Sepia paintings doesn’t have to be boring! If you try and mix sepia you don’t have to reach for the tube of sepia. A mixture of rich colours will give you the best results – yellows through to reds, greens and blues. Also, by placing different patches of colour next to each other, the overall effect can suggest sepia.
The paintings below have small areas of brighter colours, whilst maintaining a unifying sepia tonality. However, the emphasis shifts slightly in each picture, sometimes the the dominant colour may be a yellow-brown, sometimes a pink-brown…
I really like the appearance of old photographs, and the warmth that sepia has over black and white images. On a few occasions I have painted sepia prints, for example the following two pictures are of scenes in St. Albans where I lived at one time.
Sepia has been associated with the past and antique imagery but I suggest that this colour can also be used for contemporary work. Sepia allows the artist to really concentrate of the variety of tones in a picture, whilst keeping warmth through the addition of rich colours such as deep browns, blues and reds.
I also paint obstetric ultrasound images – baby scans- on canvas and have painted a few of these in single colours. Although theses black and white scans are by nature monochromatic, I have enjoyed adapting the grey scales to sepia, and a range of other colours such as blues, reds and purples.
To discuss the possibility of commissioning a painting please contact me – email: info@RebeccaJelbert.co.uk