Thankful

Thankful for family, friends, and all of my many blessings.

Thankful to have such a supportive community of online friends.

Thankful that I can share my art with all of you. I hope that it puts a smile on your face and inspires you in some way.

Thankful for puppies

Labrador Pup
Labrador Pup

and birdies…

Birdie
Birdie

 

Thankful for leaves and trees.

Simple Branch with leaves
Simple Branch with leaves

Thankful for flowers and bees.

Yellow flower
Yellow flower

Thankful for lakes and streams.

Thankful for sunrise and sunset.

Sunset at the lake
Sunset at the lake

 

Thankful for each day, it is a gift.

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

 

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

 

 

Inktober Fun

I’ve been joining in on the fun of #Inktober creating some ink drawings this week. I decided to work off prompt and draw what inspires me. I added watercolor to a few of them because it is fun and I just can’t resist.

I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib as well as a cute little set of black Micron pens with various size tips. The Micron pens have a nice little carrying case that I just love. My drawings are all on Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media paper. This paper is smooth and great for ink drawing and it has a 98 lb weight and can handle a little watercolor just fine.

Micron Pen set
Micron Pen set

Below are a few of my ink drawings this week:

Simple Pine Branch
Simple Pine Branch

A simple pine branch in ink with a little bit of watercolor. I like this one a lot, it may become one of my Christmas Card designs this year.

Daisy in ink
Daisy in ink

My Daisy simply in ink. I liked this in black and white so I didn’t add any watercolor.

Pine Branch with pinecones
Pine Branch with pinecones

A pine branch with pinecones in ink and watercolor. I need to work on pinecones a bit more but that will be something for another day…

Simple Branch with leaves
Simple Branch with leaves

A simple branch with leaves. This painting has just a touch of ink with Micron pens (size .03 and .01) and watercolor. There is nothing complicated about this one, and I really like that. Maybe that is why I find this one to be quite calm and soothing.

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, simple 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

 

 

Pink Waterlily and Lotus flowers

A quick post on some of my recent work painting Waterlilies and Lotus flowers. These lovely flowers were a bit challenging for me, but I found that continued practice does pay off. After a number of attempts, I have a few paintings to share with you.

A simple Lotus flower painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I really love the combination of pinks and greens in this painting.

Lotus flower watercolor
Lotus flower watercolor

Pink Waterlily painted on 9×12 inch Arches watercolor paper. The flower seemed dull but finally started to come to life after I added additional detail once the painting dried. I also darkened the water around the flower and that helped as well.

Pink Waterlily watercolor
Pink Waterlily watercolor

After working on a few other waterlily paintings that were disappointing, I decided to work on smaller paper and allow myself to work out a few issues before giving up and moving on to something else. I watched a few short videos online and was motivated to keep on trying. This journey is about learning, sharing, and having fun. Hopefully, I can also put a smile on your face and brighten your day as well!

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 also see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Hope you have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

More Lavender Watercolors

I continue on this journey painting both new and favorite subjects. Lavender has quickly become a favorite of mine. What I love is that there are so many varieties and beautiful color combinations to try.

As I was writing this post, I started thinking that for a future painting it might be fun to paint a landscape with rolling hills of lavender in the distance.

Below are a few paintings from this week.  A few other paintings didn’t work out so well but that is how it goes… I had fun and will keep on painting and trying to improve. There is a lot to learn from paintings that don’t work out, sometimes I think you learn more from them.

Lavender watercolor
Lavender watercolor

I like the soft background in this painting and am happy that the colors didn’t get too dark. With this composition I was trying for something a little different. What do you think of it?

Lavender 2 watercolor
Lavender 2 watercolor

The second painting I’m not as happy with but I do like the variation and loose feel. An interesting thing I’ve found is that purple appears a bit darker in my photos than it actually is on my watercolor paper. I’m not sure why that is.

Watercolors used:  a combination of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton
Ultramarine Blue (DS), Quinacridone Rose (DS), Payne’s Gray (DS), Sap Green (WN), White(WN)

Payne’s Gray is a new color in my palette. I like to mix up my own gray with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light but recently I decided to try Payne’s Gray and I really love it! If you are looking for a new color to add to your palette, I recommend giving Payne’s Gray a try.

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

Field of Poppies in Watercolor

I love Poppies and wish that I had some in my garden. I will have to work on that some time soon. The delicate petals remind me of tissue paper flowers I remember making as a child. Every year when I see the blooms up close I am amazed at their beauty.

This week I worked on painting Poppies while trying to keep things loose and not worry much about the details. It took a few paintings to get the feel of slowly building up the color on the petals with a variety of shapes and different brushstrokes.  Things also started to look better once I remembered to vary the size, shape, color, and position of the flowers in the field.

Field of Poppies
Field of Poppies

Color mixing notes:

Flower Petals:  A mix of Quinacridone Rose and Pyrrol Red (Daniel Smith watercolors). For lighter shades of the same color, simply add more water.

I had fun with this and will probably paint more Poppies in the future. I was amazed at how quickly this painting came together and how relaxing it was when I could just let go and paint without overthinking it.

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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne

A week of Lavender

This week I have been working on painting lavender. I was inspired by a beautiful painting of lavender sprigs on Instagram by Anee @studiobluedesigns.  I also watched a few videos online and really liked a youtube video by Nicola Blakemore on painting a pot of lavender.  Here is a link to that short video:  Pot of Lavender.  Her painting style was loose and fluid, she shared great tips on color mixing and walked through the entire painting process in about 10 minutes.  Thank you, Nicola!  Below is my attempt at painting a pot of lavender after watching the video.

Pot of Lavender watercolor
Pot of Lavender watercolor

Later I painted a field of lavender:

Lavender watercolor
Lavender watercolor

Color mixing notes:

Light green used in these paintings:  Sap Green (or a similar green) with lots of white. I usually never use white but Nicola recommended mixing it with green to get a light milky green color for the lavender stems and leaves.

Purple:  Aquamarine Blue and Quinacridone Rose (or a similar pink), you can vary the amount of each color to get different shades of purple.

I had fun painting lavender this week while trying to keep it loose and simple. I think I should have varied up the purple more in the foreground but lessons learned!  Hope you enjoy and consider clicking the follow button on the right to receive notifications of new posts by email.

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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne