Sunflowers and Inktober

I have sunflowers and ink sketches to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ’š

Sunflower bloom photograph

A joyful flower…I just love that sunny smile.

 

sunflower watercolor painting

A little watercolor practice this week. I’ve been sketching a lot for #Inktober but did find some time to splash around some paint.

I painted my sunflowers in multiple layers building up the color and detail. It always feels good to practice and play.

 

Wildflowers in ink

Some simple wildflowers sketched for #Inktober2019.

I started in the middle and worked my way out adding flowers and leaves. The vase was added at the very end. I really like how my wildflower bouquet turned out.

 

ink floral frame

A fun little botanical border in my small sketchbook. I always love drawing leaves and flowers and playing with different designs.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Practice and Inspiration

Some lovely greens to share with you today. I enjoy painting leaves and had fun with some simple watercolor practice. I’m always so inspired by the beauty we find in nature. Hope you enjoy.

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watercolor leaves practice

Some playing around with different shapes and line thickness.

Painting with a lot of wet paint on the brush and then with less.

I tried some outlining with paint and kind of like that look.

Simple and fun, just trying out different styles and things that I might like to incorporate into a future painting.

 

watercolor leaves practice

More play here, using a few of the elements practiced above. I pushed it a little further creating a little pattern inside the leaves.

One of the best things I found was how relaxed I was while playing. I need to do more of that. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

green gold magic photo

A little green gold magic for inspiration.

A favorite pic taken a few years ago while on vacation. I am so in love with the bold color and shape of these leaves.

 

green garden inspiration photo

Another photo taken while on vacation. The shape, pattern, and color just pulls me in.ย 

 

lily of the valley beauty photo

This last photo is from my garden last spring.

The flowing green leaves and delicate lily of the valley flowers are always so beautiful. Although blue is my favorite color, I believe green is a close second. ๐Ÿ’š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Lemon Lime watercolor leaves

I have a painting to share that was inspired by a recent trip to Longwood Gardens.

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I started off with a bright underpainting of loose leaves.

Lemon lime leaves watercolor underpainting

Watercolor used:ย  Winsor & Newton travel set

The punch of lemon lime in this painting makes me so happy. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

lemon lime leaves inspiration photo

My inspiration photo – Dracaena fragrans, ‘Lemon Lime’

I’ve had quite the obsession with leaves lately and just had to paint these beauties.

 

lemon lime watercolor leaves painting

Lemon Limeย  – 9 x 12 Canson mixed media

I used more paint and less water to keep the colors bold. To finish things off I added a little ink sketching for some fun and definition.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Tulips on my mind

I have more tulips to share with you today. I can’t seem to get enough of them lately.

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Happy Mother’s Day, friends! ๐ŸŒท

I was excited when my tulips started coming up this Spring. A short time later though, I found that something had dined on all of the buds. My beautiful daffodils nearby survived so I was thankful for that.ย 

I thought I would have to wait until next year to see the tulips I planted last fallย but luckily,ย  a few survived. Oh happy day!!

Purple tulip in the garden

I snapped this pic last weekend.ย  This little beauty made my day…

What a gorgeous color!ย  That’s a #colorcrush for sure ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Tulips painted with coffee

I played with coffee again and painted a few tulips. After the painting dried, I sketched on top with a sepia micron pen.

 

ink sketch of tulips

Always fun playing with design ideas

 

ink and wash tulip painting

and splashing around some paint.

Adding color on top of an ink sketch as I did with this one, is a challenge for me. I feel this internal struggle with where to start and how much color to add.

 

Tulip bunch watercolor

Tulip bunch – 9 x 12 inch Arches hot press watercolor paper

A loose watercolor painting with a large round brush. Direct paint to paper with no sketching first. I like this simple composition and was happy that I walked away before I had time to overwork it. Knowing when to stop is often the hardest part.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what more of what you love.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย Patty Anneย ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Backyard Tufted Titmouse

The Tufted Titmouse is a regular visitor at my backyard feeder. I love to photograph and paint this little guy. Today I have a few backyard birdies to share with you.

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tufted Titmouse watercolor and ink

Tufted Titmouse – 9 x 12 inch bee watercolor paper

A quick sketch with a Micron pen and watercolor. I love this simple line and wash style. Splashing paint around at the endย adds a little movement and fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

Watercolor tips:

  • a few light washes to build up color always works well
  • leave a few white spots here and there to add a little sparkle

 

A few inspiration photos from the backyard feeder.

TuftOnFeederTop

A visit last Spring perched above the feeder

 

Tufted Titmouse Maple tree

and a little rest on a nearby branch… โค๏ธ

 

Titmouse at feeder

A recent visit with Autumn colors in the background.

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Until next time, share a smile and have a great week!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting the garden

A little painting inspiration from last summer.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐ŸŒผย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Black-eyed Susan flowers photo

Black-eyed Susans – July 2018

It’s always good to practice and play. Learning what works and what doesn’t with watercolor takes time and a lot of practice. Allow time to experiment and observe, no need to fuss, just play.

A few notes on my little flower practice below:

I used a round #12 brush (and a #6 for some of the smaller petals).

1 – add a round puddle of color for the flower center

2 – add simple petals around the damp center

3 – add a drop of water in the center of the damp flower and allow it to bleed out into the petals

4 – add a little water to the edge of a few petals and allow the damp color to soften and bleed out

 

watercolor flower practice

Center: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Cadmium Yellow, Hansa Yellow Dark

Below I tried a darker center with lighter petals.

There are so many options…just have fun!

watercolor flower- painting steps

Center: Sepia, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Hansa Yellow light, Yellow ochre

My watercolor painting of Black-eyed Susans reminds me of summer. ๐ŸŒž

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

I hope you are inspired to create and have fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts, simply click the follow button. I would love to have you join me on this creative journey.

Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! ๐Ÿ’›

Patty Anne

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One last swim

A few favorite photos to share from a recent weekend at the lake.

Happy Sunday friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

Splashing in the lake photo

One last hurrah at the lake, splashing around and having fun!

 

Huey in air dive into the lake photo

Diving in and loving every minute of it.ย ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿพ Oh, happy day!!

 

Huey diving into the lake photo

and back in again… but this time I managed to get a shot with one paw in the water and the rest of his body in the air.

 

Labrador playing at the shore photo

Playing at the shore in the weeds and getting ready to hit the dock again at full speed.

 

Labrador Retriever swimming photo

A view through the weeds on the shore as my boy swims by.

 

Pines and lake reflection photo

I love this lake view, so calm and peaceful.

 

Pine branch at the shore photo

This photo of a pine branch in the afternoon sun really speaks to my heart.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this time at the lake and Huey’s last swim of the season.

Hope you have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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