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 Love

A little Lavender love your way today. ❀

Lavender love
Lavender love

painted on 6 x 9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper

Hope you have a great weekend and do something fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Thursday!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee and Flowers

I love to sketch and paint birds and today I have another to share with you. A little Chickadee surrounded by flowers.

I just fell in love. πŸ™‚

Chickadee and flowers
Chickadee and Flowers

painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper

This little birdie was the pick me up that I needed a few weeks ago. ❀

After a few paintings didn’t work out very well, I needed to get back to something I really enjoy painting. It’s good to know where to turn and what makes you feel good.

I decided to follow my heart and that made me very happy.

Watercolor tips:

  • give some thought to your color palette and background before you begin
  • allow some areas of paint to bleed into one another and let the watercolor magic happen
  • don’t put pressure on yourself, stay positive and enjoy the process

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday Buzz – Flowers and a Bee

Flowers and Bee
Flowers and a Bee

Flowers and a Bee painted on 7×10 inch Canson watercolor paper.

Thinking about Spring and sharing some cheerful flowers with you today.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne

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Calm and Peaceful

Sharing a few calm and peaceful images with you today.

Lavender calm -painted in my 8×10 Pentalic Watercolor Sketchbook

Lavender calm
Lavender calm

This painting was inspired by an exercise in the lovely Jean Haines’ book, Paint yourself calm. I love the simplicity of this painting.

Jean notes that it is important to enjoy the painting experience and not worry about the outcome. When I am able to let go and do that, it really feels good. πŸ™‚

Pastel Sunset
Pastel Sunset

A favorite photo at Clearwater beach, Florida. After an evening walk at the beach,Β  I was treated with a beautiful pastel sunset.Β  A nice way to end a fun weekend getaway.

Thanks for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Have a wonderful week! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Bunny Blue Eyes

I hope this cute little bunny brightens your day. πŸ™‚

Bunny Blue eyes
Bunny Blue eyes

Bunny watercolor and ink – 9 x12 inch Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook

This little bunny makes me think of Spring. That makes me happy! πŸ™‚

Wishing you a happy Thursday and a great weekend!

Patty Anne

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A Big Hello from Huey

In honor of the Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog, I thought it was a good time to introduce my Black Lab, Huey Lewis.

Hello Huey!
Huey Lewis

Huey is a happy boy, always ready to play and have fun. He loves the usual games like catch, fetch, and keep away with Mom’s socks. It’s pretty cute when he wants to play and will try to get my attention by dropping his toy on my lap or my desk. If he still doesn’t get my attention, he will pick it up and toss it to me. πŸ™‚

 

Huey swimming
Huey out for a swim at the lake

 

His other true love is swimming. When we are at the lake it is hard to keep him out of the water.Β  The lake is his happy place (and mine too). πŸ™‚

Pure joy at the lake
Pure joy at the lake

 

He is alway on patrol keeping an eye on the yard and everything going on in the neighborhood. Last year I painted this picture of him sitting on the couch looking outside. He takes this job very seriously.

Labrador Pup
Huey watching over the backyard

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting my sweet boy, Huey Lewis.Β Β Thanks for stopping by and following along.

Until next time, have a great week and enjoy yourself.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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