Share the Love

Hope you all have a chance to spend some time with family and friends today.

Happy Mother’s Day, friends!

While visiting Philadelphia I snapped this photo at Love Park. โค

This beautiful sculpture inspired this love post.

Love Park

A few things that make me happy…

Watercolor flowers, soft and dreamy pink poppies

Soft pink poppies

 

Lake views and blues, Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Peace

 

Feathered friends, Pink Flamingos โค

Flamingo Love

 

Sunset at the lake, Huey Lewis having fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunset pup

 

Ink sketching,ย  simple leaves

eucalyptus leaves ink

 

I’ve included links to a few of my favorite posts from last year in case you missed them.

Thankful

Birdie Roundup 2017

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do something fun. Until next time, share the love and be the light in someone’s life. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday ink – Pinwheel leaves

A fun ink sketch for you today.ย  These cute leaves remind me of a pinwheel.

This simple doodle just makes me smile.

I hope it puts a smile on your face as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pinwheel leaves
Pinwheel leaves – 9 x12 inch

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

Have a great weekend!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Nuthatch

A frequent visitor to my backyard is the sweet Nuthatch.ย  This cute little bird is always fun to watch balancing on the feeder or creeping around on a tree trunk in search of food.

Backyard Nuthatch photo

This guy was pretty vocal. I just love this pic. โค

 

Nuthatch in a tree

This fella was on a mission bouncing around on a tree trunk. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

White-breasted Nuthatch
Nuthatch watercolor

 

I decided to combine both of my photos for this painting and tried to capture the cute expression of the sweet Nuthatch in the first photo.

I started off with a light pencil sketch and then added a little detail with a black Micron pen.ย I continued with watercolor building up color and adding definition to my bird and branch.ย  At this point, I was quite happy and thought I was finished.

but …

Later I took a few photos of my painting and it became quite clear that it really needed more color. I decided to go for it and really punch up the blues.

Ahh.. that’s better. ๐Ÿ™‚ That color boost really made a difference.

White-breasted Nuthatch final
Nuthatch watercolorย 

Watercolor Tip:

Viewing a photo of your work can help you see where you need to add additional detail or more color.

I hope you enjoy seeing my art and my backyard friends. Thank you for stopping by and following along. Until next time, have a great week and do something you love!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Thursday – Sunflowers

Sending a little sunshine your way today with some happy flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunflowers watercolor
Sunflowers

9 x 12 inch Saunders watercolor paper

Hope you have a great weekend and find time to do something you love.

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

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Simple Petals & Leaves

It is always fun to play and practice.

A few simple flowers and leaves with my favorite Dagger brush. โค

For this practice, I limited the colors used and tried to limit the number of brush strokes on each flower. At first I was a little disappointed that I could not master the rose shape but what I realized after playing around a while is that I actually like the irregular shapes best.

Simple Roses
Simple Roses

Bud
I started at the base of the flower putting pressure on the brush and pulling up toward the top,ย  then the same thing on the other side to complete the bud shape.

Leaves
While the bud was still wet, I tried to cradle it with green leaves. Starting at the base with smaller strokes, I pulled upward to create little leaves on both sides.

Stem
The last step was simply painting the stem by starting at the base of the bud/leaves and pulling down to create a fine line.

 

Simple petals and leaves
Simple petals and leaves

I loosened up after a while and then tried some other playful shapes. I really like how they turned out.

 

Simple Roses and buds

For this practice piece, I added a blue sky and played a little more.
Nothing complicated, just a few joyful flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think it is important to allow yourself time to play…it helps keep things interesting and fun.

Rose buds
Rose buds –ย  6 x 9 inch watercolor on Bee paper

For this final painting, I kept things soft and loose. I really love this painting and plan on giving it to a very special couple.

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!

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Backyard Bluebird

This little bluebird stopped by for a visit recently.ย  Luckily I had my new camera in handย  when this little guy arrived. I did my best to contain my excitement long enough to snap a few pics of him. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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! ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  Until next time, have a great weekend.

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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