real painting? The sepia version is beautiful too!