Barn owl watercolor

I’ve been working on painting a barn owl and have a few photos to show how it all came together.

Happy Sunday, friends! 😊

I started off with a simple sketch. It is important that the big shapes are positioned correctly and that your proportions look good.Β  No detail is needed at this point, just light lines to serve as a guide.

Barn owl initial sketch

Next I added a few small ink details with a Micron pen. The eyes are very dark so I like to use a pen to outline them to get the shape set before putting down any paint.

 

Barn owl palette

I used Daniel Smith watercolors for my owl. I started out by wetting the paper in sections and dropping in color allowing it to mix and mingle on right on the paper.

 

Barn owl watercolor 1st wash

The first wash of quinacridone gold, yellow ochre, and burnt sienna. It doesn’t look good at this point but it gets better with each wash.

 

Barn owl watercolor 2nd wash

The second wash with more definition. Things are now starting to take shape. I’m not sure why this photo has a rosy glow but hopefully that’s not a distraction.

 

Barn owl watercolor painting

Barn owl – 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn beta sketchbook

The final wash added even more detail and deeper color. I love watching the transformation with this type of post. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

For me this post reinforces the importance of three washes and that getting the eyes dark enough makes a big difference.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Art is for everyone, keep painting, creating, and having fun!

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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More Inktober sketching

A few more sketches to share for #Inktober. It’s been a lot of fun, hope you enjoy!

Happy Sunday, friends!

Black-eyed Susans ink sketch

Sketching things that make me happy, like these flowers.

When sketching flowers it’s easiest for me to start in the middle and work my way out. I usually place a few light dots on the paper as a guide for the initial placement before putting down any heavy marks.

 

Duck ink sketch

A little duckie, simple and sweet…

For my birds, I usually need a light pencil sketch first in order to get the correct placement and shape of the head and eye.

This little guy makes me happy. πŸ’›

 

Birdie ink sketch

A little bird looking away

I think the light areas are just as important as the dark areas. For this little sketch, I kept the head darker and tried to keep the chest and underside soft and light.

 

Purple flowers ink and watercolor

Watercolor added to this sketch brightened things up. The blending and variation of color in the leaves and stems worked well here. 🌿

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something fun!

Until next time, have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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A little sunshine

A little bit of sunshine for you today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Sunflower photograph

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

~ Walt Whitman

 

Sunflower photograph

This glorious sunflower in my garden just makes my heart sing.

Such a happy flower, sunflowers are always smiling. πŸ™‚

 

wilting sunflower in evening sun photo

Even as the petals begin to wilt they are still lovely.

 

Chipmunk on deck photograph

I caught this little chipmunk resting out back and staring off into the distance. Such a cutie, I just had to share. ❀

 

Chipmunk profile photograph

If Huey Lewis had been outside with me I’m sure this fella wouldn’t have hung around for his photo shoot. πŸ˜‰

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Owl & Butterfly

It’s a doodle Thursday. Hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

I have a little owl to share with you that I worked on a few months ago.

Silly doodle fun, quite a hoot! πŸ˜‰

Owl doodle sketch in ink

Silly OwlΒ  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

A butterfly and happy little flower doodle for your as well.

Butterfly doodle sketch in ink

Joyful LandingΒ  6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to do what you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bluebird

A sweet little Bluebird watercolor your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

 

Bluebird watercolor painting

I hope this little Bluebird brightens your day. ❀

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cardinals

I’ve been enjoying the Cardinals at the backyard feeder. I have a few cute photos and a watercolor painting to share with you today.

Happy Sunday!Β  πŸ™‚

Male Cardinal photo - backside

I think this pic is pretty cute but I’m not sure that he approved. Just look at his expression below. πŸ˜‰

 

Male Cardinal photo - looking back

Um… hold on now, that’s not my best side.

 

Male Cardinal photo

There you go, that’s the shot you’ve been looking for. ❀

Once again, I had to contain my excitement long enough to snap these photos. I was lucky to have the window open and my camera ready when this male Cardinal stopped by.

I decided to try painting the 2nd photo above. I just love that look he gave me.

Male Cardinal watercolor

Sweet Cardinal painted on 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block using Daniel Smith watercolors

There are parts of this painting that worked well and parts that did not.

I didn’t quite get the tilt of his head, but that is ok. I’m very pleased with the background color and splash. I think there is always something to learn from each painting. The most important thing for me is having fun and enjoying the process.

Creating art and listening to music brings me so much joy. Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Birdie

A sweet little birdie and a big smile your way today!

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Sweet Birdie watercolor painting

Β Sweet Birdie, 7 x 10 inch watercolor painting

I’m still painting birds and having fun. Painting makes me happy. ❀

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and throw kindness around like confetti!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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