Backyard Cardinal and watercolor

I snapped a cute photo of a female Cardinal on my backyard feeder. I thought it would be fun to paint this lovely bird and share my watercolor process with you.

Happy Sunday!

My painting inspiration and backyard capture… a lovely Cardinal ❤

Female Cardinal photo

I started thinking about the colors I would need for this painting while viewing the photo on my laptop.  Below is a little test sheet with notes on the colors mixed and used.

 

color testing

Color mixing notes (Daniel Smith watercolors)
Orange:  Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow light
Brown:  Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray
Red:  Deep Scarlet and Payne’s Gray
Purple:  Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Gray

The initial sketch and first light wash

initial wash - female cardinal

With the first wash I put down enough color to define the overall shape and create a nice base to build on.

I just love her gorgeous feather tiara. 🙂  She looks like the queen of the backyard.

 

Second wash - female cardinal The second wash starts to bring things to life as I build up color and add some darker values. As you can see, there is still more work that needs to be done.

 

Female Cardinal 3rd wash

The third wash builds up even more color and includes the addition of a background. I thought it was finished at this point. But after the painting dried I decided it needed a few more small details. I used a black micron pen with a very small tip (.005) and a white gel pen for the additional details.

 

Female Cardinal watercolor

I also brightened up the green a bit in the background before calling this one done.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Test out your colors on scrap paper first and write down notes on color mixing.
  • When sketching on watercolor paper, be careful to use a light touch. I recently used some new paper and found that it easily became bruised from my pencil markings. I realized the problem only after I started painting…..lesson learned and a good reminder going forward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor process and are inspired to create art.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Splashy Pink Flamingo

A little splashy Pink Flamingo watercolor for you today.

Hope your day is filled with splashy fun.

Happy Thursday! 🙂

Splashy Pink Flamingo
Splashy Pink Flamingo – 9 x 12 inch

Thank you for stopping by and following along. ❤

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and throw kindness around like confetti. I saw that quote on Pinterest recently and I love it!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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A few more Bluebirds

A few more Bluebird paintings and photos to share with you today.

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird on a branch

Bluebird watercolor 7×10 inch

Playing around with a splashy background and bright colors. I added some white highlights with a gel pen once the painting was dry. I like how that worked out.

 

male bluebird photo

Well, hello there! I love that sweet little face.

I was lucky to get a few more Bluebird photos in the backyard.

Male bluebird photo

I noticed a few Bluebirds out back and I quickly grabbed my camera. I quietly stepped outside and snapped a few shots. There were a few males perched on the fence trying to impress a nearby female. I’m not sure how that worked out for the guys, but they certainly won me over with those bright blue feathers. ❤

 

Bluebird on a fence post
Bluebird on a fence post

This Bluebird was inspired by my photo above. I’m very happy with the bright blue I was able to achieve for the feathers. It’s not the same as in the photo, but that’s ok by me.

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, have a great week. 🙂

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cutie

This little beauty visits the feeder often. I was pretty excited when he dropped by and I was able to snap a few photos of him.

tufted titmouse - lovely

I love those big eyes! It looks like he is checking out what’s for dinner.

 

Tufted Titmouse watercolor
Tufted Titmouse watercolor

I was inspired to paint my little backyard friend. I decided to keep things simple and just paint him perched on a branch. I added a fun splashy background to finish up the painting. I may have had a little too much fun with that background but oh well… 😉

Paper:  7×10 inch Arches watercolor block
Daniel Smith watercolor paint:
Cobalt blue, Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Yellow Ochre

Additional details added with a .005 black micron pen and a white gel pen.

 

tufted titmouse with seed

In this photo,  it looks like he approves and will take his food to go. 🙂
Another happy fella at the backyard feeder.

Watercolor Tips:

Over time the tip of your brushes and pens can wear down. Be sure to replace those that have become worn.

I still get a little uptight when a few paintings in a row don’t work out as planned. I’ve found the best thing for me is to hang in there, loosen up, and keep on going. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the process and have fun.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Share the Love

Hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends today.

Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

While visiting Philadelphia I snapped this photo at Love Park. ❤

This beautiful sculpture inspired this love post.

Love Park

A few things that make me happy…

Watercolor flowers, soft and dreamy pink poppies

Soft pink poppies

 

Lake views and blues, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Peace

 

Feathered friends, Pink Flamingos ❤

Flamingo Love

 

Sunset at the lake, Huey Lewis having fun 🙂

Sunset pup

 

Ink sketching,  simple leaves

eucalyptus leaves ink

 

I’ve included links to a few of my favorite posts from last year in case you missed them.

Thankful

Birdie Roundup 2017

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, share the love and be the light in someone’s life. 🙂

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.  This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.

Backyard Nuthatch photo

This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. ❤

 

Nuthatch in a tree

This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. 🙂

 

White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch watercolor

 

I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.

I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen. I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.  At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.

but …

Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.

Ahh.. that’s better. 🙂 That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolor 

Watercolor Tip:

Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Bluebird

This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently.  Luckily I had my new camera in hand  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. 🙂

Backyard Bluebird
Backyard Bluebird

 

I thought it would be fun to try painting my bluebird. I started with a light pencil sketch first, and then moved on to the eye and beak making sure to get the placement and details correct.

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird watercolor

While working on the feathers, I like to dampen a small area of the paper with a little clean water.  Then I drop in a little paint and let the colors move and mingle. A gentle touch with a small brush seems to work well for painting the feathers on a small bird like this one.

I decided to try something a little different for the background and create a frame of color around my bird. It has taken a lot of painting for me to get comfortable trying different backgrounds. There are still times when I have to push worry out of the way and just go for it.

Tip – how to flatten your watercolor painting if the paper curls up or has buckled
After you have finished your painting and it is completely dry, you can flatten it by lightly wetting the back side of the paper with clean water and then setting a heavy book or two on top of it until it dries completely.

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 along. Until next time, have a great week! 🙂 ❤

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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