Lemon Lime watercolor leaves

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

Happy Thursday, friends!Β πŸ’š

I started off with a bright underpainting of loose leaves.

Lemon lime leaves watercolor underpainting

Watercolor used:Β  Winsor & Newton travel set

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

 

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 LimeΒ  – 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!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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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! 🌷

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.Β 

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

Purple tulip in the garden

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

What a gorgeous color!Β  That’s a #colorcrush for sure πŸ˜€

 

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!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

 

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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! 😊

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 endΒ adds a little movement and fun. πŸ˜€

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… ❀️

 

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! 🌼 😊

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. 🌞

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

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

Happy Painting! πŸ’›

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! πŸ™‚

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.Β πŸ’—πŸΎ 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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Soft pink roses

A quiet post with soft pink roses today.

🌸 Happy Thursday! 🌸

Pink Roses watercolor

Soft pink rosesΒ  –Β  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! 😊

Patty Anne

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A little sunshine

A little bit of sunshine for you today. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

 

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. ❀

 

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. 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 smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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