Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.Β  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. πŸ™‚

 

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.Β I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.Β  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. πŸ™‚ That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolorΒ 

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.Β  Luckily I had my new camera in handΒ  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. πŸ™‚

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.Β  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! πŸ™‚ ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee painting

This little guy is on his way to a new home.
I recently painted a chickadee for a friend retiring and moving to Maine.

Chickadee on a pine branch
Chickadee on a pine branch

painted on 7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media paper

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Maine and the white pine is the state tree. I thought a painting of both would make a nice gift. πŸ™‚

and I’m so happy… he really liked it and said that he was planning on hanging it in his new home. yay!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β  Until next time, have a great weekend.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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That’s a Hoot!

Ink and watercolor, I love that combination. I have an Owl painting to share with you today. My painting was inspired by a beautiful photo of a Great Horned Owl onΒ pexels.com.

I was attracted to the big bright eyes of this Owl and tried make sure they really popped in this painting. I started off with a light pencil sketch of the eyes and beak making sure to get the proper placement and distance between them. As I’ve noted before, this is a key step for me before diving in.

Watercolor Tip: Always make sure that the eyes are dark enough, don’t be shy with color here. It is also important to leave a few white spots for where the light hits the eyes.

Owl ink and watercolor
Owl ink and watercolor

Owl ink and watercolor painted on 9 x 12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

As I was painting, I remembered to use a light touch and tried to make all of my ink and paint markings in the same direction as the feathers on the Owl. I love the prominent feathered tufts on his head, a cute and wild hairdo. ❀

I plan to work on another Owl sometime in the future, there is so much to learn and improve upon. It was a lot of fun, quite a Hoot!

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. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, enjoy yourself and love “hoo” you are! πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee and Flowers

I love to sketch and paint birds and today I have another to share with you. A little Chickadee surrounded by flowers.

I just fell in love. πŸ™‚

Chickadee and flowers
Chickadee and Flowers

painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper

This little birdie was the pick me up that I needed a few weeks ago. ❀

After a few paintings didn’t work out very well, I needed to get back to something I really enjoy painting. It’s good to know where to turn and what makes you feel good.

I decided to follow my heart and that made me very happy.

Watercolor tips:

  • give some thought to your color palette and background before you begin
  • allow some areas of paint to bleed into one another and let the watercolor magic happen
  • don’t put pressure on yourself, stay positive and enjoy the process

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bunny Blue Eyes

I hope this cute little bunny brightens your day. πŸ™‚

Bunny Blue eyes
Bunny Blue eyes

Bunny watercolor and ink – 9 x12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

This little bunny makes me think of Spring. That makes me happy! πŸ™‚

Wishing you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!

Patty Anne

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A Big Hello from Huey

In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog, I thought it was a good time to introduce my Black Lab, Huey Lewis.

Hello Huey!
Huey Lewis

Huey is a happy boy, always ready to play and have fun. He loves the usual games like catch, fetch, and keep away with Mom’s socks. It’s pretty cute when he wants to play and will try to get my attention by dropping his toy on my lap or my desk. If he still doesn’t get my attention, he will pick it up and toss it to me. πŸ™‚

 

Huey swimming
Huey out for a swim at the lake

 

His other true love is swimming. When we are at the lake it is hard to keep him out of the water.Β  The lake is his happy place (and mine too). πŸ™‚

Pure joy at the lake
Pure joy at the lake

 

He is alway on patrol keeping an eye on the yard and everything going on in the neighborhood. Last year I painted this picture of him sitting on the couch looking outside. He takes this job very seriously.

Labrador Pup
Huey watching over the backyard

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting my sweet boy, Huey Lewis.Β Β Thanks for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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