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

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

For the Love of Birds

Ahh, those sweet and silly feathered friends… I continue on this journey having a great time painting birds. Today I have both a sweet and silly bird to share with you.

My first bird is a little cutie sitting on a branch surrounded by pink flowers. If I was a bird, I would probably pick this same spot to hangout for a while.

Sweet Bird watercolor
Sweet Bird watercolor

Painted in my 7×10 inch Canson watercolor sketchbook using Daniel Smith and Winsor and Newton watercolors. It was nice to be able to work on detail as well as loose flowers. I love the tiny legs and feet of this little bird, and pink flowers make me happy.

My next painting is a cute and silly Ostrich. I love her beak and am very happy with the pretty eye and lashes. This is one of my favorite birds to paint!

Ostrich watercolor
Ostrich watercolor

Painted in my 7×10 inch Canson mix media sketchbook. I used small watercolor brushes (both round and rigger) with light playful brushstrokes for most of the bird. The smooth mix media paper worked well for this style of painting.

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

Watercolor Animals – Then & Now

I’ve been having fun painting animals lately. It seems like a good time for a then and now post on watercolor animals.

In January I painted this Elephant in my 8×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. I looked back through my notes to find that my Elephant below is painting number 289.

Elephant watercolor
Elephant watercolor

I recently painted this Giraffe on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper. I’m so in love with this paper! I worked on a few giraffe sketches before I started painting and I think that made a difference. I am amazed that this is painting number 498! I’ve really been cruising along along this year, that makes me so happy.

Giraffe watercolor
Giraffe watercolor

I tried to work with the water and allow the color to mix and mingle as much as possible. The painting came together rather quickly and without much fuss. My second giraffe is the featured image on this post, she is more playful and is peeking out with those big eyes and long lovely lashes.

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.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

White Goose in Watercolor

This week I was back to painting birds and I decided to work on a white goose. I had fun using light shades of blue and purple for shadows and definition.

On this painting, I worked a bit larger using Arches 11×14 inch cold pressed watercolor paper. The roughness of this paper was a great help when it came time to add some texture to my goose.

Here is my goose without a background. I am so in love with how the bill turned out!

Goose watercolor without background
Goose watercolor without background

I decided to add a background to this painting after it dried. I always get nervous at this stage…Am I going to mess it up, what if I don’t like it after adding the background? Well, I threw those thoughts aside and continued anyway. Using similar colors, I tried to connect my goose to the background by blurring part of the neck and back area into the color of the background. After doing so, it still looked as if I had too much white paper, so I added a touch of blue for the sky and a blur of greens near the bottom to indicate a grassy area. I am happy that I added the background, I think it added more interest and fun.

Goose watercolor with background
Goose watercolor with background

Techniques used

  • Wet on Wet – Adding water to the paper first and then dropping in color while the paper is still wet. Using this technique, I like to have a tissue handy in case I want to lift out any color or lightly touch up an area.
  • Dry Brush – For adding some texture, I used straight pigment on a mostly dry brush and then dragged the side of my brush on the paper in the direction of the feathers or fur area.

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

You can see more of my work on Instagram and also on my new website, PattyAnneArt.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne