Last Inktober 2017 Sketches

A quick post today to share a few of my last sketches from #Inktober. I really enjoyed working in ink and challenging myself. I was very inspired by all of the amazing art shared by other artists online.

Small Branch - Inktober
Small Branch – Inktober

A little branch in ink and watercolor, just simple and calm.

Road Runner - ink and watercolor
Road Runner – ink and watercolor

Another bird, oh how I love to sketch and paint birds!  I’m so in love with that hair. 🙂

Raccoon - ink
Raccoon – ink

A cute little Raccoon sketch in ink. This was a fun practice sketch before working on my larger Raccoon watercolor painting a few weeks ago.

Bee - ink and watercolor
Bee – ink and watercolor

A little bee in ink and watercolor. This was my last #inktober sketch. I’m already looking forward to this fun challenge next year.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Reflections in Watercolor

I really enjoy painting landscapes. A few weeks ago I was inspired by a very talented artist that posted this quick video on Instagram, pinkandsalt . There is so much to learn by watching another artist paint and demo their work. It is interesting to see what techniques they use, what brush they choose, how they hold their brush, and how they approach the subject they are painting.

All of these landscapes were painted a few weeks ago in my 8×10 inch Pentalic Watercolor sketchbook. I tried to mix things up with different tree shapes and color palettes. In all of these paintings, the trees and water share the spotlight. I suppose I could refer to them as landscapes and/or waterscapes.

Landscape 1 Reflection
Landscape 1 Reflection

I tried to punch up the color in the sky a bit and I added a little Daniel Smith Green Gold in the trees and water. I’m a big fan of DS green gold! #colorcrush 🙂

Landscape 2 Reflection
Landscape 2 Reflection

In my second landscape, I mixed up some darker greens and dropped in some Daniel Smith Pyrrol Scarlet and Pyrrol Red for some bold fall color in the trees and water.

Landscape 3 Reflection
Landscape 3 Reflection

The water is a bit brighter in this one and I used light orange for a bit of fall color. I really like the trees and reflection in this painting.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Mix up enough color before you start. It is better to have extra than to run out of color while you are painting. I’ve done that before…
  • You don’t need to always cover every inch of your paper with paint. When I first started painting, I always tried to completely cover the sky or the entire background area with paint. Over time, I’ve discovered that it is not necessary and I am usually happier with the result when I leave some unpainted areas.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this creative journey.

A big thank you to all for reading, commenting, and cheering me on. All of your love and support means the world to me!

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Christmas Pines and Inktober

It may be a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but it is not too early to start planning a few Christmas card designs for this year. I wanted to use my artwork last year but was unable to get things printed in time. Hopefully things will work out better this year.

These paintings remind me of our family trips to the tree farm in December each year to find a special tree for Christmas. Those trips are special memories with my boys that I will always cherish!

Snowy Pine
Snowy Pine

This Snowy Pine was painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I love this simple pine and the background just feels like a snowy December to me. I think this one is my favorite.

Pines in Sunlight
Pines in Sunlight

These Pines were also painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I painted this mostly wet on wet, but as the painting started to dry I added more defined branches here and there. I left some white areas and used a variety of greens (light to dark) in the painting. I really like how it looks like the sunlight is shining down through the trees.

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

I sketched my Penguin Buddies for #Inktober with a .01 Micron pen. I decided to add watercolor and was very happy with the result. I think the color gave this sketch more life and feeling. Adding the background color was the last step. I used the side of my round brush to playfully swish the blue gray color all around the Penguins. I love that it looks like a splash of water and swoosh of cold air around them. I think my Penguins will make a cute card this year.

Tips:

When sketching with ink, it is best to work in one direction, like left to right, or top to bottom. If not, you must be very careful. Just like when painting, try to keep your hand or wrist from touching a wet area. I learned this the hard way recently with one of my #Inktober sketches. I got ink smudged on my hand and a little bit on my paper. Luckily, I didn’t ruin my sketch but I could have ended up with a big mess.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and have fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Pretty in Pink & Inktober

A pink inspired post for you this week with a few watercolor paintings of flowers. I also have a few ink drawings for #inktober that I will share with you as well. I’ve been inspired by all of the artists participating in #inktober2017, it has been a lot of fun to see all of their amazing work.

This is a very loose painting of Pink Poppies that I worked on a few months ago. It was painted on Arches 11×14 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I used the wet on wet technique to keep this painting very soft. I love how the color bleeds and moves across the paper as you drop color on the damp paper.

Pink Poppies watercolor
Pink Poppies watercolor

This week I painted the Pink Tulips below on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. While I was painting the Tulips, I wasn’t sure that I liked this painting at all. Once the background paint mingled and the painting dried, I was much happier with it. Sometimes I think it is helpful to step back and look at your painting from a distance so that you can take it all in and decide how it makes you feel.

Pink Tulips watercolor
Pink Tulips watercolor

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Duck - inktober
Duck – inktober

Duckie is an ink drawing with just a little watercolor on the duck bill. I used Micron pens size: 1 and .03. I had to stop working on this drawing one evening because it was getting late. The next evening when I got back to it, I was happy that I had stopped. I really liked all of the remaining white space, so I just touched up a few places and finished up with a little watercolor. Knowing when to stop is often challenging. 🙂

Chickadee - inktober
Chickadee – inktober

This cute little Chickadee is simply in ink. I used Micron pens size: .01 and .03. I think I may need to try painting this little guy in watercolor in the future.

Tips:

  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to create, just let go and allow yourself to have fun. That is when the magic happens!
  • Leave a few small unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle to your painting. Notice the duck bill in the above painting, I didn’t completely cover it with color. There are a few tiny white spots that I left unpainted.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Raccoon in Watercolor & Inktober

This week I worked on sketching and painting a raccoon which was a lot of fun. I also worked on a few sketches for #Inktober.

I practiced sketching this cute little raccoon face a few times in pencil before starting my painting.

Raccoon Watercolor
Raccoon Watercolor

My Raccoon was painted on Arches 9 x 12 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. I limited by color palette to Daniel Smith watercolors: French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna Light, Payne’s Gray, and Carbazole Violet. I tried to keep things loose and just have fun. I used round brushes size 10, 6, and 2. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out but I am happy that I tried. I’ve been looking at this little guy all week sitting on my desk, and although he is in watercolor, it kind of looks like I used ink. 🙂

Below are a few of my Inktober sketches this week:

Colorful Leaves - Inktober
Colorful Leaves – Inktober

Just a little ink and lots of bold watercolor on these leaves.  Another simple composition that I really seem to like lately.

Pinecone - Inktober
Pinecone – Inktober

Another pinecone in ink and watercolor this week. For the pinecone, I used a larger Micron pen size 1 for the darkest areas and a smaller .03 pen for the remainder. My platinum desk pen with fine nib was used for the drawing the branch and pine needles. This pinecone has more depth than the pinecones I shared with you last week. I am much happier with this one.

Tips:

  •  “You win or learn, there is no losing”. I heard that quote this week and just love it!! Keep trying, keep painting, and keep on having fun. Do what you love and you never lose.
  • It is helpful when sketching and painting to occasionally turn your work upside down and look at it. There have been times that doing that has helped me easily see just what needs a little adjustment.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Inktober Fun

I’ve been joining in on the fun of #Inktober creating some ink drawings this week. I decided to work off prompt and draw what inspires me. I added watercolor to a few of them because it is fun and I just can’t resist.

I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib as well as a cute little set of black Micron pens with various size tips. The Micron pens have a nice little carrying case that I just love. My drawings are all on Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media paper. This paper is smooth and great for ink drawing and it has a 98 lb weight and can handle a little watercolor just fine.

Micron Pen set
Micron Pen set

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Simple Pine Branch
Simple Pine Branch

A simple pine branch in ink with a little bit of watercolor. I like this one a lot, it may become one of my Christmas Card designs this year.

Daisy in ink
Daisy in ink

My Daisy simply in ink. I liked this in black and white so I didn’t add any watercolor.

Pine Branch with pinecones
Pine Branch with pinecones

A pine branch with pinecones in ink and watercolor. I need to work on pinecones a bit more but that will be something for another day…

Simple Branch with leaves
Simple Branch with leaves

A simple branch with leaves. This painting has just a touch of ink with Micron pens (size .03 and .01) and watercolor. There is nothing complicated about this one, and I really like that. Maybe that is why I find this one to be quite calm and soothing.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simple click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Sketching and Painting Bunny

When I am inspired to paint something that I’ve never painted before (and sometimes things I’ve already painted), I find it helps to sketch it out first in a regular sketchbook. There are many online videos for how to draw or sketch most things. Sometimes I like to watch a quick sketching video because it helps me think about big shapes and I like to see how other artists approach sketching the subject. I’m not interested in every detail of how to draw something start to finish, I’m just looking for a little help to get me moving in the right direction.

There are many times when I just jump in with paint, but I believe (and hope) that more sketching will translate into better paintings. I use a regular or mechanical pencil and a spiral Strathmore sketchbook. Sometimes I also add color to my sketch with Prismacolor pencils.

Bunny Sketch
Bunny Sketch

This is an example of one of my quick bunny sketches. I worked on this sketch after finishing my bunny painting below. I started thinking that she could use a crown of flowers and that I should try a different color scheme.

Blue Bunny Girl watercolor
Blue Bunny Girl watercolor

Blue Bunny Girl was painted on 9×12 inch Arches cold pressed 140# watercolor paper. I really like her bright colors and big blue eyes. I’m not sure if I should name her Brave, Bold, or Bright Blue Bunny Girl…

Tips:

  • Painting and sketching the same subject a few times allows you to work things out and make improvements. Once I become more comfortable with a subject, I am able to loosen up and not overthink things and quite often that is when the creativity really starts to flow.
  • When painting the eyes, I use small brushes: round #2 and rigger #0. These brushes allow you to make very fine lines and have good control in a small space. Using a rigger brush can be tricky at first but once you get used to it, you will find that it is a great brush. I’m sure I’ve told you this before but I’ll say it again, I love that brush!

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. I hope you have a great week and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne