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

Dahlia with different backgrounds

I planted a white Dahlia in my garden this spring. This week I’ve been working on painting this lovely flower.

I sketched the flower in pencil first and then used a black micron pen size .02 to go over the pencil marks. I mix my gray color for this painting using burnt sienna light and aquamarine blue.  The white flower has a lot of gray shadowing which I carefully painted with a round #2 brush.

Dahlia without a background

Dahlia without a background color
Dahlia without a background color

I am happy with this painting, but it left me wanting more color, so in the next painting I used bright pink and some purple around the flower which I thought would make the flower pop. What I found was that the very strong background seemed to overpower the delicate flower.  Below is my next attempt with a softer light blue and purple background.

Dahlia with a background color
Dahlia with a background color

Although I like the background, I am happier with the actual flower in the first painting. I may have rushed a bit with this last painting.  Oh well, this is a learning experience and I did have fun, which is what this is all about!

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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne

Painting Simple Leaves

I decided to practice painting some simple leaves. I pulled out my round #14, 10, 6, and small flat angle watercolor brushes to give it a try. I watched a few people online paint beautiful leaves with just a few simple brushstrokes and that inspired me to practice and see what I could do.

Brushstroke notes:  Load the brush with paint, then with the tip down on the paper, press down and slightly rotate while continuing to pull the brush and then slowly lift the brush up and off the paper.

The small flat angle brush delivered some beautiful shapes and I was happy with the outcome.

Simple leaves practice
Simple leaves practice – Flat Angle brush

My round #10 brush (a favorite of mine), did not work as well for this, and neither did my trusty old round #6.  Those two are usually my go to watercolor brushes.

I was very pleased and a bit surprised to find that my round #14 brush worked very well.  I was able to paint some large simple leaves with #14. I will have to keep that in mind for future paintings.

Leaves practice - Round #14
Simple Leaves practice – Round brush #14

Below is a quick painting of pink roses using the flat angle brush to paint the leaves. I will need to work more on my leaf painting technique, but this was a good exercise.

Rose watercolor
Rose – practice with simple leaves

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Happy Painting!!

Patty Anne

 

Iris in Bloom

I am back to painting flowers again. I was inspired by a picture that I took a few weeks ago. I noticed that the Iris buds are beautiful as well as the lovely flowers. I really need to plant some in my garden soon.

Painted on Canson 9×12 inch watercolor paper.

Iris in Bloom watercolor
Iris in Bloom

This was a fun painting and it did not take long to complete. I worked on a few similar paintings first and then combined a few things from each of those paintings.
Hope you enjoy!

Watercolor tips:

  • Keep a scrap piece of watercolor paper nearby for testing out any color that you aren’t sure of. It is better to test out color on scrap first than to be disappointed after you’ve already used it in your painting.
  • To soften hard edges, use a damp brush and lightly go over the edge to smooth it out. A small round brush works well for this. In my painting I had to smooth out around the flowers a bit.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Bluebells in the Garden

I have some adorable little bluebells in my garden. There are so many delicate bells on each flower. Below are a few attempts at painting these little garden beauties…
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Bluebells 1
7×10 inch Canson mix media sketchbook
Bluebells in Bloom 1
Bluebells in Bloom 1

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Bluebells 2
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#

Bluebells in Bloom 2
Bluebells in Bloom 2
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Bluebells 3
9×12 inch Canson watercolor paper 140#
Bluebells in Bloom 3
Bluebells in Bloom 3

I was unable to escape the “detail mode” and let go to paint a loose version.  Maybe I will try that another time.  Each painting is a bit different.  I like the simplicity of number 1 and the bright color and detail of number 3.

Watercolor tips:

  • Keep painting and documenting your work so that you can see your growth over time.  I am now up to painting #382. Looking back I can see that many things are improving and that makes me smile!
  •  Cheap brushes fall apart quickly. I have a few that I need to replace because the paint is chipping off the handle and starting to flake into my rinse water.  I know that I should get rid of them but it is like having an old pair of worn out jeans that you just don’t want to let go of.  I will be replacing these cheaper brushes with better quality ones soon.
Happy Painting!
Patty Anne

Chives in Bloom

I have a few potted chives on my deck that are in full bloom. The fluffy purple blooms are such a sweet sight to see. Below are a few attempts last weekend at painting the chives. I used the same photo and mixed it up a bit and the result was three very different watercolor paintings.  Hope you enjoy!

My 1st painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
Just chives with some detail.

Chives in Bloom 1
Chives in Bloom 1

My 2nd painting was in my Pentalic watercolor sketchbook.
I added a background and additional colors.

Chives in Bloom 2
Chives in Bloom 2

My 3rd painting was on Canson watercolor paper.
A loose style with a background.

Loose - Chives in Bloom
Loose – Chives in Bloom

Which of the three paintings do you prefer?  I would love to hear your feedback.

Watercolor tips:

  • Give the rigger brush a try, it is great for working on detail.  The more I use this brush, the more I fall in love with it.
  • Try painting the same subject a few different times.  Mix it up using a different color palette, trying a different background, or using different brushes. See what happens, you might just be surprised and delighted  (as I was with the chives).

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Foxglove Flowers in Bloom

Springtime is here!  The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming. I bought my first Foxglove plant last weekend. My beautiful plant has lavender flowers and many little buds just waiting to bloom.
Here is a quick watercolor painting of my new plant.
Foxglove Flowers in Bloom
Watercolor painting notes:
7×10 inch mix media sketchbook
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton watercolors
Round #6 and Rigger #0 watercolor brushes

Painting tips for beginners:
– Stay positive and keep painting.
– Start with your lightest colors first and then build up to your darker colors.
– Try to keep a few unpainted spots here and there, it will add a little sparkle and interest.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne