A variety of landscapes

Today I have a variety of landscapes to share with you. One of my art goals this year was to continue to paint more landscapes and push myself to explore and have fun.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Abstract landscape

Warmer colors in the foreground and cooler colors in the background.

I love the brush marks and water spots in the foreground. They create some nice interest and texture.

Brushes used: large round #14 and a mini fan

landscape with poppies

Countryside landscape

I follow many awesome artists on Instagram. This piece was inspired by sophiemomo1. Her works always speaks to me and pulls me in. I can feel the calm and beauty of nature in her work.

The flowers and leaves in the foreground add nice color to this piece. I just love how they turned out, they’re quite joyful.

quick mini landscape practice pieces

In my 9 x 12 inch watercolor sketchbook I taped off 4 squares for mini landscapes. This exercise allowed me to complete some quick paintings and try out a few different scenes.

I started with simple sketches and painted with a large brush to keep things loose. It was a good practice and lots of fun.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Painting Snowy Pine trees

I’ve been painting pine trees the last few weeks. Today I have some snowy pines to share with you.

Hope you have a wonderful day friends! ๐Ÿ’š

Before I jump into my painting I wanted to share a few tips and pics of my setup.

tub of tp rolls on my desk for painting

I started saving toilet paper rolls that have just a few last sheets on them. I keep a little basket of them nearby to use while painting.

painting setup - with end of tp roll

I can easily remove excess paint or water from my brush using the tp roll. I also save and reuse big plastic yogurt tubs for my water containers.

snowy pines watercolor base

I started at the top with small loose tree shapes using a light color. As I worked my way forward I painted larger trees with slightly darker greens.

The foreground trees are the largest with the darkest colors and most detail. At this point I stepped back for a bit to decide what was next…

snowy pines watercolor

Adding more color and detail to the large trees up front was next. Just enough paint to wake them up and add more interest. For the snow I used my white gouache to sprinkle on the branches.

I had to be careful to find the right balance and not overwork things. It’s often hard to know when to stop. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

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Pretty watercolor poppies

Just a quick post today with some pretty watercolor flowers that I painted this week.

Happy Thursday, friends!

Pretty watercolor poppies

9 x 12 inch – Watercolor Poppies

A quick loose painting with a large round brush.

Bright red petals painted first then edges softened with clean water. Blue centers allowed to bleed into the red petals. A simple painting trying not to overwork things.

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

You can see more of my work on Instagram at pattyanneart

Chickadee family watercolor

I’ve been working on a chickadee painting the last few weeks. I thought it would be fun to show you how it came together.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

watercolor bird sketch
watercolor bird sketch

I sketched out the birds and branch first.

adding color to the the chickadees

Then I started by painting the chickadee family.

For the darkest color I mixed up Daniel Smith Paynes Gray + Ultramarine Blue + Burnt Sienna Light (going heavy on the Paynes Gray). It took a few washes of paint to build up the dark areas on the head and neck. It’s really important to get that detail right.

adding watercolor background

Next up was the background. I thought about it for a while and decided to go with some loose flowers and leaves. It was a nice base but needed much more color.

family time - chickadee watercolor

Trying to be fearless, I jumped back in with more paint to boost the background color. I just love how that wakes thing up.

close up of the little ones

I will finish with a close up view of these cute little guys. I just love how they turned out.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Keep playing and having fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

follow me on Instagram at pattyanneart

Sketching and painting birds

I’ve been wanting to learn more about painting with gouache. After watching a Skillshare class by Kate Cooke, I was inspired to paint this little bird.

I decided to practice a little watercolor version first. Once I get better acquainted with gouache I’ll be sure to share my adventures with you.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

watercolor bird painting
watercolor bird painting

I just love how this little guy turned out. Oh those sweet little legs.

Which then inspired more birds…so here we go!

bird sketching practice
bird sketching practice

A few quick sketches working on shapes and not worrying about detail.

It’s always good to warm up and play. I really need to do more of this. Just fill the page and have fun.

watercolor bird sketch
watercolor bird sketch

Tip: A little planning and sketching before any paint hits the paper is really important. By sketching first I can make sure the shapes are as desired and that all elements fit nicely on the page.

chickadee watercolor painting
Chickadee practice and color mixing

This little guy was painted in a separate sketchbook to get ready for my larger painting above. I mixed up a variety of neutral colors and tested them out on my paper.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone. Just play and have fun…be good to yourself.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

You can see more of my work on Instagram @pattyanneart

Pretty Peonies Watercolor

I have a pretty floral to share with you today.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

watercolor peonies
Pretty Peonies – 9 x 12 inch watercolor sketchbook


A little watercolor practice painting Peonies and leaves.

This floral came together rather quickly. I started in the center with the larger flowers and worked my way out. I layered playful leaves to add movement and fill in space all around the Peonies.

A rather short post today… I’m trying to get used to this new block editor. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anne ๐ŸŒธ

Making and sharing watercolor cards

I have been making more cards with my watercolor cutouts. It’s a joyful process for me and I hope my creations bring you a smile.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’š

watercolor flowers and leaves

I always start with a few of my painted flowers and leaves. They work quite well for card making.

I add a little ink detail and outline each piece to create a nice shape.ย  It’s amazing the difference a little ink can make.

Tip: When I cut out the watercolor pieces I leave a tiny paper border around the ink outlined shape.

 

notecard - watercolor flower cutouts

Blank cards with envelopes are easy to find online or in the craft store.

I like the simplicity of a just few pieces on each card.

flower card - watercolor cutouts

It’s fun toย  play around with the arrangement using different pieces until I find something I like. Then using a glue stick, I secure the pieces down and place a heavy book on top to add a little pressure.

Tip: Baby wipes are by my side for my hands…. I don’t do sticky very well. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

watercolor card cutouts

What I love about making and sharing cards using my art is that they are part of me.

A gift from the heart shared with family and friends is a special thing. ๐Ÿ’—

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Always remember that art is for everyone.

Until next time, have a creative week and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Indigo skies and a little sparkle

I have a landscape painting to share with you today.

Something calm and soothing…

Hope your day is wonderful, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

indigo skies watercolor landscape

For the distant sky I used a cool Indigo. I also added in a little touch of peachy pink (quinacridone rose + yellow ochre) similar to the warm peach color used in the foreground.

Watercolor Tip: To create the sparkle in the center I dragged the side of a large wet brush across clean dry paper. Some areas remain unpainted and it creates a little sparkle. I always love how that looks. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ ย Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Here come the roses again…

This week I was back to painting roses again with coffee and watercolor. It’s always fun to look back at previous work so I included some roses from the past here as well.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

Coffee painting - Roses

I started with a center rose and then worked my way around. I love to paint with espresso powder for baking. Adding a few drops of water to a little powder and you have a beautiful “coffee” paint ready to go. I used a round #6 brush here. There is so much you can do with a round brush. I have a number of different sizes, just love them.

Painting Tip: Keep an eye on your brushes. Over time the tip of a round brush will wear down. I just noticed that I have a few brushes that I need to replace.

 

Colorful watercolor roses

This time a little more color with some bright watercolor roses. This style is a bit more modern botanical…I like that.

 

Roses at Longwood Gardens watercolor

and now looking back to a playful painting of roses from last year…ย  I really love the colors and the movement in this one.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Having art in my life is such a blessing. Painting and sketching makes me happy and I am thankful that I can share my journey with you.

I will be taking a blogging break for a few weeks. I am busy getting ready for a bridal shower that I’m hosting later this summer. I will still be around and may post a few things on Instagram.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

 

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Floral comes together with ink sketching

I have a joyful piece to share with you today. Another watercolor floral with ink sketching… my favorite way to create.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

floral watercolor under painting

In my 9 x 12 inch sketchbook, I started by paintingย  flowers and leaves. My favorite blues and purples this time. I let the colors mix and mingle on the paper which is what I love about watercolor.

The overall piece needs balance and more interest but at this point that’s ok. The ink sketching to come will fill in space and wake things up.

 

floral watercolor and ink painting

9 x 12 inchย  – Sweet Season

There is always a little fear when adding the sketching layer. I just tell myself that this piece is incomplete as is and round two (sketching detail) will take things to the next level.

What you don’t see is that I keep playing and sketching different types of leaves and flower patterns in my other sketchbooks. That type of play helps build my confidence and my sketching “muscle memory”. Then when I need it, I can pull out my favorites to add to a bigger piece like this one.

When it feels right and I have a window of free time, I pull out the painting, grab my pens and start adding some playful ink sketching and doodles.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do more of what you love. Art is for everyone, hope you join in on the fun.

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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