Poinsettia Watercolor and Ink

Hi everyone! I’ve been having fun sketching and painting Poinsettias. The first few that I painted we rather fussy and boring. Then I decided to watch a few videos online for inspiration and tips.  I found this Jennifer Branch tutorial online, Poinsettia Christmas Card Painting. It was very easy and a lot of fun. I liked her loose style and all of the great tips that she shared. Below are a few of my paintings after watching the watercolor tutorial.

I didn’t have the Perylene Maroon that Jennifer used for the rich dark color, so I mixed up some Daniel Smith Deep Scarlet with a little Quinacridone Rose and a very small amount of Ultramarine Blue. I think that mix worked well for my dark Maroon color.

Poinsettia 1 watercolor
Poinsettia 1 watercolor

 

Below is another attempt with the same loose style.

Poinsettia 2 watercolor
Poinsettia 2 watercolor

This second painting I don’t like as much as the first one. I think the green leaves are brighter and more fun in the first painting and the flower has more depth and contrast. I suspect I didn’t use enough Ultramarine Blue to punch up the center of the second flower.

 

Poinsettia Ink Sketch
Poinsettia Ink Sketch

I’m still having fun with ink sketching so I worked on a Poinsettia sketch as well. I used my Platinum desk pen with fine nib and a .01 Micron pen. I had to reload the ink cartridge in the desk pen about two thirds of the way through this sketch. I was a little nervous thinking I was going to make a big mess but it was pretty easy to change (and no mess, yay!). I’m not sure why, but it took a little while before the ink started to flow nicely in the pen again. I suppose the ink in the cartridge just needed to loosen up a bit.

Tips:

  • Keep a notepad to list things you might like to sketch and paint. There have been times when I was ready to work on my art but not sure what I wanted to paint. What has really been helpful for me is to keep an Art Inspiration list. I work full time and can’t afford to waste any of my precious art time searching for inspiration.
  • I also keep a little note on my desk as a reminder to relax and loosen up. It simply says, quiet mind, drop shoulders, relax jaw, and try to smooth out your thoughts. This note helps me de-stress and relax.

Do you keep little notes of inspiration or reminders on your desk or work area? If so, I would love to know what works for you.

Thank you for stopping by. 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.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, Patty Anne Art. Until next time, have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

 

Quiet Thursday – Bunny Watercolor

Flower Bunny
Flower Bunny

Flower Bunny – watercolor painting
9 x12 inch Saunders watercolor paper 140 lb

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, Patty Anne Art.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Thankful

Thankful for family, friends, and all of my many blessings.

Thankful to have such a supportive community of online friends.

Thankful that I can share my art with all of you. I hope that it puts a smile on your face and inspires you in some way.

Thankful for puppies

Labrador Pup
Labrador Pup

and birdies…

Birdie
Birdie

 

Thankful for leaves and trees.

Simple Branch with leaves
Simple Branch with leaves

Thankful for flowers and bees.

Yellow flower
Yellow flower

Thankful for lakes and streams.

Thankful for sunrise and sunset.

Sunset at the lake
Sunset at the lake

 

Thankful for each day, it is a gift.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt.

I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

Hedgehog in Watercolor and Ink

I’m back to working on animals and decided to try sketching and painting a little Hedgehog. I started off with a few pencil sketches to warm up and then moved on to ink.

Hedgehog sketch in ink
Hedgehog sketch in ink

This little hedgehog was sketched in my Canson 7×10 inch Mix Media sketchbook. I used Micron pens sizes .01, 03, and .04. I tried to use some expressive squiggles on his back. After this ink sketch I moved on to the colorful watercolor below.

Hedgehog watercolor
Hedgehog watercolor

My Hedgehog was painted on 9×12 inch Saunders watercolor paper. Instead of going with a brown and black palette for this little guy, I decided to use a variety of different colors. For the hair on his back, I lightly dampened a small area and then splashed on different colors. I dragged my small round brush (#2) sideways and then pulled upward to create most of the bushy hair on his back. I think that these playful brush strokes gave the hair some nice movement.

Hedgehog 2 watercolor
Hedgehog 2 watercolor

This last Hedgehog was painted in my Canson 7×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. A little different view for this painting.  He looks like he is on the move!

Watercolor Tips:

  • The very dark color directly underneath each hedgehog is important because it helps to ground them and it also adds a nice contrast to their lighter under fur.
  • Change your rinse water when it starts to look cloudy, otherwise your pretty colors will start to look a bit muddy on your paper.
  • I find that I most often use my Round brushes sizes: 10,6, and 2. I have many other brushes to choose from but these brushes seem to be my go to brushes. They are very versatile and work well for painting most things.

What is your favorite watercolor brush?  Which brush do you use most often?

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 creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

 

Last Inktober 2017 Sketches

A quick post today to share a few of my last sketches from #Inktober. I really enjoyed working in ink and challenging myself. I was very inspired by all of the amazing art shared by other artists online.

Small Branch - Inktober
Small Branch – Inktober

A little branch in ink and watercolor, just simple and calm.

Road Runner - ink and watercolor
Road Runner – ink and watercolor

Another bird, oh how I love to sketch and paint birds!  I’m so in love with that hair. 🙂

Raccoon - ink
Raccoon – ink

A cute little Raccoon sketch in ink. This was a fun practice sketch before working on my larger Raccoon watercolor painting a few weeks ago.

Bee - ink and watercolor
Bee – ink and watercolor

A little bee in ink and watercolor. This was my last #inktober sketch. I’m already looking forward to this fun challenge next year.

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 creative journey.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and do something fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Reflections in Watercolor

I really enjoy painting landscapes. A few weeks ago I was inspired by a very talented artist that posted this quick video on Instagram, pinkandsalt . There is so much to learn by watching another artist paint and demo their work. It is interesting to see what techniques they use, what brush they choose, how they hold their brush, and how they approach the subject they are painting.

All of these landscapes were painted a few weeks ago in my 8×10 inch Pentalic Watercolor sketchbook. I tried to mix things up with different tree shapes and color palettes. In all of these paintings, the trees and water share the spotlight. I suppose I could refer to them as landscapes and/or waterscapes.

Landscape 1 Reflection
Landscape 1 Reflection

I tried to punch up the color in the sky a bit and I added a little Daniel Smith Green Gold in the trees and water. I’m a big fan of DS green gold! #colorcrush 🙂

Landscape 2 Reflection
Landscape 2 Reflection

In my second landscape, I mixed up some darker greens and dropped in some Daniel Smith Pyrrol Scarlet and Pyrrol Red for some bold fall color in the trees and water.

Landscape 3 Reflection
Landscape 3 Reflection

The water is a bit brighter in this one and I used light orange for a bit of fall color. I really like the trees and reflection in this painting.

Watercolor Tips:

  • Mix up enough color before you start. It is better to have extra than to run out of color while you are painting. I’ve done that before…
  • You don’t need to always cover every inch of your paper with paint. When I first started painting, I always tried to completely cover the sky or the entire background area with paint. Over time, I’ve discovered that it is not necessary and I am usually happier with the result when I leave some unpainted areas.

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 creative journey.

A big thank you to all for reading, commenting, and cheering me on. All of your love and support means the world to me!

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and do something creative!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

Christmas Pines and Inktober

It may be a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, but it is not too early to start planning a few Christmas card designs for this year. I wanted to use my artwork last year but was unable to get things printed in time. Hopefully things will work out better this year.

These paintings remind me of our family trips to the tree farm in December each year to find a special tree for Christmas. Those trips are special memories with my boys that I will always cherish!

Snowy Pine
Snowy Pine

This Snowy Pine was painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I love this simple pine and the background just feels like a snowy December to me. I think this one is my favorite.

Pines in Sunlight
Pines in Sunlight

These Pines were also painted on 6×9 inch Aquabee watercolor paper. I painted this mostly wet on wet, but as the painting started to dry I added more defined branches here and there. I left some white areas and used a variety of greens (light to dark) in the painting. I really like how it looks like the sunlight is shining down through the trees.

Penguin Buddies - Ink and Watercolor
Penguin Buddies – Ink and Watercolor

I sketched my Penguin Buddies for #Inktober with a .01 Micron pen. I decided to add watercolor and was very happy with the result. I think the color gave this sketch more life and feeling. Adding the background color was the last step. I used the side of my round brush to playfully swish the blue gray color all around the Penguins. I love that it looks like a splash of water and swoosh of cold air around them. I think my Penguins will make a cute card this year.

Tips:

When sketching with ink, it is best to work in one direction, like left to right, or top to bottom. If not, you must be very careful. Just like when painting, try to keep your hand or wrist from touching a wet area. I learned this the hard way recently with one of my #Inktober sketches. I got ink smudged on my hand and a little bit on my paper. Luckily, I didn’t ruin my sketch but I could have ended up with a big mess.

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.

You can see more of my work on Instagram and my website, PattyAnneArt. Until next time, enjoy yourself and have fun!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne