Backyard Bluebird

This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently.Β  Luckily I had my new camera in handΒ  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. πŸ™‚

Backyard Bluebird
Backyard Bluebird

 

I thought it would be fun to try painting my bluebird. I started with a light pencil sketch first, and then moved on to the eye and beak making sure to get the placement and details correct.

Bluebird watercolor
Bluebird watercolor

While working on the feathers, I like to dampen a small area of the paper with a little clean water.Β  Then I drop in a little paint and let the colors move and mingle. A gentle touch with a small brush seems to work well for painting the feathers on a small bird like this one.

I decided to try something a little different for the background and create a frame of color around my bird. It has taken a lot of painting for me to get comfortable trying different backgrounds. There are still times when I have to push worry out of the way and just go for it.

Tip – how to flatten your watercolor painting if the paper curls up or has buckled
After you have finished your painting and it is completely dry, you can flatten it by lightly wetting the back side of the paper with clean water and then setting a heavy book or two on top of it until it dries completely.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week! πŸ™‚ ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Chickadee painting

This little guy is on his way to a new home.
I recently painted a chickadee for a friend retiring and moving to Maine.

Chickadee on a pine branch
Chickadee on a pine branch

painted on 7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media paper

The black-capped chickadee is the state bird of Maine and the white pine is the state tree. I thought a painting of both would make a nice gift. πŸ™‚

and I’m so happy… he really liked it and said that he was planning on hanging it in his new home. yay!

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along.Β  Until next time, have a great weekend.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Splashy Red Poppies

Watercolor fun splashing paint around.

Today I have 3 paintings inspired by watercolor artist, Jean Haines.

No sketching, just paint on paper.
Big shapes and lots of juicy color.

Red Poppies - 1
Red Poppies – 1

Trying to simply enjoy the painting process and play with color. ❀

The petals were painted with different shades of red. I dropped in more color here and there, big strokes and no fussing. While the petals were still wet, I painted the center of each flower blue. I encouraged the paint in the center of each flower to mingle with the petals by tilting the paper and also touching the center edge of the wet red petals with the blue paint.

A little clean water helped soften and ruffle the outer edges. I like how that turned out.

Red Poppies - 2
Red Poppies – 2

I connected the flowers in each painting by simply pulling a little red paint from flower to flower.

Red Poppies - 3
Red Poppies – 3

Each 6 x 9 inch painting came together quickly. It was fun to paint the same thing a few times in a row. I found that I learned a little something new with each painting.

I hope you enjoy seeing my work and are inspired to create art and do something you love. The Erin Hanson quote below inspires me, I hope it inspires you as well…

What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?
-Erin Hanson

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Daisy Doodle

Sending a little sunshine your way today with a happy Daisy doodle. πŸ™‚

Daisy Doodle ink sketch
Daisy Doodle ink sketch

7 x 10 inch Canson Mix Media sketchbook
Micron pens .01 and .02

Hope you have a great Thursday and find time to do something you love!

Thank you for stopping by and following me on this creative journey.

Happy Painting (and Doodling)!

Patty Anne

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Leu Gardens Visit

I recently visited Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida while on vacation. It was really nice to spend a quiet afternoon in the garden enjoying nature and taking a few photos along the way. I have a few favorites to share with you today. πŸ™‚

 

Lavender in the Garden
Lavender in the Garden

So many flowers on the property to enjoy and lots of inspiration for future paintings.

The lavender caught my eye in the herb garden. ❀

I love how the afternoon sun is shining through the cute little picket fence.

Lavender in the Garden 2
Lovely Lavender

Ahh, and another lavender photo but this one is a soft and romantic.

 

Green Palm leaves
Green Palm leaves

I didn’t note the name of these gorgeous plants but I was lost in the beauty of the day strolling around and having fun with my best friend.

The extraordinary colors, shapes, and textures blew me away…

I am thrilled with how these photos turned out.

Lovely greens
Lovely greens

It is always nice to be able to get outside and enjoy nature. I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos and have a chance to slow down and enjoy the beauty all around you.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love.

Until next time, have a great week! πŸ™‚

Patty Anne

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Quiet Thursday – Lavender field

I’m continuing on with another painting inspired by Jean Haines’ lovely book,Β Β Paint Yourself Calm.

Simply painting and enjoying the process…relaxing, calm, and soothing.

Lavender field, 8 x 10 inch Pentalic Watercolor Sketchbook

Lavender field
Lavender field

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

Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great weekend and enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Pink Tulips – watercolor

A Spring inspired post for you today with a few watercolor tulips.

Tulips make me a happy girl. ❀  I hope you enjoy them as well . πŸ™‚

Soft Pink Tulip painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.

I love the ruffled petals. When working on the background, I decided to also ruffle the edge of the background colors a bit. I really like how that worked out.

Pink Tulip
Soft Pink Tulip

 

Bright Pink Tulips painted on 6 x 9 inch Bee paper.

The greens and bright pinks work well together. I love that combination.

To create the soft distant tulips, I used the wet on wet technique. I simply wet the paper first with clean water and then while the paper was still wet, painted the general shape of tulips with a wet brush loaded with color. Then I continued dropping in more color to build up different areas.

Pink Tulips
Bright Pink Tulips

Watercolor Tips
– Build up color from light to dark

– Always have a tissue handy for those times when you drop too much color or too much water on your paper

– Mix it up and try something different
maybe a bold color, different brush, different paper, or an unusual color choice

I hope you are inspired to create art and do something you love. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week. πŸ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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