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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Daisy Love

A little Daisy love for you today.

Cheery and bright, the Daisies in my garden just make me happy.

I hope you enjoy them as well.

Happy Thursday! πŸ™‚

Lovely Daisy bloom
Hello sunshine!

This photo was taken with my phone a few years ago, it is one of my favorites.

 

Delicate buds and blooms
Delicate buds and blooms

I love the sea of white buds getting ready to burst open. The delicate little petals reaching for the sun always make me smile. ❀  These lovely Daisy buds were photographed last month.

 

Cozy Garden Daisies photo
Cozy garden Daisies

A little bunch of Daisies tucked in nice and cozy in my garden.

 

Daisy love garden photo
Daisy love

One last bit of Daisy love, lots of happy buds and blooms. πŸ™‚

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cardinals

I’ve been enjoying the Cardinals at the backyard feeder. I have a few cute photos and a watercolor painting to share with you today.

Happy Sunday!Β  πŸ™‚

Male Cardinal photo - backside

I think this pic is pretty cute but I’m not sure that he approved. Just look at his expression below. πŸ˜‰

 

Male Cardinal photo - looking back

Um… hold on now, that’s not my best side.

 

Male Cardinal photo

There you go, that’s the shot you’ve been looking for. ❀

Once again, I had to contain my excitement long enough to snap these photos. I was lucky to have the window open and my camera ready when this male Cardinal stopped by.

I decided to try painting the 2nd photo above. I just love that look he gave me.

Male Cardinal watercolor

Sweet Cardinal painted on 7×10 inch Arches watercolor block using Daniel Smith watercolors

There are parts of this painting that worked well and parts that did not.

I didn’t quite get the tilt of his head, but that is ok. I’m very pleased with the background color and splash. I think there is always something to learn from each painting. The most important thing for me is having fun and enjoying the process.

Creating art and listening to music brings me so much joy. Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create and do something you love.

Until next time, share a smile and sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Sunday – Hibiscus Sketch

After a very busy work week I have a quiet Sunday post for you today.

Happy Sunday!Β  πŸ™‚

 

Hibiscus ink sketch – 6 x 9 inch mix media paper

Hibiscus Ink Sketch

 

My inspiration photo of a lovely Hibiscus at Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida.

Red Hibiscus Flower Photograph

Wishing you a week full of fun and time to enjoy doing what you love.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Cardinal and watercolor

I snapped a cute photo of a female Cardinal on my backyard feeder. I thought it would be fun to paint this lovely bird and share my watercolor process with you.

Happy Sunday!

My painting inspiration and backyard capture… a lovely Cardinal ❀

Female Cardinal photo

I started thinking about the colors I would need for this painting while viewing the photo on my laptop.Β  Below is a little test sheet with notes on the colors mixed and used.

 

color testing

Color mixing notes (Daniel Smith watercolors)
Orange:Β  Quinacridone Rose and Hansa Yellow light
Brown:Β  Yellow Ochre and Payne’s Gray
Red:Β  Deep Scarlet and Payne’s Gray
Purple:Β  Ultramarine Blue, Quinacridone Rose, and Payne’s Gray

The initial sketch and first light wash

initial wash - female cardinal

With the first wash I put down enough color to define the overall shape and create a nice base to build on.

I just love her gorgeous feather tiara. πŸ™‚Β  She looks like the queen of the backyard.

 

Second wash - female cardinalΒ The second wash starts to bring things to life as I build up color and add some darker values. As you can see, there is still more work that needs to be done.

 

Female Cardinal 3rd wash

The third wash builds up even more color and includes the addition of a background. I thought it was finished at this point. But after the painting dried I decided it needed a few more small details. I used a black micron pen with a very small tip (.005) and a white gel pen for the additional details.

 

Female Cardinal watercolor

I also brightened up the green a bit in the background before calling this one done.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Test out your colors on scrap paper first and write down notes on color mixing.
  • When sketching on watercolor paper, be careful to use a light touch. I recently used some new paper and found that it easily became bruised from my pencil markings. I realized the problem only after I started painting…..lesson learned and a good reminder going forward.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my watercolor process and are inspired to create art.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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A few more Bluebirds

A few more Bluebird paintings and photos to share with you today.

Happy Sunday! πŸ™‚

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird on a branch

Bluebird watercolor 7×10 inch

Playing around with a splashy background and bright colors. I added some white highlights with a gel pen once the painting was dry. I like how that worked out.

 

male bluebird photo

Well, hello there! I love that sweet little face.

I was lucky to get a few more Bluebird photos in the backyard.

Male bluebird photo

I noticed a few Bluebirds out back and I quickly grabbed my camera. I quietly stepped outside and snapped a few shots. There were a few males perched on the fence trying to impress a nearby female. I’m not sure how that worked out for the guys, but they certainly won me over with those bright blue feathers. ❀

 

Bluebird on a fence post
Bluebird on a fence post

This Bluebird was inspired by my photo above. I’m very happy with the bright blue I was able to achieve for the feathers. It’s not the same as in the photo, but that’s ok by me.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, have a great week. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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