Painting with a large flat brush

It’s starting to feel like Fall and I am loving it. This is my favorite time of year.

I’ve been busy getting ready for a very special bridal shower next weekend but found time to do a little painting. 🌿

Botanical Blues - large brush watercolor

Botanical Blues 9 x 12 inch

I used a large 1″ flat brush for this painting. The paper is mixed media and pretty smooth. I like the simplicity and color combination.

Large watercolor leaves with Flat brush

This is a similar style painting from last year on Arches cold press watercolor paper. I was able to achieve some nice texture with this one. Paper choice does make a difference.

Fall mums on the deck

Some pretty Fall mums to add some cheer to this post and my deck.

Pretty buds up close

Hello beautiful buds!

A little close up with my iPhone. The colors and shapes are so inspiring. So many clusters of tiny flowers getting ready to sing and dance.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne 🌸

Thursday – calm and soothing blues

A few calm and soothing images to share with you today. 💙

Hope you enjoy…

Ocean blues photo

Soothing ocean blues

 

At the beach photo

Sandy beach blues

 

Tahoe Peace

Lake Tahoe blues

 

Until next time, sending love and prayers for better days ahead.

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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‘Tis the Season

It’s that time of year and I’ve been having fun decorating and painting holiday pines.

Happy Thursday, friends!  ❤️

 

pine branch watercolor painting

I painted this pine branch using a flat 1/2″ brush. For the background I used the wet on wet technique. I dropped in blues and greens (similar to the branch) on to wet areas of the paper. I love the interesting patterns that this technique creates.

 

sweet little christmas birdie

and now a cute little Christmas birdie…

This little guy just makes me smile with his cozy hat and scarf. 😀

Wishing you a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year.

I will be taking a little blogging break until after the new year.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

🌸 Patty Anne  🌸

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Happy Thanksgiving

I have a few favorites to share with you today.  😊

Hope you have a wonderful day, friends! 💚

Peaceful view photograph

A favorite photo taken while in California a few months ago.

The view from my room was amazing.

 

willow watercolor painting

A favorite watercolor painting from last year that I wanted to share again.

Willows, loose and free. I just love these colors together.

 

chickadee watercolor

A sweet little chickadee that I painted earlier this year.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

Happy Thanksgiving!

🌸 Patty Anne  🌸

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Sunflowers and Inktober

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

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚🌻💚

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!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

 

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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.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚🌿

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. 🙂

 

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. 

 

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. 💚

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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Lemon Lime watercolor leaves

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

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

I started off with a bright underpainting of loose leaves.

Lemon lime leaves watercolor underpainting

Watercolor used:  Winsor & Newton travel set

The punch of lemon lime in this painting makes me so happy. 😀

 

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 Lime  – 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.

🌷💚 🌷

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. 

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

Purple tulip in the garden

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

What a gorgeous color!  That’s a #colorcrush for sure 😀

 

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 end adds a little movement and fun. 😀

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

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! 💛

Patty Anne

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