It started with a sketch

It all started with a sketch. I enjoy sitting down with my sketchbook and playing with floral designs.

Happy Sunday friends! 😊

flowers and vines ink sketch

I decided to work on a painting inspired by my floral sketch.


pink flowers and vines first wash

My first watercolor wash, a light layer of petals and leaves.

I continued on with a few more layers of color making sure each was dry before starting the next. The key is that each layer of color added gets a little darker.

pink flowers and vines watercolor

Transparent petals and leaves completed.

The flowers are much larger than in the sketch but I like that. 🌸

I had so much fun with the first painting that later in the week I gave it another try.

transparent pink watercolor flowers

This painting has a few more flowers and transparent leaves. I like how the overlapping leaves create movement and interest. Pink and green together is a favorite of mine so I stayed with that combination. This second painting has a playfulness that makes me happy.

It was fun using my sketch as a guide and letting each painting take me where it wanted to go. I hope you enjoyed seeing my work and that my flowers brighten your day.

Until next time, share a smile and have a wonderful week.

Happy Painting! πŸ’š

Patty Anne

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Lavender watercolor revisited

Another lavender watercolor to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends!Β πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ


lavender field watercolor landscape

9 x 12 inch Lavender Bliss

Wet on wet technique with a limited color palette:

Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue, French Ultramarine, and Quinacridone Rose

Brushes used:Β  Round 14, Round 12, and Liner 2

Oh how I love these colors together. I was able to get a nice range of purples by mixing my own. I think the variety adds some interest and it just makes me happy.

Color mixing tip: French Ultramarine and Quinacridone Rose were used to mix different shades of purple. It’s as simple as changing the amount of each color to create a nice variety.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting!Β πŸ’œ

Patty Anne

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. πŸ˜ŠπŸ¦ƒ


bleeding heart watercolor and ink

Bleeding heartΒ  – 5 x 7 inch watercolor and ink (2016)

I hope you enjoy time with friends and family and have a wonderful holiday meal.


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Quiet Thursday – watercolor violets

Little violets in a vase inspired by watercolor artist, Jean Haines.

Happy Thursday! 😊Soft violet watercolor flowers

9 x 12 inch – Violet Whispers

Delicate petals, soft colors, and simple shapes…

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

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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Painting the garden

A little painting inspiration from last summer.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🌼 😊

Black-eyed Susan flowers photo

Black-eyed Susans – July 2018

It’s always good to practice and play. Learning what works and what doesn’t with watercolor takes time and a lot of practice. Allow time to experiment and observe, no need to fuss, just play.

A few notes on my little flower practice below:

I used a round #12 brush (and a #6 for some of the smaller petals).

1 – add a round puddle of color for the flower center

2 – add simple petals around the damp center

3 – add a drop of water in the center of the damp flower and allow it to bleed out into the petals

4 – add a little water to the edge of a few petals and allow the damp color to soften and bleed out


watercolor flower practice

Center: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Cadmium Yellow, Hansa Yellow Dark

Below I tried a darker center with lighter petals.

There are so many options…just have fun!

watercolor flower- painting steps

Center: Sepia, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Hansa Yellow light, Yellow ochre

My watercolor painting of Black-eyed Susans reminds me of summer. 🌞

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

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

Happy Painting! πŸ’›

Patty Anne

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Blue Roses

A little watercolor practice painting roses using a limited palette. Another fun exercise in Jean Haines’ new book,Β  Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour.

Happy Sunday, friends!

Roses watercolor painting

9 x 12 Reasons in BlueΒ  – Canson Watercolor sketchbook

I have a few of Jean’s books and have learned so much from them. Her books are full of gorgeous paintings, inspiration, and fun exercises. I painted these loose roses following along with her simply blue exercise.

Blue is my favorite color so I was pulled in. This exercise was a good chance to practice her technique of putting down color in a circular pattern and then using a clean damp brush to push and pull color to indicate rose petals.

It fills my heart with joy to be able to create art and share it with all of you. I encourage you to have fun and do what you love. Art is for everyone, we can all create, we are all artists!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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