A little watercolor and ink fun to share with you today.
Happy Sunday, friends! 💚
I started off with a base layer of of leaves in different shades of green.
At this point I decided to add in some playful ink lines and detail.
Although I was happy with the addition of a little sketching on top, it was still a bit dull and boring. I wish I had a photo to show you what this second step looked like…
I decided another layer of watercolor was needed. The painting was too flat and dull. Since I was using 140 lb. watercolor paper I knew that it could handle more paint. I used a waterproof pen so I wasn’t worried about the ink bleeding.
I bumped up the greens and added some bright yellow and blue. Sometimes going back in with more paint can be a little scary but I knew this one really needed it.
As I found with this painting, there are always creative decisions to make along the way and something to learn from each painting. My plan is to just keep on painting, learning, and having fun.
I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.
A loose and simple lavender painting adding a few little bumbles. As I painted the lavender I left a few places to drop in my little bees. They were painted using the 4 simple steps from my previous post, Painting bees.
I love painting and creating, it is such a joy to share my art with all of you. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this journey. All of your kindness and encouragement means the world to me. 💜
I hope you have great week and do something fun. 😊
I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book, Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour, she noted that adding little bees to your flower paintings will give them more energy and interest.
The cute little bees in Jean’s book looked like a fun exercise so I jumped in.
How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:
Use a small brush, I used a Liner #2
With dark gray/black, paint a round head and with the tip of your brush pull out a few antenna.
Paint a couple dark curved stripes below the head.
In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
Pull out the wings from the wet paint on each side of the bee. Add a little more gray color at the top of the wing. Use a damp brush to blend out the wings to keep them soft and delicate.
Bump up the color by adding more yellow and gray/black where needed.
You can also switch things up and paint a few bees with different shades of yellow and gold, or try using a different gray mix. There are so many possibilities. 🙂
My little bee and flower study was a great way to have fun and try new things. I was able to experiment with how much water to use, when to blend colors, and try different shapes and color combinations.
I love the freedom to just play and experiment without worry. It is a great way to build skills and enjoy the painting process. I highly recommend taking some time to play.
Flowers and Bees – 6 x 9 inch
I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time share a smile and spread kindness all around.
A quick post today to share a few of my last sketches from #Inktober. I really enjoyed working in ink and challenging myself. I was very inspired by all of the amazing art shared by other artists online.
A little branch in ink and watercolor, just simple and calm.
Another bird, oh how I love to sketch and paint birds! I’m so in love with that hair. 🙂
A cute little Raccoon sketch in ink. This was a fun practice sketch before working on my larger Raccoon watercolor painting a few weeks ago.
A little bee in ink and watercolor. This was my last #inktober sketch. I’m already looking forward to this fun challenge next year.
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Just a quick post this week on butterflies. I’ve always loved butterflies and it makes me smile when I see one flutter by or land on a nearby flower. Their delicate wings have such beautiful colors and patterns that are all so interesting. I thought it would be fun to try and paint some butterflies this week.
I tried to keep things simple and loose (but sometimes that is easier said than done). Below are two of the paintings that I am happiest with. I think my favorite one is the bright blue butterfly. I really love Daniel Smith – Phthalo Blue!
I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click on 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 also on my new website, PattyAnneArt. Hope you have a great week.