Finding joy in simple things

I have a few paintings to share today of people enjoying life and doing things they love.

I hope you find time to do the same. πŸ’œ

Walking with my Puppies watercolor

Out for a walk with mom on a chilly day. This scene just makes me smile and I love that pink jacket.

gone fishing watercolor

Enjoying the day fishing.

Thinking of my brother… He loved the outdoors and fishing. β™‘

Playing with the Pup watercolor

A couple out playing with their dog in the snow.

My dog is getting older but he still loves to run and play. I’m looking forward to taking him to the lake this summer. Swimming is one of his favorite things.

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

Patty Anne

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Telling a story with watercolor

I used to think the goal of my art was creating something that looked very realistic. Over time I’ve found much joy in loosening up and getting lighter with detail.

The more I explore and play with that idea, the happier I seem to be about what I am creating. It’s like a story develops on the paper and the viewer gets to fill in some of the blanks. 

Favorite Quote

β€œA painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.”

 – Edgar Degas

Garden view landscape

garden view watercolor

My thought as I was painting this landscape was a pretty view from a garden looking out into the quiet distance. 

I like the energy in the foreground from the bold red flowers. I used gouache paint for the tiny white flowers. That created a little contrast and softness.

Maybe the story is:

– A summer drive through the countryside looking out the window.
– Walking around the garden and taking it all in.

You the viewer get to decide. 😊

Strolling around the city

watercolor figures in the city

More practice with figures in this painting. Many people moving about in the city. It feels alive with many stories to tell.

Where are they going? What’s their story?

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

-Patty Anne πŸ’š

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

Winter views in watercolor

Today I have a few winter scenes in my sketchbook to share with you.

Happy Thursday! 😊

winter walk watercolor

Out for a winter walk with the pup.

My eyes go right to the cozy blue jacket and the winter boots. I really like the color palette and simplicity.

winter landscape view

Winter Day

I used a limited palette in this gray winter landscape.

The dry brush work and fine lines in the foreground were made with thicker paint (less water). Those darker details in the foreground come forward and help to create depth.

Out for a walk with the dogs watercolor

Walking dogs at the park.

Here I added a covered path and another walker in the distance. Those simple additions really help tell a story. I’m happy that I decided to try something new and challenge myself with painting figures.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

Patty Anne πŸ’š

Join me on Instagram @pattyanneart

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