Watercolor fun – then and now

A little fun today with a watercolor from last year and a few more recent paintings.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

tree of happy watercolor painting

Looking back to a tree that I painted last November. ๐Ÿ˜€

This happy tree was painted on 7 x 10 inch Arches cold pressed watercolor paper. This paper has a nice texture and can handle a lot of water. It was fun to let the colors mix and mingle on the paper to create some nice shades and soft blending.

Tip:
Leave some white space in the tree foliage and let the color of the sky peek through here and there.

 

happy floral bunch watercolor painting

A more recent watercolor floral – simple and delicate

This was painted on 7 x 10 inch Canson mixed media paper.

I considered adding some ink sketching but later decided to just stop here and leave this one as is.

 

Fuschia watercolor painting

Fuschia – 9 x 12 inch Canson Mixed Media

I’ve gone back and forth about whether to share this painting or not. The flowers could use more work but I decided that the leaves and buds are worth sharing. Their soft colors and lovely shapes just pull me in and are a nice contrast to the bold blooms.

I hope your 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 shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย ย ๐ŸŒธ

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Looking back

Looking through some of my earlier work, I ran across this watercolor and ink painting. A sweet little scene of a family enjoying time at the beach.

Happy Thursday friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

family time watercolor and ink sketch

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Pink Daisy watercolor

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for daisies or any flower that resembles a daisy. ๐Ÿ™‚

A happy little flower that just makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile as well.

Pink Daisy – painted on 6 x 9 inch bee watercolor paper (painting #748)

Pink Daisy in progress

Iย  snapped a photo part way through the painting process. Adding more darks and a bright background really wakes up this painting.

I am a big fan of pink and green together so I decided to splash on a bright green background.

Pink Daisy watercolor

 

As I was gathering my thoughts for this post, I remembered a little pink daisy that I painted back in 2015.ย  I was just getting started painting on a regular basis, this was painting number #19. โค

pink daisy watercolor

It is important for me to keep moving forward but it feels good to look back and see how far I’ve come. I hope it also provides inspiration for others that might want to give watercolor painting a try.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you have a great week and find time to do something you love.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Coneflower watercolor

A few years ago I painted a Coneflower after watching this Deb Watson youtube video,ย How to Paint a Coneflower in Watercolor for Beginners.ย I decided to watch the video again but this time decided to paint a larger flower.

I painted this first Coneflower in 2015 shortly after I started documenting my journey.ย  This was painting number 35.

Coneflower watercolor
Coneflower painting 2015

I’m really pleased with this early work, I think it was a nice exercise.

In the video, I love that Deb walks through painting the wet on wet background by dropping in lots of color and letting the colors mix and mingle. I remember when I was just a beginner, she made me feel like I could do this and gave me the confidence to give it a try.ย  This video is packed full of great tips and advice that has stayed with me.

My recent Coneflower painting on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper.

Coneflower painting
Coneflower painting 2018

This is painting number 651.ย  Wow, I am so amazed by that number! ๐Ÿ™‚

The salt technique worked out much better in the new painting. I have more experience using salt now and have a better feel for when to sprinkle it on the wet paint.

Salt technique – things that can affect your results
How wet is the paint. If too dry,ย  the salt will not work very well.
How much salt is applied.
How you apply the salt. Sprinkle or Toss like”Bam” ๐Ÿ™‚
Applying the salt from directly above or at an angle.
The type of salt used. Kosher salt or a finer table salt.

I hope you are inspired to create some art and do something fun.
Thanks for stopping by and following along. Until next time, enjoy yourself and stay warm.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Watercolor Animals – Then & Now

I’ve been having fun painting animals lately. It seems like a good time for a then and now post on watercolor animals.

In January I painted this Elephant in my 8×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. I looked back through my notes to find that my Elephant below is painting number 289.

Elephant watercolor
Elephant watercolor

I recently painted this Giraffe on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper. I’m so in love with this paper! I worked on a few giraffe sketches before I started painting and I think that made a difference. I am amazed that this is painting number 498! I’ve really been cruising along along this year, that makes me so happy.

Giraffe watercolor
Giraffe watercolor

I tried to work with the water and allow the color to mix and mingle as much as possible. The painting came together rather quickly and without much fuss. My second giraffe is the featured image on this post, she is more playful and is peeking out with those big eyes and long lovely lashes.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to keep painting, creating, and having fun. If you would like to receive notifications of new posts by email, simply click the follow button on the right. I would love to have you follow me on this journey.

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I hope you have a great week.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

Watercolor Cats – Then & Now

Looking back, it has been a while since I painted cats. ย I decided to give it a try again this weekend.

“Sweet Kitty” I painted in February 2017 (#301 in my 5×8 inch watercolor sketchbook)

Sweet Kitty
Sweet Kitty

Today I painted, “Gray & White Kitty” ย (#385 on 8×10 inch Fabriano Watercolor paper)

Gray & White Kitty
Gray & White Kitty

I am not sure how much I have improved painting cats since February but hopefully things are getting better. One thing for sure is that the big colorful cat eyes are a lot of fun to paint!

To start, I sketch the eyes first, their placement and size is key. Then just a light sketch of the rest of the body. I paint the eyes first and then move out from there. ย The rigger and liner brush were used quite a bit on this painting.

If you have any tips on painting animal fur, please share them in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.

Watercolor tips:

  • Color mixing light gray – I used a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna light.
  • Color mixing dark gray/black – I used a mix of indigo and burnt sienna light.
  • For a lighter shade, ย just add a drop or two of water to your puddle of color on your palette.

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Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Bleeding Hearts in Bloom

This is from May 2016, 5×8 watercolor sketchbook, ย #144 Bleeding Hearts

-Watercolor and micron pen-

Bleeding Hearts Watercolor pictureLooking back, I think I will try usingย pens a bit more with my watercolors.

Something about this flower makes me smile, maybe because the little hearts are dancing and singing and it is overflowing with love.

Happy Painting!

-Patty Anne-