I continue on this journey painting both new and favorite subjects. Lavender has quickly become a favorite of mine. What I love is that there are so many varieties and beautiful color combinations to try.
As I was writing this post, I started thinking that for a future painting it might be fun to paint a landscape with rolling hills of lavender in the distance.
Below are a few paintings from this week. A few other paintings didn’t work out so well but that is how it goes… I had fun and will keep on painting and trying to improve. There is a lot to learn from paintings that don’t work out, sometimes I think you learn more from them.
I like the soft background in this painting and am happy that the colors didn’t get too dark. With this composition I was trying for something a little different. What do you think of it?
The second painting I’m not as happy with but I do like the variation and loose feel. An interesting thing I’ve found is that purple appears a bit darker in my photos than it actually is on my watercolor paper. I’m not sure why that is.
Watercolors used: a combination of Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton
Ultramarine Blue (DS), Quinacridone Rose (DS), Payne’s Gray (DS), Sap Green (WN), White(WN)
Payne’s Gray is a new color in my palette. I like to mix up my own gray with Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light but recently I decided to try Payne’s Gray and I really love it! If you are looking for a new color to add to your palette, I recommend giving Payne’s Gray a try.
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I am pretty excited, this week I launched my new website, pattyanneart.com. It is just a simple website where I can showcase some of my artwork. I hope to add to it over time and am sure it will evolve as I continue on this journey. If you get a chance to visit, any advice or feedback will be much appreciated.
I’ve been painting birds the last few weeks. Below is my first attempt at a Great Blue Crane. I used my new Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue on this one. I just love that color! After painting the crane (and letting it dry), I wet the sky area with water here and there and then dropped in some color. I tried to not touch the area much and just dragged my brush around a bit for some clouds. I really like how that worked out.
I also painted this cute little Blue Bird. I love the fluffy feathers on his chest!
Tips on painting branches:
Branches that are closer should have more detail than those further away.
Branches are thicker near the tree trunk and slim out as they get further away.
Color mix: I use Daniel Smith Aquamarine Blue and Burnt Sienna Light (using different amounts of each color for a variety of shades).
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Ahh, those fluffy feathers! I have been having fun this week painting birds. In my last post I shared with you my first Pink Flamingo that I painted in my 7×10 inch watercolor sketchbook. I decided to try it again but paint larger and use a few different techniques. When working on smalls, I think I tighten up a bit so I decided to go with a 9×12 inch painting on this one.
I started out with a sketch in pencil to get my shape and placement. Remember that the positioning (and size) of the head, eye and beak are all very important. For feathers, I start with light color and work up to bolder colors. When working on the small detail of the eye, I use either a small rigger, liner, or round brush. I used my new Princeton round #2 brush this time. I really love that brush!!
Below is an in progress view of my feathered friend.
When the paint was damp, I tossed a little regular table salt on the neck and body area. Later when it was completely dry, I dusted off the salt. I was hoping it would give me some nice texture and an interesting look. I really like the results I got using the salt.
I also tried to use some expressive brush strokes with my larger round brush for the body feathers and used different shades of pink mixed with just a touch of red and orange here and there. I moved the brush around loosely pulling it in the direction that the feathers would be on the body.
While the painting was still damp I spattered some paint on it. I tried using a toothbrush as I’ve seen others demonstrate but I always seem to have trouble getting that spatter where I want it. I ended up using my round brush loaded with juicy color and then tapped it here and there over the painting, that worked for me.
This is the final painting below.
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I’ve been working on landscapes this week. I focused on using the wet on wet technique with multiple applications of color for the distant trees across the lake. I ended up with some nice results and have a few tips to share with you.
Lightly draw a line on your paper where the horizon is. I use a regular pencil and ruler for this. This simple line will be an important guide as you paint.
Mix up a lot of color before you start painting so that you don’t run out before you are finished. For this painting, I used a green+blue, green+brown, and cool gray blue mix.
I like to work from top to bottom on this type of painting so that I don’t smudge up an already painted area with my hand or wrist. (Yes, I’ve done that before!)
After working on the sky and letting it dry a bit, I worked on the distant trees by first wetting the tree area with water about an inch or so above the horizon line. Then with a lot of juicy color on my brush, I dropped in the wet color across the tree area. First with a pass across the top, and then across the bottom. It is important to switch up the color every few inches or so as you work across the paper to add variety and interest. I also had to clean up the horizon line a few times with the tip of a large round brush. Then I continued adding more color until I was happy with the the shapes and colors before moving on to the lake.
Here is my first painting below, I really like the colors in this one.
Below is my second painting. When my trees were almost dry, I lightly sprayed them with a mist of water to try and soften them up a bit. Well, things didn’t go as I expected, the color started to run and bleed quite a bit. I thought I ruined everything, but I decided to just go with it and guided the running color with the tip of my brush. After it dried, I was pleasantly surprised. It kind of looks like rain or fog across the lake.
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I love Poppies and wish that I had some in my garden. I will have to work on that some time soon. The delicate petals remind me of tissue paper flowers I remember making as a child. Every year when I see the blooms up close I am amazed at their beauty.
This week I worked on painting Poppies while trying to keep things loose and not worry much about the details. It took a few paintings to get the feel of slowly building up the color on the petals with a variety of shapes and different brushstrokes. Things also started to look better once I remembered to vary the size, shape, color, and position of the flowers in the field.
Color mixing notes:
Flower Petals: A mix of Quinacridone Rose and Pyrrol Red (Daniel Smith watercolors). For lighter shades of the same color, simply add more water.
I had fun with this and will probably paint more Poppies in the future. I was amazed at how quickly this painting came together and how relaxing it was when I could just let go and paint without overthinking it.
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This week I have been working on painting lavender. I was inspired by a beautiful painting of lavender sprigs on Instagram by Anee @studiobluedesigns. I also watched a few videos online and really liked a youtube video by Nicola Blakemore on painting a pot of lavender. Here is a link to that short video: Pot of Lavender. Her painting style was loose and fluid, she shared great tips on color mixing and walked through the entire painting process in about 10 minutes. Thank you, Nicola! Below is my attempt at painting a pot of lavender after watching the video.
Later I painted a field of lavender:
Color mixing notes:
Light green used in these paintings: Sap Green (or a similar green) with lots of white. I usually never use white but Nicola recommended mixing it with green to get a light milky green color for the lavender stems and leaves.
Purple: Aquamarine Blue and Quinacridone Rose (or a similar pink), you can vary the amount of each color to get different shades of purple.
I had fun painting lavender this week while trying to keep it loose and simple. I think I should have varied up the purple more in the foreground but lessons learned! Hope you enjoy and consider clicking the follow button on the right to receive notifications of new posts by email.