Leaves in watercolor and ink

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

Happy Thursday, friends!ย  ๐Ÿ’š

 

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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.ย  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!

๐ŸŒธย  ย Patty Anneย  ย ๐ŸŒธ

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An abstract watercolor painting

I started out thinking that I was working on an under painting for an ink sketch. As the painting developed my plan changed. Sometimes you think you are moving in one direction and then you end up in a different place altogether.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

 

Peace and Joy abstract watercolor painting

I used a large round brush (#12) for this painting and a few of my favorite colors. ๐Ÿ’™

After loading the brush with paint, I started dragging it down the page in random places using the side of the brush (not the tip). I really like the texture this created. Allowing some white of the paper to remain was very important. I continued this way alternating between purple and blue paint.ย 

Near the end, I decided the piece needed something more.ย  Ok I thought…maybe a little more color. I selected yellow ochre and was pleased that the addition provided some needed warmth and balance.

This painting was full of fun and experimentation. Although it’s not my usual style,ย  I really enjoyed the process and results. I may try a few more like this in the future.

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 ย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Snowflake doodles

I had some fun with snowflakes this week.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

snowflake doodles watercolor and ink

After playing and doodling some fun shapes, I added watercolor.

A little blue and purple combined with playful brushstrokes made some fun snowflake shapes.ย  ๐Ÿ’™โ„๏ธ

This page in my sketchbook just makes me smile.

 

snowflakes using markers

Later I had some fun with my new Tombow markers. Oh, I just love these gorgeous colors!

I hope you find time to do more of what you love.

Wishing you all the best in 2020!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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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!ย  โค๏ธ

 

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.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

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!

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Looking back at a Buck Silhouette

A few years ago I painted a buck silhouette. I love this simple painting and thought it would be fun to share it again.

Happy Sunday, friends! ๐Ÿ’œ

Buck silhouette watercolor

I sketched the buck first and then dropped in different colors filling in most of the space. I allowed the colors to mix and mingle and didn’t fuss with it. I tapped on my brush toย  created a little fun spatter.

While the painting was still damp (not too wet/ not too dry), I sprinkled on some salt. As I recall, I used kosher salt which is flaky and creates these nice large blooms.

After it completely dried, I brushed off the salt to find a beautiful pattern.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Watercolor landscape squares

I had fun playing and painting watercolor landscape squares this week.

I was inspired by the beautiful work and creativity of fellow blogger and friend Jill Kuhn. I love her November Square-A-Day landscapes and decided to try a few squares.

You can check out Jill’s post here, November Square-A-Day Landscapes

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐Ÿ’™

 

watercolor landscapes in progress

I started by taping off a few sections in my watercolor sketchbook.

My plan was to keep it simple and limit each square to a just a few colors.

 

watercolor landscape squares

Daniel Smith watercolors used:ย  Sap Green, Pthalo Blue, and Carbazole Violet
Brush used: Round #12

This was a fun way to play and work on ideas for future paintings. Although a large part of this exercise was about trying different color combinations, I was reminded how important it is to leave some unpainted areas. Leaving a little white of the paper adds interest and also a little sparkle.

I hope you are inspired to create art and have fun.

Until next time, share a smile and stay excellent! ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐ŸŒธ Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

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Holiday lights watercolor

I’ve been busy getting ready for the holidays. Yesterday we started decorating and hanging lights at my house. I love all of the beautiful lights everywhere this time of year.

Happy Sunday, friends!ย  โค๏ธ

 

Holiday lights watercolor and ink

Last week I painted some holiday lights. After the watercolor dried, I used a pen for some outlining and a little detail.

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

Until next time, share a smile and shine on!

๐ŸŒธย  Patty Anneย  ๐ŸŒธ

ย follow me on Instagram @pattyanneart