Cityscape watercolor

A landscape practice and a few lessons learned.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

As I started working on this painting I quickly realized that things weren’t going as planned. When I dropped color on my damp watercolor paper I could see that my timing was off. My plan was to create distant trees but that was not what was happening. I was disappointed at first but continued on and did not fight it.

Lesson learned: Go with the flow and allow the painting to guide you.

Chilly Cityscape watercolor

Chilly CityscapeΒ  9 x 12 inch watercolor

I continued dropping in color and resisted the urge to fix things.

Stepping back I could see an unexpected cityscape with buildings and trees. What a happy surprise. Things didn’t go as initially planned but that’s ok. I learned a lot from this exercise and in the end I love the cityscape painting that resulted.

Lesson learned: Watercolor sometimes delivers a happy surprise.

I plan on keeping this painting near my desk as a reminder of these important lessons. πŸ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bluebird

A sweet little Bluebird watercolor your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

 

Bluebird watercolor painting

I hope this little Bluebird brightens your day. ❀

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Beyond the Meadow

A little landscape practice with an exercise from Zoltan Szabo’s book, 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Beyond the Meadow

Beyond the Meadow – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

The flowering tree in this landscape caught my eye. It looked like a good exercise to practice painting trees using the wet on wet technique so I decided to give it a try.

While painting the distant trees I reminded myself to leave enough white space for the flowering tree in the foreground. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth that I was able to achieve with this landscape and how quickly it all came together.

It feels calm and peaceful, I love that. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do what you love.Β Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! ❀

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Thursday – Doodle & Sketch

A little doodle and sketch your way today. πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Floral ink doodle

Doodle in the wind – 6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

A little floral doodle is a fun way to create art and relax.

No stress here, just a Micron pen, mix media paper, and no rules. ❀

 

Floral ink sketch

Floral kisses – 6 x 9 inch Bee mix media sketchbook

A floral ink sketch, just pen on paper and letting things flow. I started with an idea and kept building it out. I’m really enjoying this method.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and 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 have a great week. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Lovely Roses

A few roses to share with you today.Β  While we were on vacation earlier this year my husband captured these beautiful images with our new camera.Β  Hope you enjoy.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Delicate white rose photo

A simple white rose surrounded by many shades of green.

 

lovely hot pink roses photo

Delicate pink petals, so many different shades of happy. ❀

 

Pink tipped rose photo

A gorgeous pink tipped rose….hello beautiful!

These photos make me want to grab a brush and practice painting roses. πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love.Β  Until next time, have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Pop of Pink

A little pop of color always makes me smile.Β I hope these garden pinks brighten your day.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

 

Pop of Pink watercolor flowers

Garden Pinks – 9 x 12 inch Canson watercolor sketchbook

I will be taking a little blogging break for a week or so. I’m going to rest and recharge the batteries a little.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting! ❀

Patty Anne

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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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