Quiet Thursday – Lavender field

I’m continuing on with another painting inspired by Jean Haines’ lovely book,  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. 🙂

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.  Oh, and lots of blue. 🙂

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.  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. 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.  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. 🙂

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. 🙂

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Blues – Lake Tahoe

A few photos from a recent trip to Lake Tahoe.

My favorite blues…

My favorite views…

Water, pines, and mountains.

Tahoe Peace

Ahh, so calm and peaceful.

Tahoe view

I love this serene view. I may try painting this one. 🙂

Lake Tahoe

I hope you enjoy these views. I can’t wait to visit Lake Tahoe again sometime.

Have a great weekend and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Beach Blues

Beachy Blues
Beach Blues

Beach Blues painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.

A little poem that I wrote to go along with my beach painting.

My toes in the sand.

The sun on my face.

All troubles fade away.

Blue, calm, and peaceful.

Right where I want to be…

I hope you have a great weekend and do something fun.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Reflections in Watercolor

I really enjoy painting landscapes. A few weeks ago I was inspired by a very talented artist that posted this quick video on Instagram, pinkandsalt . There is so much to learn by watching another artist paint and demo their work. It is interesting to see what techniques they use, what brush they choose, how they hold their brush, and how they approach the subject they are painting.

All of these landscapes were painted a few weeks ago in my 8×10 inch Pentalic Watercolor sketchbook. I tried to mix things up with different tree shapes and color palettes. In all of these paintings, the trees and water share the spotlight. I suppose I could refer to them as landscapes and/or waterscapes.

Landscape 1 Reflection
Landscape 1 Reflection

I tried to punch up the color in the sky a bit and I added a little Daniel Smith Green Gold in the trees and water. I’m a big fan of DS green gold! #colorcrush 🙂

Landscape 2 Reflection
Landscape 2 Reflection

In my second landscape, I mixed up some darker greens and dropped in some Daniel Smith Pyrrol Scarlet and Pyrrol Red for some bold fall color in the trees and water.

Landscape 3 Reflection
Landscape 3 Reflection

The water is a bit brighter in this one and I used light orange for a bit of fall color. I really like the trees and reflection in this painting.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Mix up enough color before you start. It is better to have extra than to run out of color while you are painting. I’ve done that before…
  • You don’t need to always cover every inch of your paper with paint. When I first started painting, I always tried to completely cover the sky or the entire background area with paint. Over time, I’ve discovered that it is not necessary and I am usually happier with the result when I leave some unpainted areas.

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 creative journey.

A big thank you to all for reading, commenting, and cheering me on. All of your love and support means the world to me!

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Christmas Pines and Inktober

It may be a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but it is not too early to start planning a few Christmas card designs for this year. I wanted to use my artwork last year but was unable to get things printed in time. Hopefully things will work out better this year.

These paintings remind me of our family trips to the tree farm in December each year to find a special tree for Christmas. Those trips are special memories with my boys that I will always cherish!

Snowy Pine
Snowy Pine

This Snowy Pine was painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I love this simple pine and the background just feels like a snowy December to me. I think this one is my favorite.

Pines in Sunlight
Pines in Sunlight

These Pines were also painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I painted this mostly wet on wet, but as the painting started to dry I added more defined branches here and there. I left some white areas and used a variety of greens (light to dark) in the painting. I really like how it looks like the sunlight is shining down through the trees.

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

I sketched my Penguin Buddies for #Inktober with a .01 Micron pen. I decided to add watercolor and was very happy with the result. I think the color gave this sketch more life and feeling. Adding the background color was the last step. I used the side of my round brush to playfully swish the blue gray color all around the Penguins. I love that it looks like a splash of water and swoosh of cold air around them. I think my Penguins will make a cute card this year.

Tips:

When sketching with ink, it is best to work in one direction, like left to right, or top to bottom. If not, you must be very careful. Just like when painting, try to keep your hand or wrist from touching a wet area. I learned this the hard way recently with one of my #Inktober sketches. I got ink smudged on my hand and a little bit on my paper. Luckily, I didn’t ruin my sketch but I could have ended up with a big mess.

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. Until next time, enjoy yourself and have fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne