California dreaming -watercolor landscape

I’ve been watching more tutorials and trying different techniques. I just love how this painting turned out. I may have done a happy dance when I finished. 😉

Hope your day is wonderful! 💙

California dreaming watercolor landscape

California Dreaming – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor

I used a 1 inch flat brush, a credit card slice/wedge, and a mini spray bottle.

The spray bottle was used a few times when my paper started to dry too quickly.

The credit card slice was used to gently scrape off some of the paint on the mountains when the paint was slightly damp. The scraping technique works best when the paint is damp and not too wet. I also dipped the edge of the credit card in paint to add some nice straight lines here and there.

I usually paint the sky first but this time it was painted last. After finishing with the mountains and water in the foreground, I wet the sky area and dropped in lots of paint on the right side. Tilting the paper then helped the paint move about in the sky. A damp brush also helped encourage the paint in the sky to fall downward a bit.

I think the key to keeping a painting fresh is to be brave, have fun, and don’t fuss with it.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Poppies in the Sun

I love watercolor tutorials. There’s so much to learn from another artist by watching their process and following along.

I very much enjoyed Karen Rice’s YouTube tutorial Poppies in Watercolour. After watching it a few times, I pulled out my good watercolor paper and jumped in with some paint.

Happy Sunday! 💚

Poppies in the sun - beginning stage

I taped off my watercolor block and worked wet in wet to establish a nice sunlit background with distant poppies and leaves scattered about.

Color mixing green:
Payne’s Gray + Lemon Yellow
Ultramarine Blue + Lemon Yellow

Karen used Payne’s Gray and Yellow to create a very nice earthy green. I really like that combination and will definitely use it again.

Another great take away from this tutorial is that when painting wet on wet and the paper is quite saturated, if you apply a thicker paint (more paint/less water), you are able to have more control with the paint on the paper.

Poppies in the Sun watercolor painting

I continued adding more Poppies in the foreground trying to vary shape, color, and placement. Once I was happy with the flowers, I added some buds and seed pods.

Poppies in the Sun watercolor

Poppies in the Sun watercolor – 12 x 16 inch Saunders watercolor paper

After a few final touches, I removed the border tape and called it done. I just love these happy flowers.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Holiday wishes

Wishing you Joy, Peace, and Love this holiday season. ❤️

sweet little christmas birdie

My little holiday bird all cozy and warm in his hat and scarf!

Joyful daisies

Joyful Daisies…

Peaceful lakeside watercolor

Peaceful Lakeside view…

Coffee Birdie painting

and a Lovely Coffee Bird

Thank you for joining me on this creative journey. I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Painting Cards for Christmas

This year I decided to paint a few simple cards for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to share my process with you today.

Hope your day is wonderful! 💚

I started out by folding a 6 x 9 inch piece of bee watercolor paper in half.

watercolor painting between the tape

Next step was taping off a tree shape with washi tape. I like that the washi tape comes off easily and does not harm the paper.

Using a small round brush I painted a few swipes of clean water across the paper at an angle. Then after dipping my brush in pigment, I lightly painted back and forth down the tree. I left some unpainted areas and like how it adds to the overall design.

First watercolor tree sample

Then just peel off the tape and you have a lovely tree.

Watercolor cards - tree samples

You can mix it up and use different colors too. That would be a lot of fun.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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In my sketchbook today

I have another round of sketching to share with you today. Can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! 😊💙

Pretty Posies ink sketch

I’m sure it’s no surprise to find there are flowers in my sketchbook. 😉

Pretty posies this time. I used purple and blue micron pens to create a playful pattern.

I like to pull out my sketchbook in the evening. Sometimes I start with plan and other times I just start with a doodle and go from there. This time a few pretty posies happened and I just continued on.

Doodles and flowers sketch

A lively botanical sketch. I just love how this one turned out.

My process is to start with one flower and then I just keep filling in with more flowers, leaves, and buds. I try to balance out the piece as I go. I stay away from too many details because I like this simple floral style.

In my sketchbook I don’t worry about making mistakes. It’s a place to try out different shapes and combinations. I can just let go with my pen and my imagination. Over time with lots of practice I’ve built up muscle memory and sketching confidence.

Dahlia Punch ink sketch

Another quick evening floral. I like adding a few patterns here and there for more fun.

Sketching ink pines

I decided to try sketching pines in a different style. I need to work on this style more but it was fun to watch the branches come to life when adding some shading and darker values.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and following along. Sometimes I have a hard time finding my voice and putting together a post. I’m not a writer, I’m just an artist sharing what I love. I hope that you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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A variety of landscapes

Today I have a variety of landscapes to share with you. One of my art goals this year was to continue to paint more landscapes and push myself to explore and have fun.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Abstract landscape

Warmer colors in the foreground and cooler colors in the background.

I love the brush marks and water spots in the foreground. They create some nice interest and texture.

Brushes used: large round #14 and a mini fan

landscape with poppies

Countryside landscape

I follow many awesome artists on Instagram. This piece was inspired by sophiemomo1. Her works always speaks to me and pulls me in. I can feel the calm and beauty of nature in her work.

The flowers and leaves in the foreground add nice color to this piece. I just love how they turned out, they’re quite joyful.

quick mini landscape practice pieces

In my 9 x 12 inch watercolor sketchbook I taped off 4 squares for mini landscapes. This exercise allowed me to complete some quick paintings and try out a few different scenes.

I started with simple sketches and painted with a large brush to keep things loose. It was a good practice and lots of fun.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Painting Snowy Pine trees

I’ve been painting pine trees the last few weeks. Today I have some snowy pines to share with you.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! 💚

Before I jump into my painting I wanted to share a few tips and pics of my setup.

tub of tp rolls on my desk for painting

I started saving toilet paper rolls that have just a few last sheets on them. I keep a little basket of them nearby to use while painting.

painting setup - with end of tp roll

I can easily remove excess paint or water from my brush using the tp roll. I also save and reuse big plastic yogurt tubs for my water containers.

snowy pines watercolor base

I started at the top with small loose tree shapes using a light color. As I worked my way forward I painted larger trees with slightly darker greens.

The foreground trees are the largest with the darkest colors and most detail. At this point I stepped back for a bit to decide what was next…

snowy pines watercolor

Adding more color and detail to the large trees up front was next. Just enough paint to wake them up and add more interest. For the snow I used my white gouache to sprinkle on the branches.

I had to be careful to find the right balance and not overwork things. It’s often hard to know when to stop. 😊

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Closing out Inktober fun

I have a few more sketches to share as we close out #Inktober2020.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! 💚

Simple leaves with fun patterns

Inspired by all of the falling leaves, I worked on some simple leaf shapes filled with fun #doodle patterns.

Inked vase sketch

A pretty vase with some happy flowers. 🌸

Ink Doodle sketching patterns

I played a bit more with patterns on this piece. This time using purple and blue micron pens. I think these colors really add to the fun here.

I always love how this type of sketch ends up surprising me. I wasn’t sure about a few of the patterns but kept going forward and ended up really liking the results.

Sweet girls ink sketch

Oh these girls just make me smile. I love to play in my sketchbook with these sweet characters.

Floral sketch on dark paper

I have a small pad of 6 x 6 inch black mixed media paper. Using my silver uniball signo pen, I sketched out a quick little floral. I just love the contrast and how the design seems to jump off the page.

Although my sketches are quite simple, I’m always learning and exploring new ideas. I really think that daily sketching even just 10 to 15 minutes a day leads to more growth and creativity.

I hope you enjoyed this little walk through my sketchbook.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

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Pretty watercolor poppies

Just a quick post today with some pretty watercolor flowers that I painted this week.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Pretty watercolor poppies

9 x 12 inch – Watercolor Poppies

A quick loose painting with a large round brush.

Bright red petals painted first then edges softened with clean water. Blue centers allowed to bleed into the red petals. A simple painting trying not to overwork things.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

You can see more of my work on Instagram at pattyanneart