Painting the garden

A little painting inspiration from last summer.

Happy Thursday, friends! ๐ŸŒผย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Black-eyed Susan flowers photo

Black-eyed Susans – July 2018

It’s always good to practice and play. Learning what works and what doesn’t with watercolor takes time and a lot of practice. Allow time to experiment and observe, no need to fuss, just play.

A few notes on my little flower practice below:

I used a round #12 brush (and a #6 for some of the smaller petals).

1 – add a round puddle of color for the flower center

2 – add simple petals around the damp center

3 – add a drop of water in the center of the damp flower and allow it to bleed out into the petals

4 – add a little water to the edge of a few petals and allow the damp color to soften and bleed out

 

watercolor flower practice

Center: Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Cadmium Yellow, Hansa Yellow Dark

Below I tried a darker center with lighter petals.

There are so many options…just have fun!

watercolor flower- painting steps

Center: Sepia, Burnt Sienna
Petals: Hansa Yellow light, Yellow ochre

My watercolor painting of Black-eyed Susans reminds me of summer. ๐ŸŒž

Black-eyed Susan watercolor painting

Summer Flowers – 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

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Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! ๐Ÿ’›

Patty Anne

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Blue Roses

A little watercolor practice painting roses using a limited palette. Another fun exercise in Jean Haines’ new book,ย  Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour.

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Roses watercolor painting

9 x 12 Reasons in Blueย  – Canson Watercolor sketchbook

I have a few of Jean’s books and have learned so much from them. Her books are full of gorgeous paintings, inspiration, and fun exercises. I painted these loose roses following along with her simply blue exercise.

Blue is my favorite color so I was pulled in. This exercise was a good chance to practice her technique of putting down color in a circular pattern and then using a clean damp brush to push and pull color to indicate rose petals.

It fills my heart with joy to be able to create art and share it with all of you. I encourage you to have fun and do what you love. Art is for everyone, we can all create, we are all artists!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Christmas branch

Another watercolor painting for Christmas.

Happy Sunday friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas branch watercolor

9 x 12 inch Christmas branch on bee watercolor paper

Leaves are one of my favorite things to paint and sketch. I decided it would be fun to paint a cheerful branch. I now have my second Christmas card for this year. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

I started with layers of light green leaves using a round #12 brush. I allowed each layer to dry and worked up to darker leaves in different shades of green.ย  For the last layer of pine needles, I switched to a flat angle brush which helped me get some nice variation and added texture.ย As a last step I used a white gel pen for a hint of snow and a few highlights.

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, share a smile and have a great week.

Happy Painting! โค

Patty Anne

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Christmas Card painting

I recently watched a tutorial by Shayda Campbell,ย  Candle in the Window Christmas Watercolorย and then painted this cute little scene.

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Christmas candle watercolor

I modified the greenery a bit and added a little more detail. This painting makes me so happy. It’s going to be one of my Christmas cards this year.

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

Until next time, share a smile and spread kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting butterflies

I have been painting butterflies inspired by Jean Haines. I absolutely love her loose free style of watercolor painting. I found that with just a few simple steps you can paint a little butterfly.

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Butterfly watercolor steps

Steps to paint a butterfly:

  1. Using a liner #2 brush and a black brown mix, add a small round head. Then just below that, add a line of dots for the body getting smaller as you near the bottom.
  2. Outline the top of the wing with a deep color and then use a little clean water to smooth it out.
  3. Next to the midsection of the body, add paint with the side of your brush and pull it out away from the body. Continue this on both sides and build up the color.
  4. Add more color to the head and wings as needed.

Special notes:

  • Allow the paint from the body to touch the wet paint of the wings. Remember that the mix and mingle is where the watercolor magic happens. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Be careful to not overwork your butterfly, less is more here.

 

Butterfly watercolor painting practice

It is always fun to play with different shapes and colors. My favorite butterflies here ended up being the ones in the middle where I left part of the wings unpainted. It feels like they are moving across the page. ๐Ÿฆ‹

 

Butterfly and flower watercolor painting

Trying to put it all together with a little painting of a flower and butterfly.

Butterfly dreams painted on Bee watercolor paper

I hope you enjoyed this little butterfly practice and are inspired to pick up a paint brush and create art. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, I hope you have a great week and shine on!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Lavender and bees

A little more practice painting flowers and bees.

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Lavender and bees watercolor

Lavender Days 9 x 12 inch Bee watercolor paper

A loose and simple lavender painting adding a few little bumbles. As I painted the lavender I left a few places to drop in my little bees. They were painted using the 4 simple steps from my previous post, Painting bees.

I love painting and creating, it is such a joy to share my art with all of you. Thank you for stopping by and following me on this journey. All of your kindness and encouragement means the world to me. ๐Ÿ’œ

I hope you have great week and do something fun. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Painting bees

I’ve been practicing painting bees and flowers. In Jean Haines’ book,ย Atmospheric Flowers in Watercolour, she noted that adding little bees to your flower paintings will give them more energy and interest.

The cute little bees in Jean’s book looked like a fun exercise so I jumped in.

Step by step watercolor bees

How to paint a little bee, simple and loose:ย 

Use a small brush,ย  I used a Liner #2

  1. With dark gray/black, paint a round head and with the tip of your brush pull out a few antenna.
    Paint a couple dark curved stripes below the head.
  2. In between the stripes add yellow paint and allow it to touch and blend with the other areas.
  3. Pull out the wings from the wet paint on each side of the bee. Add a little more gray color at the top of the wing. Use a damp brush to blend out the wings to keep them soft and delicate.
  4. Bump up the color by adding more yellow and gray/black where needed.

 

You can also switch things up and paint a few bees with different shades of yellow and gold, or try using a different gray mix. There are so many possibilities. ๐Ÿ™‚

watercolor flowers and bees practice

My little bee and flower study was a great way to have fun and try new things. I was able to experiment with how much water to use, when to blend colors, and try differentย  shapes and color combinations.

I love the freedom to just play and experiment without worry. It is a great way to build skills and enjoy the painting process. I highly recommend taking some time to play.

flowers and bees watercolor

Flowers and Beesย  – 6 x 9 inch

I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time share a smile and spread kindness all around.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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