Painting butterflies

I have been painting butterflies inspired by Jean Haines. I absolutely love her loose free style of watercolor painting. I found that with just a few simple steps you can paint a little butterfly.

Happy Sunday!

Butterfly watercolor steps

Steps to paint a butterfly:

  1. Using a liner #2 brush and a black brown mix, add a small round head. Then just below that, add a line of dots for the body getting smaller as you near the bottom.
  2. Outline the top of the wing with a deep color and then use a little clean water to smooth it out.
  3. Next to the midsection of the body, add paint with the side of your brush and pull it out away from the body. Continue this on both sides and build up the color.
  4. Add more color to the head and wings as needed.

Special notes:

  • Allow the paint from the body to touch the wet paint of the wings. Remember that the mix and mingle is where the watercolor magic happens. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Be careful to not overwork your butterfly, less is more here.

 

Butterfly watercolor painting practice

It is always fun to play with different shapes and colors. My favorite butterflies here ended up being the ones in the middle where I left part of the wings unpainted. It feels like they are moving across the page. ๐Ÿฆ‹

 

Butterfly and flower watercolor painting

Trying to put it all together with a little painting of a flower and butterfly.

Butterfly dreams painted on Bee watercolor paper

I hope you enjoyed this little butterfly practice and are inspired to pick up a paint brush and create art. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and shine on!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Soft pink roses

A quiet post with soft pink roses today.

๐ŸŒธย Happy Thursday!ย ๐ŸŒธ

Pink Roses watercolor

Soft pink rosesย  –ย  9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

 

Pink Roses photo

watercolor inspiration photo – March 2018

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness all around.

Happy Painting! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Patty Anne

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A little sunshine

A little bit of sunshine for you today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Sunflower photograph

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

~ Walt Whitman

 

Sunflower photograph

This glorious sunflower in my garden just makes my heart sing.

Such a happy flower, sunflowers are always smiling. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

wilting sunflower in evening sun photo

Even as the petals begin to wilt they are still lovely.

 

Chipmunk on deck photograph

I caught this little chipmunk resting out back and staring off into the distance. Such a cutie, I just had to share. โค

 

Chipmunk profile photograph

If Huey Lewis had been outside with me I’m sure this fella wouldn’t have hung around for his photo shoot. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting bees

I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book,ย 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.

Step by step watercolor bees

How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:ย 

Use a small brush,ย  I used a Liner #2

  1. 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.
  2. In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

watercolor flowers and bees practice

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 differentย  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 watercolor

Flowers and Beesย  – 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.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Cityscape watercolor

A landscape practice and a few lessons learned.

Happy Sunday! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Cityscapeย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Thursday!

 

Bluebird watercolor painting

I hope this little Bluebird brightens your day. โค

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Happy Painting! โค

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