Reflection at the shore

I decided to paint something different this week.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Weeds and grass at the lake shore. Although it sounds like a simple subject, I worried that painting this photo would not turn out very well.

Lake weeds at the shore

My painting inspiration, a photo at the lake.

A few notes and tips before I share my results with you…

  • The water was painted first and after it dried I layered the grasses on top.
  • As you get further away, waves should be smaller and their color should be lighter.
  • For the weeds and grass, I used different sized brushes, different color mixes, and switched back and forth frequently.
  • Brushes used: Round #12, Flat angle 1/2 inch, and Liner #2
  • Painted while standing instead of sitting, it was a nice change.

 

My first attempt was a good practice. One problem that stands out is that there are not enough dark values. What I really like in this painting though is the feeling of movement in the grass and weeds.

Reflection at the shore watercolor

Reflection at the shoreΒ  – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

Then my second attempt… a very different result, darker and bolder.

Probably went a little too far with dark values this time, a little over correction. πŸ˜‰

Reflection at the shore 2 watercolor

Reflection at the shore 2Β  –Β  9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

Before starting the first painting, I had to hush that little voice telling me that I could not do this. I realized that I just had to get out of my own way and go for it. In the end, I had fun and learned something. That makes me happy. πŸ™‚

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 simile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting! ❀

Patty Anne

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At the lake…

A few views from last weekend enjoying time at the lake. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Glorious clouds in the sky photo

The clouds in the sky were big and fluffy.

 

Huey on the dock at the lake

My dog loves the lake… It didn’t take long until this happened!

 

Huey splashing in the lake

Lots of swimming and splashing around at full speed. ❀

I wish I had that kind of energy.

 

Lake weeds at the shore

I just love this view of the grass and weeds along the shore.

 

Lake weeds in the sunlight

Ahh, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds for a few minutes.

 

Lake weeds and sky reflection

It is always nice to slow down and enjoy the simple beauty all around.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Shades of blue

A blue feather watercolor and a few photos at the lake.
Ahhhh, my happy place and my favorite shades of blue for you today.

Happy Sunday!

Blue Blue Feather
Blue feather watercolor – 6×9 inch Bee paper

A wet on wet watercolor painting…
Just a simple feather out of my imagination with lots of yummy blues. πŸ™‚

At one point I really thought this painting was not going to work out but I kept on going. On the last wash I threw caution to the wind and really punched up the blue color. After it dried I was so happy that I did not fuss with it, that is usually where things go wrong for me.

 

Mallard Ducks blue boat reflection

This pair of Mallard ducks out for an evening swim just stole my heart.
The blue reflection from the paddle boat on shore was stunning.

 

Evening lake blues

Sunset views like this just take my breath away.
I couldn’t stay for long enjoying this view. The mosquitoes were out in force and tried to take my phone away and push me in the lake. πŸ˜‰

 

Evening reflection at the lake

The clouds reflecting on the lake were pretty amazing too. ❀

I am so blessed to be able to get away and enjoy this view at the lake from time to time.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you find time to create art and do something you love. Until next time, have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – watercolor reflection

A colorful waterscape and a big smile your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

I hope you find time to create and do something you love.

Reflection
Reflection – 12 x 18 inch watercolor

 

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Lavender field

I’m continuing on with another painting inspired by Jean Haines’ lovely book,Β Β Paint Yourself Calm.

Simply painting and enjoying the process…relaxing, calm, and soothing.

Lavender field, 8 x 10 inch Pentalic Watercolor Sketchbook

Lavender field
Lavender field

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

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great weekend and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Simple Watercolor Landscapes

I’ve been working on a few simple landscape paintings. I used similar color combinations for my distant trees in each painting and have 3 very different results to share with you today.Β  Oh, and lots of blue. πŸ™‚

My first step on any landscape painting is thinking about where I want the horizon to be. Once I decide how much space I want to reserve for the sky, I lightly draw a line for the horizon using a pencil and ruler. With the horizon line in place, it is easier for me to visualize the big shapes in the painting.

Using the wet on wet technique, I tried to indicate some distant trees.Β  When the wet paint hits the damp paper, it creates color blooms on the paper. It is so much fun to watch this happen!

I tried to keep things simple and not overwork my landscape paintings.Β I had to remind myself before starting each one, no fussing allowed. Hopefully that will get easier with more practice.

Distant trees Landscape
Distant trees Landscape

Indigo worked well in this painting.Β  I am very pleased with the addition of the foreground here, it seemed to balance things out. Although I like the other paintings below, this one is probably my favorite because I’m pulled in and feel something.

 

Simple Landscape
Simple Landscape

I really like the varied tree shapes in this one. The bits of white paper beneath the trees in the center area worked well. I need to remember that for future landscape paintings.

 

Abstract Landscape
Abstract Landscape

This abstract landscape is very different from my usual style of painting. I love the blooms of color in this painting. ❀ The granulating effect of the French Ultramarine Blue is quite interesting.

I hope you enjoyed this simple landscape series.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, create some art and do something you love. Hope your week is awesome. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Lavender

A look back at a painting from last summer.

Lavender field painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper.

Lavender field
Lavender field

I hope you are enjoying my quiet Thursday posts.

Have a great weekend and do something fun. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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