While working in the garden this week I noticed the interesting patterns the reflections of trees make on my glass tabletop. With rain falling this morning, I decided it would be a good subject for a value study, using Sepia paint that I bought a few weeks ago. This is a colour I added to my palette a few weeks ago because I love it in John Yardley’s work, but sadly this is not quite the same version of the pigment. Thanks to blog readers sending me some info, it turns out that Winsor & Newton has discontinued the Warm Sepia in Mr. Yardley’s beautiful interiors. If I want to replicate that, apparently adding a bit of Burnt Sienna will do the trick. In the meantime this is Sepia straight from the tube which I think is ideal for a value study on a muggy, overcast day.


21 Comments on “Sepia”

  1. Jean A says:

    I like this painting a lot! It illustrates the meaning of a “value painting” well too!


  2. Barbara Beynon says:

    I hadn’t realized that WN had discontinued its warm sepia, a color I liked. Thanks for the tip!


  3. Jeff J says:

    Very nice value study.
    I don’t know if it’s the same color as WNs was but Sennelier makes a warm sepia.


  4. Janine says:

    Schmincke has a few versions of Sepia as well, and I think M. Graham offers it, too. It’s very atmospheric and you got so many different subtle value changes from it.


  5. Chris Rusk says:

    Before I read your text, I found that the table’s reflection was so easy to see and so interesting! Beautiful study, great values.
    Cheers, C


  6. Regarding Joh Yardley’s warm sepia i found the answer on the wetcanvas forum.

    11-23-2011, 09:45 AM
    I have watched several DVDs by John Yardley and in them he mentions that Warm Sepia is one of his favorite colors. Knowing that he uses Winsor & Newton watercolors, I went to the W&N website and could not find a Warm Sepia listed in their artist’s watercolor line.

    so… I emailed them the question.

    Their answer was that they used to make Warm Sepia and Sepia but have discontinued making the Warm Sepia that John Yardley loved… sigh.

    They recommended taking some Sepia and mixing a touch of their Burnt Sienna in it to duplicate the Warm Sepia color. I tried it.. it works 🙂

    As far as I know, the W&N Burnt Sienna is a little warmer/richer than other Burnt Siennas so it probably would not work with the Burnt Sienna from another brand.

    ETA: I don’t like Sepia as a color… very flat… very dull… very boring… but the Warm Sepia is a lovely color. John Yardley uses it when painting antique wood furniture pieces in his paintings of interiors of old English homes.


  7. Judy Salleh says:

    Hi Shari
    I was recently at a workshop with Amanda Hyatt and she uses a lot of Sepia – she said that Maimeri was her favourite.
    Cheers Judy


  8. You seem to be able to make any pigment sing in your sketches! Really loving your regular blog postings and looking forward to seeing you again in Porto. Sepia is a staple on my palette, a warm Holbein version.


  9. edda blume says:

    I like Sennelier’s warm sepia. By the way, great painting, as always!


  10. joantav says:

    I love the way the reflections on the table glass came out. Lovely!!


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