An evening of abstract landscapes

I have another round of watercolor landscapes to share today.

Happy  Thursday, friends! 💙

abstract landscape watercolor painting

I started off working in my 7 x 10 inch watercolor sketchbook.

Using a large round brush (#12), I wet the paper with some clean water. Then dipped my damp brush into the paint and applied the color in large bold strokes. The wet paint on wet paper creates a nice bleed and color movement. Watching the color move across the paper is always very exciting.

In both paintings I used a limited palette of three colors: Prussian Blue, Yellow Ochre, and Payne’s Gray.

 

abstract watercolor landscape

For the second painting, I used an 11 x 15 inch piece of watercolor paper. I decided to go a little larger with this one. Painting on large paper is a different experience. There’s more room to be expressive and have fun with your brush and that feels great. 😊

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

Until next time, stay safe and be well!

🌸  Patty Anne  🌸

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Purple Posies – Watercolor Floral Sketch

I have some happy flowers to share with you. Hope they brighten your day.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💜

I painted a simple floral base a few months ago.

watercolor floral under painting

I wanted to add some sketching but wasn’t ready.

It sat on my table for a few months. Life happens and so it waited for time and inspiration.  (sorry about the poor quality photos)…

 

watercolor and ink floral sketch

Purple Posies – 11 x 15 inch

I finally pulled it back out last week and decided to jump in.

Using a Uniball 05 pen I tried to keep the sketching simple and fun.

A few notes on my process

Flowers – I give each flower a quick thought before sketching its final shape as I work my way around the painting. No overthinking, just keeping the flow going making decisions on the fly.

Leaves – Some leaves are defined, some hidden (tucked behind other elements), and others are added. Variety, size, and shape are always on my mind when I’m adding leaves and vines. They help fill in empty space and add balance where needed.

Play – Enjoy the process and have fun. There are no rules and no mistakes. We learn and grow from each piece.

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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Watercolor Landscape practice continues

I have another landscape practice to share with you today. I’m trying to paint at least one landscape a week in an effort to improve my confidence and skills.

Happy Thursday, friends! 💚

 

landscape watercolor painting

Browsing the September 2019 edition of “Paint & Draw Watercolour” magazine, I was inspired by Jem Bowden’s landscape painting and tips.

I am starting to feel a little more confident with each landscape. I like the depth I was able to achieve in this painting. I think I’m moving in the right direction. As they say, practice makes progress.  yay!

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  🌸

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Inspired watercolor landscapes

Today I have a few watercolor landscapes to share that were inspired by amazing artists that I follow on Instagram.

Happy Sunday, friends! 💚

Tree by the sea watercolor painting

This 9 x 12″ watercolor painting was inspired by artist, @valeriemafrica

I pushed myself to try a more involved landscape this time. I was worried about painting the hillside and foreground details but I like how it turned out.

 

Simple watercolor landscape painting

This simple landscape was inspired by @debi.riley

I used only two colors for this painting: Burnt Sienna light and Indigo

My favorite part of this one is the large expressive brush strokes in the foreground with wet paint on dry paper.

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  🌸

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Landscape practice continues

I’ve been having fun painting more landscapes and have a few to share with you today.

Happy Thursday, friends! 🧡

 

distant hills watercolor

A simple landscape of distant hills.

I’ve been trying to push ahead and paint without worry. Some days that’s easier than others. 😊simple abstract watercolor landscape

A peaceful scene with distant trees and hills.

Daniel Smith watercolors:  Ultramarine blue, Burnt sienna light, and Yellow ochre
Brush:  Princeton Neptune Round 12

Watercolor tips:

  • I think about the landscape in three sections: the sky, middle, and foreground.
    That makes this type of painting less intimidating for me.
  • Using a limited palette creates color harmony and simplifies decision making.
    When I limit my color choices I feel less pressure as I am painting.

 

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and are inspired to create, play, and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent.

🌸  Patty Anne 🌸

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Soft floral watercolor and ink

I had fun playing with another floral watercolor and ink painting this week.

Happy Sunday, friends! 🧡soft floral watercolor under painting

My under painting was the start. I added some floral shapes using soft colors.

No stressing about the perfect shape here, just looking for a nice variety of petals.

 

floral watercolor and ink

Melody of Petals – 11 x 15 inch

My goal was to stay playful and keep the detail light and fun.

Sometimes I used the ink to build up the underlying watercolor shapes. Other times,  I ignored the shapes and just sketched flowers and buds wherever I wanted.

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  🌸

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Leaves in watercolor and ink

I decided to paint more leaves and ended up creating a nice little pattern.

Happy Thursday, friends!  💚

 

leaves - watercolor and ink pattern

To start, I painted my leaves in watercolor and let them dry. I don’t have a good photo of them to share though. It’s been rather gray outside and photographing artwork has been a little difficult lately. 😊

A few days later, I outlined my watercolor leaves in ink. There were many places that had room for more leaves so I sketched a few more on each branch with my pen. I think it added a little movement and fun.

Adding ink detail to a painting can be a little scary.  I’ve been there and still need to remind myself of these things:

  • I can always start over and repaint if I need to
  • You learn something with every painting
  • Fear holds you back and causes a shaky hand (and shaky lines)
  • If you decide to add ink, do it with confidence and deliberate strokes
  • Don’t worry about the results, they get better over time

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   🌸

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